First a warning: this week I chose not to do a story–ripe as it was with all sorts of possibilities–political and otherwise. Instead, I chose cheated and am posting an excerpt from my book HitList, a YA Novel about a teenage girl who writes a computer virus to get revenge on cyberbullies. I think this might be the first excerpt I’ve shared. Hope you enjoy. Interestingly, it was written well before Russian hackers made the daily headlines. Excuse the indulgence. Hope you enjoy….
Would anyone connect it to me?
Viruses were written by nerdy, disaffected teenage boys–guys who couldn’t get laid. Not teenage girls who topped of the honor roll. Not girls who had a shot at a full ride scholarship at MIT. Hackers smoked cigarettes in rooms lit by analog monitors, plotting to take down websites that ended in .gov. Cyber-criminals lived a half a world away, concocting Russian phishing scams. Not people like me; they had no reason to suspect me.
As for Eli . . . Well, he was a strange character and there was no telling exactly why he thought he had me. He had no proof about the virus, not on my phone. Did he? No one else suspected me, as far as I could tell. I just needed to keep it that way.
I peeked out the blinds to see if Dad’s car was back.
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