Cathy's Book By Sean Stewart, Jordan Weisman, And Cathy Briggs

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Cathy's Book by Sean Stewart, Jordan Weisman, and Cathy Briggs is a break-out Young Adult first published September 12, 2006. A following of about 1000 members online of all ages and genders, it sold 6,000 copies in a meer 3 months of being published, and number 7 on the New York Times Best Seller list. And those are just the book's stats. Cathy herself is a very popular character with 1,200 friends on Myspace, 22 followers on Flickr, and 1,863 friends on Facebook. An impressive feat, considering she's a fictional character. After reading the book myself, I completely understand what all the hype is about. Cathy's book is a fully engrossing novel that blurs the lines between Young Adult genres and can definitely keep even the most hard-hearted of book critics distracted from their daily duties such as sleeping, eating, working, and the likes.
In Cathy's Book, our main character (by the name of the book I think you can guess her name's Cathy) meets Victor, the romantic interest. He's quick witted, seemingly perfect, and he's an older guy (scandalous). Cathy and Victor's relationship doesn't exactly end on a happy not; after their final date, Cathy wakes up with a needle mark on her arm (and of course her mom thinks she's on drugs. Insert eye-roll and a grunt that sounds suspiciously like the word "moms") and a message from Victor saying "I'm breaking up with you and never want to see you again." Suspicious? Totally. Cathy, not being the type to cry and let it go s̶n̶o̶o̶p̶i̶n̶g̶ investigating at Victor's house(the door was open so it's not technically Breaking and Entering, it's just entering), and gets herself caught up in a fast-paced mystery including murder, kidnapping, fake cops, real cops, and suspected drug dealers (I did say suspected! Innocent until proven guilty).
Cathy's Book is written to be like Cathy's diary(which is obvious when you read the full title, (Cathy's Book: If Found Call (650) 266-8233). I've read many books in this type of format, and Cathy's book was by far the best. In an actual diary, the grammar won't be perfect, everything that should be capitalize probably won't be, and it definitely won't be the neatest thing in the world. It would be easy to believe Cathy's Book was genuine(which is the point, I'm pretty sure) because it actually looked like a teenage girl wrote it. All throughout the book you can see places where "Cathy" went back and wrote something in pen. One of my favorite examples of this is when Cathy is theorizing about Victor and his motives. She types "I think I've got it! What if," and then handwritten on the side it says "I just cannot for the life of me remember what I figured out,"(Stewart, Weisman, and Briggs, 61). Like I said before, this is interactive book. What do I mean by that? All the websites and numbers you see in this book are real and functional. If you called the number on the front of the book, you'll hear Cathy's voice-mail. After you listen to the voice-mail, you can also gain...

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