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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 now things have suddenly gone from bad to very, very, very, bad. Take Victor, for instance. Sure he looks like he's ...

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Overview

This stunning debut combines reading with the world of internet gaming to create a masterful new genre that will allow teens to take the story from the page into the world of cyberspace and beyond.

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 now things have suddenly gone from bad to very, very, very, bad. Take Victor, for instance. Sure he looks like he's around Cathy's age, or at least young enough not to make her mother freak out, but what if he's older than he appears? Like maybe 200 years older. And what does the death of Victor's co-worker, the strange mark that appeared on Cathy's arm, and the surreal behavior of several Chinese elders have to do with it?

Through Cathy's unique and irresistible voice-and lots of proof in the form of letters, photographs, date book entries, telephone numbers readers can call, websites they can access, as well as secrets only a careful reader will be able to decipher-readers will enter a strange and fascinating world where things often aren't how they appear.

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Brace yourself; you've just fallen down the rabbit hole into the domain of digital fiction. In this interactive debut novel, readers are invited to join troubled teen Cathy as she probes the real reasons for her breakup with her boyfriend. Clues are everywhere: letters; snapshots; date book entries; telephone numbers that readers can actually call; actual web sites; and clues imbedded in the text. Following the trail can be a singular experience or a happy group activity; in any case, it will be great fun.
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A rapid-fire, interactive text (phone numbers appear throughout) with the immediacy of instant-messaging may well make this rather familiar girl loses boy story a hit with teens. Two days after finding a small needle mark on her left arm, 17-year-old Cathy Vickers is dumped by her 23-year-old boyfriend, Victor Chan. Determined to find out why, Cathy goes to Victor's home to confront him, only to discover that he has disappeared. Cathy rifles through his desk and finds puzzling documents that seem to contradict many of the things Victor has told her. As Cathy digs deeper into Victor's life, she finds herself swept up in a mystery involving what appear to be some unsavory Chinese businessmen and top-secret laboratory work-which climaxes in her kidnapping. Just when readers may think the authors are about to explore deeper issues about the nature of immortality and morality, the narrative quickly turns back to more surface topics. The accompanying handwritten sidebars and illustrations often obscure the text, but teens accustomed to juggling text messages and Web pages will likely overcome these visual challenges, and the documents that Cathy finds are included, giving the book an air of authenticity. Though the dialogue lacks depth, readers will be drawn into Cathy's fast-paced adventure, which takes her into the heart of San Francisco's Chinatown. Ages 12-up. (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
KLIATT - Samantha Musher
The most immediately noticeable thing about this novel is its format: Cathy's "diary" includes separate photographs, letters, and sketches—many of which include phone numbers that you can actually call to hear a message. Cathy's Book has also incited recent controversy due to its product-placement deal with a makeup company. Underneath all the gimmicks and hype, though, is a funny, spooky, extremely well-written novel that will especially appeal to fans of such supernatural-themed recent hits as Twilight. When Cathy's older boyfriend Victor dumps her without warning, she tries to track him down so she can properly vent her anger. The more she snoops, though, the more she finds things that don't fit together: Victor had a family? He, not his uncle, owns that expensive mansion? Just how old is he, anyway? And who is the strange Chinese gentleman who wants Cathy to find Victor for him? When Victor's co-worker turns up murdered, Cathy and her best friend Emma have to solve the mystery of Victor's past in order to save Cathy's life. Cathy and Emma are lively, fully realized characters whose company the reader will miss after the last page, and even the more peripheral characters shine. San Francisco's Chinatown is a character in its own right, casting mysterious shadows into every corner of the story. The final resolution of the mystery deftly explains all the clues without doing all the work for the reader, and is a beautiful meditation on life and death (that doesn't take itself too seriously).
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Gr 8 Up-When Cathy's boyfriend breaks up with her, she is determined to find out what's going on. Set in the San Francisco Bay area, the book tries to do too much. It is written as a mystery, and there are phone numbers to call, Web sites to visit, documents to look at, and doodles to view. But none of it adds up to an interesting story. The plot is almost a rote vampire tale with a family drama thrown in, and it takes forever to get into it. And the use of different fonts and doodles on almost every page makes it hard to read. The book seems intended to draw in gamers or fans of shows like Lost or the film Donnie Darko, but there are many media-generated worlds that do the job better. This book covers familiar ground, and spicing it up actually does more harm than good.-Amy Patrick, formerly at New York Public Library Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762426560
  • Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/10/2006
  • Edition description: BK&ACCES
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 17 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Sean Stewart and Jordan Weisman directed I Love Bees, the alternate reality game which won a Webby Award and an International Game Designers Award for Innovation. Sean Stewart lives in Davis, CA. Jordan Weisman lives in Bellevue, WA.
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  • Posted October 27, 2008

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    Reviewed by Jocelyn Pearce for TeensReadToo.com

    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 novel. <BR/><BR/>It's the story of, as the title suggests, a girl named Cathy. I suppose she's fairly normal at first (though she is a better artist than most of us--I love the drawings in this book!), but she quickly finds herself mixed up in some shady business, due to her involvement with Victor, her older possible-boyfriend. I can't say too much without giving away the awesome plot twists, but nothing turns out the way you think it will! It all comes together quite nicely in the end, though. The startling revelations that finish this story, however, could set up a great sequel, and I hope that one is at least being considered! <BR/><BR/>CATHY'S BOOK is fantastic for a number of reasons. There are great pictures (and usually I'm not a fan of pictures in novels--I think it distracts from the writing), it's well-written, the characters (especially Cathy) are realistic, and the plot is quite suspenseful! It's not all action and suspense, though--there's a bit of romance thrown in (that is, after all, the reason for Cathy's involvement in the first place), which makes it fun. The only thing that might subtract from the awesomeness of this book, I think, is the fact that the publishers or whoever made this decision seemed to think the great story needed 'extras' to make it worth reading. None of the press I've read on this book mentions the great novel; instead, it talks about the 'extras.' That is not what makes this book worth it, not at all!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2007

    Funky and Unique Book

    I went to B&N today just to browse the books and not to spend because I spend enough as it is and I just so happen to come across this book in the TEEN section. Now this book is more for teens and I am 23 '24 next month', but this book just caught my eye and called out to me. I picked it up and flipped through the pages and instantly fell in love with it. To me this books is so interesting, unique and funky all at the same time. The book is written in journal like manner with some pictures and sketches drawn by the main character herself. Not only does it have that but it also comes with a little of cool things you can go through, such as, comic strips, letters, photos, ripped up photo,flyers, a chinese take out menu, a newspaper clipping, etc.. If you are looking for a new and cool way to read a book this book is the way to go! So stop by your local B&N bookstore and pick this book up for yourself and a friend! Remember your never too old for a book like this!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2007

    Cathy's Book: If Found Call (650) 266-8233

    AMAZING!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2007

    Outstanding

    I have never been so interged into a book until I came across this book. My parents got me 'Cathy's Book' for Christmas and I have been reading it none stop for the past two days. It leaves you with so many mysteries that you either can think of what happened yourself or there will be a second one. I highly recommended this book to everyone who can read something with an open mind, and not expect it to be like something.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2007

    :)

    This book is great! Whoever doesn't like it, wouldn't know good literature if it slapped them in the face. It's a great cliffhanger book, and the evidence is pretty fun. If you live in Arizona, like I do, the phone bill won't be very high.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2006

    A book to read in your free time

    i just started this today but its interesting and very interactive. the only problem is you most likely can only read it at home since there are numbers to call and websites to visit.. but so far its good!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 27, 2013

    Good

    Almost forgotten about this one.

    Recalled browsing through the shelves and the spine was what caught my eye.

    Then scrolled through the book and checked it out, thinking it was something different I guess? But thought it could be a good read.

    Didn't know there was more in this series.

    Anyway, the idea was good, pictures and such to go along with the story?

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  • Posted May 23, 2009

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    Very cool concept...

    This book is interactive, which is cool! You can call the phone numbers, visit the websites, and every time a character looks at something (like a business card or newspaper clipping) in the book, you can flip to the front of the book and get that item out of the pocket and look at it at the same time as the character.

    Yes, you can call the numbers and visit the websites, but you really don't have to in order to enjoy the book. I read most of this at work, and couldn't do those things, but I still knew what was going on and figured things out without the numbers and websites. I looked after I had already finished the book at a few of the websites, and they are helpful and interesting!

    It's a fun read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2008

    It was great *u*

    i read it in 2 days , and i loved it , the doodles were great and made the book more exciting!!!!!!!!! i highly recommend it !!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2008

    Great Book

    This book was very interesting. I loved all the drawings, and the extra papers that came with the story. They all were amazing. I liked all of the characters, but I thought the plot was a little... random.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2008

    WOW!!!

    I would recomend this book to everyone who loves a good mystery. this book was awsome and highly recomend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2007

    a reviewer

    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 novel. It's the story of, as the title suggests, a girl named Cathy. I suppose she's fairly normal at first (though she is a better artist than most of us--I love the drawings in this book!), but she quickly finds herself mixed up in some shady business, due to her involvement with Victor, her older possible-boyfriend. I can't say too much without giving away the awesome plot twists, but nothing turns out the way you think it will! It all comes together quite nicely in the end, though. The startling revelations that finish this story, however, could set up a great sequel, and I hope that one is at least being considered! CATHY'S BOOK is fantastic for a number of reasons. There are great pictures (and usually I'm not a fan of pictures in novels--I think it distracts from the writing), it's well-written, the characters (especially Cathy) are realistic, and the plot is quite suspenseful! It's not all action and suspense, though--there's a bit of romance thrown in (that is, after all, the reason for Cathy's involvement in the first place), which makes it fun. The only thing that might subtract from the awesomeness of this book, I think, is the fact that the publishers or whoever made this decision seemed to think the great story needed 'extras' to make it worth reading. None of the press I've read on this book mentions the great novel instead, it talks about the 'extras.' That is not what makes this book worth it, not at all! **Reviewed by: Jocelyn Pearce

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2007

    a reviewer

    Cathy's Book is basically where Cathy keeps all of her information for the disappearance of her boyfriend. Its really cool because you see all of the clues and throughout the book theres tons of amazing sketches. You can actually CALL the phone numbers and there will be a voice mail of the person, which is so cool. The cons of this book is the fact that its so expensive, and the story isnt that great and drags along a bit. Other than that, its great!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2007

    Didn't do it for me

    I thought this would be a fun book to read, considering there were all the fun 'clues' and papers to read that went along with the story. However, after reading this book, I found myself rather disappointed. I was expecting so much more at the end. Not to give anything away, but it seemed that during the last 20 or so pages I was reading a completely different story altogether. This is a book I will most likely never read again.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2007

    A reviewer

    I lokve every page of this book even know I am only nine years old, but I am an awesome reader so I read almost all the teen books any way, I love it because all the number, pictures, and on the begining the is a bunch of ripped photos and her report card and everything else, I got the book today before mothers day, and on the way home I read the first 3 pages. It was so cool, and it is actually written like a real journal with all the suspence, and I could see what Cathy wrote, when she crossed it out. I love this book, buy it, and by one for your best friebd, its great, I am going to share this w/ all mine, Cathy Rocks Good Night Every Body!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2007

    cool

    I haven't read this book yet or even bought it but it sounds really cool because of the phone numbers that are real and stuff. I called the number on the title. I really want to get this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2007

    One of the best books I've read in years...

    This is a great book for teens. I loved it because of all the numbers you could call to get the answering machines. I though the journal had some interesting things too. So go ahead, call Cathy's number. You'll just get an answering machine. I did. It is pretty cool...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2007

    confusing

    When i first saw this book i thought that it might be interesting because of all the things included in it but when i started going threw it i was confused on what to do first. I wasnt sure if you had to read the story then look at the clues or what.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2007

    About This Book

    When I first picked up this book I was a bit curious to know what it was about. I wasn't sure and started reading, the more I read the more I couldn't put it down. It is difficult for me to find books this itriguing. I called the first number on the front of the book and thought that it was just a fake. I was surprised to hear that all the lines were connected to 'real' people's answering machines. I thought the layout of the book was a very smart idea and would recommend this book to anyone looking for a great read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2007

    A riot

    i found this book tragic, romantic, sarcastic an dhilarious all at the same time it is a great read for teens

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