Click Here & Access Denied

Paperback CoversCLICK HERE -  New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age  VOYA Top Shelf Fiction,  Scholastic Book Fair/Clubs Bestselling Title “Top Ten” among books, TV, movies – GIRL’S LIFE magazine    ACCESS DENIED - “Ever funny and clever, Erin tackles eighth grade…[her] ups and downs are humanizing, entertaining, and real.”-Kirkus Reviews

 

Go to Erin’s website!

 

Click Here (to find out how i survived seventh grade) Seventh-grader Erin Swift has a talent for computers, a love of Snickers, and big feet that are great for soccer and useless for dancing. She has a lot on her mind: a new school where she and her best friend Jilly are separated for the first time in school, a crush on the Cute Boy in her homeroom, and leading the school intranet project.

Access Denied (and other eighth grade error messages)

Computer whiz Erin Swift is ready to start eighth grade. The Year of Humiliating Events is behind her and she’s ready to rule the school. But eighth grade comes with its own set of problems, including her first boyfriend, her first break-up, and her mom treating her more like an eight year old than an eighth grader.
But as Erin’s school year once against hurdles toward disaster, a personal tragedy forces her to realize that things, and people, aren’t always as bad as they seem.

To share your thoughts on these books, leave a comment below!

Are you going to write a sequel–like How I Survived 8th Grade? I’m glad you liked the book enough to want to keep going with Erin’s story! I’ve already written it and it’s out and called Access Denied (and other eighth grade error messages). Click on the ACCESS DENIED book cover for more information!

How long did it take you to write Click Here? Almost two years! I started in the summer of 2001 and finished in spring of 2003. Then it took two years for it to be published as a book. Lots of revision!

Is there going to be a movie based on Click Here? If so, how can I get an audition? Thank you for thinking that the book would make a good movie! Even though it seems like a lot of books get made into movies, it is actually very rare. And even if the near-impossible happened and Click Here did get made into a movie, I wouldn’t have anything to do with it except give my permission for the production company to do it. I would have no input into casting or anything else–that would be up to the production company. I’m sorry! But if you are interested in acting, I hope you are auditioning for plays at your school or in your hometown and working on those skills.

Where did you get the idea for the story? It actually started because I was talking to a friend. She told me her daughter’s best friend was going to a new school and the girls were totally bummed about it. When I first started it, my book was called My Own Two Feet and Jilly had moved to another state. But that wasn’t working so then I had her at the same school, just on a different track.

Did anything in this book happen to you in 7th grade? Thankfully, no! But the feelings of insecurity, of wanting to fit in and have friends–those are all from my middle school and high school years. I think most people feel that way.

Are any of the characters based on people you know? Not really, though Serena is actually based on two or three boys who were mean to me in 5th-8th grade. They did get a little nicer as we got older. And I used names of people I know for some of the characters.

Are the shoes on the original hardcover your shoes?

Shoes

No, but they could have been! My black Chuck’s have red thread. The fab cover designer, Alison Impey, at Little, Brown (my publisher) found that pictu

re some where and used it. And it’s absolutely perfect.

On the original hardcover, there’s a girl with braces. Which character in the book has braces? None of them! Or at least, I didn’t make a point to say that some did. But I love that photo and wish I’d thought to have one of the characters have braces since that’s the age to have them. In the sequel, look for one of the characters to have braces.

Why didn’t Erin end up with Mark at the end of the book? A lot of readers were disappointed that Erin didn’t end up with Mark as her boyfriend at the end of the book. But that felt too predictable to me. And also, having her without a boy and not even a crush really, strengthened the theme of the book, of her being able to stand on her own. I wanted her to have only herself to rely on in the end. And I also believe that only when we are fully secure in ourselves can we really have a meaningful relationship with someone else. Erin wasn’t ready, but she will be.

What other books have you written? Click Here was the SIXTH novel I’d written for young people, the FIRST to be accepted for publication. Check out other pages on my site to see what other books are coming out.

How can I have my own website or blog like Erin Swift in the books, Click Here and Access Denied?

There are a few places you can do this but I recommend talking to your parents first because its really important to BE SAFE. Never put in any personal information (full name, address, phone, school name, team name, stuff like that) so you are always safe online. Once you talk to them, have them search with you online for different places where you can keep a blog or have a website and make sure you always follow good Internet safety.

The other option is just to keep a private journal on your computer. You can even do it in Microsoft Word and give the document a password so no one can read it but you. Check Word’s online Help for instructions on how to do this.

Do you know of other books like Click Here that I might like? If you liked Click Here, you will probably enjoy The Secret Blog of Raisin Rodriguez by Judy Goldschmidt and I Am the Wallpaper by Mark Peter Hughes. All three of our books have something in common…read them to find out what it is! I would also recommend The Fashion Disaster That Changed My Life by Lauren Myracle. It’s great fun.

If I send you my book or story, will you read it and tell me what you think? I love to hear that you are writing your own stories and books! And I wish I could read them. But unfortunately, if I did, I wouldn’t have time to write my own books, or keep my commitment to the writers in my writing groups. But read the next question for more information on writing.

I’m a writer, too. How can I learn more about writing and getting published?  Check out the Writers page to get tips on writing and places to send your work.

 Awards & Recognition

  • Winner, Colorado Book Award for Young Adult Literature
  • New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age
  • VOYA Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers
  • Scholastic Book Fair/Clubs Bestselling Title
  • Finalist, Louisiana Young Readers Award
  • Girl’s Life magazine selected Click Here as one of their “Top Ten” among books, TV, movies, and more. (April/May 2005 issue)

Reviews

“The Young Adult Library Services Association of the American Library Association recommends Vega’s novel and suggests it as a resource to access during YALSA’s annual Teen Tech Week.” - by Alicia Rudnicki, Demand Media

“Like a Tootsie Pop, Vega’s novel is sweet and gives readers plenty to chew on. Readers who have just entered their teen years will likely also enjoy the novel’s bittersweet sequel, Access Denied (and other eighth grade error messages)…” - The Examiner.com

“Vega’s portrayal of Erin and her struggles rings very true in this book…I found the book delightful–funny and suspenseful at the same time.” - MyShelf.com

“Click Here is one of the funniest, most entertaining novels I have read in a long time…This novel will keep all readers laughing and begging for more!” - Angela Etheridge, The Romance Reader’s Connection

 

“…excellent portrayal of the self-conscious vulnerability of the early teens, and of a girl growing out of a friend’s shadow into her own strength of character.” - Hilary Willimason, bookloons.com

“Click Here is a rollicking romp through all the friendship foibles of middle school mania that offers all kids a message of hope: you really CAN survive!” - Peggy Tibbetts, ReadersRoom.com

“Overall, this is a heartfelt book about a girl becoming her own person.” - Publishers Weekly

“The characters and situations are believable, and readers will relate to and sympathize with Erin’s dilemmas.” - School Library Journal

“…the blog segments and first-person narration are immediate and funny.” - Kirkus Reviews

“Of the recent spate of Harriet the Spy remakes…this is both the wisest and the most compulsively readable.” - The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“…Erin’s solution to her dilemma is clever in this engaging first novel.” - VOYA

Click Here was included on a Top Ten list by Dobbs Ferry, Teen Librarian!

Is the sequel about Erin in 8th grade or later? The sequel is about Erin’s 8th grade year at Molly Brown Middle School. I won’t say anymore so you can enjoy reading it!

Did anything in this book happen to you in 8th grade? Nope – thank goodness. But the feelings Erin experienced – wanting to be treated older, do things her friends get to do, having a boyfriend – all of that is from my middle school and high school years. I think most people feel that way.

Are any of the characters based on people you know? Not really, though Serena is actually based on two or three boys who were mean to me in 5th-8th grade. They did get a little nicer as we got older. And I used names of people I know for some of the characters.

Will you write about Erin in high school – have a sequel to Access Denied? At this time, I don’t have any plans to take Erin and her friends beyond 8th grade. I hope you enjoy reading my other books with high school characters.

How can I have my own website or blog like Erin Swift in the books, Click Here and Access Denied?

There are a few places you can do this but I recommend talking to your parents first because its really important to BE SAFE. Never put in any personal information (full name, address, phone, school name, team name, stuff like that) so you are always safe online. Once you talk to them, have them search with you online for different places where you can keep a blog or have a website and make sure you always follow good Internet safety.

The other option is just to keep a private journal on your computer. You can even do it in Microsoft Word and give the document a password so no one can read it but you. Check Word’s online Help for instructions on how to do this.

 

“I’ll say it again: Denise Vega is a wonderful story-teller, juggling humor and uncertainty and the desperate desire to fit in so skillfully, you’ll be sucked into Erin’s world before you know it.” - Rita Lorraine

5 out of 5 stars!

“This book is a great coming of age story that takes all the usual ones to the next level..Erin’s story is unforgettable. The writing is great, the scenes are great, the characters are great, and the storyline is terrific! I read it in two sit-downs and still wanted more! I hope that in the future, there will be a third book of Erin Swift’s life of trying to survive public school.” - Reading to Myself

“Access Denied is a sometimes comical, sometimes poignant, and always captivating portrayal of teen angst. Vega draws an authentic picture of modern middle school mayhem and how popularity can lure anyone into leading a double life.” - Peggy Tibbetts

“Ever funny and clever, Erin tackles eighth grade…[her] ups and downs are humanizing, entertaining, and real.” - Kirkus Reviews

“I’m always a bit wary of when adults try to talk in a teen’s voice and computers are involved. For some reason, no matter how good the rest of the story is, the computer lingo always seems to be either dated or just plain off… Luckily this book had research done as teen web speak is done pitch perfect throughout the book… I would recommend this book for 7th graders and up. Teens will enjoy this book with a computer savvy main character who’s both boy and technology crazy with a good heart.” - Books, Movies & Chinese Food

“I am a[n] adult who enjoys reading YA and this book was extremely entertaining. As I read it, it brought me back to how absolutely angst-ridden being in high school can be. …There are some seriously funny passages, as well as some more touching and deep messages to all YA. I really enjoyed this one.” - Bookshipper

“An enjoyable read, this book is filled with the anxieties of middle school along with the thrills of new experiences. I like that the book has some realistic choices and dilemmas in it and still manages to stay appropriate in content for teen readers. …Erin is a very likable teen and I enjoyed reading about her adventures and misadventures with both her friends, boys, and not-quite friends.” - Enchanting Reviews “Lisa”

“…Denise Vega’s knee-slapping sense of humor and delightful story-telling abilities cast their magic spell…and people, I was hooked. …I’ll say it again: Denise Vega is a wonderful story-teller. She juggles humor and uncertainty and the desperate desire to fit in so skillfully, you’ll be sucked into Erin’s world before you know it.”- Young Adult (& Kids Book Central)

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134 Comments

  1. Do you think there will be a movie from these books or a third book about how she survives high school??? because that would be great!!!!!! I’m almost done reading access denied and im so happy im reading it. I LOVE ur books!!!

    • Thank you! Thank you! I’d LOVE for their to be a movie! But so far no bites. It came out around the same time as another book called HOW MY PERSONAL, PRIVATE JOURNAL BECAME A BESTSELLER and that book was made into a Disney TV movie. But we can still hope! I’m thinking about a book with the gang in high school but have a few others I want to write first (that aren’t related to CLICK HERE and ACCESS DENIED). Check out ROCK ON when you’re done – I think you’ll like it :-).

  2. Erin’s website!!!

    • I moved this comment to the CLICK HERE and ACCESS DENIED page. I’m not sure if you are asking or pointing out her website, but if you’re asking, click here to go to it!

  3. What inspired u to write these books ❓❔

    • I moved this to the CLICK HERE & ACCESS DENIED page because I assume that’s what you were asking about! The first book came about because of a friend whose daughter’s best friend was moving to a new school. When I first started it, the book was called My Own Two Feet and Jilly had moved to another state. But that wasn’t working so then I had her at the same school, just on a different track. You can find out more about the books on this page–check out the FAQs!

  4. I LOVE YOUR BOOKS, Your Book character Erin Penelope Swift! Every time I’m in a bad mood Erin helps me connect and feel a lot better. I told my mom that “if Erin was real, She would be my best friend” I really connect it feels good to know someone understand what it’s like. I told everyone in my class I’m going to email you and tell you to write a third book to the “click here” series and to tell you i would really love if you made a movie. Everyone in my class told me to tell you i need to be Erin ha ha ha…I know I’m talking a lot about your books but, I’m going to tell you a little about myself. I love playing sports and I love doing things on computer guess what I made a power point wishlist with effects and everything. I also stay up reading your books. I LOVEEEEEEEE CHOCOLATEEEE! But I really want you to write a third book!!!!!! :) you inspire me I’ve written books myself and i hope i can reach out to girls and capture true reality when i grow up thank you for writing those books :)Please Email me :) You are my hero!! Do you have a Instagram? I Loveeeeee Your BOOOOOOOKKKKSSSS and you!!!!! :)

    • I also have a copy of both books (Click Here and Access Denied) I am reading Access Denied right now I’m on Page: 65 Erin just kissed Blake and chocked they are getting some food #loveyourbooks

      #ErinismycharacterHERO

      • Awesome, awesome!!! I loved writing that scene :-). I love your Erin hashtag – that ROCKS!!!

    • I’m so happy you love the books! I’ve had a lot of reader ask about taking the characters into high school and I really have been thinking about it. Right now I’m working on a couple of books that I’m totally jazzed about so we’ll have to see how things go. I may write some short stories from the points of view of some of the other characters. If I did that, who would you like to hear from? Mark’s side of the story? Jilly’s? Rosie’s? Tyler’s? Let me know!

      And I would LOVE to see someone make a movie out of the books, but so far no bites. But if there is ever news, I’ll be tweeting and posting like crazy!

      What’s your favorite chocolate? Mine is Green & Black’s Organic Dark Chocolate with mint and Dove chocolate.

      I’m so happy you’re writing books – so awesome. And I do have Instagram but haven’t used it yet! DeniseVegaBooks. You?

      BTW, since you liked CLICK HERE & ACCESS DENIED so much, you should check out ROCK ON – I think you’d like that too.

      Thank you so much for your enthusiastic and fun comment. Happy weekend!!!!

      • Well I’ve been planning to do a movie with this app and it’s not going be like the best movie ever but just like a sample type-thing. I like dove and Hershey’s they are the BEST!

        • This sounds interesting! What’s the movie app? Yea, Dove chocolate! I’ve become a chocolate snob and can’t eat regular Hershey bars anymore, though I like the dark chocolate kisses. :-)

      • I’m acually planning to make a sample movie thingy and I love dove and Hershey’s

        • Hooray! Tell me more about the sample “movie thingy” – that’s a very technical term – ha!

        • Otto about that I posted the comment like 4 times I thought I didn’t post

          • It has to get approved and if I’m away, it may take a few days!

      • I’m thinking about doing a little movie on the books with some friends and my fav. Chocolate is Hershey’s

        • Plain Hershey’s? Almonds? Do you like s’mores? I’ll eat Hershey’s in a s’more :-).

          • I love s’mores and I like with or without almonds

          • Love s’mores too! I’ve never had one with Hershey’s with almonds, but it sounds yummy!

          • i like all of those i would like to hear from mark and jilly they would have different points of view oh and i have almost finished casting for the movie i just have to type up the script and talk to some people who can help us then we will be good to go :)

          • This is really helpful to know what you’d like to read about. Thanks!

  5. Thank you so much for writing these books! I read them two years ago (sixth grade) and they’ve definitely helped me through my middle school years. It’s nice to have characters that you can relate to so easily. I still think of them every now and then. I would love to see how Erin battles 9th grade! Have a killer day xo.

    • That’s so cool! Thanks for taking time to write. I love that you could relate to the characters and that you still think of them :-). Erin in high school is definitely something that has come up with other readers so it’s on my radar. Have a great rest of your week! xo

  6. Ms. Vega,
    I luv your click here and access denied books. I luved the ending to the second one and i cried while reading the second one. I hope you make another book about erin and mark and rosie and jilly. They’re really interesting to me and relate to my life and school. We have mean people, popular people, people fighting, and people dating. Keep writing. You inspire a lot of people.

    • And I luv you for taking time to write and share your wonderful thoughts! Thank you so much. I’m glad you connected so deeply with the books and that you’d love to see more. I’m definitely thinking about it–I love those characters! And thank you for encouraging me to keep writing and that I inspire people – that means so much to me! Have a great week :).

  7. I hope there will be more sequals to these books because i love them soooooo much.
    I can’t wait to read more!!!!

    • Your enthusiasm is getting me motivated! I’ve got other books I’m working on now, but I promise I will really think about this and see where my interest and passion lead me. Thanks so much!

  8. HI!!! I am in love with your books about Erin Swift, I have read them both about ten times! I have to read more than these! Can you PLEASE make a third book!??? i am dying to know how Erin survives in High School! How her relationship with Mark continues, if Jilly or Rosie find boys to go out with. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE!! I want to read more! When u have time, try to make a third book. That will mean the world to me! thanks,
    Layla C.

  9. I hope there will be a sequel to this! I’d love to see what happens next for Erin in high school.

    • I’m so thrilled you’d like one! You aren’t the only ready to ask about that so it’s definitely on my radar. We’ll see how it shakes out after I finish these other books that I’m really pumped about writing :-). Thanks so much!!!

  10. i am so close to finishing ‘click here’ and i think that if i were in erin’s situation, i just might litterally DIE! i know for sure that i wouldn’t be able to go to school for at least a week and i would cry till i was dehidraded and i would probably puke all of the extra fluids that i didn’t ry out so,what do you think? would i die? i think i would. i already know this and i haven’t even finished the book!

    • OMG – your message was so awesome! I’m hoping you won’t die, but I can totally relate to your reaction. I had a few humiliating experiences in middle school so Erin is going through a lot of the emotions I did. Let me know what you think when you’re finished!!!

      • it was an ausome ending!! you probably already know that though. hehehe. i got this book for christmas and i stayed up a little last night to finish it. i cannot wait till i can find ‘access denied’. what kind of ending dose that have? dose she face another embarassment?

        • So glad you liked the ending (and that it kept you up a bit to get to the end)! I think ACCESS DENIED has a very satisfying ending. She faces some bigger challenges in that book – I hope you like it just as much!

          • i just don’t know where i’ll find it!!

          • It’s cheap so you can buy it or ask for it for a gift or check your library – lots of them carry it! If yours doesn’t, request it, baby. Have a great rest of your weekend!

  11. I really love your books.I wish u did a video of all your boot

    • Thank you! I’m planning to do some fun short videos about the books, but not for a few months. Happy New Year!

  12. can you tell me a summary about the book

    • You can see a short summary of each book on the Descriptions tab above. Happy New Year!

  13. I just finish readingClick Here to find out how I survived seventh grade

    • Awesome! Hope you liked it and will be checking out the sequel, ACCESS DENIED!

  14. Dear Ms. Vega,
    Hi! I just wanted to say that your books are great! :D My best friend Courtney had me read ‘Click Here’ and I loved it! I started ‘Access Denied’ on Google Playstore, but I would have had to buy it to get the whole story, so I’m going to look for it in the library. What I read was really good, though.
    I hope Mark and Erin get together!!!
    Like you, I want to be an author. I am working on a story right now, and it’s so great. What I don’t like is the fact that sometimes I get writers block (grrr) but normally it’s really fun. Do you have any tips on writing, or writers block for me?
    Sheila
    P.S. I didn’t use my real name because my mom wouldn’t let me, but you may see my book in stores some day!! :)
    P.S.S. I REALLY hope you write more Erin books. She’s a great character, and I like Mark too.
    Thanks again!! :) :) :)

    • I’m glad your mom suggested you be safe online – that’s great! And when your books come out, you can let me know with your real name via the moderator (or here if you are an adult by then) – hooray!

      So glad you liked CLICK HERE and kudos to Courtney for hooking you up. If you can’t find ACCESS DENIED in your library, ask them to order it. Or maybe you and Courtney could go in on buying the paperback – it’s only $5.99 :-). And if you send me a postage-paid envelope, I’ll send an autographed bookplate.

      I’m psyched to hear you are working on your own story. I’m right there with you about blocks. I had a HUGE one in 2012 – lasted 8 months before I busted through (I write about it in a couple of posts on my blog). You can check out tips on that at my .

      Keep writing and keep me posted!!!

  15. please make a book about her in 9th grade! your book was awesome and i would be upset to see it end! i want to see how mark and erin go with dating.

    • I’m definitely thinking about this, but have a few other books I want to write first. And I’m really hoping more people buy ACCESS DENIED so my publisher is open to more Erin stories. Spread the word! I also am considering writing some side stories about different characters that would be available as e-stories. Erin beyond ACCESS DENIED is definitely a possibility for one of those stories. Thanks so much for taking time to write!

  16. I’m reading the book ” Click Here, find out how I survived the seventh grade”, on the back page it said to go to http://www.denisevega.com,it lead me here, now I’m trying to find the character Erin P Swift’s webpage. Does anybody know were I can find it? Thanks

    • Here’s a direct link, http://erinpswift.wordpress.com/ For future reference, go to the Books menu and then to the Click Here/Access Denied page. There is a link at the top of the page. Have fun!

  17. Dear Denise Vega,
    I am obsessed with your books. Are you going to make one about Erin’s life in 9the grade? PLEASE DO! I really enjoyed reading these books, and I can’t find another like it. Please make another!

    • I’m so happy you like my books! Right now I don’t have plans to write about Erin in high school but I’m thinking about doing some stories from different perspectives/other characters. But I’m so happy you want to read more. I hope you’ll check out ROCK ON, my newest book. If you liked CLICK HERE and ACCESS DENIED, I think you’ll like ROCK ON too! Happy weekend!

  18. Dear Denise Vega,
    I am going into 6th grade this year and I got nervous until I read Click Here.I was obsessed with it. I ended up reading it in 3 hours. I locked myself in my room until I finished it. I got the book from my local library in the ‘Young Adults’ section. Thank you for writing this marvelous book!

    • I’m so glad you loved the book so much! And check out the sequel–ACCESS DENIED–when you have a chance. I’m sure you’ll do great in 6th grade – are you in middle school now or is 6th grade the top of the heap in elementary school? I know different schools do it differently. Have an awesome year!!!

  19. I absolutly LOVED the series. COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN!! :) seriously, i stayed up til midnight reading it, and snuck it for a quick read whenever i could! I loved it soooooooooooooo much :D
    Write on!
    -Taylor

    • Taylor,

      Woo hoo! You rock! I love that you stayed up late to keep reading. You made my day!!! Hugs, girl!

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