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Cryptic text messages and avoiding autocorrect fails? Cassie from Kimberly McCreight’s ‘The Outliers’ makes it look so easy


Kimberly McCreight’s YA debut, ‘The Outliers’ is a fast paced, tricksy thriller. And much of the action is motivated by cryptic, desperate pleas for help via text message.

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We wondered what a message might look like between other literary characters if they could text while in dire straights or difficult situations. One thing’s for sure; they’re not as slick, nor as mysterious…

For instance, here’s Hermione in her natural state- exasperated with a Weasley:

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Or how about Lydia from ‘Pride and Prejudice’, sending word to one of her sisters:

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And this, when Alice needs some advice:

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The Caterpillar isn’t the only dude dodging with the same excuse. Romeo, the original love rat:

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Bran hoping that Season 6 finally shines some light on the mystery that is Hodor, hopefully saving him from more of these convos:

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Those Hobbits could have done with a smartphone.

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And finally, even though Ron’s romance with Lavender was fleeting… we think Harry would have tried to have been inclusive. Even if his phone had other ideas:

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Funny, but much less efficient than the text messages exchanged in ‘The Outliers’.

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Sarah is currently working on an expose on Draco Malfoy in her spare time. But not if his father hears about it.