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Monday, January 4, 2010

Entr@pment by M. Spooner

Title: Entr@pment: A High School Comedy in Chat
Author: M. Spooner
ISBN: 9781416958895
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

"Love is...
gothling: hopeless, pointless, merciless, lame

bliss4u: no, love is... i dunno... loverly

Ms. T: it's obvious. love is all about trust.

BoBoy: well, i'm loving this pizza. yum

chessman: i'm thinking that was the wrong answer, bro...

Big.J: some people need some schooling around here

For two happy couples, love is true. For two cynical friends, love is a game... that is not always fair. When a wager puts love to the test, will there really be a winner?"

Is it a bad thing that I picked this book up purely because it was written in chat/text format? I just think it's so much fun - not to mention extremely fast to read. For some reason, it reminds me a lot of when i used to play on chat rooms and such when I was uber-bored back in the day. I feel like I should do that more often... it's always enlightening.

Anyway! This story is a lot of fun. I do question the reality of the entire situation... I mean, what girls would decide "hey, you're right! I'll never know if my man is faithful unless I test him!!" But that's probably something one would think of when one is a bored high school student looking at a long stretch of summer in front of them. So I can't fault the idea.

It's also a bit tidy in the ending, so again making the story hard to put into terms of reality. But if you were willing to suspend reality for a bit, this is a really fun novel! This may be reading a bit into it, but there's a lot of talk about people wearing different masks when they're online, or even in real life. That was something that I really find interesting - just because it's so true. You can totally reinvent yourself on the internet, but is that reinvented self really someone you aren't? Does that even make sense?!

It doesn't hurt that the idea made my little mask-collecting heart go pitter patter. It's one of those random little hobbies. Anywho!

I will be recommending this book to anyone in probably 6th grade and up. The older teens or adults may try to read way too much into the story, so I'm not sure how much they'd get out of it. But I think if they're looking for something easy, fun, and has "lol" parts, then this might be a good book for them.

Visit the author's website here.

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I am distressed to only find the one other review! I'm sure there are more out there, I'm not just looking in the right place or something. If you've written a review of it, please let me know and I'll link ya in. :)


Anonymous said...

I don't really care for novels in text/chat form. I am glad that you seemed to enjoy it tho!

Emily said...

Yeah, it's definitely not for everyone, but I do like it. There's something so fun about it. *shrug*

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