The Notebook Girls

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Everyone likes to think they started the notebook. Sophie claims she stole the idea from two girls in her math class. Courtney still has a death grip on the theory that the notebook was her invention. Lindsey doesn't really care; she's just along for the ride. And Julia never knows what's going on anyway.What we do know is that we started the notebook in freshman year at Stuyvesant High School as a way to keep in contact when our conflicting schedules denied us one another's company. It allowed us to express ...
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Overview

Everyone likes to think they started the notebook. Sophie claims she stole the idea from two girls in her math class. Courtney still has a death grip on the theory that the notebook was her invention. Lindsey doesn't really care; she's just along for the ride. And Julia never knows what's going on anyway.What we do know is that we started the notebook in freshman year at Stuyvesant High School as a way to keep in contact when our conflicting schedules denied us one another's company. It allowed us to express ourselves and our views of the world in a tone of complete sarcasm, obscenity, and blind honesty. We've spent a significant portion of our adolescence trying to figure out who we are. The notebook is the closest we've come.We're just a group of normal girls with normal lives. Our notebook is meant to make you laugh and make you remember.
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Editorial Reviews

Suzanne D'Amato
Most of the time, the girls seem as if they're on a race to see who can get to "grown-up" first. Maybe that's why these silly, prototypically teenage moments are so affecting.
— The Washington Post
VOYA
It is unusual to give a rave review to a book with no discernable plot and riddled with spelling and grammatical errors, but this one is a rather unusual book. When Sophie, Courtney, Julia, and Lindsey begin freshman year at New York City's prestigious Stuyvesant High School in 2001, they decide to create a shared diary to chronicle the ups and downs of their daily lives. Over several years, their notebook records gossip, dating, fighting, sex, experiments with drugs and alcohol, and their struggles with religion and sexuality. The notebook is presented as a facsimile of the original, containing the girls' own handwriting, photos, and doodling on each page. Their lives do not contain many of the dramatic issues often chronicled in young adult novels, such as pregnancy, violence, or addiction. Nevertheless it is a true and very humorous account of what is really happening in the lives of "good kids." Teenage girls will love the realistic portrayal of the problems that they are facing, as well as the voyeuristic look into the lives of other girls. In no way does the book moralize or present dire consequences to the girls' actions, which might, along with some graphic language and artwork, trouble some parents. Both parents and educators of teenage girls, though, will want to read it to have a better understanding of what their girls are thinking and saying to one another privately. The notebook is highly recommended for all young adult collections. VOYA CODES: 5Q 5P J S A/YA (Hard to imagine it being any better written; Every YA (who reads) was dying to read it yesterday; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12; Adult-marketed book recommended forYoung Adults). 2006, Warner, 352p., Ages 12 to Adult.
—Stephanie Petruso
School Library Journal
Adult/High School-In 2002, during the second half of their freshman year at Manhattan's Stuyvesant High School, four girls began to keep a shared notebook that served as a joint diary and a compendium of letters to one another. Edited only by the authors during the writing and initial reading process, the volume serves as a front-row seat on those aspects of the teens' lives that they deemed interesting or important enough to record. The reproduction of the notebook maintains their handwriting as well as photocopies of the snapshots, sketches, and occasional wrappers and other realia they inserted into its pages. Stuyvesant High is a public exam school, and these girls are brainy, well-educated, and conscious of class. Across the years-the notebook ends midway through their junior year-they show themselves to be self-centered, bold, and whiny by turns, as well as insightful, playful, and in possession of the other hallmark moods one expects from contemporary teenage girls in middle-class America. Their behaviors may seem extreme in some parts of the country while equally expected in others: they drink, engage in sex with varying degrees of protection, explore illicit drugs, procrastinate about homework, and are generally free of politically correct speech about any group-whether "other" or themselves. Their willingness to expose their adolescence to readers makes their story, or combined stories, engrossing. Readers who like Ann Brashares's fiction may also line up to explore the gritty reality presented here.-Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446578622
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/13/2006
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 987,305
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2008

    Outstanding

    Even though the book was graphic, used vile language, and was not a good read for someone younger of age, I still think that any young adult should read the very personal lives of Sophie, Julia, Courtney, and Lindsey. If you think that it is awful to read, you must be either someone over the age of 30 trying to 'protect' your daughter from reading such vile nonsense, or you are someone under the age of 12 who should not be reading this book.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2011

    the truth!

    look, high school is rough. whether you know it or not, sex, alcohol and drugs are part of daily life and conversation. if you are offended by this book then you probably would be disgusted by what goes on in high school. this notebook is a pretty acurate window into the typical high school day. parents, if you dont want your children exposed to this stuff, you will probably need to home school them, and even that won't shelter them for long. Get Over It!!!!!!!! if you dont like this book its probably because you think this is inappropriate but honestly this isnt even everything that goes on or gets discussed. move on with you lives!!!! I love this book because it is an honest description of how teenage girls think, speak, and act.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2013

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    The sample stinks. But otherwise I like it. I mean its good but that sample. Blah Blah.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2012

    sample

    If u r getting this get the full version. Sample only 2 pg. Dont get o read any of the story just tile pg and copyrigt pg. I didnt get the full version so tell mehow it is ( no $$)

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2009

    WARNING--NOT FOR YOUNG TEENS

    This book is found in the "teen" section. The book (diary)contains extrememly explicit material, graphic comments, references to drug use, sex, alcohol and all sorts of inappropriate material for young teens. Beware! There is all manner of unbecoming content in this book. Not a book for "ladies" to read, especially the younger ladies.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 8, 2009

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    I Also Recommend:

    THE NOTEBOOK GIRLS

    The Notebook Girls is a Fantastic read for teens. It¿s perfect for teen girls who like the authors, themselves, write notes to friends. The authors are four friends living in New York, who because of their school schedule don¿t get to spend time together, so they make a notebook of notes and thoughts to share. I really like the book because its real, four real friends, who have fun with each other, like me and my friends. It also deals with issues most teen girls have to deal with, example boys, drugs, sex, and life in general. I also liked it because it was entertaining they would make fun anything, even each other. Guys might also enjoy this book because it comes from the mind of teen girls and guys are always saying that they can never understand females, well this would give them an insight to a females mind. If you enjoy this read, you might also try Dumb Love.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2006

    Don't be in denial.

    Alright. As a high school student of today, I think all of you who graduated 5-10 years ago who are 'disgusted' of the content. Well, live it then. Live everyday where drugs and sex are the center topic, whether you want to hear those things or not. In my personal opinion, this book is exceptional to the point where maybe the adults who 'have already experienced it' will realize just how different and more challenging highschool in itself has become. Also, those who 'don't think that it is real and truthful' you are lucky and have been spared.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2013

    Not worth it!!!!!

    Such a RIPOFF

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Panda098

    Best book eber

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2012

    Booooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

    Boring!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's good that the sampal is $0,00 dollers!!!!!!!!!!!!%

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2012

    Just Great!

    I really loved this book it really relates to me! At first my bff read it so i did and its great. But some people just dont seem to get reality if they didnt like or love this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2012

    Love this book

    Nya boston whooo:D

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2011

    Very funny

    This book is really fun with the wise jokes and words of wisedom. I really enjoyed it!! It would be a fantastic movie!!!

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  • Posted March 13, 2010

    Very Upsetting

    My fifteen year old daughter asked me to buy this book for her. Since we were right next to the child's section of the store I assumed it was age appropriate. When we got home I started to flip through it. I was appalled at the amount sexually oriented material. The written text contained an uncomfortable amount of both profanity and slang terms relating to sex. Just as concerning were the drawings of the male anatomy and how it is to be used with a female during various types of intercourse.

    I fully support any book that will help a young adult deal with the trials of life as they grow up, but this book is simply trash. I am returning it today.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 26, 2009

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    this book was funny. and it was set up really cool. like a real notebook. my friends and i used to have notebooks in jr high too

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  • Posted September 13, 2009

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    Pretty good but hard to stay interested.

    I was hooked when I first started reading this book. I remeber how bad I wanted it, and had to wait till I had the money. When I saw it at the store and read the first few pages I thought it was great.
    However, I was only able to get to about the middle, untill it became boring. It was same old same old.
    From what I read they did say some things that probably aren't something a mother wants there teenage girl to read. But I grew up in a middle upperclass town, and still knew all this suff as a teen. So regardless if they read it or not, kids still know what this stuff is. It's probably not for anyone under 13 though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2008

    wow

    this book is awesome =]

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2008

    cool

    i havent read this book yet but i did get into it. the only reason i didnt buy it was because i was 2 dollars too short. i read the comments and i saw how people got really offended. you think that its bad. But to tell you the truth it happens and its the truth. you might not like it but i do. everyone is taking it as a big deal. i cant wait to buy it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2007

    An amazing read.

    This book was so great. Yes, there is graphic language and drawings, but, I'd recommend it to any older teenage girl. It did not take me long to finish it at all. One of the many things that I could relate to was the fact that they were normal teenagers. The notebook was an EXCELLENT idea.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2007

    this is great

    i think this book is great because at my school all those things happen and it gets me thinkin how all of this happen at other shcools and where i live we always call it drama town ok i relize that the kids are bad about it but for the adults, that is way differant ok i hear them talkin bout other people and everthing like that but i am 13 and i really like this book i enjoyed it yes i know there where some bad stuff in it but face t it is LIFE get real u know what i mean.

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