Viral videos and photos are a well-known entity in the world of the web. Recordings of people doing funny things, a chance encounter, and so on. It can be as cute as the dog whose owner dressed up as Gumby, or as outrageous as the cat mesmerized by his owner’s camera.

But there’s a dark side to viral items. Information stolen by hackers that can be accessed by people all around the world, such as the DNC emails from the 2016 election cycle or celebrity’s private pictures. What if all of your personal information was stolen? Not meaning your credit card information or social security number, but text messages, emails and your electronic journal. This is the focus of the Sarah Darer Littman’s novel In Case You Missed It.

Sammy Wallach is looking forward to finishing out her junior year on a high note: acing her AP exams, landing a date to the prom and planning for her future. That all changes when hackers target her father’s company files, and also access her family’s personal online cloud. They then post the stolen information online for the world to see, all of the Wallach family’s emails, text messages and Sammy’s journal.

Littman presented an interesting take on something that’s in just about everybody’s lives. Most of us have social media accounts, but we get to pick and choose what we share online. Sammy has to deal with the repercussions of having her private thoughts posted for anyone to read, with no control over how many people can see it.

This novel is about more than just hacked information though. Sammy and her family are forced to confront each other about the secrets that their emails reveal about their family. Littman emphasizes the importance of face-to-face communication and the effect it has on family dynamic.

I definitely recommend this book, as it takes on a prevalent topic and illustrates the importance of having real-life relationships with people instead of just with electronic devices.

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