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The Year of Secret Assignments by Jaclyn Moriarty
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Oct 26, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: 2008, chicklit, young-adult, would-rec
Read in October, 2008

really interesting story of three best friends, and their sophomore year (or the australian equivalent).

for english class, the girls are required to have "pen-friends" at a nearby high school that happens to be the school's rival, where everyone assumes they are criminals. (in fact, the girls prove to be much better at this than the boys.)

in a weird chance of fate, all the girls (cassie, em, and lydia) get paired up with boys.

the story is told through a kind of mixed media, which is neat - the letters between the pen-friends, lydia's The Notebook, cassie's sometimes diary, and other notes and things. so things that em knows on page 5, cassie might not know or react to until page 50, and it's just really kind of great. the story is a bit of a mystery, and the style really lends itself to that.

it's also fun to read about people eating vegemite sandwiches for lunch. ;)

i really enjoyed it, i loved em's scene at the end, charlie and seb and cassie's quietness, and the growth they all realize. it's very subtle at times, which i appreciate. i think it's an excellent book about best friends trying to help each other and sometimes getting things wrong, getting things mixed up, and the different ways we all react to something. definitely a good one.

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