Recap # Defriended by Ruth Baron
Defriended (Point Horror) [Ruth Baron] on jogglerwiki.info Ruth Baron (Author) . There are only so many options to explain a Facebook relationship with the dead, The characters were really great and the end did not see that coming. Title: Defriended by Ruth Baron Summary: Jason has met the perfect girl. I beat you because I love you: 1 (Abusive relationships in any way. All about Defriended (Point Horror) by Ruth Baron. about a girl who runs off to meet a man she met on Facebook and later ends up missing.
I am not one to boast about having more than a couple of close friends, but have never complained. Like many others, I have used Facebook as a tool to meet new people. Some share the same interest as myself and some just kind of showed up. I have never bothered to validate whether or not the friends that I have on Facebook are who they say they are. I have always taken that for granted. Occasionally I hear a story about a girl who runs off to meet a man she met on Facebook and later ends up missing.
Although they are tragic stories I usually forget about it after a couple of weeks. This story was a reminder that not everyone on Facebook is who the say they are. It is a book about a young man named Jason who finds himself in love with a girl he met on the internet. She is his ideal dream girl that is friendly, smart, and shares the same interests. Through several months he establishes a relationship with her and wishes to make more of it.
However, one day while on the computer he stumbles onto her obituary. Like most people he is horrified and begins a journey into both fantasy and betrayal. He learns that a person cannot solely trust an internet website to really get to know someone. You probably know where this is going… I found your obituary.
And then I found your memorial Facebook page. And then I visited your actual memorial in Brighton Park. And then I called your house. Jesus, typing this stuff out it seems crazy, and it has FELT crazy.
I hope you write back soon. Were you following me at the bridge last night? Or am I just insane? Not sure I want to know the answer to that one…. That would not have been how I worded it. My letter would have gone like this: So, who the hell are you really? And honestly, do you really want to be outed as the person who pretended to be a dead teenager? Gimme a blindfold and some stupidity: Literally everyone does it. That said, I would be very wary of putting my login details in a proxy site.
Jason is a moron, not a member of Anonymous. I know you met Jenna yesterday. She knows Jason met Jenna? There was a body, right? Rakesh has a moment of sense, which Jason promptly shuts down. He later friends Jenna and asks her to meet him. She agrees to meet him at a coffee shop. Jason admits that he knew Lacey online, but is vague about when they started chatting, which Jenna accepts no catfish points there, because it was neatly done.
Then Jenna says that she thought that might be the case and she wanted to meet him because he might know what happened to her. Lacey had changed before her death, kind of zoned out and spending all her time with a guy called Max who was teaching her to play guitar.
The same intruder has rifled through this desk too. I swear Rakesh only exists to give diversity. He might be our first Indian character, though. I now want to actually track racial diversity in the books, but not enough to actually go through and do all the research. I already spend too much time raging over these stories. Just so you know, Jenna is the only person I like in this story.
Jason does in fact go and buy a load of vinyl LPs. And then he watches Goonies. I swear I typed the above before reading the next chapter. Renaissance Man did this much better. They did a rap about it. Before Jason could ask what he was doing there, Jenna slid into the booth and urgently whispered the news to him.
As he heard it, he felt the earth tilt under him, as if any moment the three of them, complete with their booth, would slide away, like deck chairs on the Titanic. The weirdest part was that he felt even more betrayed than he had when he found the obituary. He told himself it was silly — he was overreacting, and slowly his vision righted itself. Like so many other things, this was just a misunderstanding. In another life, Jason and Max could have been friends. In another life, they could have met up at shows and traded playlists, even started a band together.
But right now, in this restaurant, Jason was filled with angry envy that Max had spent time with Lacey, had seen the light of day move across her face and the swing of her hair, the movement of her arms. So far, I ship Jasax more than Jacey. The former sound better. In fact, all it does is suggest strongly that one of the people at this table is pretending to be Lacey. Yes, Wing, you are now a verb.
She was also arguing with Troy. And after that Lacey cooled off their friendship. This is fucking fascinating. The plot moves at a glacial pace and everything is so teen drama. Who cares about her secret boyfriend?
Then we check in with Rakesh, who decides to say what every reader is thinking: So what if she had another boyfriend? And I said she could trust me. He must do this alone. No way would I break the law for a catfish. However, taping it under the back bumper is stupid. There are magnetic boxes specifically for that use. The story does actually mention that Luke has upgraded to one of those magnetic boxes. Why was this information held back from Jason? It was a clumsy anachronism of a McGuffin.
The drive has a video on it. Even in the updated ones, the incest is heavy. Then the video goes black and when it comes back, it catches a conversation between Troy and Lacey. So this is the night that Max told them about.
Lacey swiveled toward Troy and really lost her temper.
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So Lacey probably had a lucky escape. Rakesh asks if they can listen to Rihanna and all the hipsters hate him forever.
Fuck you, Max as well.
I hate you all now. The next day, Jason and Jenna stalk Troy together and have some amazingly hipster banter and I just want someone to murder Jason right now. If you compare this book to another contemporary YA book you're likely to notice how much technology has been referenced, and unnecessarily so, as if there was a count which had to be met. Not only is Facebook which is obviously such a necessary establishment of technology in this book referenced, but also there are inclusions of phones, Skype, external hardrives, and video cameras.
I believe it would have served the purpose better to have integrated less technological sources in the context that each of these were used, or at least have done so in a more realistic manner, for example, Facebook chat instead of Skype, and a phone camera rather than a video camera.
The protagonist is unappealing, he seems at times too young for his age, and the friendship between he and his best friend requires suspension of belief for me, as the protagonist is described as unpopular, whilst his best friend is portrayed as highly popular.
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Also personally requiring suspension of belief is the fact that--acting as a pivotal part of the book--one character video tapes an entire party, including private conversations. I feel like there were too many blatant references to pop culture. Give the book a go if it appeals to you but if you're a 80s and 90s Point Horror lover it may miss the mark for you.
As Jason pointed out, there are three potential reasons for this: Lacey is a ghost, it's a prank or Lacey, for whatever reason, faked her own death.