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On the first day of tenth grade, best friends Maddie (mad maddie), Angela (SnowAngel), and Zoe (zoegirl) vow not to let school stupidness get them down... or split them apart. But as the weeks pass and the instant messages accumulate, it's clear that tenth grade will be a roller coaster ride of boy temptation, math torture, donut emergenices, and Queen Bee encounters.

Then a jerky boy sends peppy Angela into the dumps, tough Maddie makes a mistake that has the whole school talking, and good girl Zoe gets in over her head with a flirty teacher. Will the winsome threesome make it through the year?

209 pages, Paperback

First published April 1, 2004

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Lauren Myracle

87 books1,964 followers
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 for Young Adults" for the year 2004. It was named by Booklist as one of the "Top Ten Youth Romances" of the year, as well as one of the "Top Ten Books by New Writers." Her middle-grade novel, Eleven, came out 2004, followed by its YA sequels (Twelve, Thirteen, Thirteen Plus One) .

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3,978 reviews170k followers
August 31, 2018
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 superficial.

so, these aren't diaries, but IMs, but the end result is the same. the format of this book sets it apart as "unique", but it doesn't change the fact that these characters are utterly trivial and a book that is only IM's of teenage girls, with no interior monologues or action sequences or descriptive passages is more like a trap than a novel. it is just all teen dialogue. vapid, vapid teen dialogue.

my reaction to this book is probably a result of my extreme old age. i do not text. i did not have a computer in high school, no gaggle of giggle parties in some chat room - in undergrad, i used my computer to write papers and play endless games of apeiron. if i wanted to talk to someone, i would walk over to them and use my mouth (LGM)

so, i am most certainly not the target audience for this book. but i can't see how young people who spend all day texting and instant messaging would want to read the instant messages of strangers/characters in their leisure time. and how this blossomed into a series is beyond me. i mean, gracious. kids these days...

a few things rescue this from being a one-star book. the energy is good - it is really fast-paced and takes about ten minutes to read. the characters have discrete voices - even though they each get their own color ink in the book, the reader can tell without that device which character is speaking. so - cheers on voice. also, the parts where two girls are "talking" about the third one behind her... keyboard?? display device?? is that the modern day equivalent of talking behind someone's back? whatever - there is a spot-on well-intentioned cattiness that i certainly remember from my own high school days.

cute idea, but i am the wrong audience,like with musicians on the subway. I AM NOT GOING TO GIVE YOU MONEY BECAUSE YOU ARE ANNOYING ME.

and please reconsider that last name. srsly.

come to my blog!
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2,444 reviews7,538 followers
September 29, 2017
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3.5 Stars

When I first started TTYL I figured what the powers-that-be thought of as “offensive” material was the fact that the entire thing was written in text format . . . .

Any “adult content” - and trust me when I say I’m using that term for lack of anything better because really the “controversial” subject matter was regarding a teacher who might have been a . . . .

And realizing that wanting to be popular might not end up being all you thought it would be because sometimes you find out this about your new “friends” . . . .

It was all delivered in very much a PG-rated way. The real story here was simply the daily goings on between three besties for the resties told via text. You have naïve, sweet little Zoe . . . .

Snarky Maddie . . .

And always-has-her-eye-on-a-new-potential-crush Angela . . .

There’s not much else to say. Well, except to the people who want to ban books. Scootch up real close so I can tell you something . . . .

This book was about as benign as it could get while still having a bit of real-life issues thrown in. It was cute and relatable, but definitely not something that would change anyone’s life. I would put money that most kids who read this will only have a vague recollection of it once they are grown (unless they have an eidetic memory). Wanting this banned just shows what a giant asshole you are.
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345 reviews23 followers
July 5, 2008
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 throughout the book each one had their own version of a mini-crisis, but even that did not make the book meaningful.

I can understand why some schools might have a problem with the book (as some of the topics were a little bold for the genre). However, overall I feel as though there was no real heart to the book, the IM conversations were random and never really resolved anything properly. The ending was just that, and ending. Nothing happened, nothing was resolved, and essentially the book was just over. I was left flipping through the last few pages scratching my head while I wondered if my copy was missing pages.
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2 reviews7 followers
December 11, 2008
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 world revolves around you! Besides, what about me and perfect little bus boy..... =(
madmaddie: Face it Angela, he was not worth it!
zoegirl: Yea, cheer up! sides, i never thought that he was that cute........
SnowAngel: WHAT!?!?!
madmaddie: hehe
madmaddie: as much as I like to here you guys bicker, you have to remember where this god Zoey and I last time................
zoegirl: Yea, she had really mean messages....
madmaddie: I meant the hot tub, but ok...
SnowAngel: Girls, Girls!!
SnowAngel: Lets talk about this at my house....
madmaddie: MOVIE NITEEEE!
zoegirl: YEY!
zoegirl: I am going to bring my favorite P.J's!
madmaddie: and maybe you can bring Mr. H to.......
zoegirl: and maybe you can bring jenna......
madmaddie: right. cya in 5 mins!
(madmaddie is offline)
zoegirl: Give me 10
(zoegirl is offline)
(SnowAngel is offline)
Profile Image for Debbie Pitts.
22 reviews1 follower
November 24, 2008
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 story through instant messages between the girls was a stroke of genius and there were some positive lessons to be learned from the story, but I think the language and childishness of the girls' language and behavior cheapened the book's value. Yes, you could argue that "that's how girl's talk." But that doesn't mean we have to condone it by having this on the middle school library shelves. Funny how parents are so careful about what their kids are watching on tv or in the theaters, but don't think to check on what they are reading.
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10 reviews
March 22, 2008
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.

237 reviews5 followers
January 26, 2012
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 reaching college. The novel, TTYL, includes a portion of pedophilia, drinking, cyber-bullying, and nudity. I would infer that older audiences would admire this book for its level of “lifelike” scenarios and dialogue. However, I have never directly encountered any human being with the intentions of misspelling half of all their words on instant messaging in high school. Near the end of the book Maddie’s two friends discuss about how a girl named Jana sent pictures of “maddie dancing on the table, and she was naked from the waist up”(176) after a frat party with alcohol. The “winsome threesome” (2) gossip about their school mates constantly and are subjects to peer pressure and insecurity. Although this is a quality that is very realistic with teenagers today, the characters do not show any purposeful quality. They seem like very shallow characters and I find it very hard to relate to such falsely developed personalities. I personally take offense to the fact that Myracle pictures teenagers of my age as small-minded creatures and that she has the nerve to distribute the idea. TTYL by Lauren Myracle seemingly expresses what the media feeds to its viewers about stereotypical teenagers, the novel is just as superficial as the character development, and it’s crafted with dialogue that is unrealistic and overly exaggerated.
Profile Image for Noah Nichols.
Author 3 books112 followers
November 20, 2017
Didn't think I'd like this one as much as I did, but I did...so sue me! I had wanted to read this book (I use that term loosely on this effort) for a while now, especially since I recently saw that AOL was shutting down its iconic instant messaging service later this year on December 15th. Maybe ttyl brought me back to a simpler time and that's why I liked it. I remember being fifteen and being on AIM constantly. Situating your buddy list was actually exciting at one point in time, but now all our attention-hogging phones have made everything streamlined and we don't really need these "archaic" platforms to pontificate. Shame. Anyway, author Lauren Myracle did a fantastic job with making their texts look teen-like and authentic—besides having the three young ladies utilize several correct comma placements and some choice em dash implementation. I HIGHLY doubt that girls in their sophomore year of high school would ever be bothered to execute proper punctuation and whatnot. I know many authors who don't do any of that stuff correctly, for crying (typing) out loud! That's the only thing that took me out of it whatsoever. There should've been more flubs throughout! But with all that being typed, this was a fun trip down memory lane...to when things were just a little less stressful and were certainly not as technologically advanced as everything is today. Rest in peace, AIM. We won't exactly miss you, but we will remember you for how groundbreaking you were at the height of your powers. One last thing, if Mr. H was so cool and hip...as Zoe once thought to be the case, why wasn't he hitting on a woman his own age? Lame. Mad glad he didn't get to taste the cake!
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1,084 reviews17.5k followers
April 14, 2017
A story entirely in IMs sounds gimmicky, and maybe it is. Okay, yes it is. I can't deny some of my enjoyment of this was the entertaining drama. But hidden behind the drama is an entertaining coming-of-age story.

The strength of the characters elevates this book to a better space. Over the course of the series, these characters develop and get far more interesting. Zoe is a good girl with hidden depths. Maddie is a bad girl with hidden depths. And Angela is a ditzy girl with hidden depths. These three characters subvert their original character archetypes in a nice way. Throughout the books, their friendship dynamics change, but they stay just as connected to each other.

The shortness of each one is a plus. This is a series you can blow through without getting bored and annoyed. Yet you still get some enjoyable coming-of-age drama.

It's not exactly high literature, but I ended up really enjoying this story.
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357 reviews7 followers
February 11, 2009
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 of the charcters. Stay away.
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4,071 reviews336 followers
November 8, 2017
Is it really any wonder wny teens today are so incapable of dealing with real-life? The publication of a book filled with chatspeak and moronic tween ramblings is further proof of the dumbing-down of America. Why would an author want to publish such a thing? Oh wait... for the money. There's always profit to be made from suckers, right?

This (and the rest of the series) is the literary equivalent to McDonalds. It has no nutritional content, is clogging (MCD's - arteries, this book - your brain), and leaves you with nothing fulfilling. Teenagers should be encouraged to explore classic novels, or if they want something new, there's plenty of fun and contemporary authors who actually use grammar AND a plot.

Chatspeak was never meant to be a mainstay of language, just as McD's was never intended to become the heart-attack-inducing mainstay of cuisine. Chatspeak is fine if you're on a cell phone or having a quick/private conversation with a acquaintance/friend (because chatspeak certainly isn't meant to be used with your boss, clients, or otherwise in a polite/professional setting), because honestly who wants to type in each letter with your thumb? But like McD's, chatspeak as gone beyond where it should have, and is serving as a detriment to society.

If anyone wants to know why so many teens today are the way they are - socially inept, rude, possessing terrible attention spans, all you have to do is look at how they have attached themselves to their cellphones, sidekicks, and computers, and are now seemingly no longer capable of speaking normal English, or thinking beyond their own selfish needs. The plot in this book is almost nonexistent, and I can't believe that parents actually buy this for their kids! I'm just glad that cellphones weren't rampant in highschool when I was attending - back then, only a few teens had cellphones, and there was no Internet capabilities for cellphones yet. Cellphones were used for actually CALLING other people and nothing more, as hard as that may be to believe for you young'uns.

This book is also a sad window into what many teens actually do. Not all of them, of course - but so many teens now have their own cellphones and value that more than real-life people or the education they're supposed to be paying attention to in school. I bet many of you have heard the news story of the girl who got a $5000 cellphone bill because she was texting all day in class and her grades plummeted for 2 months as a result. And not to mention 'sexting' where teens don't just send one another pictures of themselves naked or in their underwear, but they also talk about sex - and that happens in this book! Some of the chatspeak in this book is rather explicit, and is not at all appropriate for teens in the first place.

Parents, if you value your child's braincells, buy them a puzzle, or a book. Here's a list of recommended reading.
Oliver Twist
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Anne of Green Gables
Interview with the Vampire
Water for Elephants
Harry Potter
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Little House on the Prairie

If you're a teen, consider the futility of texting. Why waste so much time typing in chatbabble when you could be spending your time doing SOMETHING with your friends in real-life instead ox texting one another? Go to the beach, watch a movie, hang with real people. And in school, pay attention instead of texting under your desk. The teacher might be boring, but you'll be much more prepared for the real world. And learn how to use proper English.
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20 reviews2 followers
May 30, 2013
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.
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2 reviews2 followers
November 2, 2008
lol,its cute and totally inapropriate
Profile Image for Beth The Vampire.
312 reviews22 followers
January 31, 2018
This was an assigned reading for my Writing for Young Adult uni course this semester.

This is not going to be a long review, because honestly, there's not much to talk about.

The story of three friends, Maddie, Zoe, and Angela, is told completely in the form of sms messaging. They all have their own personalities; Maddie is the rebel, Zoe the goodie-goodie who goes to church, and Angela is obsessed with boys. Maybe this is meant to represent the typical teenager. But what is showed is that they are typically boring. First world problems abound!

I was a teenager, a long time ago now, so maybe it's my age talking, but man could they make mountains out of molehills. And even your friends can be bitches to you when your a 15 year old girl. It was fucking annoying. Throughout the whole book nothing really happens. Why not address some issues that are important to adolescence instead of toeing the line? There were no pertinent questions raised that would really challenge a young reader.

That's why it took me about a day to finish this book because nothing of importance happens. And the solution to the major issue, Zoe being seduced by a Catholic teacher at her school, was so childish. This is a major problem, and what it's just going to stop because her friends played a prank on him? If he is a predator he will keep going or move on to another girl, but we'll just treat this light and fluffy.

The way it was written was an interesting experiment, but it took a while to get used to, and to make sure you knew who was who and what day it was. I ready this on my kobo ereader, so all the characters were in different colours or bold, and while this is fine, to stop confusion, you need to make sure the formatting is great, but there were times characters were in the wrong colour and things like that. And because it was written in this way, while the teenage speak was very accurate (and annoying because they have a shorter word for EVERYTHING!!), is lacked a level of engagement. I wasn't attached to any of them at all, and this is because I felt like we only saw the surface and didn't delve any deeper.

In the end, this book was simple, and didn't really have a point.

Ha! And I said this review was going to be short!
Profile Image for Meghan.
121 reviews48 followers
November 18, 2009
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 activities. It seems as though the author doesn't seem to know this, but today's teenagers don't have the TIME to pour out of their souls IM-ing about...absolutely nothing.

They were constantly on IM and all they talked about were a) boys, b) their friend not talking to them, c) a creepy teacher, and d) a road trip. For around 200 pages! There was no plot whatsoever, not that there usually is in IMs, but honestly? To make this book interesting something should've happened to the girls that was actually worth talking about!

The other thing that was terrible about this book were the characters. They were just so...annoying. They sounded like and behaved like 12 year olds.

However, I didn't have any problems with the girls' behavior and language because, honestly? Most teenage girls are worse than that. I'm not, but I'm the exception. I respect the author for getting that ONE thing right.
Profile Image for emeraldsue.
435 reviews49 followers
February 8, 2017
“Damn you. WHY do you plant these things in my head?

Overall Thoughts

This was a super fun, easy and cute series. Nothing intense of course, there's not much to actually review. But if you're looking for something light and funny, this series is great. The girls are hilarious and I found myself getting actually invested in their story lines and wondering what was going to happen in their lives next.

- Until Next Time,
Emerald BookWorm
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224 reviews23 followers
November 27, 2009
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 would be when the girls are talking about what happened to their friend and the creepy teacher. They all got together to help their friend and then laughed about it on im. The incident with the teacher was what bothered me the most. All the reader got to see was the three girls talking about the event in past tense and then laughing about it. I had no sympathy for the girl. I feel that this kind of a scene could have been done well in im but this book is not an example of it.

The character development was poor and I was unable to connect with any of the characters. I was a 15 year old girl at the time who liked to im and I still did not care about the characters. The book was supposed to be about friendship but I found it pointless and a waste of time.

The book was also very quick to read. Save your money.
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317 reviews26 followers
March 28, 2008
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 waste. ;-)
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835 reviews15 followers
October 21, 2017
Saw some pages of this book on fb that someone posted. This book isn’t appropriate for any age. Sad that this is geared towards children.

Content: horrible language, use of many different words for sex and sexual talk between friends.
247 reviews4 followers
October 15, 2012
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 there.

The entire book is told in instant message format, but it could have at least have been done with some class. The ENTIRE book is written with "typical" text formatting. There is not one bit of grammatical integrity at all. As a writing teacher, I can't stand this. Good reading should include some modeling of appropriate use of language.

Parents, I strongly urge you to preview this book before allowing your young teenager to read it! I don't believe in censorship, but I do believe parents should know what their children are reading and make informed decisions. I will be honest.... I didn't read past the first few pages because I was so turned off.

January 10, 2016
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.
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75 reviews16 followers
August 12, 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 other seeks popularity and ends up getting burned. While the last is just boy crazy, and almost over the top. So if you're looking for something that isn't too personal and deep. Because the IM format doesn't give much insight into the minds of the characters. That's the book for you.
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676 reviews168 followers
July 22, 2014
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 :)
7 reviews
May 4, 2011
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 that friends have and there was drama and boy troubles and no matter what happened the friends still hung out but there was this one time that mad maddie got mad at zoegirl and snow angel because they were talking about Maddie behind her back but maddie told them two about what happened and they didn’t get why she got upset if she all ready told they about it. The setting took play I think maybe in like a city and on the internet because that’s where they talked and I think the city because they have to go to school and some schools are in the city. There were three main characters maddie, Angela, and Zoe but I think Angela was more of the main character because Angela was usually always on and she usually started the conversation. So when maddie got mad at Angela and zoe she ignored their emails didn’t talk to them in school but then Angela and zoe made her a memory type thing and they wrote a I’m sorry letter and said that they know what they did was wrong and they won’t do it again but then she still ignored then and then one day Angela really needed maddie and then maddie talked to her and asked what she need and Angela said that zoe was going to go to a house that Mr. h (the teacher) and Mr. has been hitting on zoe and Angela knew that he was going to try and pull something with zoe and she didn’t like it so her and maddie and Angela went there and sat in the hot tub with zoe and Mr. H and Mr. H did not like it at all but they didn’t care because they saved a friend at a time that a she needed them and after that night maddie and Angela and zoe were back to normal and they have been planning on goining on a camping trip and that they would have so much fun and do whatever and stay up as late as they wanted to. I really liked this book because It relates to real life and things that happen to people and it pulls you in because you know that yea this stuff has happened and some of it shocks you because it really has happened and you didn’t think you would find a book they would talk about it or would make good connections with real life and I would recommend that anyone could read it if they want to learn about reality and things that teens or maybe even adults go thru.
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12 reviews
March 11, 2013
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 topics including their latest crushes, rumors about their peers, and family relationships. “Ttyl” is considered controversial since the discussions cover inappropriate sexual behavior, innuendo, jokes, and inappropriate relationships with minors. The girls manage to overcome arguments between themselves, as well as embarrassing situations, to come through on the other side together as friends again. Perhaps the most significant point in the book could be when Maddie comes out of silence/isolation to help Angela get Zoe out of a very sticky, and inappropriate situation with her teacher that would have otherwise possibly had a bad outcome.

“Ttyl” fuels the fire for those who are censors from “The Right”. This group consists of conservatives who are offended by the sexual matter considered filthy, or obscene in the content. While initially it seemed that this book would be an interesting read due to the layout of the text in IM format, it quickly became tiresome reading the chatter between teenage girls, and the reader may find themselves skimming some sections filled with meaningless banter. However, the suspense leading up to what Zoe would do regarding the inappropriate “hot tub date” with her teacher did provoke interest as to what the outcome would be. Needless to say, chatter between teenage girls need not be revisited simply to figure out what would come about as a result of a situation like that. Use your time for a better read!

Not recommended.


Nilsen, A.P., Blasingame, J., Donelson, K.L, Nilsen, D.L. (2013) Literature for Today’s Young Adults. Boston: Pearson. 9th Ed.

Green, John. "Booklist Online: More than 130,000 Book Reviews for Librarians, Book Groups, and Book Lovers-from the Trusted Experts at the American Library Association First Time Here?" Ttyl, by Lauren Myracle. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Mar. 2013.
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October 20, 2011
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 interesting way of telling the story. Epistolary novels are nothing new, of course. This couldn't possibly be the first chat log version, but it is the earliest one that I know of. You need a strong stomach for chatspeak and a lack of capitals to get through it. But hey, at least the spelling's pretty good.

The three girls do have pretty distinctive and definitely realistic voices. They definitely read like real logs, except that it didn't seem like the three girls got into a chat room together as much as I thought they should have. The vast majority of their conversations were one on one, when my experience shows that the instant more than one friend is online together, it's time to start up a chat room.

So is there anything of substance here? Not terribly. You can see exactly (well, more or less) where each girl's situation will end up, but you can also see how they get there. The ending is very abrupt though (sequel ready!) so we don't get to see much of the fallout of their actions. But it is a fun, quick read, and the voices are on.
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14 reviews
June 10, 2013
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 going on in their lives over IM. They talk about clothes, boys, they fight, and other girls. They like to gossip about the same things, naturally they are all best friends. Then they get in a huge fight, and one of the girls refuses to talk to the other two. Then one of the girls gets a teacher interested in her and the two seem to be on their way to dating.. Wait what. Gross! She wants to talk to her bestfriends about it but all they do is judge her and one of them won't even talk to her! What's she supposed to do now..
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