Thursday, October 2, 2014

Yolo by Lauren Myracle

Release Date: August 26, 2014
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Arc: Abrams Books

We are only at the very beginning of a new school year, but already, seniors are preparing to graduate, leave high school behind, and begin a new life as a college freshman. Most here in South Carolina will stay close to home, but there are those few that will leave friends and family behind for a new start and a new identity. This is why the new book Yolo, a continuation of the Internet Girls series by Lauren Myracle, is so appropriate right now. 

Stylistically, Myracle's brilliant decision to continue with text message and IM style writing remains relevant today. In a generation where teens cannot put their phones down, Myracle shows readers a teen's way of communication. Though frustrating for adults, teens, girls specifically, are able to talk to each other in their own language, whether it be to complain, to celebrate, or to reconnect. For Maddie, who is in California, Zoe, who is in Ohio, and Angela, who is in Georgia, this is the only way they can communicate consistently.

The girls discuss a variety of topics, from dating to sororities, as the freshman year of college is now underway. Zoe is not only separated from her friends but her boyfriend Doug as well, and she is worried that the distance will cause the end of their long distance relationship. Maddie, in an attempt to keep everyone as close as possible while she feels like an outcast because all of the girls in her dorm went to high school together, creates a pact with Zoe and Angela to live life to the fullest and try to new things in college. Angela, back at the University of Georgia, is probably the most grounded and sensible of the three. Interestingly, her roommate seems to be stealing from her, which lends itself well to college life conversation. 

The book is a quick read, and the conversations between the girls are realistic enough to push the plot forward without getting bogged down by a lack of character development. The only small issue with the jargon itself is the shortened words where sometimes I misinterpreted a line. After awhile, the reader will get used to it. 

Teens will love the realism and the wit.

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