A High School Comedy in Chat
Bliss Taylor and Tamra Gray are absolutely convinced that their boyfriends’ hearts lie in the palms of their hands. But when the girls’ two cynical and mischievous friends beg to differ, a wager is born. An online deception ensues where girl must tempt best friend’s boy, resulting in a comedy of love, hate, flirtation, and revelation. Will the boyfriends remain true to their girlfriends’ hearts? Or is the real question vice versa? Told entirely in chat, IM, text, and blog format, this glimpse into games of the heart is as clever as it is surprising.
Structured as a series of blogs, chat-room entries and instant messages, Spooner's (Last Child) romantic comedy of errors explores the consequences of testing loyalty. Recently dumped high school junior Annie bets her two friends that their boyfriends would cheat on them if given the chance ("let's just test yr 2 handsome units. see how much u can really trust them"). To prove her wrong, Bliss and Tamra pose as seductive foreign-exchange students in a chat room and try to win the hearts of each other's beaus. Some amusing online conversations follow as the girls become more and more intense about playing the game, taking on new personas and sometimes showing their truest colors behind the masks of their imagined figures, Tatiana from Albania and Bridget from Great Britain. Despite numerous "lol" moments, the book's format (which closely resembles Lauren Myracle's ttyl and its sequels) feels somewhat dated and busy, reading like a screenplay without the benefit of setting descriptions, stage directions and character sketches. While it should appeal to fans of Myracle's series, it's unlikely to attract a broader audience. Ages 13 up.
It was a fascinating story that has me wanting to try something similar. It was full of foolish tricks and romance. This is probably the best romantic comedy IMing styled book there is and ever will be. It was so interesting that I finished in one day and am sad it is over.