Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Book Review: ttyl by Lauren Myracle

ttyl by Lauren Myracle (Internet Girls #1)
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
Publish Date: 2004
 Paperback, 221 pages

My Review:
Cute and easy to read is how I would sum up this book. 

With that said, did I like the book?  Yes I did - it was entertaining and I enjoyed reading it.  I felt it was confusing at first but once I got a handle on the characters it was much easier to read.  I felt I did get to know Angela, Maddie and Zoe.  All three were confronted with situations they had to work out themselves.  They were frank about things and typical friends.  It's tough in a threesome of friends, someone always feels they are on the outs, but I like that Angela, Maddie and Zoe try and work things out.

It's a fun book and I enjoyed the fact it was written in texts and IMs.  I didn't live in that world in high school but it's fun to read about it now.  And it's funny that the one thing that I liked about it also irritated me in a way. Reading a book only in texts and IMs also made me feel like I wasn't part of the action.  The reader always finds out about things after they have happened and then the parts of the stories slowly unfold as the characters don't want to talk about it and one of the friends has to pull it out of them.  But it was still a very enjoyable story and I plan on continuing reading this series and learning more about these three girls.

Rating:  3.5/5.0

About the Book:
An epistolary novel for the 21st century, this sharp, funny, and true-to-life breakout hit about friendship is told entirely in instant messages. And Internet-savvy teens have fallen in love with flirty Angela (SnowAngel), moody Maddie (mad maddie), and good girl Zoe (zoegirl) and their frank perceptions about a tumultuous tenth-grade semester.

About the Author:
This is Lauren Myracle's third novel. She is a graduate of the Vermont College MFA Program for children's writers, and is extremely well-connected to the writing community.

FTC Information: I received this book from my local library.  I have Amazon links on my review pages but I do not make any money from these because of NC laws.  I put them solely for people to check out the books on a retail site.

W...W...W... Wednesday - March 31

Ooooohhh fun a new-to-me meme.  This is a good one for me since I can't seem to get it together for What are you Reading Monday.  This one is simple and to the point and hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, so go there and see what everyone else's answers are.

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

What are you currently reading? 
Shadow Hills by Anastasia Hopcus (ARC)
True Blue by David Baldacci (audiobook)
Out of Body by Stella Cameron (Kindle)
Shadow HillsTrue BlueOut of Body (Platinum Romance Series)

What did you recently finish reading? 
ttyl by Lauren Myracle  
ttyl (Talk to You Later-Internet Girls) 

What do you think you’ll read next?
Glaen by Fred Lybrand
House Rules by Jodi Picoult
Think Twice by Lisa Scottoline
Think TwiceGlaen: A Novel Message on Romance, Love and Relating House Rules - Early Exp Tpb

Waiting on Wednesday - March 31

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Promises to Keep: A Novel

Promises to Keep by Jane Green
Release: June 15, 2010

From Goodreads:
Callie Perry is a successful family photographer living in upstate New York. She adores her two daughters, has great friends, and actually doesn't mind that her workaholic husband gets home at 9 p.m. every night-that is, when he's not traveling six months out of the year.

Callie's younger sister, Steff, on the other hand, has never grown up. She's a free spirit, living in downtown Manhattan and bouncing between jobs and boyfriends. Lately, she's been working as a vegan chef, even though she can't cook.

Lila Grossman is Callie's best friend and has finally met the man of her dreams. Eddie has two wonderful children, but also a drama queen ex-wife who hates Lila. And then there are Callie and Steff's parents, Walter Cutler and Honor Pitman. Divorced for thirty years, they rarely speak to each other.

The lives of these colorful characters intersect when they each receive a shocking note that summons them together for one extraordinary summer in Maine and changes their lives forever. This novel is about the hard choices we have to face, about having to be your parents' child long after you've grown up, and about the enduring nature of love.