Thursday, August 21, 2014

Feminist Review: YOLO by Lauren Myracle

Thursday, August 21, 2014
Through texts and messages, the mega-bestselling, beloved Internet Girls series followed the ups and downs of school for three very different, very close friends. Now it’s freshman year of college for the winsome threesome, and *everything* is different. For one, the best friends are facing their first semester apart. Way, way apart. Maddie’s in California, Zoe’s in Ohio, and Angela’s back in Georgia. And it’s not just the girls who are separated. Zoe’s worried that Doug wants to break up now that they’re at different schools, and Maddie’s boyfriend, Ian, is on the other side of the country.In the face of change and diverging paths, Maddie’s got a plan to keep the friends close, and it involves embracing the present, making memories, and . . . roller derby! Using of-the-moment technology, Lauren Myracle brings her groundbreaking series into the brave new virtual world of texting and tweets.
Summary from Leafmarks 

The Quick of It: This is book #4 in the Internet Girls series. Also, I received this from the publisher, which in no way affected my review. (And now onto the fun stuff.)

I can't tell you how excited I was when YOLO showed up at my door one afternoon. The TTYL books were a huge defining force throughout my middle school years. My three best friends (of the time, we grew apart during high school) and I read them together, and we all had a favorite character and would pass around our copies of the books to share. Reading YOLO allowed me to remember how much those friendships meant to me, even if we're not close now. It was doubly perfect because YOLO is set when these characters are going off to college, which I'm doing, well, today! (This was written well ahead of my departure, to spare you any freak outs. Wish me luck!)

"mad maddie: in self-defense, I am very good friends with Netflix"

Demerits: None!

Making the Grade

You probably saw this one coming, but can you blame me? The friendship is pivotal to this series, and it remains just as heartwarming and positive as I remembered. The way the girls lift each other up and support each other no matter what is just awesome but I really love how they stay honest, too. Basically, they're not afraid to be blunt with each other, if that's what's needed. The whole friendship dynamic is just spot on- these girls annoy each other and tease each other and make each other laugh, but most importantly, they all love each other. I want to see more friendships like this in YA!

Extra Credit

While this book is, overall, light and fun, Myracle still manages to touch on Greek life mentality (hazing and the sexism that often comes with it) and sexual assault on campus. It's not a huge surprise that Myracle is handling relevant and sensitive subjects with tact (she's a pro at it), but it's still highly appreciated.

Don't Forget: it comes out on August 26th!

Final Grade: A- 

1 comment:

  1. Yolo is a fun, fast-paced book that still will get teens thinking about what it means to be a good friend -- and about what kind of college experience they might want. Readers may feel that an awful lot happens to these girls before their first Thanksgiving break, some of it pretty outrageous, but, in the end, they'll be glad to see the longtime friends continue to hang in there and with each other through it all.


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