Messenger Messenger

Paul Kercal
ISBN 9780232527520 (0232527520)
Darton, Longman & Todd, 2008 (112pp)

Category: Fiction
Subcategory: Teenage & Children's
Reviewed by: Phil Groom

In a word: book. As in cool; and if you didn't know that in txt msg parlance book and cool are the same word, then this book is probably not for you (try it sometime: your mobile knows).

But if you are up to speed with such things, if you're used to carrying on multiple conversations in multiple windows, if you've discovered the world of instant messaging, if you're used to feeling connected and conflicted and disconnected all at once, if you can handle highs and lows and emotional storms — then this a book you won't want to miss.

It's about life and love, about trust and betrayal, about asking who you can trust and who you can't and why and what do you do when you know something your mates don't and who do you tell? It's about watching your friendships explode and implode and feeling helpless.

It's aimed at teenagers. It's about teenagers. It's a week in the online life of a group of teenagers, but their online life is part of life, it's real life, real relationships, real lives falling apart and being patched up. It's about holding onto faith when it all goes wrong and your life is a mess and your friends think your faith is freaky and who gives a damn? But somehow something stands out and it's you they turn to and you know what's right and you know what's wrong and you don't know a thing and you're as lost as they are and it's tearing you apart —

And it's about a mysterious stranger who logs on: messenger. Who is messenger? Can messenger be trusted? Ignore messenger. Until — but if I tell you I'll give the story away. Just buy it; read it; share it on facebook; and give it away. Click.

Phil Groom, November 2008

Phil Groom is this site's Webmaster and Reviews Editor. He's a freelance blogger, writer and web developer who spent ten years managing the bookshop at London School of Theology alongside eight years writing web reviews for Christian Marketplace magazine before he came to his senses and went independent. You can find him on facebook or follow him on twitter @notbovvered.

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