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Dear New Girl or Whatever Your Name Is

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Begin with three years' worth of confiscated notes, secret scribblings stolen from the students of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Add Jason Holley, the Clayton Brothers, Jonathan Rosen, and a host of other visionary doodlers. Gather around a large kitchen table and see what happens. The result: sloppy, beautiful, enigmatic, and totally awesome.
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published August 19th 2005 by McSweeney's
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Charles Dee Mitchell
Sep 25, 2012 Charles Dee Mitchell rated it really liked it
Shelves: art, breakfast-book
Editor Trinnie Dalton worked as a substitute teacher in Los Angeles from 1999 - 2003. One of her duties, as it is of all teachers, was to confiscate the notes passed among her charges. She saved these, maybe those she considered the best, maybe all of them. Eventually she turned them over not to the principal's office but to artist friends and let them have a go at transforming them into this book of drawings.

How, you might wonder, do you improve on perfection? When it comes to the contents of
Amory Blaine
This makes me really glad I was homeschooled.
Jan 14, 2010 Debbie rated it did not like it
Okay, just read the description of this and it makes more sense. I'm not going to change the rating though because I really feel that a book shouldn't need an explanation. You should just be able to pick it up and dive right into the story. I kept waiting for this to tell me a story, any story, but it didn't. I stayed at a shallow level when it could have gotten much deeper. This felt more like if someone went and dug a bunch of notes out of the trash... they were disjointed. However, if they ha ...more
Apr 01, 2010 Peacegal rated it really liked it
This book is bizarre, so naturally I liked it. Imagine an artier version of Found: The Best Lost, Tossed, and Forgotten Items from Around the World in which middle school students’ inscrutable and cruel notes are copied, then re-imagined and illustrated in a variety of styles.

I love the way it knocks the wind out of the kids’ cruel words; something tells me the artists were once bullied themselves. Reclaiming your pain—I can get on board with that.

May 31, 2010 Amanda rated it it was ok
This is three years worth of notes? I picked this up thinking it would be more like "Post Secret" or "Found," and was disappointed by how many of the notes are repeated throughout, just with different imagery. I would have rather it stuck with the student's artwork and doodles too instead of those of professional artists.
Jul 12, 2007 Jen rated it really liked it
my friends are in it...your friends are in it...
May 09, 2007 Jessi rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone who likes doodling
I Looooove this book.
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