Monday, September 22, 2014

Giveaway: ttyl by Lauren Myracle

Normally for Banned Books Week I interview my daughter and her friends about books they've read off the banned books list. This year has been rather crazy, and I never got around to doing those interviews. But, I am still doing a giveaway for ttyl by Lauren Myracle.

About ttyl: 

Audacious author Lauren Myracle accomplishes something of a literary miracle in her second young-adult novel, ttyl (Internet instant messaging shorthand for "talk to you later"), as she crafts an epistolary novel entirely out of IM transcripts between three high-school girls.

Far from being precious, the format proves perfect for accurately capturing the sweet histrionics and intimate intricacies of teenage girls. Grownups (and even teenage boys) might feel as if they've intercepted a raw feed from Girl Secret Headquarters, as the book's three protagonists--identified by their screen names "SnowAngel," "zoegirl," and "mad maddie"--tough their way through a rough-and-tumble time in high school. Conversations range from the predictable (clothes, the delicate high-school popularity ecosystem, boys, boys in French class, boys in Old Navy commercials, etc.) to the the jarringly explicit (the girls discuss female ejaculation: "some girls really do, tho. i read it in our bodies, ourselves") and the unintentionally hilarious (Maddie's IM reduction of the Christian poem "Footprints"--"oh, no, my son. no, no, no. i was carrying u, don't u c?").

But Myracle's triumph in ttyl comes in leveraging the language-stretching idiom of e-mail, text messaging, and IM. Reaching to express themselves, the girls communicate almost as much through punctuation and syntactical quirks as with words: "SnowAngel: 'cuz--drumroll, please--ROB TYLER is in my french class!!! *breathes deeply, with hand to throbbing bosom* on friday we have to do "une dialogue" together. i get to ask for a bite of his hot dog.'"

Myracle already proved her command of teenage girl-ness with Kissing Kate, but the self-imposed convention of ttyl allows a subtlety that is even more brilliant. Parents might like reading the book just to quantify how out of touch they are, but teens will love the winning, satisfyingly dramatic tale of this tumultuous trio. (Ages 13 to 17) --Paul Hughes

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  • In order to participate this giveaway all you have to do is enter your email address in the Rafflecopter widget below. It's that simple. No strings attached. 
  • There is no purchase necessary.
  • This giveaway is open to all US residents 18 years of age and over. **If you are under 18 please have a parent enter the contest for you.** 
  • Giveaway begins Monday, September 22, 2014 and ends at 12am (Central) on Saturday, September 27, 2014.
  • Winner had 48 hours to reply to email stating winning status. I reserve the right to pick another winner if no response is received.  
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