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The Year of Secret Assignments by Jaclyn Moriarty
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Jan 24, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: 2011, ya-na, contemporary

Wonderful fun, funny book. I read it one day.

It was amazing how easily the author was able to convey the characters just from letters and diary entries. I could feel how Lyd was melancholy, Em was goofy, and Cass was lost. And the friendship that these three girls had was touching. I wanted to immediately see my friends. It made me want to start Secret Assignments for my friends when I knew they were depressed or angry.

Oh, and Seb is definitely swoon-worthy.

My only complaint, and the reason it got only 4 stars, was that it felt like when a relationship went from joking and slightly annoyed to head over heels in one letter. "You're weird, you're kinda a Freak" the following day "You're beautiful, I know it. Love Seb"...

Still, a solid 4 star book. One I could possibly reread.

You know - before I go - I have to say that this is reminiscant to a book I loved as a kid. Actually it was a series, but one edition in particular, SUMMER SIZZLE. It's not written in letters, but it's about rival schools and penpals, but it's for a younger group... perhaps this helped to make me love this book even more. The child inside me still has a thing for the penpal with deeper feelings story.
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Heidi (Yup. Still here.) How about that Emily?

Wendy F And Charlie? Adorable... Lyd and Seb, adorable.

Heidi (Yup. Still here.) I know! Emily cracks me up with her improper english!

Wendy F I loved her response too. That they all know what she meant, and she knows what she meant, so why did it matter...

And who she wrote plain english words like they were from a different language, im'passe.

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