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Folded Notes from High School

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Folded Notes from High School

It’s Tara Maureen Murphy’s senior year of high school and she’s going to make it awesome, before she leaves her deadbeat town to go to NYU, her dream school. She’s going to be Sandy in her school’s production of “Grease” and lead her cheer squad to another championship. She’s also going to make the most of her time with her best friend, Stefanie Campbell, and her boyfriend, Christopher. But her plans start to fall apart when she meets Christopher’s neighbor, Matt Bloom, and sees his stellar audition for Danny Zuko. The more time she spends with him, the more she starts to catch feelings for him. It also doesn’t help that over the summer, Stef became friends with the most popular girl in school. In FOLDED NOTES FROM HIGH SCHOOL, Matt Boren tells the story of Tara Maureen Murphy’s senior year through the art form of folded notes.

"I really enjoyed Boren’s take on a young adult novel. FOLDED NOTES FROM HIGH SCHOOL is meant to be campy, and it was really entertaining to me."

Personally, I really enjoyed Boren’s take on a young adult novel. FOLDED NOTES FROM HIGH SCHOOL is meant to be campy, and it was really entertaining to me. It was obvious that the book wasn’t completely serious, and I found it funny and I was able to read it quickly. Tara is your typical mean girl: conceited and obsessed with being half of a Supercouple. The other characters fell into the background because Tara gives herself the spotlight, as expected from your typical main character.

The book is written in folded notes. Each chapter is a new folded note, separated by the month they were written. It made the book easier to read, since each chapter was a few pages at most, and there were never really any boring parts. The small downside to this is that you only know as much about the characters as they would write about in a folded note, but Boren does a good job of telling the story this way. He manages to tell a whole story from many perspectives, and he is able to develop those perspectives within a few short pages.

One thing I was unsure about the book was the ending. I feel like the book just ended, with no real resolution. You know how most storylines are supposed to be like a hill, with rising and falling action? I feel like this book ended at the crest of the hill. I understand where it ended, because the notes were only surrounding the time period of Tara’s senior year, but the ending felt abrupt and I don’t know what’s going to happen with the characters. Hopefully there’s a second book so my questions can get answered.

I’ve already told a few people to read this book, so here I am again, telling even more people to read this book (read it). It’ll make you laugh and sigh, and overall get you thinking. Even though it’s campy, you can even get a life lesson out of it, such as cheating is bad and relationships don’t always end up the way you want them to. Honesty is key. Not everyone will feel the way you want them to all the time. There are some good messages in FOLDED NOTES FROM HIGH SCHOOL, and it’s definitely worth the read.

Reviewed by Becky N., Teen Board Member on May 9, 2018

Folded Notes from High School
by Matt Boren