Thursday, October 29, 2009

TTFN - Book #96

Title Ttfn
Author Lauren Myracle
Genre Young Adult Fiction
Pages 229
Publisher Amulet Books
Copyright 2006

Synopsis (from web-site)
Told entirely in instant messages, this sequel to the hugely popular "ttyl" follows Maddie, Zoe, and Angela through the new flirtations, fixations, and frustrations of 11th grade. Now high school juniors, Zoe, Maddie, and Angela continue to share "instant messages" with one another as one of them experiments with marijuana, another gets her first boyfriend, and the third moves three thousand miles away.

Why I read It
It was on the list for most banned books, and it was part two in a series (ttyl is book 1).

The Good
Good lively discussion between our three girls; Angela, Maddie, and Zoe. Being written in all text messages the plot moves very quickly. Also it is a good insight into the mind of teen girls, especially given I have one rapidly on the way.

The Bad
I like the sparse style of the all text message format, but I sometimes miss all the detail you get in a traditional novel. And a lot of extreme things happen to these three young women over a very short period of time.

The Ugly (my opinion)
A good little book which can be used to understand the language of instant messaging and the minds of teen girls. I can see why some parents might be distressed by the content, but I would have no problem with my teen daughter reading it.

Why It’s Banned
Teen sex, drug use, drinking, and profanity. Plus they occasionally lie to their parents and one runs away from home. Frank talk about sexual things and brief mentions of cutting and pedophiles.

Mormon Mentions

Author Biography
Lauren Myracle is the author of many young adult novels. Myracle earned a BA in English and Psychology from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and after that, she worked for some time as a middle-school teacher. Myracle later earned 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 best-selling "IM" books, ttyl, ttfn, and l8r, g8r.
NOTE: Only of interest to me, but book one in the series was the 69th book I read this year and this is the 96th - Pretty, pretty cool.

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