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Far from being precious, the format proves perfect for accurately capturing the sweet histrionics and intimate intricacies of teenage girls. Grownups (and even teenage boys) might feel as if they've intercepted a raw feed from Girl Secret Headquarters, as the book's three protagonists--identified by their screen names "SnowAngel," "zoegirl," and "mad maddie"--tough their way through a rough-and-tumble time in high school. Conversations range from the predictable (clothes, the delicate high-school popularity ecosystem, boys, boys in French class, boys in Old Navy commercials, etc.) to the the jarringly explicit (the girls discuss female ejaculation: "some girls really do, tho. i read it in our bodies, ourselves") and the unintentionally hilarious (Maddie's IM reduction of the Christian poem "Footprints"--"oh, no, my son. no, no, no. i was carrying u, don't u c?").
But Myracle's triumph in ttyl comes in leveraging the language-stretching idiom of e-mail, text messaging, and IM. Reaching to express themselves, the girls communicate almost as much through punctuation and syntactical quirks as with words: "SnowAngel: 'cuz--drumroll, please--ROB TYLER is in my french class!!! *breathes deeply, with hand to throbbing bosom* on friday we have to do "une dialogue" together. i get to ask for a bite of his hot dog.'"
Myracle already proved her command of teenage girl-ness with Kissing Kate, but the self-imposed convention of ttyl allows a subtlety that is even more brilliant. Parents might like reading the book just to quantify how out of touch they are, but teens will love the winning, satisfyingly dramatic tale of this tumultuous trio. (Ages 13 to 17) --Paul Hughes --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
I really enjoyed this book, and I plan to read the entire series. It was funny and full of pop cultural references. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Attorey A.
This book was great except im not a fan of cussing so if you plan on purchasing this book, there is cussing and I would probably rate the book ages 13+ because of the content. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I feel I have to step in and say something here. I got this book when it first came out, many, many, many moons ago. Read morePublished 3 months ago by SDS
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I typically finish every book that I start and I usually don't write reviews for books that I don't finish, but this is a book I just couldn't keep reading. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Dawn
Absolute fluff. Unchallenging, meaningless plot. A good book should give you something to think about between/after readings. This one flits away like last week's gossip.Published 6 months ago by Suzanne Freeman
with as many problems as we have in getting young people to read good literature, parents buy this because other kids are glued to it. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Debra Crosby