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Folded Notes from High School

2.97  ·  Rating details ·  299 ratings  ·  93 reviews
A status-obsessed senior unexpectedly falls for a freshman because of his Danny Zuko audition in their high school's production of Grease in this epistolary novel set in 1991.

It's 1991, and Tara Maureen Murphy is finally on top. A frightening cross between Regina George and Tracy Flick, Tara Maureen Murphy is any high school's worst nightmare, bringing single-minded ambiti
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ebook, 400 pages
Published April 3rd 2018 by Razorbill
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Jasmine from How Useful It Is
I started reading Folded Notes from High School on 5/31/18 and finished it on 6/2/18. This book is an interesting read. Definitely fun to read private letters between high schoolers. I do wonder what other classmates are writing to their friends about as I’m also writing to my friends. I love the idea for this book with folded notes because I also did that back in high school. The folding of the notes and the passing to friends between classes was fun. This book didn’t include the excitement of ...more
Lily (Night Owl Book Cafe)
I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.This book takes us back to high school in 1991 and is told in an interesting format of folded notes. The book follows a girl named Tara Maureen Murphy, who is inspired by the mean girls Regina George and Tracy Flick, her boyfriend Christopher Patrick Caparelli, best friend Stef Campbell, freshman Matt Bloom and several other teenagers that end up ...more
Stacy Fetters
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"I guess I forgot me along the way. I forgot who I am. What I’m made of. You tried so hard to remind me, but I was basically deaf. You could have done sign language and I wouldn’t have gotten it. I guess that means I wasn’t deaf. I was dumb. Ignorant. Arrogant. All of it."

There has to be more than this. I frantically flipped the pages and shook it to see if secret pages would magically fall out of this book. It was so petty and delicious that I’m still hungry for more.

This was a fantastic blast
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The Blonde Bookworm
Apr 11, 2018 rated it liked it
I went into this novel expecting a major blast from the past full of nostalgic feelings and 90's vibes, but that's not exactly how it went down. Tara truly is (as the first sentence in the synopsis states) a status-obsessed senior and her attitude and manipulative personality was a little hard to take. I was really excited for this novel because I wanted a little trip down memory lane, but what I got was a flashback of all the mean girls from high school.


Don't get me wrong, the novel is full of
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Michelle (Pink Polka Dot Books)
3.5 Stars-- This book is written in note form, and it totally feels like a bunch of young teens were writing notes to each other. A+ believability!

Do you need to like the main character to like a book? Because I DON'T!! Tara Maureen Murphy is a selfish liar who will always look out for #1-- herself. She's jealous and diabolical. Annoying and fucking entertaining!! It made for a rollercoaster of emotions following her through her final year of high school.

This book is a combo of many things that
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Cassandra (Thebookishcrypt)
*ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review*
This was my first book by Matt and I was super excited to read it since I heard it was strictly told through folded notes. All of them center around a character by the name of Tara.
Tara is a senior in high school and she has her eyes set on acting on Broadway in her future. Meanwhile, she wants to play the leas in every play her school puts out and we follow her as drama seems to find her and vice versa.
I loved how fast it was to get
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Dayla
Apr 26, 2018 added it
Shelves: didn-t-finish, dnf
I made it about 150 pages or so.

This was just...wow.

My reaction in three GIFs:







There was slut shaming, there was bullying, there was a ridiculous main character, and this was just written in a way that made me question if teenage women actually wrote like this in the early 90s...or ever? To quote, "Do you get what I mean? Do you?"

Honestly, this could have been a super cute book. But then, the author had to bring in (view spoiler)
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Wendy Bunnell
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
I should have quit when I was considering it at the halfway point. I love epistolary novels, but this one, the main character Tara is terrible. She's very unlikable.
The early 90s lingo when Tara would send messages to her best friend Steph was very annoying.
The fact that two main characters, Steph and Stacy, had similar names was unnecessarily confusing.
It was disappointing.

I was hoping for it to be more like "We Are Still Tornadoes". No, it's not. That was sweet and poignant and kindly nostalg
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Roxana Rathbun
This book. this book is.... wonderfully written. the characters draw you in and you are invested. However. I hate Tara. There are two characters I like In this story but they are overshadowed by the hate I have for the main character. also. if you want an ending that is satisfactory and conplete, please take this book and throw it into the nearest bonfire. but kudos to Matt Boren for having a wonderful way with words.
Bethany
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018-ya, arc
Tara Maureen Murphy is a senior in high school in 1991. I loved the idea of setting a novel in this time period, which is probably now considered "historical fiction." I did not, however, enjoy the novel. Tara's voice is grating and manipulative. I get it, and I lived it - high school girls are brutal. Tara is mean, inconsiderate, and condescending to everyone she encounters, including her best friend from childhood, her boyfriend, the new freshman boy who lives across the street from her boyfri ...more
Erin Mendoza
May 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
Ummm...yeah. Tara was awful. This was not good. But I read it all in one evening...so there's that?
Lauren
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Really I am mentally ranking this 3 stars - but I felt the writing was good enough to warrant another star.

It’s hard to describe why I didn’t like it but also why I did like it. The story is told through notes written from student to student over a single school year, which sounded cool originally but definitely is a weakness as far as context.

I did not like any of the characters. They were each very cliche and one dimensional, and the entire thing was so over dramatic and teen angsty, hormonal
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Liz
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2018
I loved the format of this book and I really think the author did a great job capturing the early 90s through the voices of the characters. The full cast audiobook was also really fantastic, so why the two stars you ask? I HATED the main character. I know she isn't supposed to be someone we like, but she spent the entire book basically being terrible and then gas-lighting her friends when they called her out on it, and really didn't seem to have consequences, or consequence she actually cared ab ...more
Tessa Baer
Aug 27, 2018 added it
Shelves: novels18
I can't rate this one. I can't decide if it was so stupid that I found it comical or if it was so corny that I hated it. It reminded me of a 90s chick flick, which I am fond of, so that may be what kept me going. I'm just not sure about the whole thing...
Abbey Calevich
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Funny and so nostalgic!!! The art of folded note writing is so lost!!! Great character development too!!! Takes me back to the 90s!!!
Jill Hutchinson
Apr 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Three and a half stars. Silliness but in a good way. A fun guilty pleasure and quick read. I'm an 80s kid so enjoyed the notes format and cultural and New England references.
Jaaron
May 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
Read the full review at Worn Pages and Ink.

Folded Notes from High School was the light, quick, entertaining read that you’d expect it to be. It’s got that nostalgia factor for anyone who remembers anything about the 90s. Boren kicks things off right at the begging by defining a folded note in a humorous opening that acknowledges how much things have changed from the pre-technology era until now. I did really love the 90s vibe. It was a nice throwback to my childhood. Boren draws a stark line, de
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Kate
Apr 29, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a kind of fun book but the story isn't really strong. The main thing I liked was that it brought back memories of when we all wrote notes to each other and made up silly nicknames,etc.
Hannah
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own, 4-stars
I picked this up because my favorite radio show does a segment where they read one of the producer’s old notes from high school. I figured this would be interesting, since I love notes and I love when characters interact that way.

I’m starting to understand why people find fault with some of the Royal Diaries and Dear America books. It bothered me a bit that the characters in this book did all of their important communication through notes. Did they ever interact in person? It’s alluded to that t
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Alli
Apr 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
I 100% knew a bunch of girls just like Tara in high school. Those passive aggressive, jealous and vindictive girls who are irritated and threatened by everyone else’s successes.

Tara’s obsession with perception is very typical of an insecure high school girl. And reading the notes really threw me back into a not-entirely pleasant time. The shade this girl throws on her poor best friend? I was genuinely shocked that Stef stuck with her as long as she did... and poor Matt Bloom. Tara’s entire corr
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Sage Elizabeth
DNF
This wasn’t the type of book for me. The concept was interesting and it was written well. The audiobook also has a different narrator for every student who writes a note, which i think shows how much detail was put into the book. I probably would have loved this a few years ago.
Narrated by Taylor Spreitler, Ramy Youssef, Ryan Newman, and a Full Cast
Gates Palissery
Sep 26, 2018 rated it liked it
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Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
This was kind of a weird book, and I'm not totally sure how to feel about it as a whole. The audiobook was definitely the way to go, though. There's a full cast, and, aside from Tara's weird accent (they're all from the same town so why does only Tara not pronounce the g in 'ing' words???), I thought all the performances were fantastic.

Folded Notes from High School takes place in the school year of 1991-1992, which I find an odd choice. I guess that period might be retro now, but the whole conce
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Teenreadsdotcom
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
It’s Tara Maureen Murphy’s senior year of high school and she’s going to make it awesome, before she leaves her deadbeat town to go to NYU, her dream school. She’s going to be Sandy in her school’s production of “Grease” and lead her cheer squad to another championship. She’s also going to make the most of her time with her best friend, Stefanie Campbell, and her boyfriend, Christopher. But her plans start to fall apart when she meets Christopher’s neighbor, Matt Bloom, and sees his stellar audi ...more
Cas
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Dove
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was definitely one of my favourite books of the year! It was so delightful! I'm so glad I read this book right before school started, because it's the perfect back-to-school book, it puts you in the right mindset for school, and teaches you essential lessons. The main character Tara is just about to start senior year, just like me, so I liked the fact that I could relate to the character. All the characters in this book have HUGE personalities, so they are super distinct in your head, so ev ...more
Gayle
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Full review at: http://www.everydayiwritethebookblog....

Folded Notes From High School takes place in 1991 in a high school outside Boston. Tara, a popular, pretty girl, is starting her senior year. She expects to play the lead in the upcoming school musical, Grease; go to the prom at the end of the year with her hot hockey player boyfriend; hang out with her best friend Stef; and get into NYU, her first choice for college. Nothing goes as planned. As the title suggests, Folded Notes From High Sc
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April
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Folded Notes from High School is told entirely through notes passed by a group of students in the same high school in the 90's. I think this was a pretty neat and very unique way to tell the story. It was very telling to see the difference between what someone writes about a situation to one person then says something completely different to someone else in another note. Ah, the nostalgia of the melodramatics of school. Tara is the main character and is definitely a bit dramatic and very wishy w ...more
Hypable Books
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Read our full review on Hypable!

“Kids don’t know how to communicate anymore,” is a common phrase thrown around about my generation, and those now born into the text message age. It’s as if the invention of the cell phone replaces the casual conversations at lockers in the high school halls. But if you’re looking to meet up somewhere between classes and don’t pass a friend until hours later, a quick text can solve that problem.

It’s not replacing the way classmates communicate – it is merely advan
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Melissa
this was an easy, quick read that was enjoyable but not something I would revisit.

bold choice to make the main character entirely unlikable. at first she was just annoying in the way anyone is capable of being but as I kept reading it became harder to want anything good at all to ever happen to her because she wasn't just self-centered and high strung but actively terrible and refusing to admit her own culpability in anything.

the format premise of collected folded notes was fun and interesting a
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