l8r, g8r: The Internet Girls, Book 3

 
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Fun friendship series concludes with more mature content.

What parents need to know

Educational value

This may be a good choice for teens who don't consider themselves readers -- all those IM messages make those pages turn quickly.  Parents who want to read this book with their teens could talk about some of the characters' choices -- including sex, drinking, and pranks. See our "Families Can Talk About" section for some other more general ideas.

Positive messages

There's more sex and bad behavior on display in this book than in the others in the series, but teens ready for the content will find a story about strong girl friendships, and girls who are on the way to finding themselves (even while they make some missteps).

 

Positive role models

Teens do pull pranks, have sex, drink until they throw up, etc., but they do have a tight bond and are a good support system for one another. 

 

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Teen loses virginity, performs oral sex, describes safe sex practice, kissing, fondling. Stepmother caught having affair with another man.  Aunt of character has party with sex toy theme. A prank involves posting a fake ad for sex.

Language

Plenty of swear words like "holy s--t," "damn," "dumbass," f--kers," "hell."

Consumerism

Name dropping of celebrities, stores, and products, such as Starbucks and Jeep.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drinking beer and throwing up, Vicodin is offered at parties, references to classmates who use drugs.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this third installment in the popular series features more sex and bad behavior than in the others, all conveyed through instant messages and chats. One main character loses her virginity, while the other two also have romantic, physical relationships with boyfriends. Teens drink heavily and throw up, participate in drinking games, and there are references to using drugs and abusing prescription drugs. Mean-spirited pranks include posting a faux ad for sex. A stepmom has an affair. An aunt has a party with a sex toy theme. But young adult readers who are ready for the mature content will find a decent beach read about three very close, caring, and unique friends.

What's the story?

L8R, G8R is third in the series by Lauren Myracle. BFFs Angela, Zoe, and Maddie, in their senior year of high school, work out problems, share secrets, become angry, apologize, cry, and more -- all through texting, IMs, and chat rooms. In this installment, they've got a lot more mature stuff to talk about: especially sex, but also drinking and drugs. Zoe, the academic, gets center stage as she explores her relationship with Doug, her boyfriend. She loses her virginity and becomes blinded to her unyielding dedication to this relationship. The mature content is balanced by the immaturity of scheming against school enemies. They go as far as breaking into someone's house and hiding in the back of a car.

 

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Young adult readers who are ready for the mature content will find a decent beach read about three very close, caring, and unique friends.  In the end, the girls finish their senior year with more understanding about who they are, excitement about their futures, and the security of knowing they're only a computer connection away. The book is a great lesson for parents in Teenspeak 101.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about communication through instant messaging. Is something lost in the translation? Do the IM messages sound like the ones you and your friends send? This could even lead inspired parents to talk about Internet safety. Check out Common Sense Media's tips, articles, and research.

  • These characters drink, have sex, and pull some mean pranks -- yet they are good friends to one another and do grow up and learn lessons along the way. Do you think they are role models?

Book details

Author:Lauren Myracle
Genre:Friendship
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Amulet Books
Publication date:March 1, 2007
Number of pages:240
Publisher's recommended age(s):14

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Parent of a 16 year old Written byet67 October 17, 2009
 
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 13 years old Written bychixennoolsoup October 24, 2009
 

personal opinions x]

although this book isn't the best book to read because of sex, alcohol && some drug references, i think that it is still a good over all book. x] i think you should read the book first && then write a review stating if you like it or not because you just can't judge a book by it's cover. all together i enjoyed this book && the series && i hope you all will too. :]
What other families should know
Too much sex
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written byboredgrl November 13, 2009
 

Iffy for kids, but teen IMing addicts will love this!

This was a book that I could not put down. It was very good and intriguing. Sex, drugs, and alcohol are huge issues in this book (which are main topics), and like in all of the other Internet Girls books, there is also language. I am a computer addict who lives IMing, so this book was very enjoyable to me.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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