Monday, October 9, 2017

Book Review -Abuse of Discretion by Pamela Samuels Young

In the latest novel by Pamela Samuels Young, titled Abuse of Discretion takes on the challenges of sexting and addresses child trafficking.  The story unfolds around young Graylin Alexander and Kennedy Carlyle for the sexting. The author gives her readers a look at cases from juvenile courtroom.   While she addresses another story that deals with child trafficking which is serious today that centers around a prisoner who steal runs his operation from Federal prison calls himself "The Shepard" and Dre who is seeking revenge for the kidnapping of his niece Brianna.

I was proud to see how she took a real life issues and circumstances that most parents don't educate their children about to help protect them when it comes to taking and sending pictures of themselves naked or half nudity.  Teenagers today don't understand the ramifications of sexting let along being charged with possession of child pornography. Most importantly, I don't think parents understand sexting and monitor their children's social media like prosecuting attorney Sullivan in the story.  After reading this story, you will want to sit down with your kids and have a serious talk about sexting and the law that could find themselves in this same situation as Graylin. 

The story addresses child trafficking but from the kidnapper perspective and how someone who might be locked behind bars can still have outside connections that allow him to continue running his operation from the inside of prison walls.  I believe the author was trying to make a point when she included the child trafficking with the sexting between kids.  As I followed the story, I took that the result of a child sending pictures of nudity via social media or to friends in innocence can end up in a pedophile or child traffickers hands that will place them in danger. 

This story is long and well worth every page to get the point across about sexting, the law regarding sexting between kids, how it's treated as child pornography, distribution of child pornography, ect.  This story can be an example for students and parents.  I strongly recommend parents and their kids read Abuse of Discretion.  I am a new fan of her work and will definitely read more of her books.  I love her style writing and how she takes real life circumstances to make a great point that will educate and have an impact on her readers.

About Pamela Samuels Young

Pamela Samuels Young is an attorney and award-winning author of eight mystery novels. Her thriller, Anybody’s Daughter, won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Fiction and was a Top Ten pick by In the Margins, the best books for at-risk teens. Pamela formerly worked as Managing Counsel, Labor and Employment Law, for Toyota and spent several years as a television news writer and associate producer. The former journalist and retired lawyer is also a natural hair enthusiast and the author of Kinky Coily: A Natural Hair Resource Guide.

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