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Cathy's Book by Jordan Weisman
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Oct 26, 08

bookshelves: 2008, mystery, young-adult, would-rec
Read in October, 2008

another kind of mixed-media story - i don't know how to classify it, exactly. the version here on the site isn't the one that i read - mine came from the library without the "packet of numbers and things" but i don't think that took away from the story and the coolness of it, because the information was drawn in doodles and things in margins and on the pages. also, there were two pages in the middle of the book that showed the photographs and other "evidence" that cathy had collected - i don't know if that's the same stuff in the envelope, but it's still neat.

i have to admit i had to return this to the library before i read the last three pages. umm, i know. but still. take from this what you will.

it's a fascinating read. cathy has a great voice, emma is hilarious, victor is really, really strange, and you can see why the mystery is appealing to cathy. i liked the trip back to san francisco - sometimes i miss home a lot! - and everything ran true.

"cathy" has notations on the things she has already written - little notes to emma, or herself, as she tries to work through things. i think my favorite use of the mixed-media idea was the pages of IM conversations, where cathy is talking to both emma and victor at the same time, only victor doesn't know that cathy's talking to emma. it's SO realistic and kind of perfect.

i thought it was fairly brilliant and engaging, and i can see recommending this to kids who claim they don't like the read. it makes you think, it draws you into the story because you have the exact clues cathy does. apparently the phone numbers are real and you can get the voice messages that they get, and all this fabulous stuff.

i've already requested the sequel from the library. (and maybe then i'll figure out those last three pages!)
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