Saturday, December 11, 2010
PUBLISHER: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
STAND ALONE/SERIES: Series (TTFN book2) (L8R,G8R book3)
OUTLINE: 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.
I saw this at Half Price Books and figured I'd get it. One it's a very easy read as you can tell. Two it's VERY differently written then every other book I've read, or even seen actually. As stated above it's told in complete IM chat form. It's told between 3 best friends. When I first started I wasn't quite sure if I'd like it, but it turns out I did. I mean it wasn't super, but told from 3 teenage girls POVs it was good. I was able to relate to them rather well. (Not that I had any of those kind of problems when I was in 10th grade but still) Their emotions were pretty well conveyed. You knew what they were feeling, and all of this through IM's. That shows me right there that the author knew how to write believable characters at least to me.
After I read the book I did a little research. (don't ask why because I don't know) I found that this book was actually being banned from schools because of some of the graphic wording it had in it. I mean okay I was alittle stunned to see some of stuff the girls talked about too. Let's be honest with ourselves here though it's high school, and believe it or not worse things have been done and said then the things in the book. A little bit of sex talk, and partying, and drinking. (and probably the whole student/teacher relationship thing) will happen. I'm pretty sure that keeping this book, or anthing like it out of schools is not going to do a damn thing. I'm sorry but it won't.
Each of the girls had their own little problems.
Maddie made the mistake of becoming friends with "the queen bee Jana" which led to some partying, and other interesting things happening to her. Okay, I was a little upset when Maddie acted the way she did towards her friends. I mean all they wanted to do was help her, and she blew them off. That sadly though is how friends sometimes are. In the end everything was okay.
Angela was going out with some guy, and when it was over she couldn't believe it. She wanted to know why. She was a little whiney about it too. (Like I said 10th grade girl)
Zoey was supposely the "good christian girl" who got caught up with her teacher. Did that catch your attention?
Anyways, to learn about their daily life and struggles. Pick up a copy of the book.
I know I don't have to much to say about the book, but I just wanted to put this out here.
If you haven't read then read it. It really isn't all that bad of a book, and you can probably find it for cheap somewhere like I did. :)
I might add some a little later.