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Cathy's Book (Cathy Vickers Trilogy #1)

3.56 of 5 stars 3.56  ·  rating details  ·  2,933 ratings  ·  306 reviews
From instant-messaging to text-messaging, from surfing the web to having their own sites, the age-old story of 'boy dumps girl and girl wins boy back' is lifted from the page to our three-dimensional, 21st-century world.
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Published January 31st 2008 by Bloomsbury (first published 2006)
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Jessica
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Anna Janelle
This book gets 5+ stars for being the most immersive reading experience that I've had in quite some time. From the plethora of clues stuffed in the front pocket of the diary to the intricate doodles that decorate the diary’s narrative, this read is unique. Newspaper clippings, Chinese restaurant menus, torn of pieces of a photograph, an actual napkin with a lip print, these are just some of the amazing extras that are provided to the reader as “proof” of the story. If that isn’t enough, try call ...more
Lena
Interessantes Jugendbuch
Cathy ist 17 Jahre alt und ihr Freund ist aus heiterem Himmel verschwunden. Während sie sich auf die Suche nach ihm macht, trifft sie seltsame Menschen und deckt ein furchterregendes Geheimnis auf.
Ich habe mir das Buch großteils wegen seiner Aufmachung gekauft. Es ist ein interaktiver Jugendroman, der wie ein Tagebuch gestaltet ist. Es gibt Nummern, die man anrufen kann/soll (kostenlos), Internetseiten, die man besuchen kann und es kommt mit echtem Beweismaterial.
Im Buch
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Rachel
Wirklich ein sehr interssanten Jugendbuch. Zuerst dachte ich, es wäre eher was für Kinder die gerne Dedektiv spielen. Aber von wegen! So ein Buch würde ich keinem Kind geben! Es geht um Alkohl, Drogen, Sex. Zumindest wird alles erwähnt. Ich weiß nicht, welches Alter für das Buch geeignet ist, da es einerseits solche Themen behandelt und aber auf der anderen Seite alles so gestaltet ist für Kinder. Der Schreibstil ist relativ schwer zu lesen, was wohl an der Art und Weise liegt, wie die Autorin s ...more
Donna
I caught this one on the bargain shelf at Barnes and Noble. The whole packaging just drew me in (not to mention the $6 price!). The drawings, the package of stuff at the beginning, the whole journal set-up. For the price, I decided to give it a try.

Well this was definitely an interesting one. I loved Cathy's voice even though her persistence in the whole situation got a little grating every once in a while. I have to agree with her mom in the "you better find a rich guy to support you" mantra be
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Rich Stoehr
I really hope this catches on.

It's not just the clever writing, though there's plenty of that here. The voice of Cathy Vickers (also known as ArtGirl, Undercover Girl, Respectable Drone Girl and Goth Grrl) comes through loud and clear in chat transcripts and diary-entry recollections. The writing is sharp and funny and resplendent in how easily it captures the voice of a teenage girl in over her head but determined not to show it.

It's not just the original story, thought that's here too. Cathy's
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Fede
I have to admit that I decided to buy this book because there are so many clues and objects (real one!) sold with the book itself and I was curious to understand what they were needed for.
I found out that the objects were the same mentioned in the book and this made the reading thrilling and compelling. The pages of the book are full of drawings as Cathy, the main character, is an artist.
The plot and the story are interesting, even a bit original. But, anyway, the thing I appreciated the most is
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Ella Sell
I was at my local library in the used book section when I can across book 2 and 3 in the Cathy series for 1$ each. Previously I heard about this series from a book review on YouTube. At first I thought this was going to be a series way to young for me ( I'm over 30). However I quickly got into the story and was itching to find out more. I found myself very caught up in the story and all the developments . I felt like a fly on the wall following Cathy on her adventures.. I have read some reviews ...more
Sibella
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Introduction

Cathy’s life has never been fantastic, her dad is dead, the relationship she has with her mom isn't the best either, but when she goes to tell off her ex, Victor, for breaking up with her without reason, she raises a whole lot of questions. Such as, what does Victor’s dead co-worker, a needle-like mark on her arm, and many Chinese elders have to do with the fact that Victor left? What could Victor be up to?

Cover
I really like the cover
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Tiana
That was ... interesting?

You literally immerse yourself in this book, as there are clues for you as a reader to figure out based on included materials. You can call the phone numbers, check out the websites and look at all the "supplemental material" provided in the pocket at the beginning of the novel. There are birth certificates, pictures, letters, etc. to help you figure out the mystery.

It created a strange dynamic for me. On one hand, it was intriguing so I kept reading. On the other, it
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Samantha
A unique approach to storytelling this book incorporates artifacts from the story for readers to sift through as they try to figure out the mysterious backstory of Victor Chan, a wealthy young man with more than a century's worth of secrets.

Cathy, an artist and high school student, meets him on the bus and begins to fall for him quickly. He breaks things off quickly before the relationship really gains any momentum, but Cathy begins to pursue him and his secrets by breaking into his home and off
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Jessica
I picked this up, because I thought it was an angsty teenage novel (it looks like an angsty teenage novel), was in the mood for an angsty teenage novel (no idea why, though), and I was pleasantly surprise to find that it was much more profound than that.

I really liked the twist-in of Chinese culture, without it being overbearing and forced, or really whitewashed. Emma and Cathy's was such a gem, though Cathy's rashness did get bit on my nerves (ergo "mediocre-heroine" shelf), but Emma's vanity a
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Chelsea C
Cathy's books are probably some of my favourite books because they are so unique with the physical evidence aspect. It's like holding and touching real things from the book, and getting to keep it. Plus there is the solve the puzzle as you go along aspect, by using sais evidence. Not to mention the non physical part evidence, calling phone numbers that still work, cracking into voicemail boxes. Hacking websites and email accounts figuring out more clues. There is just such a unique complex to th ...more
K8e
First, I loved the artwork and the creativity. But, the plot didn't really grip me and want me to keep reading. It reminded me a little of Twilight??? I am unsure if I will pick up the second book... but the artwork is awesome.
B u n n y ♥  | BooksWithBunny
Adoravo questo libro quando ero piccola ♥ L'avrò letto e riletto milioni di volte!
Emily
I wasn’t sure what to make of this book. It was nothing like I was expecting.

The first book of two this story if told as a series of diary entries enhanced by hand written notes, drawings and some other pieces of information. You can also go on the website and listen to phone calls and links mentioned throughout the book. I guess these extra’s must have attracted my to the book when I bought it years ago but I didn’t find it amazing.

The main character Cathy is a wanna-be artist who misses her da
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Annette
Cathy's Book by Sean Stewart and Jordan Weisman has all the trappings of a typical young adult novel including just enough romantic, intrigue, and rebellious behavior to keep teen readers engaged. When you combine the social technology with the attractive journal format, this otherwise run-of-the-mill story becomes even more compelling. [return][return]From Personal Effects: Dark Arts for adults to The 39 Clues series for kids, I've been reading lots of multi-format books lately. This new genre ...more
Kirsty The Book Mogul
This was something I had been meaning to read for a long time, I was a bit disappointed. The book was really weird to actually understand and I really didn't follow the whole book easily. I found it difficult to keep up with what was happening, one minute Cathy was in Victor's house and the next she was at home.

It was a good book, but I was just confused by thinking that it was real life and this had actually happened to Cathy or it was fiction. There was one thing that I didn't like about the
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Henry Acosta
If I had to say one word about this book and one word alone, it would be "interesting." And not necessarily in a "keeps you hooked" kind of way, though that's an aspect of it further on, but more the type of interesting that you use when something is so strange you can't believe it happened. This book certainly has a plot like no other I've seen, and the originality and also the interactivity of it are things that really made it worth reading.

However, overall I am a bit conflicted. This book we
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Arminzerella
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Cate
3Q 4P JS

Cathy’s Book is an interactive book about a teenage artist whose boyfriend suddenly dumps her. Understandably, she is upset and confused, not to mention freaked out when she notices a needle mark on her arm after their last date. She tries to figure out what happened, and manages to get caught up in a dangerous mystery that takes unexpected turns.

The format of the novel is really cool in that it incorporates pictures of the documents that Cathy finds throughout the story and sketches and
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Heaяts&Smiles_♰ .
This book has alot to say.......
it is awesome!!!!
:)

It all starts out with cathy dathing victor. And all of sudden 2 days after they meet he disappers. She goes to school she doesn't see him. She tries calling him but he won't answer. Then he finally calls and tell her he doesn't want to be with her anymore then, she thinks he lefter for the woman he works with her name was carla. Cathy starts to investigate about him. Then about 2 weeks later the find carla was murder. Times pass by then cathy m
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Tessa
Cathy est une adolescente un peu perturbée qui vient de perdre son père. Elle ne va plus en cours et reste plongée dans son journal ou ses croquis. Les seuls contacts qu’elle a sont sa meilleure amie Emma et sa mère qui travaille de nuit et qui boit pour s’endormir. Autant dire que rien n’est simple pour elle.
Jusqu’au jour où elle croise Victor. Mais du jour au lendemain, il ne veut plus la voir.
S’entame alors une enquête digne de Veronica Mars. Cathy ne comprend pas trop où elle met les pieds e
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E. Anderson
Cathy Vickers has had a tough year. Her dad passed away unexpectedly and her mom is always working weird shifts at the hospital. She's not doing great in school, but she did meet a nice guy, Victor, a Chinese-American man who, okay, might be a little too old for Cathy. But things were fine until Victor dumped her, and she woke up with a weird mark on her arm. Since he won't talk to her, Cathy has launched an investigation. Suddenly she's in over her head in the part of Chinatown you don't visit ...more
Stephanie
I never really figured out what exactly this book was about so Cathy's Book definitely took me by surprise.

I found myself immersed in a highly entertaining book that dwelled in friendships, in mysteries, in love, and in immortality. I loved how this book had almost everything - a little fantasy, a little romance, a little mystery, etc. etc. All the good things in life. :)

Another thing I noticed were the doodles that covered every single page of the book. I have to admit though, I was more intere
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estefania.
Mar 22, 2009 estefania. rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ___________
Shelves: 3rd-quarter
"Cathy's Book" is a novel by Jordan Weisman designed especially for the teenage audience. This book was more of a journal/diary, depicting the life of a young girl. With hand-drawn pictures, pages full of scribbles, and a first person view of Cathy's life, this novel is pretty interesting, but not entirely.
I began reading "Cathy's Book" with enthusiasm, but ended it with complete regret; I had spent an entire weekend finishing a novel that I know i would never have liked if somone had describe
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Scarlett
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Dana
[Sunday, June 26, 2011] I bought this book because the art is amazing, but now that I begun reading it, the story is actually gripping! But the best thing about this book is the design art and the gifts. Every illustration is related to what Cathy is writing in her journal. And the gifts are all clues to solving what is the nature of Victor.

When you begin reading you just have to know everything that will happen. What is great about the book is that it is fast paced and you can finish it in one
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Valeriane
Attention, ce journal appartient à Cathy, jeune fille de 17 ans. Elle vit seule avec sa mère depuis le décès brutal de son père. Elle a du mal à s'accrocher à ses études, au grand désespoir de sa meilleure amie Emma. Le pire de tout, Victor, son petit copain, vient de la larguer. Cathy décide de percer le mystère Victor en allant fouiller chez lui. Ce petit délire va la mettre sur la route d'une enquête qui dépasse tout ce qu'elle aurait pu imaginer.
Ce livre m'a d'abord attiré par sa forme. Prés
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Lizzie
Mar 05, 2008 Lizzie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: girls, probably
Recommended to Lizzie by: erm, Borders?
Shelves: urban-fantacy
This book is great, and I am really surprised that this is the first review that has been left as it has recently become quite popular in the UK. It doesn't read as you might expect a tipical 'urban fantasy' book to read, and, even though fantasy is my genre of choice, i read almost to the end of this book before I realised that it was in fact of the fantasy genre. Cathy is a pretty normal girl living in Seatle (I think! That could be very very wrong!) who has just been dumped by her boyfriend. ...more
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Born in Lubbock, Texas, Sean Stewart moved to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in 1968. After stints in Houston, Texas, Vancouver, British Columbia, Irvine, California and Monterey, California,
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