Saturday, November 12, 2005

ttyl, by Lauren Myracle

Three ten graders (Maddie, Angela, and Zoe) struggle through the first half of tenth grade, dealing with crushes, flirty teachers, parties, and the usual misadventures of a YA novel, with the twist that the entire story is told through their IMs.

It's a cute concept, but hard to read. It took me about 40 pages to really get comfortable with the format, and then get somewhat familiar with the three characters, who have a tendency to merge together in the mind until they start really doing different things. The trouble with IM is that it establishes a lot of distance from the characters so that you really don't establish much of a connection with any of them. Basically, you're reading a long conversation, without ever really getting inside their hearts and heads.


Ciara said...

i think that this book was one of the best books that i've ever read. I've seen alot of people say that this book was hard to read. Maybe for the people who dont use IM alot. This book managed to get me involed with the characters and understand what was going on. In ways it makes you think that you are reading your friends conversation. So if you have a daughter, friend, sister or someone who likes to read and is always online this book is the one to read.

charlotteehar said...

I just finished reading an advance copy of TTFN the sequel---I haven't read TTYL yet but I can't wait to!

If anyone wants my copy of TTFN i would send it to you, since is isn't a finished version.

swimchick said...

i agree with you on the hard way to read all of this blog language, but you get used to it after a while.

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