Ttyl: Talk to You Later (Internet Girls Series #1)

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The runaway bestseller now in paperback!

An epistolary novel for the 21st century, this sharp, funny, and true-to-life breakout hit about friendship is told entirely in instant messages. And Internet-savvy teens have fallen in love with flirty Angela (SnowAngel), moody Maddie (mad maddie), and good girl Zoe (zoegirl) and their frank perceptions about a tumultuous tenth-grade semester. Now perfectly priced ...
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Overview

The runaway bestseller now in paperback!

An epistolary novel for the 21st century, this sharp, funny, and true-to-life breakout hit about friendship is told entirely in instant messages. And Internet-savvy teens have fallen in love with flirty Angela (SnowAngel), moody Maddie (mad maddie), and good girl Zoe (zoegirl) and their frank perceptions about a tumultuous tenth-grade semester. Now perfectly priced for its audience, the paperback is being released alongside Myracle's brand-new hardcover novel, Rhymes with Witches.

Author Bio: In addition to ttyl, Lauren Myracle is the author of three other novels, including her latest, Rhymes with Witches. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College and lives in Colorado.

Chronicles, in "instant message" format, the day-to-day experiences, feelings, and plans of three friends, Zoe, Maddie, and Angela, as they begin tenth grade.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Myracle's (Kissing Kate) approach is creative, even if her newest novel is somewhat formulaic: three best friends hash out their lives-from new relationships to conflicts with one another-through instant messages. As they start 10th grade, social Angela catches her new boyfriend on a date with another girl; tough Maddie is befriended, then humiliated, by a popular girl; and "good little Zoe" finds herself crushing on a teacher-who seems to be interested in her, too. Though the main characters and the plotting seem familiar, readers will appreciate Myracle's portrayal of the supportive friends: they listen to one another, plan a surprise party and a road trip, and when Maddie is low, Angela and Zoe make her a care package with a poem that Angela calls "mushy but not 2 mushy." Their messages at times contain too much plotting to seem like realistic chats, but the style makes for an engaging, quick read. Flourishes such as emoticons and Internet lingo add realism; the book's title translates to "talk to you later," and Angela adds stage direction to her messages, writing "*stomps foot*" (when she believes Maddie is withholding information) or "*jumps up and down and squeals*" (when Zoe promises her a makeover). As might be expected, there is a falling-out among the friends. But while Maddie's reaction when she catches Angela and Zoe discussing her behind her back seems too extreme, readers will cheer their reunion, which happens just as Zoe's teacher makes his move. Ages 13-17. (Apr.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
From The Critics
TTYL (Instant Messaging for "talk to you later") follows the relationships of three 10th-graders— Angela (SnowAngel), Maddie (mad maddie), and Zoe (zoegirl). They've been best friends since seventh grade and are determined to weather the storms of their sophomore year together, including potential boyfriends, driver's license tests, a too-friendly English teacher, and social cliques. Their story is told through Instant Messages between the three girls (including emoticons, Net lingo, and even stage directions like *shoots daggers with eyes*), so dialogue essentially carries the action of the story. Fortunately, Myracle pulls off three distinct characters and voices (Angela, who always has a crush; Maddie, who wants so badly to be accepted by the in-crowd; and Zoe, the sheltered good girl who's tired of being good). Conflicts happen within and without the circle, but mutual respect and loyalty win out. TTYL will appeal to teenage girls who can relate to both the format and the struggles experienced by Myracle's friends. Several expletives and references to sex and anatomy, though appropriate in the context, may be a point of consideration for some libraries. 2004, Amulet Books, 209 pp., Ages young adult.
—Melissa Moore
Children's Literature
It would seem like a perfect and creative premise for a new young adult novel: write a story entirely in the popular, abbreviated "language" of instant messaging. Hundreds of thousands of American teenagers "IM" each other everyday, carrying on live, written conversations via computer. So Lauren Myracle wrote her entire story about three tenth grade girls entirely in instant messages. Even the title follows the pattern—"ttyl" means "talk to you later." The problem is that there is no relief from the shallow, expletive-laden conversation. Constant, abbreviated dialogue leaves no room for thoughtful introspection, probing conversation, character development or even action—only electronic conversation about action, and nearly all of the action discussed relates to sex, anatomy, boys and figuring out how to lie to "the rents" (parents). While ostensibly trying to hold their friendship together through high school, the three girls are disrespectful toward each other, their peers and virtually all adults. Perhaps there are many teens who will identify with mad maddie, SnowAngel and zoegirl. One hopes there are many more who will not. 2004, Amulet, Ages 16 up.
— Karen Leggett
KLIATT
This novel claims to be the first written entirely in email messages. The novelty of that, especially for teenagers who communicate with their friends everyday through e-mail and instant messages, has a certain appeal. Reading it may make you feel that you are reading a screenplay since it is all dialog. Of course, the e-mailese of ttyl (talk to you later), u r (you are), with the little faces and so forth, can be maddening for some readers. The substance of the story is the friendship of three girls who have been close for years. Now, they are in high school, sometimes going separate ways, but trying to stay supportive. One crisis they face is when Maddie has too much to drink at a fraternity party and dances topless. Photographs of her doing this are circulating through the high school and Maddie is humiliated and cuts herself off from even her best friends. Zoe, the goody two-shoes of the three, gets into a strange relationship with a teacher, who is also the mentor for an evangelical Christian group. She has a hard time saying no because she is basically such an obedient girl, and it's the wild girl Maddie who saves her from this lecherous man. Note that there is somewhat raunchy language throughout, perfectly believable in the context. There will surely be an audience of teenage girls for this YA novel by the author of Kissing Kate. KLIATT Codes: JS—Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2004, Abrams, Amulet, 209p., Ages 12 to 18.
—Claire Rosser
VOYA
In ttyl Myracle shows the hardships of three girls' high school lives. As a younger student, I cannot relate to the problems that Angela, Zoe, and Maddie have to endure, and I think that girls in grades eight through eleven or twelve will like this book more. Girls in those grades would be able to more easily connect with Angela, Zoe, or Maddie in at least one aspect of their lives. VOYA Codes 3Q 3P M J (Readable without serious defects; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2004, Amulet Books/Harry N. Abrams, 224p., Ages 11 to 15.
—Rebecca Moreland, Teen Reviewer
School Library Journal
Gr 8-10-Three high school sophomores, lifelong best friends, are now facing a variety of emotional upsets in their personal and social lives. Angela is boy crazy and emotive, but able to lend support to her friends when they need it. Zoe is the quietest and most self-effacing, considered by some to be a goody two-shoes but in fact headed full speed into a very dangerous relationship. Madigan is the hothead, less certain of how to grow up than she allows anyone, including herself, to see. The entire narrative is composed of the instant messages sent among these three, from September into November, as they each get involved with dating, sort out how to have friendships with others, cope with disasters that range from wardrobe issues to getting drunk, and offer one another advice and defiance. Each character's voice is fully realized and wonderfully realistic in spite of the very limiting scope of the IM device. Page layout mimics a computer screen and each girl IMs in a different font and in her own unique verbal style. (The title is IM jargon for "talk to you later"). Myracle not only sustains all this but also offers readers some meaty-and genuine-issues. Both revealing and innovative, this novel will inspire teens to pass it to their friends and will suggest to nascent writers that experimenting with nonnarrative communication can be a great way to tell a story.-Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Told entirely in instant messages, this modern epistolary tale prompts both tears and LOL (laughing out loud). Best buds SnowAngel (Angela), zoegirl (Zoe), and mad maddie (Maddie) IM with one another constantly when not in school. Tenth grade is tough, with obnoxious trendy classmates, unfair parents, and sex. Friends can help each other get through the year, but only if they manage to stay together. Angela flits through a series of rotten boyfriends, Zoe discovers Christianity while becoming disturbingly close to her English teacher, and Maddie befriends the class bad girl. Since cynical Maddie can't cope with Zoe's emerging faith, and trusting Zoe won't see anything wrong in her growing relationship with Mr. H., the trio might not survive. But best friends are always there for each other, and a series of emergencies pushes them further apart and then brings them back together, closer than ever. After a slow start due to the unusual format (a glossary would probably help), this develops into a surprisingly poignant tale of friendship, change, and growth. Perfectly contemporary. ROTFL. (Fiction. YA)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810987883
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2005
  • Series: Internet Girls Series , #1
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 234
  • Sales rank: 140,425
  • Age range: 13 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.87 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Lauren Myracle
Lauren Myracle lives in Fort Collins, Colorado. Her first novel, Kissing Kate, was praised as "enchanting" by VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates).
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  • Posted July 7, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    !!!

    Ok so, when i first picked out this book, i just looked at he cover, and i thought it was a cute cover, so i bought it. I though Laurens idea of text messaging was very creative, even if you et confused sometimes, it was very cool. So, this book suprised me because the plot of this book was very diffent than i thought. She was facing things that were...what can i say, kind of innaprorite, but it was a good book! Lauren really let you get the feeling that the 3 best friends were actually talking to each other. I reccomned this book to people who want to read something fun and different, and i reccomend this book, its worth buying!

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 6, 2008

    Awesome

    If you can deal with adult-like remarks, then you won't have a problem with this book. Personally, I think it's really good. It's written in IM format, if you didn't already know. I hope that you like it too, and read the last two because those are even better. It's really suprising at the end of each book, how they cope with everything that goes on in their lives. Basically, the whole seris is about the these three best friends, Zoegirl, SnowAngel, and Madmaddie that are all going to High school to find that their sophmore year was not the year they thought it up to be. It doesn't sound like a lot, but when you read it, it's more than you thought it would be in the first place. I totally reccomend this book to anyone!!!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Good but not Great

    This book involves 3 great friends and the problems they face. This bookis shown in a text message form, which for me is a quite interesting. The problems that the 3 girls face are difficult and the 2 other books (ttfn and l8r g8r) will have more problems that will have more grown up problems. But over all, its an ok book. I wouln't buy it, I'd borrow it form the library.<BR/>-A girl who likes to read

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 15, 2010

    TTYL

    This book is soooooo good. It just shows some normal teenage activity and that's what the book is sort of all about from my point of veiw.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2009

    I didn't like it.

    My answer to this is somple, I am not a girly girl so i didn't enjoy it at all.

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2009

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    TTYL is a great book that you'd wanna read!!

    After reading this thrilling book, i had to go review it everywhere. it is by far my favorite book i've ever read. I cannot believe how carried away i got with Myracle's writing technique and storyline! I was kept up all night turning page, after page, after page. What was i thinking ? GREAt. finally a book that i can go back to and READ again. Just the fact that I wanna go read it again is a miracle. Great storyline, great emotional factors and originality.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 28, 2010

    Confusing and annoying at times.

    I didn't get the point. It's almost like there's parts of the story taken out, and it's all in-betweens. It's humorous at times, but I was confused with the entire book. I wouldn't recommend this to someone else, nor read any of the other books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 6, 2014

    Follows best friends Zoe, Angela and Maddie as they talk through

    Follows best friends Zoe, Angela and Maddie as they talk through IM messages. These books are more for teens 14 and up. It's funny, witty and a very good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2013

    I read this book when I was like twelve. I just finished reading

    I read this book when I was like twelve. I just finished reading it last night, now nineteen. Still love it. It's still a page turner. The author's truly impressive form of writing made this book new and exciting. A total new concept to read. Loved it and it's great for teenagers of all ages. Good morals and meaning, love this whole series!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2013

    I just didn't like it. At first I really liked the book but then

    I just didn't like it. At first I really liked the book but then I realized it wouldn't get any better.
    First of all, Angela is A WHINY ANNOYING brat!!!!!! LITERALLY. She is constantly whining stupid things about her dumb boyfriend. Like, &quot;OMG Tonnie saw rob and he ACTUALLY asked her if she liked his SHIRT!!!!!!!!! OMG I FEEL SO BAD WHAT DO I DO?&quot; Also, it's missing the vital details! When there's a party, you don't see what happens! The characters simply REFLECT on it. I expected something huge to happen and you always think a plot will develop but it never does. Books like this were not made to be written. Another turn off was that the words were a second grade level and the cover is super cute but the word choice and things they say is appalling.

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  • Posted October 2, 2012

    It was ok. -Try it out.

    This book was pretty good. I didn't think it was the best book I've read, but lots of teens, especially girls in high school can relate to it. It's also about friendship, and how in any situations, friends need to stick together. Some of the things/events in this book are overexaggerdated because not all teens act this way. The three girls however, demonstrate the life of a teenager in high school and how to handle certain situations. Overall, this book was okay and I don't highly recommend it, but if you're into this type of book, then try it out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2012

    Love this book! Really funny

    Love this book! Really funny

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    This book and the 2 sequels were incredible! You are really able to relate to the three best friends and there roadblocks throughout high school! If you didn't already know, this book is written in instant message format. You would think that it would be very hard to understand the story and you wouldn't be able to imagine it, but you completely can because of the detail given by Lauren Myracle. One of the best series I have ever read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    Entertaining Tween Read

    Perfect light read for elementary/tween readers. My daughter described this book as "a fun read."

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  • Posted August 8, 2011

    cotton candy for the mind: too much sugar, not enough substance

    Ttyl, by Lauren Myracle, is the kind of book that can be found on the book shelves of many pre-teen girls, even those who don't normally like to read. I remember seeing this book a lot during 6th and 7th grade, but by then, I was already an avid action/adventure reader and my favorite color was blue. But four years later, when I spotted the bright pink cover on my cousin's bookshelf, I picked it up thinking, "Eh, what the hell," and got busy.
    Ttyl follows BFFs Zoey, Angela, and Madigan as they go through their sophomore year. The book is a catalog of all their online conversations: cat fights, interesting student-teacher relationships, and puppy love turned sour. It's not the kind of book I would've chosen back then or now, but over the years I've been pretty open to other genres and I found the writing style of ttyl interesting.
    Two days later, I realized that this book definitely challenges the claim that reading makes you smarter. In all fairness, a book written in an IM format can't have the widest vocabulary range, but this was ridiculous. It wasn't so much of a lack of vocabulary as a lack of depth in the book as a whole. Angela, Zoey, and Maddie were nothing more than cutouts: the boy-crazed romantic, the goody-two-shoes, and the tough girl. The plot was as shallow as a kiddie pool (Angela's boyfriend is cheating swine-boohoo; Janice is a manipulative witch-waah!).
    Also, the book is simply not fit for a particular audience. The cover of the book is pink with cute emoticons on the front. This, and the writing style give me the impression that this book is targeted at pre-teen readers. However, there should be a PG-13 sticker in the inside cover. Twelve-year-old girls should not be reading about pedophile-teachers, alcoholic catastrophes, or even Angela's unhealthy attraction to guys. Are these really the kind of things you'd want your (hopefully) still innocent daughter to be reading about?

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  • Posted July 1, 2011

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    Amazing book!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I love this book!!!!!!!!!! Lauren Myracle wrote the book ih instent message which I like and, I love how the girls (Maddie, Angela, Zoe) talk like real teenagers. I truely recommend this book for any highschool girl

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  • Posted June 6, 2011

    Well...

    It wasn't one that held my interest and didn't make me WANT to read more. It was okay.

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  • Posted May 2, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Different type of read, but good!

    I loved the text-internet style of writing in this book, it was interesting and something I'd never saw before. I enjoyed the book as a whole, you couldn't really have thick plots with it all being on the internet but it was good. The biggest perk to it though was that I constantly found myself laughing through it. It had a decent amount of humor and for anyone who needs a good laugh I'd recommend this book, it's funny.

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  • Posted April 19, 2011

    Alright

    This is one of those books that don't really move you, touch you, and it didn't even make me laugh that much. While it started off alright, as I got more into it I was just reading to finish it. There are about 3 problems in the book, all that get solved simple, without any suspense. If your looking for a time waster, read this book, if your looking for a book that has a plot, read something else.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2011

    Awesome, but somewhat inappropriate.

    I can definitely see why this book was banned from my middle school's library. I loved it anyways, but it was a little on the raunchy side.

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