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The Notebook Girls
     

The Notebook Girls

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by Julia Baskin
 

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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

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.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446550321
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
11/15/2008
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
993,291
File size:
56 MB
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Notebook Girls 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 68 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The sample stinks. But otherwise I like it. I mean its good but that sample. Blah Blah.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kiss hand 3 times repost 3 times put nook under pillow take it out look at it................
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F u c k it bad book
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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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 $$)
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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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