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THE YEAR OF SECRET ASSIGNMENTS*

by Jaclyn Moriarty ‧ RELEASE DATE: Feb. 1, 2004

Like the namesake in Moriarty’s bestselling Feeling Sorry for Celia (many clever references creep in), three more Aussie teens must establish pen pals at a rival public high school. This time risk-taker Lydia, self-assured Emily, and grieving, inhibited Cassie are all matched with boys who take an interest in them, resulting in dating lessons and plenty of covert operations. While Emily and Lydia’s correspondence leads to romantic involvements, Cassie’s mysterious, narcissistic pen pal turns cruel. It takes drastic measures, like secret assignments, to rescue Cassie from plummeting self-esteem and teach her pen pal a lesson in respect. This year of letter writing not only strengthens the girls’ friendship, but also guides them to find their own resolve. This story does not feel as fresh as the author’s debut, as it borrows too much from Celia , such as a variety of writing formats (letters, diaries, e-mails, guided writings in the Notebook™ , etc.), a parody of lawyers instead of ad executives, and madcap adventures with equally zany resolutions. But who can resist Moriarty’s biting humor? (Fiction. YA)

Pub Date: Feb. 1, 2004

ISBN: 0-439-49881-3

Page Count: 352

Publisher: Levine/Scholastic

Review Posted Online: May 19, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15, 2004

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IF ONLY I HAD TOLD HER

by Laura Nowlin ‧ RELEASE DATE: Feb. 6, 2024

A heavy read about the harsh realities of tragedy and their effects on those left behind.

In this companion novel to 2013’s If He Had Been With Me , three characters tell their sides of the story.

Finn’s narrative starts three days before his death. He explores the progress of his unrequited love for best friend Autumn up until the day he finally expresses his feelings. Finn’s story ends with his tragic death, which leaves his close friends devastated, unmoored, and uncertain how to go on. Jack’s section follows, offering a heartbreaking look at what it’s like to live with grief. Jack works to overcome the anger he feels toward Sylvie, the girlfriend Finn was breaking up with when he died, and Autumn, the girl he was preparing to build his life around (but whom Jack believed wasn’t good enough for Finn). But when Jack sees how Autumn’s grief matches his own, it changes their understanding of one another. Autumn’s chapters trace her life without Finn as readers follow her struggles with mental health and balancing love and loss. Those who have read the earlier book will better connect with and feel for these characters, particularly since they’ll have a more well-rounded impression of Finn. The pain and anger is well written, and the novel highlights the most troublesome aspects of young adulthood: overconfidence sprinkled with heavy insecurities, fear-fueled decisions, bad communication, and brash judgments. Characters are cued white.

Pub Date: Feb. 6, 2024

ISBN: 9781728276229

Page Count: 416

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Review Posted Online: Jan. 5, 2024

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 2024

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT SOCIAL THEMES | TEENS & YOUNG ADULT FICTION | TEENS & YOUNG ADULT ROMANCE

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IF HE HAD BEEN WITH ME

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IF HE HAD BEEN WITH ME

IF HE HAD BEEN WITH ME

by Laura Nowlin ‧ RELEASE DATE: April 1, 2013

There’s not much plot here, but readers will relish the opportunity to climb inside Autumn’s head.

The finely drawn characters capture readers’ attention in this debut.

Autumn and Phineas, nicknamed Finny, were born a week apart; their mothers are still best friends. Growing up, Autumn and Finny were like peas in a pod despite their differences: Autumn is “quirky and odd,” while Finny is “sweet and shy and everyone like[s] him.” But in eighth grade, Autumn and Finny stop being friends due to an unexpected kiss. They drift apart and find new friends, but their friendship keeps asserting itself at parties, shared holiday gatherings and random encounters. In the summer after graduation, Autumn and Finny reconnect and are finally ready to be more than friends. But on August 8, everything changes, and Autumn has to rely on all her strength to move on. Autumn’s coming-of-age is sensitively chronicled, with a wide range of experiences and events shaping her character. Even secondary characters are well-rounded, with their own histories and motivations.

Pub Date: April 1, 2013

ISBN: 978-1-4022-7782-5

Page Count: 336

Review Posted Online: Feb. 12, 2013

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 2013

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So begins The Year of Secret Assignments by Jaclyn Moriarty, a simple book about three girls (Lydia, Emily, Cassie) writing to three boys (Sebastian, Charlie, and Matthew, respectively.) Oh, except there are the aforementioned secret assignments, along with prank calls and falsely-pulled fire alarms and cars getting broken into.

Also, it's an Epistolary Novel , and a companion to Feeling Sorry for Celia . In some countries, it's known as Finding Cassie Crazy . The following books are The Betrayal Of Bindy Mackenzie and Dreaming Of Amelia . note  All the books have been published under different titles, for the record.

This story provides examples of:

  • Adults Are Useless : Lydia's parents, while Cassie's mother does her best, as does Emily's father.
  • Babies Make Everything Better : Lydia is unimpressed when Seb mentions that he looks after his baby brother, commenting, "I hope you weren't trying to impress me with that baby stuff. I think all guys should know how to look after a baby, especially if your mother's just had one."
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension : Charlie and Emily, Lydia and Seb, particularly the latter couple.
  • Big Brother Instinct : Seb to his baby brother.
  • Big Damn Heroes : Cassie, Charlie and Seb bursting in during the climax of the book to save the day.
  • Big Eater : Emily mentions eating a lot, mostly chocolate.
  • Break the Cutie : Cassie started off pretty broken after her dad died, but what happens in the book makes it worse.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy : Lydia passes her Science exam with 98%. According to Emily, she "does that sort of thing when she feels like it."
  • Broken Record : Emily's third letter to Charlie: You talk a pile of crap. You talk a pile of crap. You talk a pile of crap. You talk a pile of crap. You talk a pile of crap. You talk a pile of crap. You talk a pile of crap. You talk a pile of crap. You talk a pile of crap. You talk a pile of crap. You talk a pile of crap. You talk a pile of crap. You talk a pile of crap. You talk a pile of crap. You talk a pile of crap. You talk a pile of crap. You talk a pile of crap. You talk a pile of crap. You talk a pile of crap. You talk a pile of crap. You talk a pile of crap. You talk a pile of crap. You talk a pile of crap. You talk a pile of crap. You talk a pile of crap. You talk a pile of crap. You talk a pile of crap. You talk a pile of crap. Yours faithfully, Emily Thompson.
  • Catchphrase : Emily at first has "Don't get me started!" but stops using it after Charlie lampshades and mocks it. Similarly, Charlie uses "Just say the word" before Emily gives him the same treatment.
  • Celeb Crush : Emily asks Cass what her ideal way of being asked out is: Cass says that her ideal way would be for the guy to be Brad Pitt and he can just call her up and ask.
  • Also Emily mentions a girl in her year who ran away to the circus when on a rant to Charlie, which was what Celia did.
  • This particular piece turns into Fridge Brilliance when you read The Murder/Betrayal of Bindy McKenzie as it elaborates as to WHY she's this way in this particular book.
  • Chekhov's Gun : In one of the early letters, Lydia mentions that she has a friend with a talent for locks. This friend's talent comes in handy a lot later, when they need to find some evidence.
  • Cloudcuckoo Lander : Lydia. The other two girls have this as well, but Emily seems merely energetic whereas Cassie is just a bit distracted.
  • Cool Bike : One of Charlie's brothers has a motorbike.
  • Crazy-Prepared : Emily. The best example of this is when she's trying to set Charlie up with Christina and suggests "practice dates" such as Kicking a Pebble and Gazing Into A Girl's Eyes.
  • Deadpan Snarker : Lydia and Sebastian. Charlie has shades of this, but mostly because he is the Straight Man to Emily. Cassie has a few moments, too.
  • Determinator : When these girls want to accomplish something, they will stop at nothing.
  • Disappeared Dad : Cassie's dad died a year before the start of the novel, and she's still recovering.
  • Embarrassing Tattoo : Charlie's little sister Jess comes home with a tattoo of barbed wire around her wrist.
  • Foreshadowing : Lydia suggests a contest with Seb where they have to meet at a cafe and figure out who the other person is before the other person figures out who they are, since they don't know what the other one looks like. To aid this, they're allowed to send a photo of something about them, but isn't of them, and ask three questions. While Lydia's questions could all help identify Seb, Seb's are pretty esoteric. It's a clue that he doesn't need identifiers, because he already knows what she looks like.
  • Genre Savvy : When the Brookfield/Ashbury 'war' is going on, the pen-pal exchange program is suspended... so naturally everyone just switches to email.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl : Lydia's mother. A lot of it has to do with how she's a washed-up actress.
  • Heroic BSoD : Cassie gets one after she finally meets Matthew Dunlop.
  • Imaginary Friend : For a while, Emily and Lydia think Cassie's pen pal is one of these.
  • Jerkass : Matthew Dunlop, aka Paul Wilson .
  • Knight Templar : Lydia is not happy when she finds out what Matthew Dunlop did to Cassie, and makes every effort to track him down and punish him.
  • Living Emotional Crutch : Cassie mentions in the book that she is trying to stand up on her own without Emily and Lydia's help so much, as she leant on them a lot shortly after her dad died.
  • Loveable Rogue : Seb, who constantly asks Lydia to meet up with him while they are penpals and flirts with her constantly. And when they DO meet up...
  • Malaproper : Emily. Charlie even calls her out on it a few times, though no one else does. Emily: The ladies seem to really go for Lydia's dad (Justice Oberman). They love him! :) I have heard tell (from Lydia's mother) that Justice Oberman's name was once a cinnamon for sex god.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings : Charlie has at least three brothers and a little sister.
  • Motor Mouth : Emily, which goes with the territory of being a Genki Girl .
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished : Charlie gets a call about how there's a gas leak at Brookfield High, so he immediately alerts everyone and evacuates the school. However, there is no gas at Brookfield High, which he didn't know, so he winds up getting profusely mocked for it.
  • Oblivious Guilt Slinging : During the pseudo-trial, Paul says that he doesn't even know who Cassie is, and she could be a psychopath or something. Bindy then leans over and tells him that no, that's Cassie, her dad died last year and they were really close, so he has to be nice to her or everyone will hate him.
  • Oblivious to Love : Emily manages to miss out on some very obvious hints that Charlie loves her, as she's convinced he's in love with Christina.
  • Poor Communication Kills : Bindy McKenzie says she's heard of a Matthew Dunlop when she's actually confused him with someone else, but this makes it a lot harder for the Lydia and Emily. Since Matthew Dunlop doesn't actually exist.
  • The Quiet One : Cassie's letters are nowhere near as long as Emily or Lydia's.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech : Matthew/Paul gives a brutal (and undeserved) one to Cassie a little before Winter Term.
  • Running Gag : Emily constantly getting words wrong, Lydia confusing her stories for real life, and the secret assignments themselves.
  • The Shrink : Cassie's therapist Claire is of the "dopey and ineffective" category, so much so that both Cassie and her mother simultaneously agree to stop seeing her at the end of the book.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis : Emily has some kind of grudge against Bindy, even before the aforementioned communication failure. One brilliant example occurs when Bindy is doing the transcript during the "trial" and asks when it finishes: Bindy: When can I stop typing? Emily: [sarcastically]] Now would be a good time, Bindy.
  • Smoking Is Cool : Lydia seems to think so.
  • Sudden Downer Ending : In-universe example- all of Lydia's stories end with her suddenly killing off the characters.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky : Seb.
  • Trademark Favorite Food : Emily loves chocolate so much that her nickname is Toblerone. Emily: I think it is an angiogram of Thompson, actually.
  • Wham Line : The letters from Seb and Charlie that say that there's nobody at Brookfield High called Matthew Dunlop.
  • White-Dwarf Starlet : Lydia's mother, who was in a soap opera and became semi-famous, but her career never went anywhere. She now owns a production studio, but hardly ever does anything with it. She also drinks a lot.
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The Year of Secret Assignments by Jaclyn Moriarty

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A Year of Secret Assignments tells the story of three private school girls who are forced to write letters to boys at a public high school with a bad reputation. Throughout this experience, all the students learn about expectations, honesty, and themselves.

Lydia, Emily and Cassie are three tenth grade girls at Ashbury High, a private high school in the suburbs of Sydney, Australia. As part of an English class assignment they must write letters to students at neighboring high school Brookfield, which has a terrible reputation. In addition to this assignment, as part of their long-lived friendship, Lydia periodically assigns Cassie and Emily secret missions (or "secret assignments") ranging from baking to shoplifting. The Pen Pal Project gets off to a bumpy start, with each girl unsure of how much to reveal about herself to the strangers at Brookfield. Lydia provocatively writes outlandish whims to her new pen pal, Seb. Seb doesn't know where the reality of Lydia ends and the fantasy begins, but automatically distrusts her because her father is a judge. Emily's pen pal Charlie takes her letter at face value, believing she is vapid and superficial - but Emily is simply seeking the approval of her English teacher with her bland letter. Cassie tells her pen pal Matthew all about her counseling sessions, but doesn't reveal why she is in therapy: her father died from leukemia the previous year, an event which deeply affected all three girls. Matthew writes back brief and violent letters, uninterested in getting to know Cassie.

As the letters continue, the pen pals slowly start to trust each other: Emily takes charge of teaching Charlie how to date, Lydia and Seb trade "covert missions" to test each other's daring, and after a great deal of one-sided correspondence, Cassie and Matthew start to bond over a mutual love of music. Lydia's "covert missions" from Seb require getting him out of his exams by pulling pranks at Brookfield. One of the pranks inadvertently involves Charlie, who believes he is saving the school from a gas leak...only to be humiliated in finding out that Brookfield doesn't use gas. As a result, Charlie obsesses about the girl who made the prank call that led to his humiliation, which happens to be Emily, on a secret assignment from Lydia. But Emily won't reveal the truth, admonishing him to let it go. All three sets of pen pals decide to meet: Emily and Charlie will go on a practice date so he can eventually win the girl of his dreams, Christina, and as time passes, Emily and Charlie begin to develop true feelings for each other. Lydia challenges Seb to a covert mission in which one of them has to recognize the other first in a public place, based not on pictures or descriptions, but their letters: Lydia doesn't know that Seb has already looked her up online, and is suspicious when he easily identifies her. Cassie and Matthew agree to meet so she can give him some information on children's rights that will help him get out of some trouble at school, but he never shows up. Lydia and Emily learn that there is no one named Matthew at Brookfield and begin to worry that Cassie is going insane. When Cassie finally meets up with "Matthew," a boy whose real name is Paul Wilson, and is cruelly taunted and mocked, the girls decide to seek revenge: steal Paul Wilson's girlfriend, Christina, away from him. It's a win-win situation: Charlie gets to be with the girl he loves and Paul loses what he loves most in the world. The plan backfires when Emily admits she really likes Charlie but before they can go on a real date, Charlie realizes Emily made the prank call to Brookfield that embarrassed him so much. Though she apologizes, he can't forgive her. Similarly, Lydia can't forgive Seb when she discovers he had seen her picture in a magazine article about her celebrity mother before they met and lied about it. Cassie, who admits she wrote to Matthew because he initially scared her, is afraid she will go through life scared like her father. Her fear compounds itself with fears that she will never follow her dream of being a singer, nor do anything to make her father proud.

Seb's anger flares after Paul maliciously recounts what he did to Cassie and he beats him up, sending Paul to the principal to get Seb expelled. Before he can get there, the girls intervene so Seb can get to an art competition he has entered. They use Paul's ego against him, tricking him into believing he has a role in a movie that films immediately. The girls think they have won their revenge, but find themselves in trouble when an anonymous witness claims they have been vandalizing Brookfield in a dangerous escalating rivalry between the schools. The teachers at Ashbury want to read Lydia, Emily, and Cassie's private papers in order to prove their involvement in the pranks, but the girls demand their right to privacy, and their lawyer parents back them up. An informal hearing is held at the school in which Emily presents a case to defend the girls' rights. Despite her fears about her own intelligence, Emily creates a solid argument in favor of teenagers' right to privacy, and wins the case. However, the girls are still the alleged vandals and stand at risk for expulsion. Seb, suspicious that the witness is Paul taking his own revenge, takes Cassie and Charlie to break into Paul's house, where they find evidence that he committed the crimes against Brookfield himself. They show up at the school meeting just in time to keep the girls from getting in trouble. Despite his sterling reputation, Paul cannot defend himself and the girls are exonerated.

As a show of unity between the schools, all the pen pals must participate together in the spring concert. The book ends happily with Emily and Charlie starting to date, as well as Lydia and Seb, who helps Lydia's dream of becoming an author come true by illustrating a book she writes. Cassie, coming to terms with how the death of her father has changed her, gets up the courage to sing a song in the concert, using one of "Matthew's" letters for the lyrics.

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Dear Emily, Check it out. I JUST SAVED THE LIVES OF THE WHOLE SCHOOL.

I'm on the oval right now, and I can hardly see this paper through the tears of life-giving joy.

See those girls sitting cross-legged and singing the theme song from Friends ? They wouldn't be doing that right now if it wasn't for me. See that guy over there taking the shoelace out of one of his sneakers? Same thing. That girl picking her nose? SHE WOULD BE DEAD AND HER NOSE WOULD BE FULLY UNPICKED IF IT WAS NOT FOR ME.

That guy with the sneakers is now using the lace to strangle someone, which is beautiful thing to see, Emily, and I made it possible, and that's why you are blurry through my tears.

Okay, check it out, I'll tell you what happened.

I was in the admin block, outside the principal's office. I won't go into the reason why I was there, because that would destroy the flow of the story.

The fact is, I was there, and on my own because the secretary just went out for a moment, and the telephone rang.

So I answer the phone. "Hello?"

And this voice goes, "Hello?"

And I go, "Hello?"

And this voice goes, "What?"

So I go: "Brookfield High School. How may I direct your call, please?" as per what I hear the secretary say every time I'm waiting there.

Then this voice goes, "Yes, hello, I'm with the Local Gas Authority and I'm calling from the basement of your school here. I'm just checking the main gas line and there is a serious leak here. Really, so serious that at any moment there could be an explosion. I myself am about to run to my car and get the hell away, but I thought I should let you know so you can sound the fire alarm and get everybody out of the school and onto the oval."

Check out how cool I was under pressure:

I just said, "Thank you very much, and please get yourself out of there and save your own life." Then I hung up, switched on the P.A. system, and said,

"THERE IS A GAS LEAK IN THE BASEMENT OF THE SSCHOOL THERE IS NO NEED TO PANIC. IT IS JUST A GAS LEAK WHICH MAY LEAD TO AN EXPLOSION AT ANY MOMENT. PLEASE ALL GO TO THE OVER, AS PER THE FIRE DRILLS."

Then I found the fire alarm and pressed the button.

So then of course the doors all around me open and the principal practically kills me to switch off the P.A., and somehow I landed on the office floor but I kept my dignity.

So that explains why I am on the oval right now and not doing my Origins of the First World War examination, and also why I have now got a new faith in humanity, on account of being its savior.

When you think about it, the young people are the future, so I have saved the future.

There are even a couple of police here right this minute scouring the school for gas leaks, which includes my brother Brian ( I don't mean my brother Brian is a gas leak, he's a cop), so I'm hoping they'll get to the lead in time and patch it up, maybe a bit of Blue Tack or chewing gum, whatever you do in an emergency.

Or in the alternative, I hope they get everyone of there, including the fish out of the school pond and the flying foxes from the attic and then the gas leak explodes and then the school is, like, fully gone. Pffwt. (Open your hand out wide to indicate that there's nothing there anymore, as per your average magic trick.)

No more school.

Anyhow, I hope you don't send an empty envelope next time.

Catch ya, Charlie  P.S. I liked your handwriting in your last letter. It was cute.

Charlie, THIS, AS YOU WILL SEE, IS AN EMPTY ENVELOPE. Emily  

Excerpted from THE YEAR OF SECRET ASSIGNMENTS © Copyright 2011 by Jaclyn Moriarty. Reprinted with permission by Scholastic, Inc. All rights reserved.

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  • ISBN-10: 0439498821
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This is the story of Lydia, Cassie, and Emily. This is their journey through grand theft auto, romance, vandalism, friendship, fire alarms, flirting, death, a court trial, false identities, and more. Written as a feature-length screenplay adaptation of Jaclyn Moriarty’s young adult novel The Year of Secret Assignments, this thesis explores the creative possibilities of turning an epistolary novel into a movie script. Ultimately, the process of turning the thoughts of fictional characters into actions that could be performed by actors was informative not just in the process of learning script-writing itself, but also in translating the story from the words of one writer to another, and from the format of one genre to another. The lessons learned through the planning and writing stages of this project are documented in the artist’s statement preceding the screenplay itself. Also included is the script’s synopsis, cast of characters list, and signed publisher- writer non-exploitation agreement.

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    Popular Aussie writer Jaclyn Moriarty, author of the smash debut, Feeling Sorry for Celia avoids the notorious sophomore slump with this bouncy epistolary follow-up that is brimming with self-confidence and charm. In The Year of Secret Assignments, a tenth grade English teacher attempts to unite feuding schools by launching a pen-pal project.Best friends Cassie, Emily and Lydia initiate the ...

  18. The Year of Secret Assignments

    The Year of Secret Assignments. by Jaclyn Moriarty. Dear Emily, Check it out. I JUST SAVED THE LIVES OF THE WHOLE SCHOOL. I'm on the oval right now, and I can hardly see this paper through the tears of life-giving joy. See those girls sitting cross-legged and singing the theme song from Friends?

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  20. The Year of Secret Assignments Screenplay

    This is the story of Lydia, Cassie, and Emily. This is their journey through grand theft auto, romance, vandalism, friendship, fire alarms, flirting, death, a court trial, false identities, and more. Written as a feature-length screenplay adaptation of Jaclyn Moriarty's young adult novel The Year of Secret Assignments, this thesis explores the creative possibilities of turning an epistolary ...