Every Move by Peter McPhee
High school senior Emily works part time at a coffee shop that provides computers for the customers. When a group of rude and rowdy boys harasses a quiet boy who is a regular customer, Emily steps in to stop them. Learning Michael, the customer, is skilled with computers, Emily recommends him to her boss to keep the café’s computers running smoothly. What Emily doesn’t know is that Michael has been stalking her, fixated on her and convinced they belong together. At first Emily thinks Michael is sweet but shy when he gives her a beautiful handmade thank you card for helping him get the job. However he becomes uneasy after she realizes the picture of her he put in the card is from several weeks before she met him. As Michael’s behavior becomes more bizarre and unpredictable Emily guesses he is mentally unbalanced. When he hacks her home computer she tells her parents; the school and police become involved.
This story could have come right out of current newspaper articles about both celebrities and regular people who have been targets of stalkers. As I read I understood how vulnerable people can be in similar situations. The ending especially got my attention. This realistic fiction is another winner in the SideStreets series from Orca Publishing.
Review by Ms. Goldstein-Erickson