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(Internet Girls #1)

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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.

Paperback, 209 pages
Published April 1st 2005 by Harry N. Abrams (first published April 1st 2004)
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Katsuro I think what you meant to say was that after reading this, your friend voluntarily chose to swear. It's not like the book tells the reader to swear ju…moreI think what you meant to say was that after reading this, your friend voluntarily chose to swear. It's not like the book tells the reader to swear just because it shows the characters in the book swearing.(less)
Megan from Hot Takes on Hot Books The second book in the series has a few spoilers for this one, so, yes. Definitely read them in order.
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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
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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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
Jun 23, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
Nov 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Debbie Pitts
Nov 23, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
Mar 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.

Noah Nichols
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-loaned
Didn't think I'd like this one as much as I did, but I 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 o ...more
Elle (ellexamines)
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
M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
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),
Jan 25, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Feb 11, 2009 rated it did not like it
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
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.
Emerald Sue
Aug 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
“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
Sep 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
lol,its cute and totally inapropriate
Beth The Vampire
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 ar
Nov 18, 2009 rated it did not like it
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
Jackie Marrs
Mar 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 27, 2009 rated it did not like it
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
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.
 Mummy Cat Claire
Oct 20, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: wtf, will-not-read
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.
Gary Butler
Jan 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: drama
6th book read in 2015.

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

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Oct 14, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Aug 05, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: funny, 2007, ya
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
Katie (Kitkatscanread)
Jul 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 :)
Nella ☾
This was revolutionary for middle school me. I loved (and still love) the writing style.
Anandi Puritipati
Mar 02, 2020 rated it did not like it
May 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
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
Chloe Cook
Mar 13, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
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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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