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If You're Reading This, It's Too Late

(Secret #2)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  23,584 ratings  ·  1,004 reviews

Dangerous secrets lie between the pages of this book.

OK, I warned you. But if you think I'll give anything away, or tell you that this is the sequel to my first literary endeavor, The Name of This Book is Secret, you're wrong.

I'm not going to remind you of how we last left our heroes, Cass and Max-Ernest, as they awaited intiation into the mysterious Terces Society,
Hardcover, 385 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published 2008)
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Jennifer Wardrip
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This is a fun book with an interesting narrative. Cass and Max-Ernest are young adults who have recently been involved with a secret society, the details of which are located in the previous book in the series. Although you do miss out on some details of the protagonists, you could read this book without having read the previous installment, THE NAME OF THIS BOOK IS SECRET.

When you read IF YOU'RE READING THIS, IT'S TOO LATE, it is as though you ar
Nov 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Don't believe the title! ;) ...more
Rachel Choi
Oct 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
(You should probably read the first book of the series, "The Name of This Book is Secret," if you haven't done so. It will give you a better understanding of what this book is going to be about.) Anyways...

"If You're Reading This, it's Too Late," by Pseudonymous Bosch is another mysterious and adventurous book following the previous book. Once again, Cass and Max-Ernest are set on a mission to find the Secret, but more importantly (this time,) the homunculus. In the beginning of Cass and Max- E
Mar 23, 2011 rated it liked it
The boys like the action, I like the character development. The author uses nice big juicy words that are fun to read aloud and stretch the boys' vocabulary without noticeable pain. The plot is a bit thin at points, but the characters are too charming to lose us. We're primed and ready for the next in the series... ...more
Jul 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
To whoever pick this book to read because of it's weird name(including me), you pick the right and wrong book to read. some people might find this book annoying, not me tho. I read the first book, so I'm kinda(just kinda)used to the way Psuedonymous Bosch write. This book is hilarious, PB!!! When will you ever tell me the Secret??? I here by, say sorry to my friends, because I promise them I will read some books, but I just have to finish the Secret series first!! This book is cool and all, with ...more
Sep 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book was AMAZING!! I highly recommend this book for people who like mystery.
May 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
Love this series. It's so much fun to read to my kids. ...more
Bookish Devil
May 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Oh Pseudonymous.... I've fallen for you :P ...more
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-own, wonderful
it was wonderful just like the first book ^ ^
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Ross Eberle
Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Prologue: No, Bosch, you are NOT the greatest writer of all time. So, don't even suggest it. Also, what on God's Green Ethical Earth would entice you to suggest eating an animal!? o_o

Pardon me, Sir, but are you ****ing bonkers!? No matter. I still pretty much like you.
Now onto the review of your book...

If You're Reading This, It's Too Late pretty much effectively continues the stories of the child-heroes, Cass and Max-Earnest from where the first book left off. The story itself is quite good and
Amber Scaife
Mar 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Cas and Max-Ernest are still fighting the evil Midnight Sun forces while now trying to get themselves initiated into the Terces Society. And track down a homunculus.
A fun-enough sequel to the first book. I think I would have thought the series immensely clever as a kid (as does Charlie, who insisted I read them).
Izzy H
Feb 21, 2018 rated it liked it
The theme of the book I think is that if you have a secret that might hurt someone keep it safe
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book series is crazy but in a good and entertaining way. I also relate way too much to the narrator in the story and I'm officially invested in their life as well as the actual story. ...more
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am obsessed with this series. I finished a 400 page book in about a week! Which is something I never thought I could do! I literally read the last sentence of the book and grabbed the next one and started reading it. I can't put these books down! ...more
Aug 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My goodness this book is just as hilarious and amazing as the first book. I really love how random and interesting Pseudonymous Bosch makes this story. How the chapter numbers go backwards? Genius. I gotta make my friends read this. I just cannot with the pop quiz chapter. I remember when I read that chapter I randomly started crying. I believe they were happy tears from how funny it was but it's hard to tell. ...more
Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)
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When I read The Name of This Book Is Secret I thought it was fantastic! For some odd reason though, I did not get around to continuing the series until now, almost seven years after reading the first book. I think I tried to check this book out from the library, but it wasn't available so it was forgotten. This book does a great job of catching the reader up on previous events with little footnotes and summaries
sir kellen stewart the fist
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was very good. I have read some other Pseudonymous Bosch books. this one was very good though. I recall once reading one of his book about chocolate so i might have to reread that one. I liked this book so much because i found it kind of humuerouse and mysterious!
Feb 13, 2010 rated it liked it
Okay, Pseudonymous Bosch, you may still be a mysterious and hot young male author (check it if you don't believe me) and I may still not know your identity (maybe I need to get some of my friends who are truly skilled with Google to help me dig it up), but you dropped the ball a little bit with this book. Just a little bit, mind you. I mean, I'm still picking up your third book today. No big deal. I still love you. You can still make me laugh. But this wasn't quite like the honeymoon phase of The Name o ...more
Grady M
Sep 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If you’re reading this it’s too late
I think this book is funny and mysterious. I think it’s funny because there’s a lot of funny jokes in the book . max ernest always tries to do funny jokes . I think it’s mysterious because first of all the book is a mystery. It has me thinking what’s going to happen next. It has really good vocabulary that would make you have to read it over again. I would recommend this book to ages 10 and older for they can think about it.
Jun 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Seri by: Mollie
Fantastic! Though I THINK I like the first more.
I'm totally amazed by the homunculus! His noble makes the end with a little sad element.
I don't really like the last chapter.
I think what makes me like less about this one is because Bosch gives too much descriptions at the beginning, the first few chapters were not that interesting to me.
My grammar is bad.
Oh well.
However, I'm going to check out the third book today, I can't wait!
Feb 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!! Again,another great sequel, can't wait till the next one! ...more
Jun 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Caridee Chau
Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second in a series of five books in the secret series by Pseudonymous Bosch. This book is about the endeavour of a teenage child immensely skilled in the art of surviving any type of deadly circumstance, a Japanese boy with a collection of brightly coloured articles of clothing, and a talkative boy who is allergic to chocolate (or so he thinks). The three have one thing in common: they are members of the Terces society and their mission is do discover the long lost secret that has th ...more
Rick Stuckwisch
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Such a fun series! Humorously written, but with genuinely endearing characters and a great story line. Really enjoying these books. Think Roald Dahl, Lemony Snicket, and the Mysterious Benedict Society. Great for adults, young people, and children. Not a difficult read, but certainly worthwhile reading.
Bedelya (clockwork.bookdragon) Moreno-Roth
If you are reading this, it’s too late....because I have finished this book! I liked this book but it’s very different from what I usually read. Part of the story seems to contain “magic” yet it still tries to be grounded in reality. There is a lot of plot convenient scenarios that doesn’t seem plausible. Then again that maybe the point of the entire series. It may also be that it is a middle grade book so it can get away with being a bit more fantastical, however I have read other middle grade ...more
Oct 06, 2020 rated it liked it
With an amazing plot and characters, but an unfortunately challenging start to the story, this book is a good choice if you are looking for a book that is completely unique. I rate this book a 7 out of 10.
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
i was smiling all throughout the book. what a brilliant read
Newton Witter
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Thomas Zemsky
To me the theme here was that family is important.
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Pseudonymous Bosch is the infamously anonymous author of the New York Times bestselling Secret Series and the Bad Books. Despite rumors to the contrary, his books are not actually written by his pet rabbit, Quiche; the rabbit is merely his typist.

Other books in the series

Secret (6 books)
  • The Name of This Book Is Secret (Secret, #1)
  • This Book Is Not Good for You (Secret, #3)
  • This Isn't What It Looks Like (Secret, #4)
  • You Have to Stop This (Secret, #5)
  • Write This Book: A Do-It-Yourself Mystery

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