‘BRB: I’m Going to Disneyland’ by Courtney Carbone is a cute, quick read. As a novel written in texts, emails, and posts on social media, it does a nice job capturing the essence of teenage life nowadays. The six friends who make up the chain of texts are all on their eighth-grade trip to Disneyland, and there is plenty of fun to be had, coupled with a good helping of drama. From crushes to misunderstandings, friendships (both new and old), and the excitement of trying new things, some of them find that they have more in common than they think, while others deliberate about everything that has changed between them and how to cope with it.
It is really quite interesting how texts can be as informative as they are shown to be in this book. Even people who don’t text all of the time will be able to see how much can be focused on in a short text. For the eighth graders in this book, it is almost like they have learned another language, and it does show how it is easier than it might seem to be concise with one’s words when written in text format.
The fact that it took place at Disneyland only added to the fun of the story as readers were taken on a “tour” of sorts through the park. A fun read for anyone who enjoys texting or feeling as though they are at one of the happiest places on Earth.
*Review originally posted at YABooksCentral.com*