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Length: 287 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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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: 652 KB
  • Print Length: 287 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: July 17, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008MMX56Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,326,435 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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Format: Kindle Edition
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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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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I must admit that I was really excited to read Text Me, Guido, and the longer it sat on my Kindle, the more I itched to start reading it. Don't think that my interest in Adrian's book was solely based on the fact that we share the same name... Okay, that fact had a little to do with my wanting to read and review his book, but ultimately I wanted it because it sounded fun.

So after sitting here in my lovely little reading area and staring at my Kindle instead of working like I should have been, my excitement grew into a need and, I started to read it. And then I couldn't stop reading it! I stayed up all night. Literally! It was THAT good! And I laughed so hard I was actually crying. Believe me when I say that it takes true talent to make that happen to me and Adrian Staccato isn't just talented, the man is brilliant on top of that!

I think that Text Me, Guido gives us an even better glimpse into today's society and how different social interactions are today as opposed to say, 20 years ago. I liked that Adrian wasn't afraid to point out the flaws in his characters. His book shows that college grads, or those facing graduation rather (as is the case in this book) , can be just as immature as teenagers. It shows that based on the advancement of technology, physical social interaction is declining rapidly. With cell phones becoming more advanced and with social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter, there is virtually no need for physical interaction. Instead of taking the time to converse face-to-face and verbalize what we're thinking, we've developed an even shorter short-hand and a code that we use to get our points across to others. Just point, click, and there you have it.

In Text Me, Guido, we get to know Enzo, Giulia, Sofia, Claudia and Phil.
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I stumbled across this gem by pure dumb luck. What Adrian Staccato has crafted is a modern day masterpiece set in the backdrop of today's social media frenzy. From start to finish this entire book plays out in BBM conversations where we get to know the 5 principle characters: Enzo, the spoiled jock rich kid; Sophia, Enzo's equally as spoiled ditzy girlfriend; Phil, Enzo's brainy best friend; Claudia, Sophia's best friend who always seems to be the go to for dirt dishing; and finally, Giulia, the girl infatuated with Enzo. Obviously there is an Italiano flavour amongst the five characters, but that only serves to enrich the characters and give them depth and personalities. They, in the digital world, as in the real world, are caught up in a place where only their lives and the things they do exist- anything or anyone out of their circle is completely non-existent or not even important. I felt almost uncomfortable reading the book. It's akin to swiping a complete stranger's phone and reading their messages. Everything is there. There are no details spared. These 5 live their lives through social networking. There's this sense reading the book: why doesn't Enzo just call his girlfriend Sophia and tell her goodnight? Why are they always messaging? Why don't these people actually interact? And the answer is: that is where we've come. Society has de-evolved as technology has become better. The technology in this case stands to work against the characters as things start to heat up. And although you may find yourself scratching your head by how the twist is revealed at the end, again, in this age of Facebook, Staccato writes something as clever as it is cold and dreadful. I was completely lost in the lives of these 5. I felt as if I knew them well, and I cannot wait to sneak a peak at more of their conversations.
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