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Seems like kids today would much rather text with their friends than read a book. Well, now they can do both.  

19-year-old Mikey Sean McGuigan says the first time he heard about the app Hooked, he was sold.

That's because the app allows users to read fast-paced, short stories right on their smart phones and in the form of text messages between two people.

Since its release three years ago, the rise in popularity of chat fiction apps like Hooked has led published authors like Kayla Parent to take a leap into the new format. 

Millions of users have read her first Hooked story, a thriller that took Kayla a fraction of the time to write compared to her novels.

Hooked has topped Apple's App Store three times. and more than 20 million people have downloaded the free app. Users also have the option to subscribe for a fee and unlimited reading. 

Mikey also reads Tap, one of a handful of other chat-fiction apps geared to millennials. He says while he's hooked on the new style, he has no plans to stop reading good old-fashioned books.

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