In Case You Missed It

by Sarah Darer Littman

Scholastic Paperbacks
September 2017

Ages 12 – 18 . Grades 7 – 12

Lexile measure: 780L

DRA: 70

Guided Reading: Z

Sammy Wallach has epic plans for the end of junior year over: Sneak out to the city to see her favorite band. Get crush-worthy Jamie Moss to ask her to prom. Rock all exams (APs and driver's).

With a few white lies, some killer flirting, and tons of practice, Sammy's got things covered. That is, until the bank her dad works for is attacked by hacktivists who manage to steal everything in the Wallach family's private cloud, including Sammy's entire digital life. Literally the whole world has access to her emails, texts, photos, and, worst of all, journal.

Life. Is. Over.

Now Sammy's best friends are furious about things she wrote, Jamie thinks she's desperate, and she can barely show her face at school. Plus, her parents know all the rules she broke. But Sammy's not the only one with secrets -- her family has a few of its own that could change everything. And while the truth might set you free, no one said it was going to be painless. Or in Sammy's case, private.
Sarah Darer Littman

Sarah Darer Littman is the critically acclaimed author of Backlash; Want to Go Private?; Anything But Okay; In Case You Missed It; Life, After; and Purge. She is also an award-winning news columnist and teaches writing at Western Connecticut State University and with the Yale Writers' Conference. Sarah lives in Connecticut with her family, in a house that never seems to have enough bookshelves. You can visit her online at


--- - “I know you lied about it and I also know you went to that concert your father and I specifically told you was a no go without an adult chaperone,” my mom says.
I grip the door handle, trying to prevent full on panic.
“What do you mean, you know?”
Mom slams on the brakes at the red light so hard that my head almost hits the dash even though I'm wearing my seatbelt.
“I mean that thanks to the hackers, I've had the opportunity to peruse your diary. And let me tell you, it made eye-opening reading.”
I feel sick to my stomach. “They posted my diary online?”
“Don't try to change the subject.”
“I'm not trying to change the subject, Mom, I'm trying to find out if I'm ever going to be able to face going back to school in this lifetime. How could you do it? You had no right to read it! I can't believe they actually posted my diary. So like, anyone can read it?”
Please say no. Please say this is all just a really bad prank you and Dad are playing on me for some reality show and the host is about pop out from the backseat and say, “AHAHAHAHA, just kidding! Aren't your parents such jokesters?”
No such luck.
“Not just your diary. Our entire private life is an open book,” Mom says.