On the other hand, the girls in this are definitely in a very specific place and a very specific time that is very different from my family's. So I can still pretend that my girls aren't smoking pot every day, partying every weekend, etc. Which reminds me, these girls (intelligent and educated though they may be) are obsessed with sex. Teenage boys have a reputation of being sex maniacs, but would girls be any different if they were allowed to voice/embrace their true desires? Each one goes through something really serious and makes very adult choices in a positive way.
Thoughts while reading this book. 2. As a teenager, I would have rather died than have my parents read this and know what I'd been up to and the language I used and my thoughts on things.
These girls took their lives, the ones their parents certainly didn't know about, and put it all out on the table for everyone to see. These girls reminded me of me and my friends and all of the stupid things we used to say in notes we passed to each other. Unless your entries suck, in which case we yell at you for keeping the notebook too long and wasting our lives.
I received this book in high school and only skimmed it a few times, but finally decided to read it cover to cover.
High school girls exchange honest notes. Whether it's getting high at a Friday night party, having sex for the first time, stressing over exams, or dealing with the emotions of NYC's first memorial of 9/11, The Notebook girls candid and raw journal will inspire giggles, generate nostalgia and invite its readers into the realm of contemporary teenagers. I came across this book while making a list for the Dangerously Read Challenge (I wanted to focus on banned books). The blurb that I read said that the notebook was a creation by four freshman girls after 9/11. The same thing that I liked the most about The Notebook Girls, is what I liked the least. I think that these girls are definitely the exception. But I hardly think that this book should be banned because of that. (** I'd also like to mention that some of the girls alluded to the difficulty that their parents had initially with the publication of this book). I also think that it would be a fabulous book to read with your high school student as a parent.
At some point during this time, we read some previous notebooks and thought about how entertaining they were and how they told such a great story of high school drama and friendship. Coincidentally, my reading of this book coincided with a vacation weekend with my HS bffls (yes, after 12 years and attending different colleges and living in different states, we are still best friends) where we pulled out our old notebooks and read them, laughed at our ridiculous emo poetry, remembered people we have forgotten, and realized how truly wonderful it was for us to have something like that to go back to. But there were also other things that were similar including their dedication to "the fifth notebook girl" (we had a 5th friend who was part of our notebooks) and the fact that one of us likes girls and guys. But I think as the girls got older, they kind of realized that too (and you have to remember I am reading this with a 25 yr old's perspective). Would this be an interesting read for an older teenager who didn't keep a group notebook?
What this book is, though, is very real and true to how teenage girls talk to each other. All the playful insults, sex talk, drugs and drinking, parties, boys (and in one case girls), teacher and parent rants - all these things were very true to what normal girls discuss together. I took hook up to mean sex, but it did not. The last interesting point about this book was that the Notebook Girls were very close to the WTC when it went down on 9/11.
It's fascinating to read their book and become immersed in experiences with which you might - or might not - identify. Since memoirs/true stories have come into question lately, I was skeptical of the claim that this is a true diary that these girls kept in high school. The four girls are now in college and are quite upfront about how much this notebook helped them connect and grow up during school.
I really liked this story because i was able to connect to it because i am a girl in high school in New York with teen issues. Most of the problems that the girls ran into, boys, body parts,etc., i was able to connect with so half of the time i was reading i was going, "Oh my god, i know right" as if they were my friends.