Monday, November 08, 2004

ttyl *

Myracle, Lauren. ttyl. New York: Amulet, 2004.

I couldn't even finish this book. I read 10-15 pages at a time before bed until finally giving up. The entire novel was written as instant messages between three friends. There is no narrative to break it up, all you get is the instant messages. There is no description, just all dialogue. It gets old fast. I thought I would like it, but I don't.

I can deal with this book being written like real teens write instant messages. I can deal with no capitalization. I can deal with the acronyms. But, I would like some decent dialogue since that is all there is. My favorite line is *superflyingtacklepounce*. Brilliant. Not. Perhaps I am just getting crotchety in my old age but I don't think teens would like this book either and I can't see it holding anyone's attention for more than 15 minutes at a time.


yes said...

Hey i read the whole book in 2 days i thought it was awsome and im a teen just so u no

Library Goddess said...

Thanks for your comment about the book. I am always glad to hear opinions, even if they differ from my own. I have had 5-6 students check this book out so far. I hope they are enjoying it even though I didn't.

Masha said...

It would probably depend on the person rather than the age. I'm a teenager and I picked it up at a book store once (thinking along the lines of, "I should stop being so picky, maybe it's good"), but found it boring and annoying. If I wanted to see *tacklepounces* and whatnot, I can just get on the internet, I don't need a book for it.