Monday, March 7, 2011

Book Review: The Year of Secret Assignments by Jaclyn Moriarty

The Year of Secret Assignments (Ashbury/Brookefield #2)
by Jaclyn Moriarty
352 pages (Paperback)
Published April 1st 2005 by Scholastic
ISBN: 0439498821 (ISBN13: 9780439498821)

Summary:

Three female students from Ashbury High write to three male students from rival Brookfield High as part of a pen pal program, leading to romance, humiliation, revenge plots, and war between the schools.

Review:

The Year of Secret Assignments is the second book in the Asbury/Brookefield series. I only got to know that after reading this book. Facepalm? Well, you really can't blame me. The Year of Secret Assignments is a standalone, despite being a part of a series. So in case you made the same mistake of picking this book up without having read the first book, Feeling Sorry for Cecelia, you need not to worry.

The Year of Secret Assignments has the most creative format of a novel I have ever read. The story was told mainly in letters, diary entries, trial transcript, etc. The timeline was a little confusing, but as soon as you get to read the letters from all three pairs, the story is not so hard to chain together.

One thing I loved about this book is that the characters felt so real. I rooted for them, especially Seb and Lyd and Charlie and Em. All have very distinct voices and interesting personalities. I enjoyed reading each of their letters. As a teen who used to have textmates who I never saw in person, it wasn't hard to relate to them. It was fun seeing these characters go through the same situation. Like, wanting to know so badly how your textmate looks like and that feeling like you've really fallen in love with him. It was like being in that textmates-phase of my life all over again. Only, theirs was so much interesting and fun. If you want to laugh and relive some of those fun teenage years of your life, this book is for you.

Rating: 5/5 stars

9 comments:

  1. Well done for your first review....

    I'm a new follower, too :)

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  2. Sounds likes a great book. I'll have to look into these. A different format is always nice to read.

    :)

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  3. Sounds like a really interesting format. Definitely have to check this series out :)

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  4. Thank you so much for the review.

    Sounds very interesting. Sounds like something I would definitely read =).

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  5. I couldn't really get into this one.

    Welcome to the blogosphere!

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  6. I really enjoy books set in schools. I also like when authors experiment with new formats. A book in the form of letters/transcripts sounds interesting.

    Your mention of getting confused at first by the timeline makes me a little apprehensive though.

    I like the fact that it's a stand-alone and it's not crucial to have read FEELING SORRY FOR CELIA first. My main issue with series is that I'm afraid that I'll miss something in plotting or character development if I don't start at the beginning.

    GFC(MonaG)

    monagarg@yahoo.com

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  7. It sounds like a cute book. Great first review.

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  8. I definitely enjoyed the clever writing and 3-dimensional characters, but, as a middle school teacher looking for new books to recommend, I have to pass on this one, due to too much profanity and sexual references.

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    1. Huh. I've actually read this book twice and no such profanities and/or sexual references were made from the beginning til end.

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