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How Not to Spend Your Senior Year

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  2,494 ratings  ·  117 reviews
Rule #1: If at all possible, don't pretend to be something you're not. Specifically, don't play dead. Trust me on this one. I did it, so I should know.

Jo O'Connor has spent her whole life moving around. When it comes to new schools, there's not a trick in the book about starting over that Jo doesn't know. But life is about to teach her a new trick: how to disappear entirel
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Paperback, 293 pages
Published December 23rd 2003 by Simon Pulse
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Stephanie Brush
Easy read, pretty good
Valerie
Its been a few weeks since I read this book but I can still remember it. In a whole the book was very entertaining, just didn't have the punch I'd hoped for.

Jo is a funny witty character. Her social insight of high school was funny and very true. I like how she didn't have self-pity about moving around and she wasn't mad at her dad over it either. Jo didn't think she was all knowledgeable and cultural because of all the places she had to been either. Now you might suspect her to be all insecure
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Kathy
I have mixed feelings about this one. I really liked that the story was so unique and original. I like the idea that Jo and her Dad are in the witness protection program and are constantly “on the run”. It added a nice element to the story and it was fun seeing Jo’s take on transitioning through different schools. On the flip side, it was almost too unbelievable. I can’t say much without giving away details, but I will say that I found it hard to believe that people wouldn’t recognize Jo as Jo ( ...more
Leela
The introduction from the back of the book does a horrible job describing the book. While it gives the general plot line, it mostly fudges the truth. So let me just say, "no, she does not ACTUALLY die". Its kinda of hard to tell from reading the back.
All in all this book was funny and interesting. I really enjoyed reading it.
Cara
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to see what people do after you die? Well Jo O'Connor doesn't have to wonder.

As long as Jo can remember she lived her life out of a suitcase and numerous furnished apartments. She never questioned it. It just how things were. Until one day the truth comes out. Her father was a witness to a murder and they basically are on the run. Their deaths are faked, and Jo O'Connor is now Claire Calloway. Jo/Claire just can't leave things the way she left them th
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Melissa
Great teen book about a girl who moves a lot, must fake her death during her senior year, comes back to say goodbye and everyone thinks she's a ghost. Entertaining.
Cassie
Nov 17, 2008 Cassie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: girls
Recommended to Cassie by: a friend
Cute. Not fantastic, but enjoyable. Definately a girl book. It kept me entertained and i would read another Cameron Dokey book. Quick read.
Camilla
A great chick-lit :)
Samrawit
Have you ever thought about what life would be like if you had to fake your death and then spend every day with the people you knew before you “died”? Well, Jo O’Connor or Claire Calloway had to do just that in How Not to Spend Your Senior Year by Cameron Dokey. Jo O’Connor was a young girl who lived with her single dad and had to move around for as long as she can remember. Although she never knew exactly and wondered about why she moved so frequently, she always assumed that she and her dad m ...more
Dlora
Nov 18, 2008 Dlora rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all my girls
Shelves: young-adult
Rebekah (age 12) was browsing my bookshelh and asked me if she would like this book. I told her I LOVED it, but then I decided that I'd better reread it before I gave it to her because I couldn't quite remember why I liked it so much. On second read, I still really, really like it, though I think Rebekah would do better to wait until she is in high school to read it.
Jo O'Connor has constantly been on the move with her father for as long as she can remember. She usually is the new kid in her c
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Jane
This book is about a teenage girl who's father has moved them around for years. Then, in her senior year she finds out that her father had witnessed a murder many years ago and now holds the identity of the mass, bank robber; the comelian. Beacause he has a photographic memory he forever holds the identity in his mind. Jo O'conner, the girl in the story, finds out that the reason they've been moving around so much is because the witness protection program wants to keep her, and her father safe ...more
Kari
Nov 20, 2011 Kari rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes cute love stories with a twist!
Alright ladies & gentleman, i have officially finished reading this book! yay :) it was a pretty cute and unique book. Quite intriguing!
GRADE : 3.5! and yes.. the 0.5 is necessary!

Alright so here comes the review.. there will be SPOILERS..you've been warned!

Wow so this book was so not how i had thought it would be. When i read the cover.. the "ghost" portion threw me off! However, when i read the book... oh wow did it make sense. This book was pretty different, in the way that i felt kinda "
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Anjum
In my continuing venture to reread all the books on my shelf that I read a long time ago, I came across this book. A book to which I remembered the basic premise, but couldn't remember any of the details, down to not knowing a single character's name. But, unlike some others I've coerced myself in to rereading, I did remember that I liked this book. Luckily I was right.

This book is more unique than a lot of my old, middle-school chick-lit. Within the storyline is a little bit of mystery, romance
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Stephanie
Jo O'Conner and her father are constantly moving. So much in fact that she doesn't even bother to unpack her suitcase. And she doesn't mind moving until she lands in Seattle where she not only finds a best friend but a boyfriend (the class president and Big Man on Campus to be exact!) And just when she's been asked to the prom, her dad reveals a total shocker, he's a key witness in a murder investigation and the murder is after him. In order to stay alive they must fake their own deaths.

Unfortu
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Chloe
In How Not to Spend Your Senior Year by Cameron Dokey Jo has spent her whole life moving around from place to place. Jo knows what she thinks is just about everything you need to know to get through the very short months she will spend at one school then move to the next. Her dad takes her to what he says is the last school of her senior year. But then he tells her it's time to move again. She complains and refuses but then he tells her a story, that he saw something bad happen, a person do some ...more
Sara ♥
Have I not reviewed this book before? Weird! I've read this book several times now, and I love it. It's super cheesy in parts, but who cares! ;)

Basically, this girl and her dad are in witness protection because he witnessed a murder and the bad guy (mobster??) who did it is after them. So they have to move every so often to keep off the radar. Her goal has always been to blend: don't get noticed, don't stand out. But she goes to this new school, and immediately gets noticed by Mr. Popularity, an
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Courtney
Aug 13, 2010 Courtney rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: High school students
My friend almost threw this book at me that she wanted me to read it so bad! So, I finally got it and read it. It was really good, not what I expected, but I really liked this book. It was cute, kind of funny, and had a really interesting story line. I couldn't really guess what was going to happen at the end of the book when I was in the middle of the book, which I can normally do. I could guess kind of towards the end, but still not really. that shows for one that it was a pretty good book if ...more
Vivian
May 11, 2008 Vivian added it
Shelves: advisory
What if your family never stayed in one place for too long? What if the moment your father receives a strange call you find yourself packing your bags and getting ready to move again? What if you get so used to this routine that you begin an automatic routine each time?
This is Jo O'Connor's life. Because her father is part of a witness-protection program, she finds herself constantly traveling to new places. Soon Jo learns that the best thing is to not get attached to one place for too long. But
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Amara
This is the same author that wrote Buffy the Vampire Slayer, so...about that level. Ari picked this out at the library. We're getting to the dregs around here! Fluffy and fun if a little hard to believe.
Midnight J
I really liked this book. You would think its about a girl trying to fit in, when actually its something way better than that. This book has a unique problem and plot that keeps you captivated.
Jayaira
All I have to say is that I absolutely loved it and think it's such an awesome book. Really great and entertaining, I enjoyed it so much.
Susan
A fun, escape, summer read. That is, if you didn't want to think of how improbable the plot was, and I didn't. So this fit the ticket perfectly.
Laurie
Mar 22, 2008 Laurie added it
Recommended to Laurie by: Wendy
Shelves: wmslibrary
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Wendy
I really liked most of this light, Seattle-set YA. The story even had some genuine surprises along the way. So if the author could do something unique and creative THERE, why did she stick us with such a pedantic, predictable ending?

3-4 stars for the bulk of the book, 2 for the ending.

It's kind of like if Lois Duncan's book about the Witness Protection Program, Don't Look Behind You, was sort of light and funny.

By the way, this YA romance is also squeaky clean, if you've been looking for a stil
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bookczuk
I picked this up at Goodwill for a couple of reasons:

1. I'm a sucker for lists and the back had a list that stated
Rule #1: If at all possible, don't pretend to be something you're not. Specifically, don't play dead. Trust me on this one. I did it, so I should know.

Rule #2: Always expect the Spanish Inquisition, no matter what anyone else does.


Rule #3: Never assume you can predict the future.

And 2 (or "and B" as my friend who always has a list 2 points: "1 and B" or "2 and A")
It sounded kinda cut
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Kate (VerbVixen)
Since her mother's death, Jo and her dad have spent their life constantly moving. Just when she finds a school where she fits in, they have to move again and this time its different- she needs to change her identity. She returns to school in disguise only to find that people have been seeing her "ghost". To make matters worse, she's got a hot reporter on her tail. Hilarity ensues. Jo's new identity, Claire Calloway, is sarcastic and spunky with some great one liners which makes it worth the read ...more
Sandra Strange
Jo and her father have moved from place to place, to the point that Jo doesn’t even unpack her suitcases. Now they have moved into a real house. Jo has a best friend who lives next door, and the student body president shows signs of wanting to be her boyfriend. But her dad tells her they have to move again…NOW. A faked death and an improbable “exchange” of journalism students between two high schools make the plot really hard to swallow, but characterization and dialogue make the book fun to rea ...more
Jenny
Jo O' Connor has moved more times than she can count. By her senior year, she is ready to stay in one place the whole year. This time seems different. Instead of a furnished apartment, they are living in a house. Jo's first day of school she meets Alex Crawford, and it's love at first sight. A new best friend Elaine completes the package. Life is perfect for weeks, then the phone call comes. Now Jo must leave it all behind and become someone new, Claire, or her father will be killed. But she isn ...more
Rossana Snee
I loved this book! A very cute, fun read.
Rebecca
I wasn't sure what to expect with this book. I had enjoyed the author's Once upon s time series, but didn't know how something written in a more modern setting would strike me. I really enjoyed this, though, and would have loved it when I was in high school. It was also clean--only a few religious exclamations and a little bit of smooching. I also liked how the relationships developed and how Dokey was able to present all the crazy desperation of high school relationships coupled with a characte ...more
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Cameron Dokey is an American author living in Seattle, Washington. She has a collection of over 50 old sci-fi and horror films. Cameron was born in the Central Valley of California. Cameron grew up reading classical literature and mythology, perhaps due to her father, Richard, being a teacher of Philosophy, Creative Writing, and Western Literature.

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