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Letters from the Inside

3.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,021 Ratings  ·  310 Reviews
Mandy and Tracey have never met, but they know everything about each other. Connected through a pen-pal ad, they exchange frequent letters, writing about boyfriends and siblings, music and friends. They trade stories about school and home. They confide their worries and hopes. It almost makes it easier, and more special, that they’ve never met—they can say whatever they wa ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published April 1st 1996 by Laurel Leaf (first published January 1st 1992)
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Oct 06, 2014 Cynn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

«Supongo que era demasiado bueno para ser verdad; Quizás nadie lo tiene todo...»

En Letters From the Inside nos encontramos con la historia de Mandy y Tracey, dos chicas que se escriben correspondencia a partir de un anuncio que una de ella publica en la revista G.Y.D. Todo comienza como una "amistad ficticia", donde cada una cuenta detalles de su vida,pero a medida que las cartas llegan la amistad se torna más real y es cuando Mandy se da cuenta que Tracey no es quien dice ser.

A ver,primero
Jun 06, 2012 Trisha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stunning. Although I agree with many of the reviews that it was hard to tell the voices of the girls at times (wait, was that Mandy...oh no, Tracey) I didn't identify with either girl. I haven't committed any crimes (and don't have that rage) but I wouldn't have continued the pen pal friend ship after the secret was revealed.

And yet, the book just sucked me in. And then, it was done.

An ending that leaves you wondering what could have been. I think, like many reviews, you can guess what happened.
Amore Duzenski
May 17, 2010 Amore Duzenski rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a bit disappointed. I mean, I thought this book was going to be interesting and revealing. It is revealing but... woah, you can tell a guy wrote this book. The language is really immature at times. I cannot believe that some adults look at kids in this way. I would want to be seen as something more. I have more to offer the world than my body. I have a mind, I have goals, I have opinions.

"Esto no acaba hasta que termina."

Mandy está aburrida y sin nada que hacer, así que decide contestar un anuncio de una revista que publicó otra chica, Tracey. Las jóvenes, entre carta y carta, se hacen amigas, comparten detalles de su vida, sus miedos, sus esperanzas... Pero tras escribirse unos meses, Mandy comienza a sospechar que Tracey oculta algo.

Cartas desde el interior es un libro que me sorprendió muchísimo, no esperaba nada él y me terminó encantado. El libro entero está narrado por m
Reading and Living
Dios que libro!! De este libro no tenia ni idea, pero un día decidí leerlo y gracias a Dios que lo hice.

Este libro narra la historia de la amistad entre Mandy y Tracey, esta ultima decide publicar un anuncio en una revista para hacer amigos por correspondencia y Mandy decide contestar. Se empiezan a escribir cartas en las cuales se cuentas su día a día, hasta que un día Mandy se da cuenta que en las cartas de Tracey hay algunas contradicciones. Yo sospechaba que algo no andaba bien, pero me sorp
The original Cliffhanger. I loved this story completely though I think a lot of it is because when I read this book I was blown away by the unexpected ending and not just that it was unexpected but just that it left you wishing like anything Marsden would have written just one more letter.....

The combination of letter writers/ charaacters in this book was also interesting, both from vastly different backgrounds you somehow get the feeling their lives marry up fairly closely despite the extremet
Jenny Delandro
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Oct 02, 2014 Amelia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-5stars, really-like
"Esto no acaba hasta que termina"

Este es uno de los libros más confusos que leí en mi vida. Este libro esta narrado en cartas entre dos chicas, ambas muy diferentes. Mandy la inocente chica que respondió a un anuncio de una chica para ser amigos por correspondencia. Y Tracey, una chica que parece tener la vida perfecta. Hasta que Mandy comienza a notar que las cosas en las cartas de Tracey no coinciden y comienza a preguntarse si Tracey es quien dice ser.

Sinceramente no sé como sentirme con res
Marianna Glez.
3.5 Estrellas.
La novela cuenta la historia de Mandy y Tracey, dos jovenes que se empiezan a mandar cartas desde que Tracey publica un anuncio en una revista. Todo inicia como una amistad por cartas normal, se cuentan cosas de su vida diaria, Mandy le cuenta de sus problemas con su hermano Steve quien es violento, le cuenta de sus amigas, de sus clases y todas las cosas que una chica pueda hablar, en cambio Tracey solo habla de sus perfectas vacaciones, su perfecto novio y su perfecta vida. Pero
Jan 16, 2016 Carolina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Muy bueno si estás dispuesto a pasar por alto la premisa inverosímil.

La verdad esperaba algo con más misterio y violencia, pero de hecho, a pesar que toca ciertos temas que pretenden ser fuertes lo considero un libro tierno y ligero. Son dos chicas que comienzan a escribirse por correo, ambas tienen vidas duras a pesar que no lo parezcan a simple vista y ven en la otra una amiga con la que pueden desahogarse. Me entretuvo y eso es exactamente lo que necesitaba.

Su final es abierto, un poco decepc
Mar 30, 2009 Maureen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen, australian
Argh! Another frustrating teen book that ends with the story wide open. Mandy and Tracey are pen-pals (do pen-pals even exist anymore?). They have very different lives but are tied together by a feeling of connection. That is all any 16 year old really wants, right? A connection. Worth reading but just don't expect it to wrap up neat and pretty in the end.
Apr 29, 2012 Cindee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Two girls started writing to each other: one who seemed to have the perfect family and the other, a regular one. But as the letters progressed, they find out more and more about each other - dark, little secrets about one another. The one with the perfect family... Has no family. She's in a maximum security prison with no one to talk to. Why she was in there, it was never revealed and Marsden drops little hints but he basically leaves it up to us, the audience. The ending was incomplete but in i ...more
Chloé ♡
This is a short book, where two teenage girls send letters to one another and become close friends.
I thought this was going to be a very light read and I was surprised when the dark theme of domestic violence was introduced. I was glad to see this though, as I thought it added a deeper dimension to the book.

At the start of the book, I found myself having to check whether Tracey or Mandy was narrating, as both characters seemed quite similar. This issue disappeared as Tracey's story was revealed.
Aug 05, 2015 Nalle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me dejo totalmente con cara de what? La lectura es relajante y fluida y la forma en como vamos conociendo tanto a Mandy como a Tracy es paulatina a traves de sus propias cartas. Pero por Dios! Ese final aun me tiene destrozada.
Jul 13, 2016 Victoria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: digital
¿Qué onda con ese final? o.O
Nov 07, 2011 Aimee rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It was a very creepy story and I don't recommend reading the entire thing Halloween night (or any night). The book was only 146 pages and it left a lot of questions unanswered, which I sometimes like, but there was too much confusion at the end of this book. John Marsden is an Australian author and the story took place in Australia (which wasn't officially established so, we had to do some googling).
Description from inside the book~ "Two teenage girls. An innocent beginning to friendship. Two co
Maggie Wiggins
Jul 29, 2010 Maggie Wiggins rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Here are the issues I had with this book:
-The two main characters have virtually indistinct voices, and similar enough situations that it's confusing trying to remember who's talking. One is supposed to be quiet and shy but since they're pen pals, the author chose to make her write...shyly...It comes off as weird and phony.

-The book is very eighties--not that that's a bad thing. But the piece isn't period enough to be historical fiction, and if you're not reading closely, or if you're a teen lea
Mar 26, 2012 Maz rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book to read on the weekend thinking "140ish pages... nice and short... maybe I can recommend it to my Year 7s". Maybe not. I had several issues with this book. Firstly, I didn't like the ending (I hate not knowing what happened to so-and-so, but maybe that's just me). Secondly, I don't know how well this book translates across to the world of 2012 teendom. For example, some of the dialogue was quite old school/amusing. Did teenagers (or anyone, for that matter) really use the w ...more
Dec 01, 2013 Itzel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-books
La historia es narrada por ambas protagonistas, ya que la historia se basa en cartas de ambos remitentes.
El título en sí, creo que depende de cada uno su punto de vista, para mi "desde el interior" quiere decir que viene desde algo muy profundo, cada una de las palabras se va profundizando, cada carta da la esencia de las demás, viene desde algo muy profundo de ellas, desde su "interior". A mi en particular, me llamo la atención el título y después de haber leído su sinopsis fue a parar directa
Todavía no sé qué pensar de éste libro. Sólo creo que a veces, más que un final abierto, los autores simplemente deciden dejar de escribir. Para un final abierto, se deben dejar algunos cabos sueltos a mano como para que el lector pueda atarlos. Acá, las suposiciones como para cerrar el círculo quedan demasiado forzadas.
Siento la misma indignación de Augustus Waters cuando leyó Un dolor imperial.
Sep 07, 2014 Moe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Where do I begin? I want to hug Tracey. I want to cry for everyone who has been cut off from something completely. We all just need a friend. What we really need, in times of distress, is a connection. One from the outside world. Mandy was Tracey's connection. Tracey would've never made it in A-block if she didn't have that someone living the shredded soul of her's that never matured. The part that grew a little for Nana, but diminished when she died. The one part of her soul that grew once agai ...more
Francisco Gama
Nov 22, 2014 Francisco Gama rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Todo iba bien, muy bien de hecho, hasta esa última carta.
Es que nooooooo. Tal vez le faltan páginas o algo. Pero a estas alturas debo saber que esto sucede en varios libros y seguirá existiendo.
La forma en que está escrito, (epistolar, por cartas), me gusta demasiado. Además en éste el ritmo de lectura fue sencillo de llevar.
La historia en sí es entretenida, al principio parece muy normal pero a partir de ciertas cosas que descubre Mandy, (una de las protagonista), empieza a destapar a la verdad
Feb 29, 2016 Linnea rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was expecting a short, fun, revealing read.. a little disappointed. Just doesn't feel worth the time at all.

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Jan 02, 2015 Danii rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Es un libro auto conclusivo así que al final en estaba medio muriendo. después de terminarlo no pude dejar de pensar el los personajes y en lo que había pasado. La historia es contada a través de cartas (lo cuán no es nada fácil) y en muchas historias esto hace que no te atrape la historia, pero no es el caso. me gusto.
May 21, 2013 Appy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I remember reading this book about four years ago for class, and i absolutely loved it. Although there are those "flaws" people mention of both the girls being troubled, "no teenager [sounding] like that", not many kids caring about letters, I find that mentality to be at a fault. Yes, some teens they view adults like that. Some teens really do have issues at home. And most of all, receiving letters is one of the most exciting things now, BECAUSE we're all used to email. I was around these girls ...more
Sarah Myers
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Jul 28, 2013 Shea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a young girl who moved around a lot, I did a lot of letter writing. I thought that the "voices" of the two girls in the beginning were really similar, however, once Trace came clean with her story the "voices" were actually very distinct. Trace's vernacular is clearly rougher than Mandy's.

The story left me chilled and somewhat shocked. I didn't see it coming. I personally feel that Steve went off the handle, destroyed Mandy's entire family, and probably committed suicide. I think Mandy's frie
Nov 21, 2013 Claudia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 25, 2016 mari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are no words in the English alphabet (or any alphabet that I'm familiar with) that I can use to fabricate a review that can describe how I feel about this book.

But actions speak louder than words, so here is a pretty accurate reaction of mine upon finishing the novel:

Apr 18, 2015 Cindy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
«Supongo que era demasiado bueno para ser verdad; Quizás nadie lo tiene todo...»

No me gustan los libros con finales abiertos, tengo la cabeza echa un lío, ¿será que Steve por fin se paso? Nunca lo sabré. D:
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