Lauren (aka "Panda") is invisible at school. She wants it that way. All she's interested in is photography -- and she puts her skills to use anonymously on her blog. She uses terms like "avenger" and "vigilante" and "karma" as she goes after people who have wronged others. She finds them in compromising situations and posts these pictures. The consequences can be huge, like losing a scholarship, or maybe just some serious embarrassment.
Her latest post exposes a teacher/student relationship. Much to Panda's surprise, someone else was there when she took the pictures and now is blackmailing Panda or else this "admirer" will expose Panda's secret identity.
Basically all hell breaks loose. The post has devastating consequences, unforeseen by Panda. The admirer gets nastier and Panda suspects he or she has become violent.
I loved how Panda comes clean to her parents and the police at about the middle of the book. That never happens, and I was so happy she did the right thing. Even though it didn't do a lot of good. Great parental figures.
I thought the ending was bit far-fetched, but hey, it was exciting and I was all-in by then.
I thought it took Panda a long time to become repentant. To figure out she might be just as bad as her victims. Her best friend Mia was a great character and helped Panda through this process.
I didn't figure out who the "admirer" was! Bonus! (You might, but I didn't see it.)
I really enjoyed this quick, exciting read. Is it a book that will stick with me? Probably not. But I'm glad I spent the time to read Endangered. And I will happily recommend it to my adventure-loving readers. Even though the main character is a girl, there's no romance, and this would be a great selection for any teen, even those reluctant readers.
Published by HarperTeen, April 21, 2015
eARC obtained from Edelweiss
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