Identity Crisis – a Book Review
Ah catfishing, the term means to lure someone into a relationship by means of a fictional online persona. It is a no-good waste of time and it’s a form of cyberbullying. There’s a TV show based on sleuthing out the catfisher (Catfished on MTV) and even a movie called Cyberbully where the victim is catfished by someone close to her. Even the newest season of DeGrassi has an episode dedicated to it. This book is another great example of what happens when you toy with someone. Feelings are hurt and trust is broken. It’s even worse when someone does it as a form of what they call revenge.
That’s what Identity Crisis is about. You have your curly haired ginger, Annalise, who is a devoted fan to the band Brass Knuckles. She is the one who ends up being catfished by Noelle and her friends. Noelle has a total crush on Cooper (the loveable dork in this story) but Cooper seems to have a thing for Annalise, while Annalise simply doesn’t like him like that. But Noelle‘s friends (Eva and Tori) see at as Annalise being in love with him and tell Noelle that she simply must get revenge. Noelle had been hesitant at first, but eventually succumbed. So where our story truly begins.
The book revolves around Annalise and Noelle, both playing different sides of the same coin. Noelle ended up using Eva’s home-schooled cousin, Declan, who doesn’t have any form of social media. Now this is a common way to be catfished, as if they don’t have any other social media thing how do you know they’re faking it? Noelle ends up getting to know a bit more about Annalise each time they chat, and feels guiltier as time goes on.
Identity Crisis touches on other topics out there online as well such as fandoms, the fear of parents divorcing, slut-shaming, love triangles, body-image issues and more. It switches from the point of view of our main girls every chapter so you get to truly see how it affects them both. That is definitely one of the things I loved about the book, because I really got to explore each girl’s feelings.
Overall this book is a must-read. Not only do you get likeable and relatable characters, but also a new feeling towards the horrible pranking of catfishing as well as the knowledge that this stuff can happen to just about anyone. I would give this book and its author a solid 5 stars.
About the author: Melissa Schorr is a contributing editor at the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine and edits the popular “Dinner with Cupid” column. Her first novel was the interfaith romantic comedy GOY CRAZY (Hyperion, 2006) inspired by an essay she wrote for GQ magazine, and she also contributed to the YA anthology DEAR BULLY. Find out more about Melissa at her site and make sure you follow her on Twitter!