ttyl by Lauren Myracle

Reasons for Challenge: Descriptions of sex and drug use.

ttyl

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If you spend a lot of time online you probably know, or can guess, what these shorthands mean.  If you don’t ask a teenager.  Teens these days spend a lot of time IM-ing and texting.  They use these short hands even in day to day conversation.  One of my favorite commercials recently is the Cingular commercials where the daughter talks to her mother in these shorthands (idk, my bff jill!).  It’s a hilarious commercial and speaks to how obsessed we have become with IM-ing and texting.

Lauren Myracle’s novel ttyl is as series of online conversations between three teenagers girls.  The girls talk about everything from boys to classes to female ejaculation. Nothing is sacred while IM-ing.  Angela, Zoe and Maddie have promised to stay friends no matter what drama they encounter in high school.  As they begin to find their own identities away from each other they begin to struggle with keeping this promise.

A breakthrough novel that is perfect for teen readers who can relate not only to the format of the book, but also the struggles to maintain friendships while navigating the perils of high school.  The author manages to define each character, each in her own font and screen name, and also with her own voice.

Review by Julie Helt, CLP – Carrick

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