Item description for Ditzy and Champion by Jack Adler...
Welcome to the chat room A place to talk about relationships. A place to make connections. A place to... meet your stalker? Faye joins the chat room to relax and make friends. She ends up getting more than she bargained for when one of her chat buddies steps off the computer screen and into her office. Ray thinks he might just be the man of Fay's dreams, but instead Faye and her husband find themselves in a nightmare.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Oct 31, 2007
Publisher Swimming Kangaroo Books
ISBN 1934041408 ISBN13 9781934041406
Availability 93 units. Availability accurate as of Jan 17, 2017 04:18.
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More About Jack Adler
Other novels by Jack Adler include a historical trilogy - Parthian Retreat, Seres Sanctuary, and Parthian Karma; and another historical novel, A Rage Of Duty. Contemporary novels are: The Montrell Tapes, Di Mario's Revenge, Ditzy and Champion, and Blackmail High. Nonfiction titles include: Southern India, Exploring Historic California, Splendid Seniors: Great Lives/Great Deeds, There's A Bullet Hole In Your Window, Consumer's Guide To Travel, Make Steady Money As A Travel Writer-Without Traveling, and Travel Safety (co-authored). The Library of Congress selected the latter book for translation into Braille. As a playwright Adler has received a grant from the Yaddo Foundation. Several one act plays have been produced off-Off Broadway, with one published. As a journalist Adler has been a columnist, on a free lance basis, for the Los Angeles Times' travel section and Westways Magazine. His articles have appeared in many other newspapers and magazines. He has taught various writing courses for UCLA Extension and for the Writer's Digest School. Adler and his wife, Barbro, reside in Los Angeles.
Reviews - What do customers think about Ditzy and Champion?
Contains a lesson for everyone Jun 18, 2008
Reviewed by Leslie Granier for Reader Views (6/08)
The internet exposes people to many wonderful and amazing things, but it can also be a dangerous tool. Faye Boucher learns this lesson the hard way. Faye, whose screen name is Ditzy, likes to participate in online chat rooms, especially ones that focus on relationship issues. This hobby is a constant source for arguments between her and her husband Jeff because he does not understand her reasons for wanting to partake in such activities. Jeff's arguments against chat rooms seem well-founded after Ray Shapp (also known as Champion) becomes obsessed with meeting Faye because of some comments she made during an online discussion. Having just enough personal information about Faye, Ray hatches a plan to track her down.
The author provides the reader with an insightful look into the main characters. It was stunning to watch Ray's obsession with finding Faye become more disturbing and dangerous. It was scary to see how someone who seems normal and well-adjusted in life would go to such extreme lengths to get what he wants. Faye, on the other hand, was so intent on hiding what was happening from her husband just so his opinions on the dangers of chat rooms would not be proven correct. Watching her agonize over how to handle the situation, while knowing she was putting her marriage and her life in danger, opened my eyes as to how people react under stress.
Some readers may embrace how the book ends because it allows them to draw their own conclusions. I, however, felt I was left with too many unanswered questions. There was a subplot in the story about a college girl who engages in prostitution to pay her tuition. However, the author never fully showed how this girl and her male friend fit into the big picture. I was disappointed by this because I like all of the loose ends to be tied up at the conclusion.
"Ditzy and Champion" will appeal mainly to female readers but it contains a lesson for everyone. These days it is extremely important to be careful about giving out too much personal information to strangers, whether online or in person, because the ramifications of such actions can lead to dire consequences.
The dark side of Internet chat rooms Jan 18, 2008
While in an Internet chat room, most people wonder what the person they are talking to looks like. Some people meet in person-and some have fallen in love and others have gotten a divorce because they should not have been in that chat room! All it takes is a few slips of the fingers, giving out too much information-and people can find you.
Fay, whose chat name is Ditzy, loves to relax from a hard day by sitting at her computer and talking in a chat room called Relationships. She has a few friends there and enjoys all the people. Her best friend in chat goes by the name Bunny. Fay has told Bunny a lot about herself-when she should not have. Bunny knows Fay's real name, where she lives, and what her husband does for a living. So when Bunny brings up Fay's real name in chat, Fay blows it off and decides she will ask her later not to do it anymore. Fay didn't realize that anyone can find you with just a few details about yourself.
Ray, whose screen name is Champion, joins the Relationships' chat room to hear a woman's point of views. He is lonely and looking to meet women. He believes that all women in chat rooms are either lonely or in bad marriages.
Ray finds himself wanting to get to know Fay well. He wants to meet her in person and see what she looks like and who she really is. He tracks down Fay and ends up fascinated with her. He can't seem to get her out of his mind.
Ray starts stalking Fay and then goes after her husband Jeff. Fay always believed she was in a good marriage, and all that was missing is children. Now all of a sudden there are problems in her marriage and secrets are being revealed. They are both being stalked but don't know how to stop it. Just when things seem to be going good, something else would happen.
I really liked the characters in the book. I was drawn in and couldn't put the book down. I really liked the plot and the way the surprises were thrown in unexpectedly.
Armchair Interviews says: Good advice for anyone in a chat room to protect your privacy