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ISBN13: 9780446578622
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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 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.

Review:

"[O]ffers a fascinating view of what it means, then and now, to grow up female." Booklist

Synopsis:

Julia, Lindsey, Sophie, and Courtney enter Stuyvesant, New York City's most prestigious public high school, in September of 2001, just days before they watch the Twin Towers crumble outside their classroom window. A bond of friendship is struck, and yet demanding class schedules, extracurricular activities, and busy social lives make it hard for them to stay in touch. This prompts the four girls to start "The Notebook," a collective journaling project that allows them to express their frustrations, triumphs, and everyday encounters inside an ordinary composition book. Their experiences are not unusual: They get cut from teams, get bad grades, win debates, get rebuffed by boyfriends, plan surprise parties, smoke, drink, experiment with sex, and argue with their parents. But it is the raw honesty of these page-turning exchanges that will captivate readers, involving them in both their individual and group stories, and laying bare what it is really like to be a teenager today.

Synopsis:

"Thirteen" meets "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" in this vivid and compelling memoir of youth, abiding friendship, and lost innocence.

About the Author

JULIA BASKIN, LINDSEY NEWMAN, SOPHIE POLLITT-COHEN, and COURTNEY TOOMBS live in New York City.

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holliexoxo88, August 27, 2006 (view all comments by holliexoxo88)
I just finished reading this book a week ago, and it is SO GOOD. I loved it, and couldn't put it down. It is so real, and I could relate to so much of the stuff they were talking about. The drugs, sex, body images it was just a really good book. I heard they're going to make another one, they're saving their emails which would be awesome!
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hanna14, July 19, 2006 (view all comments by hanna14)
I haven't read the book yet. I saw it in a magazine and immediately wanted it. I saw it in Borders and I wanted it even more. I think it's so cool, because my best friend and I have had 5 notebooks like this over this school year. (8th Grade) In it, we pretty much wrote letters to eachother saying what was going on in our lives, and saying whatever was on our minds. It's funny, cause a bunch of other groups of girls in our grade started their own notebooks too.
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janedoll, June 14, 2006 (view all comments by janedoll)
To the other comment that was posted by "duckbaby"...who writes like that? I mean, do you have to program your ability to write in such mortifying shorthand into your brain or do you have to take rigorous courses in order to write in that manner?

As for the book, I enjoyed it. What separates it from your run-of-the-mill teen book is that it isn't fiction. And even if it was, it has such blatant honesty that most teen fiction authors can never manage to capture, despite their best efforts. Parents are shocked by the goings-on of the girls' lives, but why are they so surprised? My friends and I were faced with these problems when we were only 11 years old. Which, oddly enough, was in 2001, when these girls started writing in their notebook.

Go out and by the book. It's an interesting read and, if you're a teen, will seem like the story of your life or, if you're older, will help you reconnect with your past (even if it's a bit more modern-day).
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780446578622
Author:
Baskin, Julia
Publisher:
Warner Books (NY)
Author:
Toombs, Courtney
Author:
Pollitt-Cohen, Sophie
Author:
Newman, Lindsey
Author:
Pollitt-Cohen, Sophie
Subject:
Girls & Women
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Psychology
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Biography / Autobiography
Subject:
Teenage girls
Subject:
Childhood Memoir
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography - Women
Subject:
Life Stages - Teenagers
Subject:
Social Issues - General
Subject:
Teenage girls - New York (State) - New York -
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Teen Issues
Subject:
Adolescence
Subject:
Teenagers; Teenage girls; Teenage angst; Adolescence; Coming of age; Women s lives; Identity
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20060431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.34x7.95x.91 in. 2.01 lbs.
Age Level:
13-17

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Product details 352 pages Warner Books - English 9780446578622 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[O]ffers a fascinating view of what it means, then and now, to grow up female."
"Synopsis" by , Julia, Lindsey, Sophie, and Courtney enter Stuyvesant, New York City's most prestigious public high school, in September of 2001, just days before they watch the Twin Towers crumble outside their classroom window. A bond of friendship is struck, and yet demanding class schedules, extracurricular activities, and busy social lives make it hard for them to stay in touch. This prompts the four girls to start "The Notebook," a collective journaling project that allows them to express their frustrations, triumphs, and everyday encounters inside an ordinary composition book. Their experiences are not unusual: They get cut from teams, get bad grades, win debates, get rebuffed by boyfriends, plan surprise parties, smoke, drink, experiment with sex, and argue with their parents. But it is the raw honesty of these page-turning exchanges that will captivate readers, involving them in both their individual and group stories, and laying bare what it is really like to be a teenager today.
"Synopsis" by , "Thirteen" meets "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" in this vivid and compelling memoir of youth, abiding friendship, and lost innocence.
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