If you're out there

Katy Loutzenhiser

Book - 2019

Zan is baffled when her best friend, Priya, stops answering her emails after moving to California, but new friend, Logan, presents the disturbing possibility that Priya cannot answer.

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Published
New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers [2019]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
pages cm
ISBN
9780062865670
0062865676
Main Author
Katy Loutzenhiser (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Inseparable since childhood, Zan and Priya have a friendship that can withstand a lot—and so, though she's heartbroken about Priya's sudden move from Chicago to California, Zan hardly expects Priya to just ghost her. But that's exactly what Priya does, going suddenly silent despite Zan's repeated attempts to contact her by email and phone. Priya's Instagram, though, is filled with posts that don't even sound like her: standard shots of California accompanied by bland captions. It's not until Zan meets Logan, the new guy in her Spanish class, with a mysterious past of his own, that she's able to say out loud the crazy things she's been thinking: that's not Priya. Priya's in trouble. And it's up to Zan, who knows her well enough to pull out the minuscule clues in her social media, to figure out how to save her. This fast-paced debut features a smart, deeply insecure heroine and is as much an examination of friendship as it is a light thriller. A mystery for the digital age. Grades 8-11. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 7 Up—A fast-paced mystery wrapped inside a love story, Loutzenhiser's novel follows a month in the life of Zan, a teenage girl whose best friend Priya moves to California and ghosts her—ending their relationship by ceasing all communication. What makes matters worse is that all of Priya's social media posts show a change in her character. Zan believes Priya has become a shallow version of herself, someone her former best friend was not. She makes a new friend in Logan, and with him she shares her grief at the loss of her friendship with Priya. When Zan discovers something strange in Priya's latest selfie, she is worried that something more nefarious may have happened to her former best friend. Zan and Logan begin to investigate. Loutzenhiser's writing is compelling and will connect with readers who live a large part of their lives through social media and online culture. The novel features a diverse cast of characters and offers a realistic look at friendship in the digital age. VERDICT A great addition to high school library collections aiming to supply readable, engaging books for students navigating evolving relationships.—Kevin McGuire, Woodland Hills School District, PA Copyright 2019 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Zan is baffled when her best friend, Priya, stops answering her emails after moving to California, but a new friend, Logan, presents the disturbing possibility that Priya cannot answer.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Zan is baffled when her best friend, Priya, stops answering her emails after moving to California, but new friend, Logan, presents the disturbing possibility that Priya cannot answer.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Disappointed when her former best friend reinvents herself as a vapid social media personality, Zan shares her unhappiness with a kind newcomer before a hidden clue reveals that her friend may be in trouble. A first novel. 75,000 first printing. Simultaneous eBook.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

“Funny, engrossing, and one-of-a-kind. If You’re Out There completely swept me away.” —Becky Albertalli, New York Times bestselling author of Leah on the Offbeat

Part whip-smart suspense tale, part touching story of friendship, this is an extraordinary debut about a determined teen trying to solve a mystery no one else believes in.

After Zan’s best friend moves to California, she is baffled and crushed when Priya suddenly ghosts. Worse, Priya’s social media has turned into a stream of ungrammatical posts chronicling a sunny, vapid new life that doesn’t sound like her at all.

Everyone tells Zan not to be an idiot: Let Priya do her reinvention thing and move on. But until Zan hears Priya say it, she won’t be able to admit that their friendship is finished.

It’s only when she meets Logan, the compelling new guy in Spanish class, that Zan begins to open up about her sadness, her insecurity, her sense of total betrayal. And he’s just as willing as she is to throw himself into the investigation when everyone else thinks her suspicions are crazy.

Then a clue hidden in Priya’s latest selfie introduces a new, deeply disturbing possibility:

Maybe Priya isn’t just not answering Zan’s emails.

Maybe she can’t.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

'Funny, engrossing, and one-of-a-kind. If You're Out There completely swept me away.' 'Becky Albertalli, New York Times bestselling author of Leah on the OffbeatPart whip-smart suspense tale, part touching story of friendship, this is an extraordinary debut about a determined teen trying to solve a mystery no one else believes in.After Zan's best friend moves to California, she is baffled and crushed when Priya suddenly ghosts. Worse, Priya's social media has turned into a stream of ungrammatical posts chronicling a sunny, vapid new life that doesn't sound like her at all.Everyone tells Zan not to be an idiot: Let Priya do her reinvention thing and move on. But until Zan hears Priya say it, she won't be able to admit that their friendship is finished.It's only when she meets Logan, the compelling new guy in Spanish class, that Zan begins to open up about her sadness, her insecurity, her sense of total betrayal. And he's just as willing as she is to throw himself into the investigation when everyone else thinks her suspicions are crazy.Then a clue hidden in Priya's latest selfie introduces a new, deeply disturbing possibility:Maybe Priya isn't just not answering Zan's emails.Maybe she can't.