Author: Lauren Myracle
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Amulet Books
Released: 1 April 2004
Series: The Internet Girls #1
Told entirely in instant messages, this smart, funny novel is about the humor ;), hanovers :O, and heartaches :'( of high school, and the friendships that get you through it all.
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 emergencies, and Queen Bee encounters. Then a jerky boy send 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?
This is just an interesting and quirky way to write a novel. The entire book is read through the instant messages of the protagonists, kind of like you are reading someones chat history.
What's interesting, and great writing on Lauren's part, is that you can see the different personalities of the three girls and can see them changing and developing throughout the book - just through the messages they send.
Readers should be warned that the topic of student/teacher relationships is covered in the book, but Lauren is able to successfully show how they can be interpreted by different people, and the thought process of someone involved.
Pros: It's such a great novel, with a quirky presentation about life as a teenager, and trying to navigate the world of boys, teachers and populars. As you read the messages, you want to keep reading to see what's going on, especially as the messages are a recount of what's happening in the girl's world.
Cons: Going into this book, I knew I would have to read 'text' and 'messaging' language, but it made me realise how much I actually hate it. For those who don't particularly like text language, you may find this novel a bit frustrating at times. The story also felt a bit dragged out in the middle, but it did pick up as the story neared its close. You also get no real description of the characters, and their surroundings, which does limit how you connect with the characters.
Overall, I do recommend you check this book out. It's clearly not for everyone, but the teenager in your life will certainly enjoy reading about the lives of Maddie, Angela and Zoe.