Recommend A… Contemporary Book: The Year of Secret Assignments by Jaclyn Moriarty

We LOVE giving book recommendations. And have been really enjoying this meme. I’m a little slow today, but as usual, we couldn’t resist. So here goes…

Recommend A… is hosted by Shanyn at Chick Loves Lit. Shanyn posts a new prompt each week, and we’ll post a book recommendation that follows the prompt. Head over to her blog to check out other blogger’s picks!

This week’s prompt is Recommend A Contemporary Book. We’ve read and reviewed some great ones recently – I was tempted to just recommend Take A Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg. Or perhaps Sean Griswold’s Head by Lindsey Leavitt, which I want to review soon?

But Elizabeth was in a more fun frame of mind this weekend, and I liked her pick: The Year of Secret Assignments by Jaclyn Moriarty.  It’s one of our favorite young adult novels, so we would highly recommend it to y’all!










This book is a little bit older – published 2005. But contemporary enough. There is nothing dystopian, magical, fantastical, except the totally fantastic-ness of the three girls, Emily, Lydia, and Cassie. It’s written by Australian author Jaclyn Moriarty, a follow-up to Feeling Sorry for Celia, another Classic of Our Time.

The book is based around a pen pal begun with another school – assigned by the girls’ teacher Mr. Botherit (haha), written entirely in letters, e-mails, and memos. It’s an awesome example of how much fun an epistolary novel can be, told through multiple very distinct voices in this case. And the book does tackle serious issues – my heart broke for Cassie, right along with her friends’.

Seriously, trust us. Go pick this one up! And then be prepared to finish it before you go to sleep.

What books would you recommend that we won’t be able to put down? Any favorite epistolary novels we should check out?