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Text Me, Guido [Kindle Edition]

Adrian Staccato
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Book Description

"Text Me, Guido" is the debut novel from author Adrian Staccato. Told entirely through text-messaging conversations, the book follows five Italian-American college friends as they complete their final semester of school. They are: Enzo, Sofia, Giulia, Claudia, and Phil.

Enzo is your typical bronze-tanned Guido. The son of a wealthy home builder, he spends his days at the gym and his nights at the club. When he's not buying drinks for his friends, he's showering his longtime girlfriend, Sofia, with gifts - making her the envy of the neighborhood. Her friends, Giulia and Claudia, secretly hope the two will break it off, but Sofia is set on marriage and eagerly awaits Enzo's proposal.

Enzo's friend, Phil, is the outcast of the group. He dislikes to party, and attributes the "Jersey Shore lifestyle" to the decline of civilization. Nevertheless, he finds himself infatuated with Giulia - a crush since kindergarten. Giulia, however, is wildly insecure and has no interest in his bookish ways. She has her heart set on Enzo - and with a little maneuvering, she might just get what she wants!

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"It is always good to see someone pushing the boundaries of fiction like this, and especially when they do it so well." - Reviewed by Stephanie Dagg for Readers Favorite

Product Details

  • File Size: 582 KB
  • Print Length: 287 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1481817221
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008MMX56Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #497,943 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read, Especially on Your Mobile Kindle APP November 5, 2012
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This is an interesting approach to creative writing, having the entire story played out through a series of text messages. You'll find yourself wondering if these are real conversations -- especially if you read it on your Kindle App for your phone, as I did.

Dialogue often makes or breaks novels and the dialogue here is as real as it gets, no wasted words but plenty of tension and misunderstandings that come from text message conversations.

I have to admit, I was jealous that I hadn't thought of this style of writing myself but maybe it's a new genre in the making? At times I wish there was character descriptions or back-story to go along with the novel, but that's the traditionalist reader coming out.

Worth the download, lol, TTL.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Enzo is in love with Sophia. Giulia is in love with Enzo. Phil has a crush on Giulia. And Claudia is just looking for someone to be with.

Through a series of text messages, this gang of "friends" live their everyday life. Reality style TV. Like every group of friends on reality TV, there are the following:

Enzo- The Jock
Sophia- The Prom Queen
Giulia- The Easy One
Claudia-The Shy One
Phil-The Studious one

These friends live everyday partying it up and reveling in the drama of being complete opposites. Through the messages you learn that not everyone in their group is a friend. With friends like these who needs enemies? Will their friendship survive the craziness?

When you first look at the cover and the synopsis you might think it's the not the type of book you're used to reading. And you're right. Text Me, Guido is compiled of a series of text messages sent between the five friends. It is completely different from what people are used to. This book has the possibility of being liked or being hated. It isn't for everyone. I personally enjoyed it. From the beginning you are thrown into the lives of each friend and know that they are a crazy bunch. You immediately know you are in for a Reality TV style drama. Backstabbing friends, outrageous partying, and snobby girlfriends, what more proof do you need? :)

By far my favorite two characters in the whole book were Phil and Claudia. They were both pretty level-headed and you can't help but root for them to be together. Like every person that sees Reality TV, everyone will root for their own people. I personally HATE reality TV, so with Claudia and Phil being the only "real" characters, it was easy to like them.

My only complaint? That it was just all messages.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique June 7, 2013
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I wasn't too sure if I would enjoy this book. It is certainly a unique spin on writing and everything is done in txting format. Still there is story, there is plot, there is drama and the characters shine through so wholly and vividly that your awe struck at the power of writing considering the formatting of this book. The only down side is that it is college age kids txting and it was too familiar of MTV's Jersey Shore.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wow February 22, 2013
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I loved the concept... the style kept me interested (maybe the idea of reading people's text... so bad!!!) ... hope this is not how real italian americans are (lol) but it seemed quite realistic... ending was shocking but left me with the need to find out more.... oh and I learned 2 italian words (not good words) vaffancula and troia... looking forward to more from Mr. Staccato
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5.0 out of 5 stars OMG! This is not my usual reading fare, BUT... September 26, 2012
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I started reading it from the "preview" and by page 5 I knew I had to get this book! I was totally hooked! It is so voyeuristic, reading other people's texts...and I had to know what was going to happen next. It's like listening in on someone's conversation at the food court at the mall. Loved this! Can't wait for the next one!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Hear you me, ragazzi! Do not pass this up! I've read this bad boy twice already as necessary due to all the little intricacies and references that I overlooked the first go-around. Each time, Staccato's witty quips left my belly aching with laughter and his twists and turns never failed to entertain me. I was surprised with how clearly and quickly these characters were shaped for a book written entirely in text message format. On numerous occasions I found myself becoming attached/detached to/from certain characters as the storyline progressed.

Simply phenomenal...ben scritto, Adrian!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down.... August 10, 2012
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After reading some reviews, my interest was peaked. Finally gave in and bought it.
Read it in one day! It's a great story with an ending that was not what I expected. Excited to see where the this story goes.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't see that coming. August 1, 2012
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I read this book cause someone insisted I do it. I am a sucker for a good text:) Makes me feel like part of the conversation. I found myself drawn into the drama of these young adults not because it was actually interesting but because it was so.........real? From start to finish. I found myself hating all of them at some point during the book. Then all of the sudden WHAM, i did not see that coming, left me with my mouth open in dis-belief, and I wasn't able to turn the page for quiet some time, I must have read the same page at least 3 times. Not sure if a lesson was intended but I felt like one could be learned. I would recommend it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Creative idea that didn't work
The idea of a book written in text is an interesting one. It seems like a good idea, but it didn't work. At least not in this book. Unless your supposed to hate all the charecters. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Tara
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring book
Story lacks interesting characters and plot. Dry, does not make you want to read on or discover the end as you do not care about any of the characters.
Published 22 months ago by Anna
5.0 out of 5 stars Ingenious, modern, gripping and clever
Text Me Guido by Adrain Stacatto is contemporary fiction in the form of text messages. It’s an ingenious idea and it works brilliantly in this author’s hands. Read more
Published on March 11, 2013 by S. J. Dagg
5.0 out of 5 stars A Really New Take on the Epistolatory Novel
Absolutely brilliant, with a real shock ending - I bought this thinking it was just going to be a cute gimmick but this writer is really talented. A marvellous piece of work.
Published on March 8, 2013 by T. Ormiston-smith
2.0 out of 5 stars Is this what Jersey Shore is like?
I picked this up on a whim because it looked like a unique approach to writing a novel.

Right. So. Read more
Published on March 5, 2013 by Snarkstress
1.0 out of 5 stars Seriously?
OK i know it's supposed to be humor and all. But this didn't even warrant a smile. it was annoying in so many ways and it just wasn't worth my time... at all.
Published on March 5, 2013 by Bookworm
1.0 out of 5 stars Not my kind of book
Not my kind of book. It didn't keep my interest or keep me interested past the first chapter. Wouldn't recommend it.
Published on March 5, 2013 by Alex
4.0 out of 5 stars You will either love it or hate it
I think this book is truly a shining example of something that will divide the masses. I don't think there is an in between. Read more
Published on March 3, 2013 by Ionia Martin
3.0 out of 5 stars It was amusing, but...
I started reading this and I got hooked after 10 or so pages. It's like reading RHONJ in text form. I was, however, disappointed with the cliff-hanger ending! Read more
Published on January 13, 2013 by Colleen Greer
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time
Interesting format, as texting is so popular and universal now. But the content...blah. All 'major' events happen before the texting, so you don't really get the whole story on... Read more
Published on January 11, 2013 by Renaeja
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ADRIAN STACCATO is the author of the text-messaging novel "Text Me, Guido". On his spare time, he blogs about his experiences publishing.

You can contact him by email: adrianstaccato[at] or visit his blog:

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