ttfn: The Internet Girls, Book 2

 
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Edgy sequel written in IM messages may appeal to teens.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Teens reading this book will be able to find teachable moments in some of the experiences the book describes. See our "Families Can Talk About" sections for some ideas for topics you might want to bring up with your kids.

Positive messages

Teens will relate to the drama and will probably learn how not to handle certain situations (drunk dialing, for example, is never a go-to strategy for dealing with love interests). This is a warts-and-all presentation, and while not an "inspirational" set of messages, certainly the book contains lessons. 

Positive role models

These girls are not exactly positive role models for kids. But they aren't supposed to be. Instead, they are pretty true-to-life portraits of teens who are sexually active and who like to party. Parents are discussed by girls as drinkers and poor role models. Ultimately, this a funny book about love and friendship.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

This is pretty no-holds-barred -- after all it's teen girls talking honestly. They discuss kissing, fondling, oral sex, being naked in bed with boys, masturbation. Discussion of flirtation between a male teacher and students.

Language

This is a book written in Instant Message form. To be true and credible, dialogues contain crude language including exclamations of" f--k," etc..

Consumerism

The girls address specific clothing stores and types of dress.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Experimentation with drugs is a common theme in teen literature. One character experiments with pot. She also is picked up by police for buying. Her parents are drinkers and admit to trying pot themselves.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this sequel to TTYL is again written entirely in IM text-message form. It has plenty of "teachable moments." Again, the girls freely and frankly discuss their sex and party lives, giving the book a real ring of authenticity. Booklist says these books are appropriate for kids in 10-12th grades for a reason: they talk about experimentation with sex, drugs, and the love dramas that characterize the high school experience. Mature readers will find the antics relatable, but kids who are not as socially advanced might wrestle with some of what's discussed. But there's nothing in here they won't already have heard about by the time they get to high school, including a variety of controversial topics, such as the pressure to smoke pot, parents with drinking problems, and exploring sexual feelings for the first time. A girl gets busted buying marijuana, another gets caught in bed with a boy, and a third takes a cross-country bus trip without telling anyone. Parents are at times portrayed as poor role models, but this book gives real parents a great way to get into discussing some touchy subjects without prying into their own kids' personal lives.

What's the story?

Angela's father loses his job and uproots the family to California. Meanwhile, Maddie hooks up with a guy from another school who has another love interest but fools around with her on the side (he also introduces her to pot, and she manages to get busted for buying). Finally Zoe, the stereotypical good girl, gets involved with a male co-worker, who formerly had a crush on Angela. Fighting ensues between the girls. But they pull together when miserable Angela comes back to Atlanta via Greyhound without telling her parents.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Young teens will be happy to know that SnowAngel, mad maddie, and zoegirl are back in TTFN, a sequel to ttyl, also written in text message format. It's a quick read that at times is funny, poignant, and touching, but the intensity of problems shared is lost in the sing-songy rhythm of text messages, complete with graphic smiley faces and dramatic punctuation. The book's format enables the reader to be a voyeur, learning about the deepest secrets of teen girls. It will appeal to younger teen readers who haven't had many of the experiences described here, but the mature material makes it a better fit for high school students. The conclusions are a bit obvious, but the book does impart some nice messages about friendship and being true to yourself.

 

 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about censorship. Some people have wanted to ban this series from libraries and schools. Why do you think that is so? Do you feel anyone has the right -- besides you or your parents -- to determine what is right for you? 

  • Why do you think the author wrote the book in IM text?

  • The girls spend most of their time discussing boys, sex, drugs and little about homework, tests, or any positive extracurricular activities. Do you think they are positive role models? Are they meant to be?

Book details

Author:Lauren Myracle
Genre:Coming of Age
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Amulet Books
Publication date:March 1, 2006
Number of pages:224
Publisher's recommended age(s):14

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Teen, 15 years old Written byMusicislove62 January 20, 2011
 

No.

I am almost 16, and I read this book along with many other trashy teen novels in middle school, and they gave me the absolute wrong messages. These books led me to believe that all teens drink and have sex and party, and they didn't oppose them. Luckily, I had an epiphany that I don't want to do any of that stuff before I made any mistakes, but these books are the exact wrong thing, and by the time teens are old enough to not be poorly affected, it is too immature. And yes, these things do happen in high school, but there are plenty of social circles teens can find that don't.
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Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 15 years old Written byLolololol333 October 3, 2011
 

READ

im 10, and i understood everything in this series. i think its appropriate for kids with older siblings (13 & up)
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Educational value
Kid, 12 years old April 8, 2011
 

Acceptable for tweens.

I am twelve and i LOVE this book! Evewn though i haven't had my first kiss yet OR even seen pot, i like the book and understand all of the writing.
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