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.
The book that I read was TTYL by the author Lauren Myracle.
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.
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 27 days ago by SDS
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I'll talk about the great things about the book and the much darker truth that needs to be... Read more
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 3 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 3 months ago by Debra Crosby
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 9 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 10 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 10 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 11 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 11 months ago by EstelleEmily