Sunday, April 17, 2011
Can I See Your I.D. ? Review
Can I See Your I.D.? : True Stories of False Identities by Chris Barton
Genre: Young Adult Non-fiction
Won from Shelf Awareness & Sent by the author and signed by author
True crime, desperation, fraud, and adventure: From the impoverished young woman who enchanted nineteenth-century British society as a faux Asian princess, to the sixteen-year-old boy who "stole" a subway train in 1993, to the lonely but clever Frank Abagnale of Catch Me if You Can fame, these ten vignettes offer riveting insight into mind-blowing masquerades. Graphic panels draw you into the exploits of these pretenders, and meticulously researched details keep you on the edge of your seat. Each scene is presented in the second person, a unique point of view that literally places you inside the faker's mind. With motivations that include survival, delusion, and plain, old-fashioned greed, the psychology of deception has never been so fascinating or so close at hand.
This was a fun read and a great way to show young readers about trying to be someone else. We’ve all dreamed of what it would be like to be someone else and live a different life than our own boring one, but is it really like that?
In a few of these stories there are only a few happy endings, most aren’t happy ever after. It’s a good way to show young people about protecting their identities and not revealing too much about themselves because you never know who is
I work in a library and I’ve had several young patrons wanting to give me their library card number out loud and I’ve stopped them because you should never give out information in public where someone can use it later. In this age of Identity Theft this is a good book to show readers what can happen if you pretend to be someone else or someone pretends to be you.
This book was sent to me by the author free of charge, for review, as a win from Shelf Awareness.