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Cathy's Book: If Found Call 650-266-8233 Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 3, 2006
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The various doodles and notes drawn alongside the writing in the story give you a better feeling of who Cathy is. What is even better is that the phone numbers (such as the one on the cover of the book, and the ones mentioned throughout the book) are actually real, working numbers that take you to the voicemails of each character. The book comes along with a small, clear package that containes pictures, letters, drawings and even more "proof" to go along with Cathy's story. This book was really entertaining, and it had a mysterious plot that kept me reading.
At least it did for me. I've spent the better part of two days following up on every lead I can find in this little parcel. I've been calling phone numbers, cracking access codes, comparing signatures, and piecing together dates. Seems that this precocious 17-year-old girl has hooked up with a fella named Victor of about 23 -- probably too old for her to be dating in any case -- and he may be involved in drugs? Questionable genetic research? The Chinese Mafia? At any rate, Victor's co-worker has been murdered, Cathy's got a mysterious needle mark on her arm, and her best friend Emma needs Cathy to pitch in on their joint Biology project.
To solve the mystery I've mostly been investigating web sites: both factual, pre-existing ones and fictional ones constructed for the conceit of this ARG. (That's "alternate reality game," Mom.) Cathy and Emma have their own My Space and AIM pages, of course. But there's even a site for a fictional wireless phone company with a forum in which all of Cathy's new helpers can share secrets. Here, let me get you started in your investigation.
I really can't say enough about this book. It's quite ingenious.Read more ›
Sean Stewart and Jordan Weisman have written an unusual tale in which reader participation appears to be encouraged. A packet is included with clues from the story, such as pictures and newspaper clippings, which adds to the hands-on feel of CATHY'S BOOK. The approach is definitely engaging although only time will tell if this RPG style will work with young adult readers.
CATHY'S BOOK is written as if it were the journal of a 17 year old girl. The artwork and doodling is interspersed throughout the story and provides a very realistic touch to the overall effort. The storyline veers off in a rather odd track, but is a plot that will more than likely appeal to fans of RPGs. As a character, Cathy is very well developed although her reckless behavior may give parents a few qualms about younger readers. However, Cathy's actions are very much in line with the type of person she is.
CATHY'S BOOK is an interesting meld of mediums. The modern day RPG element is definitely kitschy and will certainly obtain some fans on that aspect alone. CATHY'S BOOK is recommended for older teenagers based on the content and is an interesting book that fully engages the reader in the story.
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Set up as a kind of diary and sprinkled heavily with wonderful drawings, Cathy writes about her relationship with the mysterious Victor, her very best friend Emma, her frazzled mother and the pitfalls of getting involved in something very dangerous. Her diary covers about a month of her life as she investigates Victor's sudden withdrawal and strange behavior. As she becomes more deeply involved, she realizes that Victor is not who she thinks he is, that he possibly has used her in some kind of terrible experiment (there's a needle mark on her arm and a blank space in her memory) and that even murder is possible in the weird happenings of the Chinese underworld.
Emma is the brains, technology and nerdy part of Cathy's world. She pulls Cathy in and tries to keep her focused as well as attend to her school projects. After all, Cathy will not succeed in anything if she doesn't settle down. Emma is also pretty peeved that their science project failed because Cathy was so distracted. Throughout all of this, however, Emma's family has their own issues, and the wealth that surrounded Em is suddenly gone because her father loses his job. What else can happen in all this chaos? Oh, plenty can --- and does!Read more ›
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‘’Cathy’s Book’’ by Stewart Weismen Brigg wasn’t what I expected it to be. I thought it would be a book full of suspense and action but it wasn’t. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Yesica Calderon
Cathy's Book by Sean Stewart and Jordan Weisman has all the trappings of a typical young adult novel including just enough romantic, intrigue, and rebellious behavior to keep teen... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Annette Lamb
I love how in the inside cover of the book there's a package of little information about the girl and her family, and random drawings. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Denise Lewis
I love how in the inside cover of the book theres a package of little information about the girl and her family, and random drawings. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Denise Lewis
In this Fiction/ fantasy, “ Cathys book” by Stewart Weisman brigg became out to be such a great, interesting, most mysterious book ever. Read morePublished 19 months ago by nary sdeung
I read it before and loved it but now I want to buy a copy. I haven't bought it yet but if I do, the hardcover version, does it have the black cover or would it be the one that's... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Sora Kuroda
The maps were missing form the front but other wise it was avery interesting story. I loved alt he art work and doodles around the story. Very creative.Published 23 months ago by Joanne Atkin Ribeiro