Reviews for Ttyl


Booklist Reviews 2004 May #2
Gr. 6-10. The story of three friends' tenth-grade lives is told entirely in IMs, replete with g2gs and CAPS LOCKED SCREAMING. At the start of their sophomore year, Zoe, Maddie, and Angela promise to remain best friends for life. But soon Zoe is spending way too much time with her vaguely creepy teacher; Maddie abandons her real friends in favor of uberpopular Jana; and both Maddie and Zoe tire of Angela's never-ending Boy Drama. The plot is familiar and often pedestrian, but the girls' distinctly compelling IM voices are the hook here. Myracle cleverly manages to build rich characters and narrative tension without ever taking the story outside of an IM box. Although some backstory is awkwardly inserted and a few of the pop-culture references are already dated, Chat-savvy readers will identify with these teens and their problems, and Myracle neatly demonstrates how IM can bolster real-life friendships. ((Reviewed May 15, 2004)) Copyright 2004 Booklist Reviews.

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Booklist Reviews 2007 March #2
The third book in Myracle's online chat trilogy, which began with ttyl (2004), finds Zoe, Angela, and Maddie spending most of their time considering boyfriends, college choices, and getting the better of a nasty classmate. Readers will recognize each girl's distinctive voice, personality, and particular chat style, all of which have remained consistent across the series. In this book Zoe loses her virginity--in her typical, carefully planned fashion; Angela has her pride damaged by a guy who first gives her a Jeep; and brash Maddie, who avoids getting into a romantic quagmire, sets the pace for the friends' rebellion against their parents' choices of colleges. This will certainly appeal to the characters' peers, but it's also a good choice for adults who want to know what's happening in teenagers' lives. ((Reviewed March 15, 2007)) Copyright 2007 Booklist Reviews.

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Booklist Reviews 2006 April #1
Gr. 10-12. This sequel to the popular ttyl (2004) is just as satisfying as the first book. Now 16, Atlanta teens Angela, Zoe, and Madigan continue to cope with the issues related to romance, family problems, and their own friendship. Once again the story is written mostly in instant messages, with the narrative unfolding in three distinct voices and in the girls' interactions on the screen. This time, Madigan becomes involved with booze, pot, and another girl's boyfriend; Zoe worries that she's frigid; and Angela must move to northern California. The friends commiserate, support, and counsel one other--not always wisely but certainly credibly. There's some crude language as readers are drawn into the girls' intimate conversations, but the dialogue always rings true. Myracle's only misstep is homesick Angela's decision to run away and return to Atlanta. Fans of ttyl will want this second helping, but readers need not have read the first book to enjoy it. ((Reviewed April 1, 2006)) Copyright 2006 Booklist Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2004 Fall
Maddie wants to be in the in-crowd, Angela always has to have a boyfriend, and Zoe develops a crush on her teacher--who reciprocates. All three tenth-graders experience disaster and help pull one another back from the brink. Written as instant messages, this confusing novel will quickly be outdated with popular references and slang, but IM-junkies may want to grab this for a quick fix. Copyright 2004 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2007 Fall
In this third book in the ttyl series, high schoolers Angela, Zoe, and Maddie instant message their way through senior year. Like an observer in a private chat room, readers are privy to the girls' all-out war with archrival Jana, mixed feelings about their boyfriends, and hopes for college. The superficial chatter quickly becomes tiresome, and there's not much here beyond the IM gimmick. Copyright 2007 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2006 Fall
Zoe, Maddie, and Angela ([cf2]ttyl[cf1]) are in eleventh grade and facing such issues as sex, drugs, and moving across the country. The superficial content is expressed via emoticons, capital letters, and stage directions ("*bores eyes into friend in extreme concern*"). While the text-message format is tiresome, teens who feel most at home IMing may like the gimmick. Copyright 2006 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Kirkus Reviews 2004 March #1
Told entirely in instant messages, this modern epistolary tale prompts both tears and LOL (laughing out loud). Best buds SnowAngel (Angela), zoegirl (Zoe), and mad maddie (Maddie) IM with one another constantly when not in school. Tenth grade is tough, with obnoxious trendy classmates, unfair parents, and sex. Friends can help each other get through the year, but only if they manage to stay together. Angela flits through a series of rotten boyfriends, Zoe discovers Christianity while becoming disturbingly close to her English teacher, and Maddie befriends the class bad girl. Since cynical Maddie can't cope with Zoe's emerging faith, and trusting Zoe won't see anything wrong in her growing relationship with Mr. H., the trio might not survive. But best friends are always there for each other, and a series of emergencies pushes them further apart and then brings them back together, closer than ever. After a slow start due to the unusual format (a glossary would probably help), this develops into a surprisingly poignant tale of friendship, change, and growth. Perfectly contemporary. ROTFL. (Fiction. YA) Copyright Kirkus 2004 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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Kirkus Reviews 2006 February #2
Angela, Maddy and Zoe are totally BFF--best friends forever--and tell each other everything in their constant instant-message conversations. Well, maybe not everything. Zoe doesn't tell Angela that she's hooked up with Doug, who's had a crush on Angela for ages. Zoe and Angela won't tell Maddy how worried they are that she's smoking pot to impress a boy. When Angela's family moves to California, she's heartbroken at being taken from everyone she knows. The friends try to stay in touch using IM, but Maddy's obsessed with her new stoner friends and Angela and Zoe are fighting over Doug. As the three resolve their differences, they confront sex, drugs and the miserable difficulties of social life at 16. The well-crafted IM-lingo of the prose is richly saturated with contemporary references (googlewhacking, The OC, the Taliban) which, while they might prevent the novel from aging well, keep it perfectly placed in the moment. A funny and moving take on friendship and adolescence. (Fiction. 12-15)$150,000 ad/promo Copyright Kirkus 2006 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2004 March #1
Myracle's (Kissing Kate) approach is creative, even if her newest novel is somewhat formulaic: three best friends hash out their lives-from new relationships to conflicts with one another-through instant messages. As they start 10th grade, social Angela catches her new boyfriend on a date with another girl; tough Maddie is befriended, then humiliated, by a popular girl; and "good little Zoe" finds herself crushing on a teacher-who seems to be interested in her, too. Though the main characters and the plotting seem familiar, readers will appreciate Myracle's portrayal of the supportive friends: they listen to one another, plan a surprise party and a road trip, and when Maddie is low, Angela and Zoe make her a care package with a poem that Angela calls "mushy but not 2 mushy." Their messages at times contain too much plotting to seem like realistic chats, but the style makes for an engaging, quick read. Flourishes such as emoticons and Internet lingo add realism; the book's title translates to "talk to you later," and Angela adds stage direction to her messages, writing "*stomps foot*" (when she believes Maddie is withholding information) or "*jumps up and down and squeals*" (when Zoe promises her a makeover). As might be expected, there is a falling-out among the friends. But while Maddie's reaction when she catches Angela and Zoe discussing her behind her back seems too extreme, readers will cheer their reunion, which happens just as Zoe's teacher makes his move. Ages 13-17. (Apr.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2007 January #3
Favorite characters and series come to the fore this spring. The third in the bestselling series that began with ttyl and ttfn continues the adventures of Angela, Zoe and Maddie in their senior year, in l8r, g8r by Lauren Myracle. Jana, whom devotees may remember as the nightmare-maker from ttyl, has it out for Zoe, and the trio launches a counterattack that culminates at the prom. Ttfn (about which PW wrote, "Readers will enjoy having an opportunity to KITÄkeep in touchÄwith these caring friends") is now in paperback. (Abrams/ Amulet, $15.95 288p ages 14-up ISBN 978-0-8109-7200-1; Mar.; ttfn $6.95 paper ISBN 978-0-8109-9279-5; Feb.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2006 February #3

Myracle returns to the trio of friends she introduced in ttyl , again composing her novel entirely in instant messages among the three. In this installment, Angela is heartbroken when her father is laid off, forcing her to move from Georgia to California. Meanwhile, Maddie starts smoking marijuana, trying to impress a boy who has another girlfriend, while Zoe worries that she's "frigid" because she's hesitant about getting physical with her new boyfriend. The author seems to have a genuine appreciation for online culture; she includes emoticons, slang spellings and one character's stage directions ("strikes a tragically romantic pose ")--Maddie even explains googlewhacks, "where u type in words on google and try to get only 1 hit." The fun format does lead to some occasionally clunky exchanges, however, as the friends at times weave too much exposition into their dialogue. A story line about a love triangle among Zoe, Angela and a boy covers well-trod territory, but Zoe and Maddie have a more complex tension between them. When Zoe confronts wild Maddie about her drug use, Maddie challenges her good girlfriend to "name 1 thing u've done recently that pushed u out of your comfort zone." Ultimately, both girls realize they have some changing to do--and they do change, with help from each other. This threesome's doings will keep the pages turning, and readers will enjoy having an opportunity to KIT, er, keep in touch, with these caring friends. Ages 14-up. (Mar.)

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School Library Journal Reviews 2004 April
Gr 8-10-Three high school sophomores, lifelong best friends, are now facing a variety of emotional upsets in their personal and social lives. Angela is boy crazy and emotive, but able to lend support to her friends when they need it. Zoe is the quietest and most self-effacing, considered by some to be a goody two-shoes but in fact headed full speed into a very dangerous relationship. Madigan is the hothead, less certain of how to grow up than she allows anyone, including herself, to see. The entire narrative is composed of the instant messages sent among these three, from September into November, as they each get involved with dating, sort out how to have friendships with others, cope with disasters that range from wardrobe issues to getting drunk, and offer one another advice and defiance. Each character's voice is fully realized and wonderfully realistic in spite of the very limiting scope of the IM device. Page layout mimics a computer screen and each girl IMs in a different font and in her own unique verbal style. (The title is IM jargon for "talk to you later"). Myracle not only sustains all this but also offers readers some meaty-and genuine-issues. Both revealing and innovative, this novel will inspire teens to pass it to their friends and will suggest to nascent writers that experimenting with nonnarrative communication can be a great way to tell a story.-Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2006 March

Gr 9-11 -Best friends Angela, Maddie, and Zoe are back for their junior year in this sequel to ttyl (Abrams, 2004), also written entirely in text-message format. Zoe has recently started working with Angela's former crush, Doug, at Kidding Around, a daycare. Zoe is not sure how to tell her that she likes Doug, and just when she gets up the courage, Angela drops the bomb that her family is moving to California. Maddie is in love with Clive, who doesn't mind spending time with her and even occasionally making out, but he's in love with someone else. He is witty and charming and DEEP. He is also a pothead. In her efforts to keep him interested, Maddie begins smoking pot. As her friends put up protests, she gets defensive and tension ensues. Angela attempts to make new friends, but misses her old ones fiercely. She also misses having a romantic interest. As a result, on New Year's Eve, she drunk dials Doug. He breaks the news that he is now with Zoe, which exacerbates her loneliness and feelings of isolation. Confrontations result but the three friends resolve their differences. This is definitive chick-lit, a comfortable read that explores sexuality, drugs, depression, and learning about oneself. Myracle does an excellent job of developing the characters and a plot that is easy to get into and fun to follow.-Emily Garrett, Naaman Forest High School, Garland, TX

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School Library Journal Reviews 2007 June

Gr 10 Up-- The "Winsome Threesome" are back for their senior year, and boy, do they have a lot to talk about! This third and final installment about Maddie, Zoe, and Angela takes the girls in new directions, and, with Jana (the series' antagonist) back with a vengeance, they are struggling to retain their "bff" status. Rife with the daily drama of modern-day high school, the book's appeal is widespread. As before, the story is told through a series of instant-message and chat-room conversations and is written entirely in that "language," which also adds to its appeal. Suddenly, 200-plus pages don't seem like a lot, and reluctant readers gain a sense of achievement having breezed through what appears to be quite a lengthy novel. Be aware that as these teens mature, so does the book's content. Reading the first two titles helps with understanding references to past events but is not necessary to enjoy this one. Well written, thoughtful, and well developed, this novel is the perfect conclusion for this series.--Erika Kwasnik, Norwich High School Library, NY

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VOYA Reviews 2004 June
Three friends in tenth grade, Angela, Maddie, and Zoe, use instant messaging (IM) to discuss the events and issues in their lives. This novel is written entirely in the IM format and gives the reader a voyeuristic view of high school life in Atlanta. In addition to the usual chatter about outfits, jobs, and homework, the girls face problems with friends and with a lecherous teacher, and they discuss spirituality and family issues. Each girl has a distinctive personality: Zoe is reserved and interested in church, Maddie is outgoing and searches for new experiences and friends, and Angela lies somewhere between them Myracle captures the banter and shorthand style of instant messaging, and she successfully conveys personalities and settings through the dialogue, but the format does not allow a complex plot to develop. Instead it is an episodic slice-of-life story. Younger teens will enjoy the novelty of its style, and the names of current television shows, movies, and restaurants scattered throughout the book will make it easy for them to identify with Angela, Maddie, and Zoe. But just like the latest technology, this book will be discarded when the next new thing comes along. Leisure readers should enjoy it before it becomes outdated.-Jenny Ingram 3Q 4P M J Copyright 2004 Voya Reviews.

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