Published by Katherine Tegen Books
Summary: Cecily, Prianka, and Gabrielle are BFF’s who love to text, and their messages to one another make up the bulk of this book. A new girl, Victoria, is desperate to make friends; Cecily’s willing to give her a chance, but Prianka and Gabrielle find her annoying. There are the requisite mean girls, and Cecily also finds herself bonding with one of them, particularly after a fight with Prianka and Gabrielle leaves her needing a new confidante. The texts are occasionally supplemented with homework assignments and diary entries that give the reader a little more insight into the characters. Bullying, boys, a dance, and parental monitoring of texts are all covered in this series opener. 224 pages; grades 3-6.
Pros: It was inevitable…a book told in texts. The format is as addictive as an iPhone, and even reluctant readers will find this a quick and easy read.
Cons: Emojis really don’t take the place of well-crafted prose.