Author: Jaclyn Moriarty
Series: Ashbury/Brookfield Book # 2
Genres: Young Adult, Humor, Contemporary
Released: 1 April 2005
Summary courtesy bn.com Three Aussie girls become pen pals with three guys at another school in this delightful, high-spirited read. Told entirely through letters, diary entries, emails, and other writing, Moriarty's novel introduces us to Emily, Lydia, and Cassie -- all students at Ashbury High -- who begin writing to their Brookfield High counterparts through the schools' organized pen pal project. Readers learn quickly that each girl has her own writing style and that at two of the Brookfield boys (Seb and Charlie) seem to be smitten with Lydia and Emily. The only trouble is Cassie's pen pal, Matthew, a shady character who first sends her short, threatening letters and then becomes strangely sweet toward her. Nobody can figure out why Cassie keeps writing to him, but after she has a crushing meet-up with Matthew, Cassie discovers -- with the help of her friends and the Brookfield guys -- that he hasn't been honest about his identity. All could be ended there, but when Charlie helps take revenge and Brookfield High gets mysteriously vandalized, the group comes together to deliver justice and save the endangered pen pal project.
For Fans Of: Six Impossible Things, Saving Francesca, The Sweet Terrible Glorious Year I Truly Completely Lost It, and Girl at Sea
My Review: Feeling Sorry for Celia was one of my favorite books growing up. However, I haven’t read it in a while and I just read this one last week, so I feel better equipped to write about The Year of Secret Assignments. Maybe one day when I dig Celia out of my box of books (don’t be misled, there are, in actuality, many boxes full of my books) than I will write a review on it, but for now: Secret Assignments gets the honor instead.