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Sweetfreak by Sophie McKenzie

Carey and Amelia have been best friends forever. Then Amelia starts being trolled by SweetFreak, a mysterious and hateful online account, and Carey is accused of being behind the vicious comments. 
Shut out by her other friends and shunned by Amelia, Carey is determined to find out who’s really sending the messages. But as the online threats spill over into real life, events start spiralling out of control… Can Carey expose the real SweetFreak before it’s too late? 

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SweetFreak is a kind of YA thriller/mystery, where cyber bullying is a real threat. I did feel so sorry for Carey, the main character in the book, she is being framed for sending her best friend some pretty nasty messages. Soon the bullying spills into their reality and tears their friendship apart.
I sympathised with Carey, particularly when her mum stopped believing her innocence. I feel that her frustration at not being believed or listened to was brilliantly written, and it created great tension in the book.

Carey is young teenager, she gives a more realistic view of what teenagers are really like, not some of the books where they act like adults, the whole book had a younger tone to it.
I think it would be a perfect read for a younger teen, so if you’re reading this as an older reader bear that in mind, as I myself am older and some of the content did not particularly appeal to me, but it is aimed at a younger audience, and I think it’s a brilliant book for 13/14/15 year old readers.

It has a lot of twists, with a lot of new suspects introduced throughout the book as Carey continues her investigation, sometimes to surprising results. Which was what really kept me reading, the book did its job, it got me hooked, wanting and needing to know who SweetFreak really was!

Sweetfreak covers a lot of real life issues that teens goes through, cyber bullying, friendships, boys, high school pressures, it is a great read for teens that age, it might also open some eyes to the effects of online bullying!

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