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If You're Reading This, It's Too Late (Secret #2)

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This is the story of a secret. A secret that has been tormenting people like you for over... Oh no! Did I just mention the Secret? Then it's too late. Nothing will stop you now. But just remember, I warned you...
The Midnight Sun has been waiting 500 years for the homunculus to rise. Now the dazzling but dangerous Ms. Mauvais and evil Dr. L are going to throw Cass and Max-E
Published September 2008 by ALLEN & UNWIN (first published 2008)
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Travis Or maybe because they were both jerks and soul mates, and they both have rotten souls.
You do the math.
Stacey That part was slightly unclear to me as well. But, I think because the narrator in the book doesn't want you to read it. He was supposed to keep it a…moreThat part was slightly unclear to me as well. But, I think because the narrator in the book doesn't want you to read it. He was supposed to keep it a secret. In the first book, it says that terrible things happen to those who know the secret. So, i guess when they say to late... you are getting closer to revealing the secret. Good question, hope I answered it! (less)
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Jennifer Wardrip
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This is a fun book with an interesting narrative. Cass and Max-Ernest are young adults who have recently been involved with a secret society, the details of which are located in the previous book in the series. Although you do miss out on some details of the protagonists, you could read this book without having read the previous installment, THE NAME OF THIS BOOK IS SECRET.

When you read IF YOU'RE READING THIS, IT'S TOO LATE, it is as though you ar
Rachel Choi
Feb 20, 2015 Rachel Choi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(You should probably read the first book of the series, "The Name of This Book is Secret," if you haven't done so. It will give you a better understanding of what this book is going to be about.) Anyways...

"If You're Reading This, it's Too Late," by Pseudonymous Bosch is another mysterious and adventurous book following the previous book. Once again, Cass and Max-Ernest are set on a mission to find the Secret, but more importantly (this time,) the homunculus. In the beginning of Cass and Max- E
En este segundo volumen, Cas y Max-Ernest, nuestros dos protagonistas, continúan con sus peripecias, aventuras y lucha contra el malvado doctor L y la perversa señora Mauvais. En esta ocasión, la búsqueda de un mitológico ser, el homúnculo, y la tumba de su creador Lord Paraoh, llevará a nuestros dos protagonistas a vivir nuevas y peligrosas aventuras para seguir protegiendo el Secreto que con tanto ahínco El sol de medianoche busca.

Segundo libro de La colección secreta, una colección de aventur
May 22, 2016 Cristi-Lael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, middle-grade
Love this series. It's so much fun to read to my kids.
The boys like the action, I like the character development. The author uses nice big juicy words that are fun to read aloud and stretch the boys' vocabulary without noticeable pain. The plot is a bit thin at points, but the characters are too charming to lose us. We're primed and ready for the next in the series...
Dec 04, 2015 Nerissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don't believe the title! ;)
To whoever pick this book to read because of it's weird name(including me), you pick the right and wrong book to read. some people might find this book annoying, not me tho. I read the first book, so I'm kinda(just kinda)used to the way Psuedonymous Bosch write. This book is hilarious, PB!!! When will you ever tell me the Secret??? I here by, say sorry to my friends, because I promise them I will read some books, but I just have to finish the Secret series first!! This book is cool and all, with ...more
Siddharth Chakravarthy
Oh Pseudonymous.... I've fallen for you :P
Sep 24, 2010 Victoria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was AMAZING!! I highly recommend this book for people who like mystery.
Feb 13, 2010 Carly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, Pseudonymous Bosch, you may still be a mysterious and hot young male author (check it if you don't believe me) and I may still not know your identity (maybe I need to get some of my friends who are truly skilled with Google to help me dig it up), but you dropped the ball a little bit with this book. Just a little bit, mind you. I mean, I'm still picking up your third book today. No big deal. I still love you. You can still make me laugh. But this wasn't quite like the honeymoon phase of The Name o ...more
Grady M
Oct 23, 2014 Grady M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you’re reading this it’s too late
I think this book is funny and mysterious. I think it’s funny because there’s a lot of funny jokes in the book . max ernest always tries to do funny jokes . I think it’s mysterious because first of all the book is a mystery. It has me thinking what’s going to happen next. It has really good vocabulary that would make you have to read it over again. I would recommend this book to ages 10 and older for they can think about it.
Apr 15, 2014 Allison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late by Pseudonymous Bosch is an amazing book! It is about Cass and Max-Ernest and their endeavors to fight against the Midnight Sun. The Midnight Sun is a terrible organization who is trying to unlock the secret to immortality, which sounds like an amazing idea, but it really is not. Cass is a survivalist. She knows everything there is to know about how to survive in difficult situations. Max-Ernest is an aspiring young magician who is torn between his “separated ...more
Jun 28, 2010 Serina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Serina by: Mollie
Fantastic! Though I THINK I like the first more.
I'm totally amazed by the homunculus! His noble makes the end with a little sad element.
I don't really like the last chapter.
I think what makes me like less about this one is because Bosch gives too much descriptions at the beginning, the first few chapters were not that interesting to me.
My grammar is bad.
Oh well.
However, I'm going to check out the third book today, I can't wait!
Feb 19, 2009 Hawkpath rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!! Again,another great sequel, can't wait till the next one!
Jun 05, 2010 Jade rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dec 10, 2010 Jacinta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-love-it

If you’re Reading this it’s too late
Written By: Pseudonymous Bosch
If you’re Reading this it’s too late written by: Pseudonymous Bosch is about a girl named Cass (Cassandra), who is waiting to be picked up by a secret society called the Terces. Cass is a survivalist, and prepares for any emergencies. She has pointy ears which she covers with her braids. She lives with her mom only, and visits her grandparent’s often in their firehouse. Cass’s collaborator, Max Ernest is also going to part of the
Danielle Tierney
Ok, here goes...
I really didn't enjoy this book. I started reading it ages ago and just found that I couldn't keep going with it. I loved the first book and how quirky the author seemed with all the extra notes and the whole 'stop reading' thing, but I think it's taken too far here. With this book, it got to the stage where I had to make myself finish it. I'm not the type of person to begin reading a book and leave it after a while, but this book very nearly made me quit!
There's so many things
Sep 07, 2010 Nick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile-fantasy
I don't know why it took me so long to read the second volume of this series, but it took a near meeting with the mysterious author to get me to do it. No, really, he was just here drinking coffee, at the other end of our library. He spoke to one of my coworkers, after his real identity was exposed by a paperwork error at Little, Brown...or so they would have you believe. I think the Midnight Sun got to a vulnerable office worker, promising him or her fame, fortune and never-ending spa visits... ...more
Aug 25, 2014 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't enjoy this book quite as much as I did the first one, but I still loved it. The mystery is genuinely intriguing (what is the Secret??), the characters are magnificently well-rounded, and the writing is on point.
I genuinely shed a tear (on the bus no less), (view spoiler) I laughed in (many) places, and for most of the story, I was unable to put the book down. I adore this series so far, and I can't wait to continue it! 4.5
Apr 18, 2010 Whitney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is awsome! I think the first had a little more action, but it was still amazing! If you want to read this book, make sure you read the first one before, (The Name of This Book Is Secret).

Warning! Do Not Read The Following If You Have Not Read The First Book:

Young Cass and Max-Ernest embark on another thrilling adventure when they finally become members of the Terces Society and set off on an adventure to find the ancient Homoculus, I creature who was born in a bottle nearly five hudred
Aiden Lowe
Sep 16, 2015 Aiden Lowe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a must read for people who love a good book with fiction and science fiction in it. If You're Reading This, It's Too Late by Pseudonymous Bosch is the second book in the Secrets series. One of my favorites elements in the book is the sense of humor, with jokes and puns alike everywhere in the book. Another element is friendship, on page 350 it quotes, "She wasn't alone, she realized. She had a friend. In fact, she had two". If You're Reading This, It's Too Late is a clever and joyfu ...more
Jan 11, 2015 Vlad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book is awesome! Not convinced? Well there is more: Xxxx xxxxx xx xxxxx Xxx-Xxxxx xxx Xxxx, xxx xxxx xx xx x xxxxxxxxx xxxxx.*
Now convinced? Good.

*Sorry, but I can't tell you what I wrote.
Here, take a cake:
Mar 13, 2010 Caressa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Under very legal circumstances, you must know that I may or may NOT have read this book. If this is you're first PB book, put it down. If you've read that other book before this whose name is just impossible, then read it. (If you haven't, I suggest you go fine The Name Of This Book Is Secret) Cass and Max-Ernest have run into complications with Dr. L and Ms. Mauvis-again! It seems that Lord Pharaoh should've never meddled in somethings that would cause the Midnight Sun to search endlessly for, ...more
Sarah McPherson
Feb 11, 2016 Sarah McPherson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a funny book. Pseudonymous Bosch can't keep anything to himself. (Or should I say, herself?) The sample of the third book is killing me though. These books are enjoyable but they done require you to obsess over them so I can easily read these while craving another fandom. But Mr. Pseudonymous's initials are suspicious...
They are the same initials as Pietro Bergamo's. Hmm...
Tatiana Leon
I am really sorry Pseudonymous. I couldn't keep this book to myself it is too good. Okay Cass and Max-Ernest have to again face Midnight Sun. But the book is not all about that there is a big secret involving a thing called Cabbage Face. Even this might seem to you unimportant but it will change every thing. About the object that Cass has during the book. This book is one of Pseudonymous Bosch most mysterious books yet. There is so much I want to tell you but it would spoil such a good book. I ...more
Aug 20, 2015 Rachael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You can find my review on my blog here (& below):


‘If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late’ is the second book in the Secrets series by Pseudonymous Bosch. I really enjoyed the first book, and this sequel was definitely not a disappointment! This is a middle-grade mystery/adventure series that follows the escapades of Cassandra and Max-Ernest, two children who stumble across a dangerous Secret
Ava Delgarza
This book is about these two kids named Cass and Max- Earnest, and they have to find a person born in a bottle nearly 500 years ago. When they do, they have to keep the person away from these people who call themsefls 'The Midnight Sun'.Cass and Max-Ernest worry that they will never hear from the Terces Society and sometimes wonder whether the Society is actually real. They decode a strange note found in Cass' lunch and decide to ditch Mr. Needleman's science class for what they think is a meeti ...more
Jun 02, 2015 2017darbys rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Are you looking for a mystery book? Or perhaps adventure? Well, "If You're Reading This Its Too Late" is the novel for you. Written by Pseudonymous Bosch (otherwise known as Rafael Simon), this novel has a little bit of everything. This is the captivating sequel to "The Name of This Book is Secret". Both novels are part of the "Secret Series", (the pentalogy of secret books written by Bosch.)
In this novel you are familiar with our main characters Max-Ernest and Cassandra, and the evil Ms.Mauva
May 06, 2015 Dylan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To begin, you should probably go and read the first book in the series, being "The Name of this Book is Secret", as this one mainly continues off of the events that occurred in the first one. Anyways, this book was quite similar to the first, in terms of style. This is, of course, because of Pseudonymous Bosch's very interesting writing style in which he stops at times to somewhat interact with the readers. He sometimes decides to make some jokes or references in between chapters, which although ...more
Kaitlin M
Oct 26, 2014 Kaitlin M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like this book because it is very creative. The way the author writes these books is very unique. When you read the books it sounds like he is right in front of you talking. He writes, "I'm sorry- I can't do it.
I can't write this book. I am far to frightended"(7). What Pseudonymous Bosch also does, is when he is writing and wants to make a side comment he will put a star next to the sentence then at the bottom of the page is his side comment. I have never seen an author do that before.
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Pseudonymous Bosch is the anonymous pseudonymous author of the Secret Series and The Bad Books. Not much is known about him other than that he has a passionate love of chocolate and cheese and an equally passionate hatred of mayonnaise. Rumors of Boschian sightings are just as frequent and about as reliable as reports of alien abductions. If you ever meet anyone claiming to be Pseudonymous himself ...more
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“I ate him," said the homunculus, biting into his sausage.
The kids couldn't hide their looks of horror.
He smiled, sausage juice running down his chin. "Oh, don't worry - I cooked him first. I'm not a barbarian.”
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