CM . . . . Volume XIX Number 11 . . . . November 16, 2012
Daria has recently moved away from her friends and is trying her hardest to stay in the loop using any means possible. Her cell phone is never in her pocket, and Daria is completely tuned to any new texts, Facebook messages or voice mails that come her way. When another new girl tries to befriend Daria, she is unable and unwilling to disconnect from her old life to make way for a new one. When Daria’s actions lead to a serious accident, will the choice to disconnect still be hers to make?
Part of the “Orca Currents” series, this high interest, low vocabulary book is written for a generation that is used to being “plugged in.” Peterson easily incorporates text messages in her dialogue using bold type and acronyms with which most readers will be familiar. The plot flows in a linear progression, and, despite her best efforts, Daria begins to be involved in her new hometown and engaged by a new friend. Daria is moody and indecisive but is not malicious in her actions. Peterson speaks to the selfishness that can come with constantly being connected through technology instead of face-to-face. Daria is legitimately sorry for the accident she is responsible for creating, but it takes her a while to acknowledge the seriousness of the situation and her role in it. Didactic without being preachy, Peterson will connect with her audience without losing them for judging one of the central means her audience uses to communicate.
Disconnect is an appropriate title for this book, suggesting both the need for Daria to unplug her technology and the disconnect between her idea of technology as a necessity and the need to forge real relationships rather than superficial, electronic ones.
Kate Hachborn is a library technician at the W. Ross Macdonald School in Brantford, ON.
on this title or this review, send mail to email@example.com.
Copyright © the Manitoba Library Association. Reproduction for personal
use is permitted only if this copyright notice is maintained. Any
other reproduction is prohibited without permission.
Copyright © the Manitoba Library Association. Reproduction for personal use is permitted only if this copyright notice is maintained. Any other reproduction is prohibited without permission.