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Cathy's Book (Cathy Vickers Trilogy #1)

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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
Mar 05, 2008 Jessica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
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Anna Janelle
Jan 16, 2013 Anna Janelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Samantha Rodriguez
It's a good book. I love how you can call those numbers and when you call there'll be a like a voice mail and that specific character will be talking. It's sort of weird but really cool. I also liked the drawings on the book and the little packet with a lot of information. I liked the book.
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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Lena
Jun 08, 2013 Lena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jugendbücher
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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Goddess
Jul 17, 2013 Goddess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ashley Lynn
Jan 13, 2016 Ashley Lynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those looking for a fresh, interesting sci-fi YA with a strong female lead.
Recommended to Ashley by: April
I was given this book by my lovely friend April. I want to take a moment to thank her for that.

This is a story about Cathy, an aspiring artist high school senior, who was in a short relationship with Victor up until the previous week. He dumped her, and she has no idea why. But, she’s desperate and determined to find out. However, does Cathy get to close to a giant cover up? What happens when a girl who was close to Victor is murdered? What will Cathy find at the lab he’s currently working at? H
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Pam Sweigert
This was a thrift store find for me and I'm so glad I picked it up. A cute little gem of a book that is interactive for the YA audience, with working phone numbers that you can call and websites and art pieces to look up. It is written like a journal with doodles and handwritten notes in the margins as well as evidence that Cathy finds along the way that you can inspect to see if you can figure out what is going on before Cathy does. A very original idea that is perfect for getting your teens to ...more
Audrephilia
Nov 06, 2011 Audrephilia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay, despite that this book is very "girly", even in some ways I don't entirely like, AND despite that there's some "sneaky" advertising in there (I guess I don't get as bent out of shape about advertising as other people) this book was just motherfucking fun. Okay? I opened the hard cover and an envelope full of "evidence" was inside. I opened it. It had things like a torn up picture with a phone number, business cards, fliers, Cathy's comic strips, death certificates, clues clues clues! Every ...more
Rich Stoehr
Nov 09, 2010 Rich Stoehr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 17, 2014 Fede rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-books
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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Kayla
I first read this book about a year or two after it came out. Cathy's Book was first published in 2006 and has been extremely underrated ever since then. Maybe partly because of that, it took me an absurd amount of time to realize that this was actually part of a trilogy. Now that I have my hands on the other books, I decided to read the first to remind myself of the characters, plot, and setting. Honestly, I feel like I love the books even more now that I'm older.

What's so incredible and unique
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Dana Al-Basha
Jan 19, 2016 Dana Al-Basha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 sitting, and it is very
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Séverine
Cathy's Book est le premier tome de la saga Cathy (en trois tomes), que je relis suite à la sois-disant "perte" de la saga complète à la quelle je tenait beaucoup, car elle m'était offerte par des personnes qui me sont chères. Depuis, j'ai quelques difficultés à prêter mes livres... Enfin, ceux que j'aime beaucoup, ne sortiront plus jamais de chez moi !

Mais cette saga, je me devais de la racheter -pas d'un seul coup- parcequ'elle m'a plu. Ce premier tome fait preuve d'une originalité qu'on ne tr
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Ella Sell
Nov 04, 2014 Ella Sell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 29, 2014 Sibella rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Also posted here www.reviewsofyabooks.blogspot.ca
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?

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I really like the cover
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Tiana
Jun 06, 2014 Tiana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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senboo
May 25, 2015 senboo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Va bene, ce l'ho in libreria solo perché avevo vinto una tombola in libreria e potevo scegliere un libro gratis da portare a casa. E la bustona degli indizi mi attirava in modo perverso.
Non è il libro del secolo, probabilmente nemmeno dell'anno (anche perché si parla di parecchio tempo fa, ormai) ma è molto più interessante di quanto non pensassi! Senza contare la parte online degli indizi, di cui mi sono interessata solo quando ormai era troppo tardi e non c'era nessuno a rispondere ai numeri o
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Samantha
Feb 01, 2014 Samantha rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen, transmedia
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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Secret.Fairy.Library
The story was just good. But the illustrations were beautiful and the paper extras made it a fun and interactive reading experience. I'm giving an extra star because of this, I can't just rate three stars when there's so much work an effort put in it. I liked it.
Chelsea C
Feb 08, 2014 Chelsea C rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
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
Dec 15, 2008 K8e rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Lisa Pritchard
May 18, 2015 Lisa Pritchard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the interactive nature of this book. Besides feeling like you're reading Cathy's journal, being able to explore the evidence she discovers as if you were solving the mystery yourself is not only fun, but intriguing. Being able to call phone numbers and visit websites is also a nice way to experience the enhanced story. On top of that, this book would stand on its own as a good story, if it is a little fantastical. The writing style is smart without being inaccessible and incorpo ...more
Yoli
Mar 29, 2016 Yoli rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
El libro es extraño. Los personajes no me han gustado nada y hay descripciones y narraciones innecesarias.
Yvonne Williams
Nov 24, 2015 Yvonne Williams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was another book that was sitting on my to read shelf - a quick read - only 143 pages - I didn't realize it was for young readers - teens perhaps - but no matter it kept me interested to finish in one setting.

It is about a a 17 year old in grade 12 - it begins with her older boyfriend ending their short term relationship and how she copes with that, her "brainy" friend, a mom who works nights who drinks to cope with the death of her husband, and Cathy's father. The book follows the road of
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Emily
May 12, 2014 Emily rated it it was ok
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 Scard
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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Arte
Sep 15, 2013 Arte rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ok, journals, 2013
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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