Yarn - Chat Fiction

App review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
Yarn - Chat Fiction App Poster Image
Text-message stories are creepy, rude, and predictable.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 4 reviews

Did this review miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive, diverse representations in books, TV shows, and movies. Want to help us help them? Suggest a diversity update

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Does involve some reading, but no opportunities for creation.

Ease of Play

Simply scroll through the main screen to choose a story. Once in a story, tap anywhere on the screen to make the next text message appear. It can be tricky to find and tap the "x" to exit a story.


Some stories include violence. For example, School Shooting include references to gunshots in a school, a blurry image of a student carrying a shotgun and bullets. The story Kidnapped is depicted on the main screen by a girl with a duct-taped mouth and hands in ropes; the story includes a teen or college-age student being drugged in a nightclub and taken by terrorists.


Some stories include overt sexual requests ("send me a nude") and suggestive talk about clothing, body parts, and relationships between teacher and students. Trapped By His Lies' storyline includes infidelity and a missing spouse. Criminal dating portrays an abusive dating relationship.


Some explicit language in some stories, including "s--t."


To access any images and all stories, users have to sign up for the free 7-day trial. Subscriptions range from $2.99 to $39.99.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some stories discuss drinking ("...drink an entire bottle of wine at dinner ...You're at your best drunk.") and drugs. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Yarn - Chat Fiction is a subscription-based fiction story app that includes stories based on text messages. Users read the stories as if they're peeking at other people's text- and image-based conversations. Some stories are heavy on horror, while others are steeped in sexual content or violence. Some stories on Yarn are based on celebrities such as LeBron James and the Kardashians. Depending on the story, there may be sexual innuendo, violence, and some drinking and drugs mentioned. After a seven-day trial, users need to sign up via a subscription to see images and access more stories. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byadamboch February 13, 2021
call 602 363 8193
Adult Written byJJAcob1 February 1, 2021

its is the best

you have to get it
Teen, 13 years old Written bybad girl 11 December 19, 2020


this is amazing
Teen, 14 years old Written byXOXO_ShawmSamie24 June 11, 2018

What's it about?

To read stories on YARN - CHAT FICTION, read the first text message on the screen, then tap on the screen to view the next one. Read that one, tap on the screen to see the next message, and so on. Sign up for the free seven-day trial or purchase a subscription to view images. When you are finished with the first story, choose another episode of the same story or a new story from the main menu. Share a link to the story, or mark it as a favorite.

Is it any good?

The voyeuristic vibe in these stories is sure to hook some readers at first, but the content is so base and blah that many users will either get repulsed or bored after a story or two. Some stories on Yarn - Chat Fiction that poke fun at celebrities (LeBron Texts His Hairline) are clever, while other stories (Sexting 411) are just predictable. The horror and violence stories are more disturbing than one may imagine a text message-based story could be, and the sex-related stories are nothing more than scripted sexting. And while anything that gets kids reading is usually great, the vast majority of stories in this app are negative enough to potentially outweigh any benefit.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the appropriate or inappropriate use of text messaging in some of the stories in Yarn - Chat Fiction. What kind of communication is okay via text, what content should never be shared in a text? Read Common Sense Media's 8 Things You Should Know About Sexting.

  • Talk about the violence in these stories. Is it better or worse than visual violence in movies? Why?

  • Ask your teen which Yarn stories they like and why? Some teens may like the horror stories while others may like the fictional celeb text conversations. Watch one of their favorites.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Subjects: Language & Reading: reading
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free (seven-day trial and then subscription from $2.99 to $39.99)
  • Release date: June 5, 2017
  • Category: Books
  • Size: 57.30 MB
  • Publisher: Science Mobile
  • Version: 2.0.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.0 or later; Android 4.1 and up
  • Last updated: October 23, 2019

Our editors recommend

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality and learning potential.

Learn how we rate