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TMI 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
jukelley More than 1 year ago
I read this book because my daughters recently read it and loved it. I really wanted to see what types of books appealed to them. It didn't take long for me to get caught up. The thing I really liked about the story was that it deals with a teenage girl getting involved with someone she meets online. As a mom of two teenage girls, this is something I've had to deal with and worry about. I read this book through Wattpad (first and only time I have used it), and I was interested in reading the comments of the readers as they read the story. It was so nice to read many of them comment about Bailey being stupid to give so much information and in trusting a guy without knowing anything about him. This book gave me another opportunity to talk to my girls. (view spoiler) I thought the plot of this book was pretty unique, however it was typical in its teenage angst. There was plenty of drama, and I guess there has to be to keep the storyline going. It's just not something I like to read a lot of, and there's a lot of it to read in this book. The MC involved in the love story part was really frustrating. At the end of the book, you find out why, but it was all kinds of frustrating waiting on her to finally make a decision. There's no way a real teenage guy, especially a hot one like Chase was supposed to be, would hang around that long. He was so great, though. Overall, I did enjoy the story. I would recommend this for anyone who likes to read YA stories. It was clean enough (a little bad language and mild make out scenes) that I was OK knowing my 13 yr old read it. She gets embarrassed easily about anything remotely sexual, and she was comfortable with this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really lukevthis book so far about baily and emma because me and my two friends have been in same schools same classes and same homeroom.since third grade and we r we have a problem because we some time like the same boys but dont tell eachother till like next so yeah just wanted to say that but i really like the book:)
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Kristyn_Crabtree More than 1 year ago
this book is about two best friends who are always just trying to help each other out. Until a guy comes between  them and then all the secrets start to come out.  I think that this book was really interesting because it has many real world situations, such as friend troubles and the loss of loved ones.   think all the characters are all really well developed and interesting. the plot is itself s also well done and has many twists and turns that will keep you wondering what will happen next.  the story itself s also well written and has the story written in both of the girl's perspective, which makes it interest to know what the other thinks about the events happening in the story. the only problem i had with the book is that it jumps around a bit to much, which makes it really confusing at times to keep up with whose perspective you are reading from. nevertheless it was a really enjoyable book that i would recommend to anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Whats going on you are dating then stick together because almost everybody never finds there soul mate
Andreat78 More than 1 year ago
I'm going to start this by saying that I never had a truly healthy relationship with a best friend until a little over a year ago. In high school, my girlfriends and I were basically a train wreck most of the time. We weren't "bad", it was just drama. I would love to say I was completely innocent, but I had my moments. The reason why I'm sharing this in my review? TMI brought back some of the painful moments of friends and high school. It made me sad and it made me cringe. So I'm thinking the author probably did exactly what she set out to do. I spent much of the first half wondering if TMI is the story of a girl who wants to much control and worries about her friend too much, or the story of the dangers of befriending people online. I guess it could be both, and I would like to think I'm fairly intelligent when it comes to themes, but I had a hard time pinning TMI down for a while. At TMI's mid-point, the story picks up focus. It's a sad situation in which two girls with a lot of issues let emotions and hurt feelings take control, causing everything to spin out of control. I liked that I felt a sense of where the story was headed. And I hesitate at saying this, because I genuinely do believe an author should be able to tell their story, exactly the way they want, but I also must go with my feelings. I'm not saying TMI goes beyond the realm of possibility, but at times it felt like there was too much drama, too many intense and crazy scenarios for me to get completely on board. But then again, things have changed a lot since I was a teen, so maybe what happens isn't too much at all. As for the characters, I often felt conflicted. Now, I know that Meg and Bailey made bad choices. And I may be waaaay beyond my teen years, but I remember what it's like to be a teen. I made bad choices, and I don't know any teen who didn't at least a few times. So with this in mind, I didn't read TMI with a notepad, chronicling every bad choice Meg and Bailey made. I tried to remain a bystander, and let them tell their story. (Now excuse me while I climb off my soapbox.) Having said that, these girls were completely frustrating, especially Megan. And it's not that I can't see where she was coming from, but still, frustrating. I did adore Chase. The boy had the patience of a saint. I honestly left the story happy with how it ended up, but still scratching my head over how it all went down. Honestly, I think this should be chalked up to me not being a perfect fit for TMI. The story had valuable lessons. As an adult, I have hindsight on my side. I think a teen's opinion on TMI would be invaluable.
chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
TMI by author Patty Blount sounded like an interesting read to get started on. I personally was very excited to get started reading because I have never read any novels that centered around internet romances and characters who may be falling for a catfish (a person who uses social media to create an identity that isn’t their own in order to find romance online). After finishing TMI all I can say is that I am so glad I got to check out this read. In TMI best friends Meg and Bailey both find themselves going head to head after Bailey ends up meeting Ryder online. After constantly changing herself to impress her then-current boyfriends, Ryder is everything that Bailey could ever want. He’s sweet, understanding and a gamer just like herself. Bailey believes that Ryder is perfect. Her best friend Meg wouldn’t understand and she knows that which is why she’s trying to keep Ryder her own secret. So when she finally does tell Meg she knows nothing good can come from Meg’s pessimistic attitude toward Ryder. Meg has always followed her plan. She wants to graduate from high school, go to university and get a degree, a good job and be good in the finance department. Being madly in love with Chase doesn’t exactly benefit her plan. There’s no room for him. Meg can’t understand why her best friend Bailey wouldn’t want to have a plan just like hers. When Meg finds out about Ryder she knows that something isn’t right about Ryder or why he constantly finds excuses not to meet Meg or Bailey IRL (in real life). So when Bailey believes that Meg has told a series of secrets that best friends shouldn’t tell the two girls find themselves feeding an angry fire over the internet that could destroy their friendship. What I really liked about TMI was how emotional the writing and the characters made me. I’m not talking sobbing into a pillow emotional, I’m talking about angry emotions. The interactions between Bailey and Meg were realistic to the point where it had me furious. The two girls both do a lot of things that best friends should not do. Ever. Yet, both characters would constantly forgive each other or push the things that happened away in order to keep their friendship intact and I personally could see how in the real world teen girls do that a lot to keep their friendships. TMI has two main characters who I think a lot of teen readers will be able to relate to in some way or form and both girls are very different from each other. Meg is an ambitious, artistic teen girl who wants to go far in life and turns away her emotions if it means keeping herself and her secrets safe. Bailey is a beautiful, flirty girl who puts her emotions aside whenever she has a boyfriend and centers her entire life around what her boyfriend thinks of her and what her boyfriend may want. I think teen readers will be able to take away from the plot in TMI and create ways to better themselves in some of the situations the main characters find themselves in. TMI also kept me guessing. All the time. Mostly over who Ryder could really be. I had a few guesses and while my guesses weren’t correct (darn!) I think that readers will have fun with guessing the plot twists that the novel introduces. TMI is definitely a novel that will keep readers on their toes and on the edge of their seat as they try to anticipate plot twists and who Ryder must really be IRL and if he and Bailey will ever end up together. I would recommend TMI to readers who want an original read, readers who are big fans of teen fiction and to any readers who want a novel that deals with internet romances and also the dangers that can come with posting certain things on social media sites.
AlwaysYAatHeart1 More than 1 year ago
 TMI is focused around the lives of two girls, Meg and Bailey, who are best friends and though they are really opposites, they just click and get along really well.  Both girls come from dysfunctional families where the dad is absent.  Bailey has never known her dad and really wants to, and Meg's dad died tragically when she was very small.  She still remembers her dad, especially the last things he told her, and his death has left Meg very scarred and emotionally wounded, more than anyone really knows.  Bailey has always had a boyfriend, is outgoing, a gamer, and is very carefree in nature.  Meg, on the other hand, doesn't have time to fit a boyfriend in her life.  She is driven and focused on her "goals," is really more of a loner, and she and her mom have very little money, so Meg tries to pitch in as best she can.  Her passion is art.  She loves to paint and is very good at it.  Her mom works and goes to school, which means Meg is by herself most of the time.  Then, there is the hottie Chase, Meg's neighbor, who has had a thing for Meg for a long time, and secretly, Meg is crazy about him to, even though she pushes him away and is mean to him because he doesn't fit into her "long-term plan."  Whether she admits it or not, Chase is often the glue that holds things together and has been there to pick up the pieces when things fall apart on more than one occasion.  Both girls think they know what is best for the other, especially concerning Meg's relationship with Chase, and Bailey's relationship with the mysterious Ryder West.  Meanwhile, things are getting more complicated with Chase and it is getting harder for Meg to deny her feelings, and despite the "red flags" that Bailey refuses to see, she is falling harder for Ryder.  One thing leads to another, things are said, lies are told, feelings are hurt, and when it all comes to a head via Facebook posts and other online social media, everyone involved winds up in even more of a mess, one which is now very public and very ugly....something that both girls cannot walk away from unscathed.   TMI was a book that I think would mostly appeal to tweens and teens.  It does deal with important issues that many of them could very well find themselves it.  While the Ryder West thing was a part of the story, I didn't really feel like he was the main focus of the story, but was more of a catalyst for the other issues that these girls deal with.  Friendship is tested, the consequences of of "online revenge/bullying" is focused upon, and the emotional issues that stem from the girls pasts and how their pasts affect their actions and decisions, both in the present and the future are looked at.  TMI is told from both Meg's and Bailey's POV.  I did like both girls, though the way Meg treated Chase really aggravated me.  On the other hand, Chase was great, and so patient with her.  The mysterious Ryder West causes a lot of problems that result in some major drama, but that drama also results in both of these girls facing the reality of their issues, which in turn leads to both of them dealing with these issues and their root causes that have been too long ignored.  As I said above, I think TMI would appeal to younger teens, as it does highlight some really good points as the reader watches these girls mature and take their journey in life,  progressing from unhealthy ways of coping to healthy ways of dealing with issues, and learning what is really important along the way.  
StephWard More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars 'TMI' is a young adult contemporary novel that follows our two main characters and best friends - Bailey and Meg. Although they are polar opposites, Meg and Bailey have been inseparable since grade school. Now Bailey has a new crush on a guy she met online and Meg doesn't trust him. Meg - the always rational one with a plan - doesn't want to see her best friend get hurt or worse. Bailey is sick of seeing Meg waste her life - and the love of a great guy named Chase - all because of her past. Soon Ryder - the mysterious online guy - has Meg and Bailey fighting all the time, doing unthinkable things to one another, and bringing their entire friendship to the brink of destruction. Just who is Ryder West and will Meg and Bailey's friendship be able to withstand him? This was a well written story that hits on a lot of topics that concern teens these days. It's told from the two varying viewpoints of Bailey and Meg, so the reader gets an inside look at what's happening with each character. The characters are realistic with obvious flaws, which made them easy to identify with. I found Meg's character to be really annoying at times - it seems like she just kept whining about everything and wanted a one person pity party. She got on my nerves quite a bit throughout the book, but in the end her character got a bit better. The plot was an interesting one that definitely touches on a lot of popular topics facing teenagers - bullying, self esteem issues, friendship, love, loss, grief, family problems, and finding out who you are. These issues were dealt with in a great way, so that they flowed into the story without being too obvious. The writing was well done and had a great pace that holds the readers attention. I liked the added mystery of what secret Meg was holding on to from her past along with trying to figure out who Ryder was. I think those plot lines added great layers to the story and made it more intriguing. Recommended for fans of contemporary YA fiction. Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** TMI by Patty Blount Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire Publication Date: August 6, 2013 Rating: 4 stars Source: ARC from the author Summary (from Goodreads): Best friends don’t lie. Best friends don’t ditch you for a guy. Best friends don’t post your deepest, darkest secrets online. Bailey’s falling head-over-high-heels for Ryder West, a mysterious gamer she met online. A guy she’s never met in person. Her best friend, Meg, doesn’t trust smooth-talking Ryder. He’s just a picture-less profile. When Bailey starts blowing Meg off to spend more virtual quality time with her new crush, Meg decides it’s time to prove Ryder’s a phony. But one stupid little secret posted online turns into a friendship-destroying feud to answer the question: Who is Ryder West? What I Liked: I actually got the chance to beta-read this one back in December of 2012! In fact, if you look in the back of the book to the acknowledgments, @Alyssa_Susanna is there! That's me. So, I'd like to thank Mrs. Blount for allowing me to have the opportunity to beta-read for her, and for putting me in the acknowledgements of her book, and for sending me a review copy! Before I really start my review, let me say that the cover is slightly misleading. Readers will probably think, so there's two girls and guy and a LOVE TRIANGLE?! No no no! There is no love triangle! In fact, I'm not even sure who's kissing who, and why there is a girl looking on. Maybe it's Meg and Chase, with Bailey looking on? But that wouldn't make sense, because Meg and Chase are known for their relationship until the end. It could be Bailey and Simon, but they broke up. It could be Bailey and Ryder, but they never kiss! So, I'm not really sure about the angle of the cover. Just ignore the cover. When I first read this book, my feelings couldn't really be summed up. This book had me on a roller coaster of emotions, and when it ended, I didn't know what to think! Bailey, Meg, Bailey, Meg, back and forth with their shenanigans. As a teenage girl, I did my best to understand their motives and their thoughts. But Mrs. Blount has created two very unique protagonists - both very different in personality. This book includes the perspectives of both girls. Sometimes we read Bailey's, sometimes we read Meg's. I thought it would be really cool if we could read Chase's as well, but I see why Mrs. Blount included only Meg's and Bailey's perspectives (though both are in third person). Meg is careful, calculating, and always planning. Bailey wears her emotions on her sleeve, does what she wants when she wants, and doesn't like Meg's nagging. Bailey has a plan to get Meg closer to Chase, the guy that Meg likes but doesn't want to admit. Chase has always been in love with Meg, since they were kids. But Bailey's plan gets out of hand when Bailey herself "meets" Ryder West - online. Meg thinks that Bailey is with Chase, but when she hears about Ryder, she gets angry. For Meg, dating someone online, whom you've never met before, is dangerous. In this book, it proves to be dangerous, but in a different way than is expected. Things get crazy between Meg and Bailey, all starting with one text to Ryder that was never actually sent, one Facebook post in retaliation of that text that was never sent, and a confusion of boys and feelings. What I really, really liked about this book is the message behind it - the dangers of the internet and online presence. What Mrs. Blount is trying to to convey is that people should be careful about what they post online - especially teenagers. In this day and age, we post comments and statuses and tweets and reviews and EVERYTHING without a care. But everything is public, and once it's posted, it's there forever. Bailey thought Meg sent a text to Ryder about something personal and embarrassing. But Meg never sent that text. Yet Bailey lashed out and posted something embarrassing and personal about Meg on Facebook. For EVERYONE to see. There are so many things wrong with that - and I'm glad Mrs. Blount chose to include that backlash in the novel. Meg NEVER sent the text, but Bailey didn't believe her. Bailey decides to be petty and post something even more embarrassing on Facebook. Meg hits back and posts something embarrassing about Bailey on Facebook. What's wrong with that is that the girls used Facebook in the wrong way - to humiliate each other. What's even worse is that none of it would have happened if Bailey hadn't started to talk to and obsess over and trust a boy online that she never met in person. I know people meet people online and swap contact information and hang out, but Mrs. Blount's message about that is clear: be careful around people you've never actually met. A person can be anyone online, someone so different from who they actually are. In Ryder's case, he was someone different. So, yeah. I really enjoyed this book, for the messages behind it. I think teenagers and parents should pay attention to how much internet access and freedom they give themselves - because the internet really is a fun yet dangerous place for young, innocent people. So, the romance *seems* confusing, but it's not. Bailey doesn't want Chase, she wants Ryder. Bailey recently broke up with her ex-boyfriend Simon, who Meg saw with Caitlyn. THAT was a whole mess as well. Chase doesn't want Bailey. He wants Meg. Meg doesn't want Ryder. She wants Chase. It's simple, but it takes the entire book for the romance to be sorted out. But, everything DOES get sorted out, and the ending in terms of the romance is great! The ending in general is pretty awesome. Chase gets something that he wanted, related to his parents and his future. Meg and Bailey work to repair their friendship. And Bailey discovers something huge about her father - the father she never knew. Everything isn't what it sounds like, but I promise the ending is a good ending, for mostly everyone. What I Did Not Like: When I beta-read this one, one thing I couldn't stand was the bickering and crazies and shenanigans between Meg and Bailey. I think this "dislike" still stands, but I totally see why it's necessary. Without it, this book wouldn't be much, and Mrs. Blount wouldn't have an important message to send to readers. And I think Mrs. Blount did some excellent changes from the manuscript I read to the ARC, in terms of Meg and Bailey's rocky relationship. But I think that a lot of readers might get turned off by all of the bickering, which is why I'm mentioning it in this section. DON'T. Keep reading! The message of this book is so important, and is one of the reasons why I love this book. Also, this is nothing towards the content of the book, but like I said before, I don't really understand the cover. It's nice, but it doesn't make sense with the book. But, whatever! Would I Recommend It: YES! Just. Keep. Reading. This book is one of those books that are important for people my age (teenagers) to read. The internet is no place to mess up, people! Patty Blount does an excellent job of showcasing the downsides of the internet, but she does it in an engaging an interesting way. Rating: 4 stars. I am really, really happy that I got the opportunity to read this one twice! I encourage all your readers and internet aficionados to read Mrs. Blount's novels!
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