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Cathy's Book

(Cathy Vickers Trilogy #1)

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  4,620 ratings  ·  415 reviews
Things weren't so peachy in Cathy's life before Victor broke up with her. Her father died unexpectedly, she's failing school, and her best friend is mad at her. But when Cathy decides to investigate Victor's reasons for ending their relationship, things suddenly go from bad to very, very, very bad as her findings produce more questions than answers. For instance, what does ...more
Hardcover, 143 pages
Published October 3rd 2006 by Running Press (first published 2006)
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Mar 05, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
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Dana Al-Basha دانة الباشا
I bought this book because the art is amazing, but now that I begun reading it, the story is actually gripping! But the best thing about this book is the design art and the gifts. Every illustration is related to what Cathy is writing in her journal. And the gifts are all clues to solving what is the nature of Victor.

When you begin reading you just have to know everything that will happen. What is great about the book is that it is fast paced and you can finish it in one sitting, and it is very
Anna Janelle
Dec 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book gets 5+ stars for being the most immersive reading experience that I've had in quite some time. From the plethora of clues stuffed in the front pocket of the diary to the intricate doodles that decorate the diary’s narrative, this read is unique. Newspaper clippings, Chinese restaurant menus, torn of pieces of a photograph, an actual napkin with a lip print, these are just some of the amazing extras that are provided to the reader as “proof” of the story. If that isn’t enough, try call ...more
Samantha Rodriguez
Mar 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
It's a good book. I love how you can call those numbers and when you call there'll be a like a voice mail and that specific character will be talking. It's sort of weird but really cool. I also liked the drawings on the book and the little packet with a lot of information. I liked the book.
Alice Rachel
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The concept of this series is so original!!! I loved it!
Celia T
Jun 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
Three stars because, while I adored these books as a kid, (view spoiler) Aside from that it is good book imho, and the whole ARG thing is fun.

(Also, the guy who wrote it was my mum's best friend at uni, and when I was a kid he read my books about
This is a really creative young adult novel. Not only is it told through a journal format, it comes with an evidence packet full of notes, letters, family trees etc. It's also heavily based in Chinese mythology and for a book that was written in 2006, it's quite progressive with a half-Chinese love interest and a Chinese best friend. I wasn't super fond of the main character Cathy, or of Emma, but I did like VIctor's bluntness. I thought that Cathy and Emma weren't developed very well and some o ...more
Jul 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I caught this one on the bargain shelf at Barnes and Noble. The whole packaging just drew me in (not to mention the $6 price!). The drawings, the package of stuff at the beginning, the whole journal set-up. For the price, I decided to give it a try.

Well this was definitely an interesting one. I loved Cathy's voice even though her persistence in the whole situation got a little grating every once in a while. I have to agree with her mom in the "you better find a rich guy to support you" mantra be
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2017
This book is the start of me trying to read all of the books I own that I haven't read yet, which let me say is a lot.

Now I don't know what I should have expected but it was not what I got. The books seems like an artsy diary that even comes with art in a package that goes along with the story. Because of the way it was set up, I assumed this would be some a young adult contemporary, but I definitely missed the mark. Since I can't say much about what happens because of plot twists, I will just s
Dana Al-Basha دانة الباشا
[Sunday, June 26, 2011] I bought this book because the art is amazing, but now that I begun reading it, the story is actually gripping! But the best thing about this book is the design art and the gifts. Every illustration is related to what Cathy is writing in her journal. And the gifts are all clues to solving what is the nature of Victor.

When you begin reading you just have to know everything that will happen. What is great about the book is that it is fast paced and you can finish it in one
Nov 25, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First, I loved the artwork and the creativity. But, the plot didn't really grip me and want me to keep reading. It reminded me a little of Twilight??? I am unsure if I will pick up the second book... but the artwork is awesome.
Nov 28, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was one of my favorite books when I was a kid :')
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Would give it 6 stars for the edition alone, the paper scraps and illustrations - A BRILLIANT IDEA
Dec 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those looking for a fresh, interesting sci-fi YA with a strong female lead.
Recommended to Ashley by: April
I was given this book by my lovely friend April. I want to take a moment to thank her for that.

This is a story about Cathy, an aspiring artist high school senior, who was in a short relationship with Victor up until the previous week. He dumped her, and she has no idea why. But, she’s desperate and determined to find out. However, does Cathy get to close to a giant cover up? What happens when a girl who was close to Victor is murdered? What will Cathy find at the lab he’s currently working at? H
Rich Stoehr
May 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
I really hope this catches on.

It's not just the clever writing, though there's plenty of that here. The voice of Cathy Vickers (also known as ArtGirl, Undercover Girl, Respectable Drone Girl and Goth Grrl) comes through loud and clear in chat transcripts and diary-entry recollections. The writing is sharp and funny and resplendent in how easily it captures the voice of a teenage girl in over her head but determined not to show it.

It's not just the original story, thought that's here too. Cathy's
Jul 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
I first picked this book up because I thought that the diary-entry-with-inserts format was unique and would be fun to follow along. Usually I don’t go for diary format books because I don’t think the story flows very well.

Let me tell you that I had no problem with that here. Because regardless of whether the book was in diary format the ‘story’ was a pile of crap. It honestly seemed like the author just made it up on the spot with no forward planning at all. The writing was a shambles and I oft
Jennifer Wardrip
May 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
Reviewed by Jocelyn Pearce for

CATHY'S BOOK is being marketed as a new kind of young adult novel. It's interactive, with a pocket of 'evidence', real phone numbers and websites, and other extras to help you learn more about the case. To be honest, though, that wasn't what made me love this book. Sure, the extras are cool and all, but I don't think they are necessary (and that's a compliment to the book, really!). CATHY'S BOOK could have stood on its own as a wonderful young adult
Oct 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Okay, despite that this book is very "girly", even in some ways I don't entirely like, AND despite that there's some "sneaky" advertising in there (I guess I don't get as bent out of shape about advertising as other people) this book was just motherfucking fun. Okay? I opened the hard cover and an envelope full of "evidence" was inside. I opened it. It had things like a torn up picture with a phone number, business cards, fliers, Cathy's comic strips, death certificates, clues clues clues! Every ...more
Feb 01, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: teen, transmedia
A unique approach to storytelling this book incorporates artifacts from the story for readers to sift through as they try to figure out the mysterious backstory of Victor Chan, a wealthy young man with more than a century's worth of secrets.

Cathy, an artist and high school student, meets him on the bus and begins to fall for him quickly. He breaks things off quickly before the relationship really gains any momentum, but Cathy begins to pursue him and his secrets by breaking into his home and off
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit that I decided to buy this book because there are so many clues and objects (real one!) sold with the book itself and I was curious to understand what they were needed for.
I found out that the objects were the same mentioned in the book and this made the reading thrilling and compelling. The pages of the book are full of drawings as Cathy, the main character, is an artist.
The plot and the story are interesting, even a bit original. But, anyway, the thing I appreciated the most is
Pam Sweigert
Jul 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a thrift store find for me and I'm so glad I picked it up. A cute little gem of a book that is interactive for the YA audience, with working phone numbers that you can call and websites and art pieces to look up. It is written like a journal with doodles and handwritten notes in the margins as well as evidence that Cathy finds along the way that you can inspect to see if you can figure out what is going on before Cathy does. A very original idea that is perfect for getting your teens to ...more
May 16, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book had so much potential which was essentially just wasted on nothing. Such a cool concept with all of the little extra things and that you could actually call phone numbers etc., but the execution was horrible. The book didn't make much sense, lacked suspense and was just overall completely unnecessary.
Jennifer Girard

Oh how it was worse than what I remembered it to be. I read this book probably 12 years ago and I loved it. Cathy was an awful character and everything was very over the top. I won't continue the series.
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Darian Carter-Pace
Nov 03, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mythology
This review and more at my blog, Into the Worm's Hole
Cathy's Book by Sean Stewart, Jordan Weisman, and Cathy Briggs is a break-out Young Adult first published September 12, 2006. A following of about 1000 members online of all ages and genders, it sold 6,000 copies in a meer 3 months of being published, and number 7 on the New York Times Best Seller list. And those are just the book's stats. Cathy herself is a very popular character with 1,200 friends on Myspace, 22 followers on Flickr, and 1,86
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
I know now that all the extras in this book are considered 'peritext'. pictures, sketches, notes in the margins. They tell their own story, and they deeply enrich the story within the margins. I didn't try the phone numbers (there's on on the cover), but I hear they are all working numbers.

And then there's Cathy. A mouthy girl dealing with grief and a mother who seems to be working and drinking to avoid the hard work of mourning. Cathy, who keeps a diary, gets bored and doodles all over it, bec
Alexandra Daaé
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
It's always risky going back and re-reading old favorites from high school. Sometimes, you get to rediscover a great story, but more often than not you're just reminded of how bad your taste was at 15. I remember mostly loving this book for the gimmick. All the little paper and photos and clues that come with it are cool and the artwork is pretty. The phone numbers written throughout the book even still work. But now that I'm older, I can see just how much this book was trying to capitalize on t ...more
Apr 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
YALL!!!! I read this book once, years ago in high school, gave it away in a gift exchange, and forgot the name of it. I have been trying to find this book for YEARS because I could only ever remember vague details about the plot. I couldn’t remember the title or the characters names, only that the hardcover version was black and it was so cool. I’m giving it 4 stars based on what I remember of my reading experience back in high school but I need to get my hands on another copy of this. I’m so sa ...more
Apr 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars! 3 for the story and 5 for the art! (but story ist more important)

I loved all the evidence in the back! Makes the whole book more alive. :-)
But I did expect something else from the book..I will read on, because I'm intruiged! But I do also hope, that it gets better. Better as in..more relatable? I don't know how to describe it, but something was missing.
Abir Fa
Aug 18, 2020 rated it liked it
You know those trash books that you like in spite of everything and everyone? This one is one of those. It's super messy, and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone but I will definitely will read the second book.
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Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the GoodReads database with this name. See this thread for more information.

Sean Stewart (born June 2, 1965) is a U.S.-Canadian science fiction and fantasy author.

Born in Lubbock, Texas, Sean Stewart moved to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in 1968. After stints in Houston, Texas, Vancouver, British Columbia, Irvine, California and Monterey, California,

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Cathy Vickers Trilogy (3 books)
  • Cathy's Key (Cathy Vickers Trilogy, #2)
  • Cathy's Ring (Cathy Vickers Trilogy, #3)

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