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Title: TTYL
Series: Internet Girls #1
Author: Lauren Myracle
Publisher: Amulet Books
Publication Date: Feb 2014
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 3.5/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

It’s time for a new generation of readers to discover the phenomenally bestselling and beloved series, told entirely in messages and texts. With a fresh look and updated cultural references, the notorious list-topping series is ready for the iPhone generation. First published in 2004 (holy moly!), ttyl and its sequels follow the ups and downs of high school for the winsome threesome, three very different but very close friends: wild Maddie (mad maddie), bubbly Angela (SnowAngel), and reserved Zoe (zoegirl). Through teacher crushes, cross-country moves, bossy Queen Bees, incriminating party pics, and other bumps along the way, author Lauren Myracle explores the many potholes of teenagedom with the unflinching honesty and pitch-perfect humor that made this series a staple of young adult literature.

REVIEW BY BETHANY – YEAR 9

TTYL makes you feel as if you are reading through your old text messages. The three teenaged girls in the novel talk to each other via texting. The three girls Angela, Maddie and Zoe chat about school, boys and any issues that they have. If you are a female teenager reading TTYL you will find that you can relate to the lives of the three very different girls.

The three main characters Maddie, Angela and Zoe are all best friends but with rather different personalities. Maddie is described as being brave, wild and fierce; Angela is crazy for boys and is a very energetic and bubbly person. Finally Zoe; Zoe is the most mature and responsible out of the group. Zoe tends to be the person in the book who tries to resolve incidents and arguments.

The book may not appeal to all people but,¬†I would recommend¬†that the target market would be for teenagers between 13 – 16. The reason for this is because it does contain some inappropriate language and mature content which may not be suitable for children below the age of 13, but nowadays swearing and bad language is becoming regularly heard or spoken so it might be a book that year 7’s could read too.

TTYL is read in text form and text language. I wouldn’t think that teachers would be in favour for students reading TTYL because it isn’t helping their learning or speaking, it could also potentially effect their school work.

I did enjoy the reading the book because I like reading through my old text messages. Also I could really relate to the book especially being around the character’s ages. It goes through occasions that pretty much all teenagers will go through. In ways the book explains how to resolve arguments or falling out with your friends because you read the characters go through the same situations and how they solve it.

Out of five I would rate TTYL a 3.5 because it is written in text form, while it is a different format and visually engaging, I felt it didn’t expand my reading in a way I would have liked. Being in text form that also means that the book contains bad grammar which the reader could pick up. From this they could start talking with bad grammar which doesn’t help you I life. Apart from the way it is written the book was an easy read that would appeal to teenagers!