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.
It's written in IM messages with a failed attempt at writing it in texting language.
First off, let me just say that-- and I am a bit ashamed of this fact-- I did not actually finish this book, but don't let that stop you from reading my opinion.
If you think these things listed here are appropriate reading for your 13 year old then I guess this book is for you.
This book is listed as being for ages 9-18. My almost 9 y/o downloaded it and soon asked me what "pubes" were. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sara Barton
I ordered this book because my daughter in middle school requested it. After reading a few passages before giving it to her, she will not receive this book. Read morePublished 6 months ago by C
I read the book and me and all my friends all loves it because of the jokes we can all relate too. I know a lot of people bash on it for it being slightly vulgar (or really vulgar)... Read morePublished 6 months ago by stacy
My daughter was given this book to read by a friend and she brought it home and told me that it was so gross and dirty that she didn't think she should be reading it. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Sue
IF YOU ARE MATURE AND HAVE HAD A GOOD UPBRINGING BY YOUR PARENTS, THIS BOOK WILL NOT BE A BAD INFLUENCE ON YOU!!!!!!!!!!! I am 13. Read morePublished 7 months ago by EstelleEmily
I was very impressed by the shipper. The oreder said it would arive on Monday but instead I had my book on Saturday. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Sherale Hall
When this book came out I was 17 years-old and my 10 year-old cousin and I decided it'd be a fun thing to read together. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Gabrielle Priest
This was the first book I've ever read when I was about 12-13 years old for my english class and let me tell you that it was very interesting. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Brandon Poxleitner
I recently finished Lauren Myracle's ttyl. Before I read the Young Adult (YA) novel, I didn't realize that it was on the American Library Association's list of books people want to... Read morePublished 13 months ago by The Writer Mo Ibrahim