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Text Me, Guido

2.75  ·  Rating Details  ·  48 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
"Text Me, Guido" is the debut novel from author Adrian Staccato. Told entirely through text-messaging conversations, the book follows five Italian-American college friends as they complete their final semester of school. They are: Enzo, Sofia, Giulia, Claudia, and Phil.

Enzo is your typical bronze-tanned Guido. The son of a wealthy home builder, he spends his days at the gy
Kindle Edition, 287 pages
Published July 18th 2012
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Christina Rodriguez
Aug 01, 2012 Christina Rodriguez rated it really liked it
Shelves: r2r
Enzo is in love with Sophia. Giulia is in love with Enzo. Phil has a crush on Giulia. And Claudia is just looking for someone to be with.

Through a series of text messages, this gang of “friends” live their everyday life. Reality style TV. Like every group of friends on reality TV, there are the following:

Enzo- The Jock
Sophia- The Prom Queen
Giulia- The Easy One
Claudia-The Friendly One
Phil-The Studious one

These friends live everyday partying it up and reveling in the drama of being complete oppos
Nov 09, 2012 Bookworm rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks, i-own-it
When I received this book a couple of days ago, I was afraid I'd made a horrible mistake. For one thing, I am not Italian. I've always believed that you really only connect with someone after you've experienced what the characters have. And I was sort of confused with the language (the character's occasionaly use what I think is Italian.) And second, I too, attribute the Jersey Shore lifestyle to the decline of civilization. But, still, I dug into this book.
It was an easy read, written with "l
Stephanie Dagg
Oct 15, 2012 Stephanie Dagg rated it it was amazing
Text Me Guido by XXX Adrian Staccato is contemporary fiction in the form of text messages. It’s an ingenious idea and it works brilliantly in this author’s hands. There are only five characters, Enzo, Phil, Sofia, Giulia and Claudia, and all we have our brief texts but this novella has everything it needs - a twisting plot, differentiated characters, interactions, a variety of settings and entertainment. Enzo is the central figure, interacting with Sofia, his girlfriend, and Phil, his best frien ...more
Oct 20, 2012 Katy rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Jersey Shore
Recommended to Katy by: Adrian Staccato
Shelves: ebook
Book Info: Genre: Fiction
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: Fans of Jersey Shore, Italian-American/Italian lifestyles, something to make you think

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this ebook from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis: Text Me, Guido is the debut novel from author Adrian Staccato. Told entirely through text-messaging conversations, the book follows five Italian-American college friends as they complete their final semester of school. They are: Enzo, Sofia, Gi
Aug 01, 2012 Adriane rated it it was amazing
I must admit that I was really excited to read Text Me, Guido, and the longer it sat on my Kindle, the more I itched to start reading it. Don't think that my interest in Adrian's book was solely based on the fact that we share the same name... Okay, that fact had a little to do with my wanting to read and review his book, but ultimately I wanted it because it sounded fun.

So after sitting here in my lovely little reading area and staring at my Kindle instead of working like I should have been, my
Mar 03, 2013 Ionia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this book is truly a shining example of something that will divide the masses. I don't think there is an in between. You will either get a big kick out of the way this is written and appreciate the wry sense of reality it represents, or you will just flat out hate it. While I would ordinarily think that an author saying if you're over forty this won't be for you to be pretentious and perhaps even a bit prejudiced, in this rare case I think I have to agree. This book will most likely appe ...more
Thomas Rose-Masters
Dec 28, 2012 Thomas Rose-Masters rated it really liked it
Adrian Staccato bravely utilizes an unyielding format in shaping his novel solely through text messages. The difficulties of such an approach are obvious; less apparent are the benefits - what Staccato achieves is almost a dramatic presentation, where the characterization is masterfully sustained only through words texted, yet each of the five characters (Enzo, Sofia, Giulia, Claudia and Phil) are vivid and fully shaped. Their motivation is well prepared and how they act never seems illogical (a ...more
James Larranaga
Nov 06, 2012 James Larranaga rated it really liked it
This is a fun story about a group of friends who interact mostly via text messaging -- at least that's the part of their lives we experience. Lots of funny conversation and sexual tension in this "plotless" story (Wasn't Seinfeld a "Show About Nothing"?) but it's a page-turner. I read this on my Android phone with the Kindle App and it felt like I was reading text messages from somebody else's phone.

The idea of crafting a story around dialogue from text messages is something I wish I had though
Tabitha Ormiston-Smith
Aug 31, 2012 Tabitha Ormiston-Smith rated it really liked it
Absolutely brilliant, with a real shock ending - I bought this thinking it was just going to be a cute gimmick but this writer is really talented. A marvellous piece of work.
Feb 08, 2016 Liza rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one who wants to retrain their brain cells
Shelves: e-book, fiction, 2013
Oh, dear god.

Phil was the only redeemable/likeable character in this book.

I'm not in the "over-40 crowd," but I don't do reality shows, I've never watched American Idol, and my only amusement from Jersey Shore was the episode of Bones where Brennan tried to talk like them and Booth was basically like, "What the f@ck is wrong with you, stop that immediately."

So, yeah. Just, no.

(For what it's worth, I didn't mind the premise of an entire book of text messages. I've read other books with similar fo
Jul 15, 2014 Kelly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While the characters in this book are exactly the type of people I would never hang out with, I still found it interesting to get a glimpse of their sad, little lives. I should have hated the book due to the fact that these kids are pretty horrible human beings. However, it was such an easy read and it was over so quickly that I didn't have much of a chance to stop liking it. Plus, the ending was nice to a good girl like me.
Adrian Staccato
Aug 27, 2012 Adrian Staccato rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I knew my book would divide people, so I’m not surprised by the mixed reviews. Written entirely in text-messages, the book follows a group of rude, crude, and generally unlikeable people as they complete their final semester of school. It is, in my opinion, an accurate depiction of what life is like for some members of the “Guido” subculture. In other words, if you’re looking for explosions and car chases, look elsewhere.

The book was written with the text-messaging generation in mind. If you ar
Sep 09, 2012 Crystal rated it did not like it
Unfortunately, this book fell short for me. It had an interesting premise: set up like a series of chat messages based around a group of teens. However, it didn't feel special to me. Lots of it was just ridiculous (some of it funny, some of it annoying) and it reminded me of those lonely nights when I would obsessively re-read my MSN chat logs to figure out who was to blame in the most current girl drama in my life.
This just wasn't the book for me, sorry!
Maria Lawson
Oct 21, 2012 Maria Lawson rated it liked it
If you are a Jersey Shore fan you will like this. For me it was just ok. The whole story is a series of text messages which was fun and different. The ending really hit me out of the blue and I was not a fan. The story seemed to be heading in one direction and had some more life left in it but it's like the author didn't feel like writing anymore so just found a way to end it quickly.
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
I tried to like this, I really did but I think it just wasn't for me.

I didn't care about the characters at all and the storyline dragged a little.

I did think the way it was done, through messages, was a fun unique idea and for that I will give this 2 Stars.
Randy Briggs
Mar 09, 2013 Randy Briggs rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-read
I received this book as a First Read through Goodreads.
I'm pretty sure that I am at least twenty years past the targeted demographic of this book. I read a lot of YA, though, so I dug in. Once the characters started sexting, though, I bailed.k
When I got into this book, I started reading it, and it was very good!! I would recommend it to people who like humor, and are familiar with teenager ways... All in all, 4.5 stars!!
Sep 02, 2012 Anuradha rated it liked it
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
Interesting concept.. An entire book written in text messages. An easy and quick read..

The story however is not my cup of tea at all. Infidel young youths don't cut it for me.
Aug 14, 2012 Anne rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle-book
Quick read. I felt like I was stuck in an episode of Jersey Shore. Not my type of book but since it was short I went ahead and finished it.
Aug 26, 2012 Latia rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012-reads
quick read. interesting format would probably read the sequel since it was a cliff hanger at the end.
Aug 12, 2013 dara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
İt's an easy book. İt have 4 main character.friends but backstabbing kinda of friend.
Dec 14, 2012 Monica rated it liked it
Read on Kindle, very fast read. I'm just to old. Wanted to slap them kids around.
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ADRIAN STACCATO is the author of the text-messaging novel “Text Me, Guido”. On his spare time, he blogs about his experiences publishing.

You can contact him by email: adrianstaccato[at] or visit his blog:
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