Author: Lauren Myracle
Publisher: Amulet Books
Number of Pages: 234
Advertised Age Level: Grades 8-10
Age and Grade of Main Character(s): 15 and 16 – 10th grade
Language: profanity, use of the “F” word
Sex: discussions of having sex, hot-tubbing, inappropriate behaviour by a teacher, one character dances with shirt off
Drug/Alcohol Use: one character gets drunk at a party
Social Issues: an inappropriate relationship with a teacher, mean girl behaviour, drinking, friendships
Suggested Movie Grade: PG-13
Premise: Three best friends – Maddie, Angela and Zoe – help each other navigate the rough waters of high school via internet IM chat sessions. Told entirely via IM sessions, the girls deal with boy troubles, popular girls, and one character’s growing relationship with one of her teachers.
Potential Points of Concern: Zoe becomes close to her English teacher, and the relationship moves from mentor/student towards something inappropriate. Zoe manages to remove herself from the situation before it becomes physical.
Angela dates a boy who cheats on her.
Maddie makes friends with the Queen Bee popular girl and begins to neglect her friendships with Zoe and Angela.
Maddie attends a frat party where she gets drunk and dances on a table with her shirt off. Pictures of the event are sent to all of the students at school.
This title is the first in a series, which gets progressively more adult in subject matter.
Age Appropriateness: 13 +