Sunday, May 1, 2011

Justine's Thoughts: ttyl by Lauren Myracle

By Lauren Myracle

Source: Library
Rating: 4/5
Book Description:

On the first day of tenth grade, best friends Maddie (mad Maddie), Angela (SnowAngel), and Zoe (zoegirl) vow not to let school stupidness get them down . . . or split them apart.

Bust as the weeks pass and the instant messages accumulate, it’s clear that tenth grade will be a roller coaster ride of boy temptation, math torture, donut emergencies, and Queen Bee encounters. Then a jerky boy sends peppy Angela into the dumps, tough Maddie makes a mistake that has the whole school talking, and good girl Zoe gets in over her head with a flirty teacher. Will the winsome threesome make it through the year?

A quote:

Damn you. WHY do you plant these things in my head?

Any thoughts:

A story told fully in instant messages is quite a unique one. The idea of high school experiences being described by three best friends seem like something that’s filled with drama and boy trouble and homework and hilarity and even more drama. But there are also intense subjects that were covered. A specific example would be a Christian teacher that hits on a student. It’s a little inappropriate, as were some other quotes in the book (there were joke-y sexual innuendos).

It’s crazy to see how each character tries to handle the stuff thrown at them in high school. They have their own different personalities, often observed in the quiz results they usually get for fun (“scared that my inner dragon might eat your little pony?”). The book is mostly about friendship, reliving the teenage life in high school.

I was satisfied with how Lauren Myracle wrapped it up, especially through this style of instant messaging. It kept me interested and laughing throughout the whole book, which made for a quick read in the end. For those who like drama and high school and just plain dialogue, then this is the series for you.

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