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ttyl (Internet Girls #1)

3.46  ·  Rating Details  ·  13,930 Ratings  ·  1,711 Reviews
Audacious author Lauren Myracle accomplishes something of a literary miracle in her second young-adult novel, ttyl (Internet instant messaging shorthand for "talk to you later"), as she crafts an epistolary novel entirely out of IM transcripts between three high-school girls.

Far from being precious, the format proves perfect for accurately capturing the sweet histrionics

Paperback, 234 pages
Published April 1st 2005 by Amulet Books (first published April 1st 2004)
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Kylie George I agree with Sanna. It's also a way to show characterization. When you are writing with texts, it is going to be hard to characterize, so word choice…moreI agree with Sanna. It's also a way to show characterization. When you are writing with texts, it is going to be hard to characterize, so word choice helps.(less)

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holy f*ck - i h8 this book! *shakes walker and geriatric meds at sky*

this book is like when you find someone's diary at work (not a co-worker's diary - that would make you a jerk) and you idly flip through it until you remember that most people are fucking boring and their innermost secrets are totally dull and most likely misspelled.

people like virginia woolf or anais nin can have their diaries published because they are either very intelligent and insightful or super sexy. these girls are just
Jul 04, 2008 Heather rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I picked up this book for a couple of different reasons. The first being that the idea of it being written entirely in IM form was somewhat interesting you me, secondly, it is a challenged/banned book and was a challenge selection for me. With that being said, lets get on to the book.

I thought this book was pointless, drawn out, and completely and utterly useless. The main characters were nothing special; one was boy crazy, one was religion obsessed, and the other was just well crabby. Obviously
Dec 10, 2008 Morgan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
SnowAngel: Hey
madmaddie: hey
zoegirl: I am here to you no
madmaddie: Yea, we no *sed in annoyed voice
madmaddie: LOL! i am just kidding grl!
SnowAngel: Hey, this year was one wild ride huh?
zoegirl: yea, with maddie partying so much and taking off her shirt and all.....
madmaddie: yea, and zoey ALMOST going all the way with the way with Mr. H yummmmmm
madmaddie: luckly, i was there to save you! Just think, and in a hot tub to....
SnowAngel: Enough Enough! Gosh grls!
SnowAngel: You guys act like the whole
Mar 22, 2008 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any girl who's around 12 or 13
These books are amazingly addicting. I've probably read each one at least ten times, mostly because they're hilarious, but also because they're my "go-to" books for when I'm super stressed and need to read something stupidly-good.

Debbie Pitts
Nov 23, 2008 Debbie Pitts rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: High school girls and their parents
This book was disturbing on many levels. Not only did it force me to re-live the shallow insecurities of teenage girlhood, but I had to endure the "shock jock" attemtps by the author to reach immature minds where they are. I don't think anyone younger than eighth grade should be exposed to the language and sexual content of this book and I think even parents of high school girls should read it and use it as a teaching tool with their young girls. On the positive side, I think the writing of this ...more
Nov 01, 2008 Jenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
lol,its cute and totally inapropriate
Mar 28, 2008 Jackie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teen girls
Shelves: young-adult
Wow. This had some intense issues in it. I feel like they were well handled and not so in your face since everything was through IM. But still! Why did the creepy teacher have to be a "Christian"??!! Geez. Stop preying on underage children, teachers!!! And poor, poor Maddie. Her story made me miss high school, NOT AT ALL. Good Lord. Stupid popularity crap. Stupid Jana. I hate Jana for them. ;-) Actually, I hate the name Jana because my freshman RA was named Jana and she was a waste I tell you, a ...more
I really wanted to like this book because it was adapting IMing to the novel format, great idea -- poorly implemented. If the story is told purely by IMs then it has to be dialogue driven, instead this is an event driven plot. There is no character development in the dialogue, so we never witness the girls change we only hear about it second hand.

I gave it plus one star for sticking to pure IMs, but this is really a one star book.
Nov 18, 2009 Meghan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So, a couple of days ago, I picked up this book because the author's coming to my local bookstore in a couple weekends.

And I wish I hadn't.

I'm fifteen, in tenth grade, so I think I'm supposedly the target audience for this book, because that's how old the characters were. Well, I absolutely hated it.

Honestly, "true to life"? This is nothing like the current lives of a couple of teenagers. Besides anything related to that creepy stalkerish teacher, there was no talk of grades/homework or activit
Mohammed Alsharaby
I got bored reading the first couple of pages that decided to stop.
but i hate getting a book but not reading it so i decided to continue and i was glad to take this decision, Because it turned out OKAY.
I hated most of the decisions the girls made in this book, it made me angry tbh.
But i liked the dialogues, and i got excited at the end of the book.
Feb 11, 2009 Becky rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Terrible book....I would never recommend this to my students. Young adult literature is usually to have some redeeming quality. It is partially to instruct teens on how to deal with issues they face. However, this book teaches no lesson other than do what you want to do, despite others' warnings. The teens in these books make bad choices, and there are no consequences to their actions. The IM style, while trendy, is not condusive to engaged reading. The reader is not immersed in the life of any ...more
Jan 26, 2012 Nshslibrary rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Teenagers, usually pictured as selfish, savage party animals, binge drinking and experiencing pregnancies by the time we are sixteen, seem to be a popular topic in the media. The way Lauren Myracle portrays girls of the age of 15-16 is ludicrous and unrealistic. Angela Silver, Zoe Barrett, and Maddie Kinnick are three under aged girls in the 10th grade. Experiencing a high level of drama, the main characters are subjected to a variety of commotion that most modern teens would not reach until rea ...more
Nov 27, 2009 Risa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: own
Horrible. After reading this I wanted to just throw the book across the room. I picked this book up because I thought the idea of writing a book entirely in im was interesting. I read this when I was 15. I could not find a plot then and I cannot find a plot now. A few events happen that are discussed over im (the creepy teacher, and their friend not talking to them for example) but there was no real plot and these little events did not add anything to the story.

I guess the climax of the book wo
May 04, 2011 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read ttyl because it was in email form and I like emailing and it seem interesting. It was three girls (mad maddie, snow angel, and zoegirl) they all were best and got along and also had their fights and mad Maddie at first she didn’t like this girl named Janna but then one day she was giving her rides home and hanging out with her and she said that she’s not as bad as she thought she was but then they got into a fight and were no longer friends. This book is about good times and the bad times ...more
Told entirely through chat logs between three friends, ttyl covers the very hectic first few months of the girls' sophomore year of high school. How hectic? Angela has her heart broken by her boyfriend, Maddie strikes up a friendship with a girl known for backstabbing, and Zoe starts to get a little too close to her English teacher. So yes, there's a lot going on here, but thankfully not all at once. Each situation develops, in parallel, on its own trajectory.

The chat logs are actually a pretty
Aug 12, 2007 Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, funny, 2007
This book is funny and very easy to read. The IM's are not confusing, you don't have to think hard to know who's talking. The fonts and colours are very helpful. But just the characters are easy to distinguish. When you do this kind of thing you have to make sure that it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out who's who because then you lose the reader. So each character's got to be an individual. And that was well done with this book. One's into her teacher and is into religion too. The o ...more
234 pages....This book is ALL in IM talk.(Chatting on the computer) Three best friends, Angela, Zoey, and Maddie talk almost everyday online. They are all 16 years old and couldn't get any closer. Zoey is the smart and shy girl, Maddie is the wild and fun girl, and Angela is the mature, calm, and exciting. They all have a big thing happening in their life right now. Angela is being obbsesed about this boy that treats her like dirt and she thinks shes in love, Maddie goes to this big party and ma ...more
Katie (Kitkatscanread)
Actual rating: 3. 5 stars

This one was a weird book for me.
I like how it's structured like an instant messenger.
Reminds me of the good old days with MSN messenger haha.
I liked how we learned about the 3 girl's lives just through this way.
There's no main protagonist which made it interesting.
Three best friends dealing with normal high school problems.
I did find it intriguing and couldn't put it down.
Look forwards to seeing what happens in the next installment :)
Jun 26, 2015 Kalista rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I did not like this book that much. I mean the whole book is in text which I guess if you liked that this book would be more interesting but I found it not as much interesting as it could have been. The reason I did not like the whole book in text is because when there should have been a interesting part they skipped past it and went back to a regular book because they are not going to be texting during something important, right?
I mean if you like contemporary you might like this book more th
Oct 14, 2012 Karen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ug, I can't believe this book got published! I picked it up because when I saw it was on the banned book list I was curious. I've seen so many of my 6th grade students read it, but I really wish I could discourage them.

This book was on the banned list due to content not appropriate for young adults. I think the content may be fine for high school students, but it is definitely not something 6th graders need to be reading. The book is dedicated to The Beers Bros. That should say something right
Geliza Castro
Mar 24, 2010 Geliza Castro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book. When I finished it, I wanted to run to the libary and get the other parts. Thats how good it was. Its about these 3 bestfriends ,Angela, Maddie and Zoe who are in High School and are going through different things.The book is written in AOL- Instant Messaging (AIM). Here are their screen names :

Angela : SnowAngel
Maddie : Mad Maddie
Zoe : Zoegirl

Angela is the one who is BOY CRAZY, always falling in love and ends up getting hurt by guys. Maddie is the moody one, and Zoe , the ni
Chloe Cook
Jun 10, 2013 Chloe Cook rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was bad. The way how the book was written in an instant message format was annoying and hard to read, I couldn't keep focused on it. I don't like it when people use abbreviations for words in the first place, so all the abbreviations and numbers in the words made me kind of mad. I would recommend this book to a younger age group because I think the way the book is written in geared more towards them.
Three girls who are just going into high school tell eachother everything about what's
We all have a lot of things going on in our minds; whether it's a person, school, animal, etc. but have you ever wondered what went on in a teenage girls mind?

In the bestseller ttyl, Lauren Myracle writes a story in a point of view of three high school girls named Angela, Zoe, and Maddie who chat about their high school problems. In the beginning of the story the girls are just starting their sophomore year of high school. So far everything seems to be going great until the mean girl Jana gets
Oct 18, 2013 Audrey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was be a really good book, because once I saw how it was written in the IM format, I thought it might have been fun. But then realized as I was reading it that the teen girls were really immature. I read this book long ago, but I do remember some incidents.
I remember one girl having a thing with a teacher, and she was worried and kept telling the two others, but she never told him to leave her alone. I have always wondered why. Did she want it to happen? From the way the au
Elizabeth Jose
Myracle, L., Kennedy, S., Terhune, B., Carvalho, C., Amulet Books., & Interrobang Design Studio. (2004). Ttyl. New York: Amulet Books.
Genre: Controversial/Banned Books
Format: Print
Selection Process: ALA Booklist Online Review

This controversial book centers around three teenage girls, Maddie, Zoe, and Angela, who are best friends in their sophomore year of high school. The story is written in “IM” (instant messaging) format, and documents the girls’ conversations about varied to
Nov 11, 2009 Emma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fiction
Angela is boy-crazy and always sure that the next guy is seriously, the one.

Zoe is studious but under-pressure from her never satisfied mother.

Maddie is sarcastic, has an alcoholic father at home, and completely annoyed by the cliques at school.

These three are the best of friends and about to enter the 10th grade. Although they constantly hear about how high school friendships never last, they are determined to prove all those people wrong. But what will happen when their friendship is tested by
Gary Butler
Jan 25, 2015 Gary Butler rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama
6th book read in 2015.

Number 406 out of 434 on my all time book list.

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James Kennedy
TTYL is an enjoyable character study of three typical but compelling girls, IMHO. As teenagers, the trio faces the daunting task of growing up; a task that I too struggled with up until, well, what time is it now? LOL It’s a little light on story, as in razor-thin, but it does include some major drama like the whole creeper of a teacher OMG! as well as a test of the strength on the bonds between these BFFs.

FYI, I've read somewhere in the range of seven-billion comic book pages (give or take one
Nov 01, 2007 Jodie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Picked this hot little gem up at a library book sale last night & read it completely through in 3 1/2 hours. I really liked it, for what it is - totally a high school girl book. But it made me laugh and remember my high school days with my friends - boys we liked, snotty girls who thought they were so much better than everyone else, stupid petty arguments, etc. Plus, since I just got home from a visit to the Atlanta, GA area - I know where some of the places are that were mentioned are locat ...more
Natasha Stemwedel
Oct 16, 2014 Natasha Stemwedel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the book because it has most of the feelings a girl in high school would have even with her friends. It's also a little bit weird when Angela just decides that she wants to go further with a guy after only two kisses. I mean she should have at least waited a little bit to be like "yup, this is the guy I like enough to go all the way with!" Plus Maddie kept denying that her friends were right all along about her new "friend". Which I think she should have listened to her friends instead o ...more
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Lauren Myracle is the author of numerous young adult novels. She was born in 1969 in North Carolina. Lauren Myracle holds an MA in English from Colorado State University and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College. she has written many novels, including the famous IM books, ttyl, ttfn, and l8r, g8r.

Her first novel, Kissing Kate, was selected as one of ALA's "Best Books
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