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When hotheaded artist Cathy wakes to find a mysterious mark on the inside of her arm she doesn't worry all that much. She just, as anyone would, assumes its (at worse) a spider bite. But when she starts feeling as if time literally stands still around her and life is moving at a slow motion pace, she knows this isn't a spider bite. As much as she tries to deny it, Cathy faces reality that her now ex-boyfriend, Victor, may have something to do with it. Did he drug her so he could take advantage of her? Did he inject her with a strange, wildly infectious disease? What is Victor up to, and why did he involve her?
In a desperate attempt to, not only find the answer to all of her burning questions, but to also weasel herself back into his arms and life, Cathy morphs from art girl to undercover girl as she, without realizing it, becomes stereotypical crazed ex-girl. With her new hats in place Cathy launches a full-fledged investigation in spite of best friend Emma's warning. Stopping short at nothing Cathy not only finds herself trailing Victor even though he told her she'd end up dead like Carla, she's broken into his house and stole valuable papers and pictures even though she figured out someone more dangerous that she is after Victor as well, and she's even been in talks with a shifty stranger who claims he's Victor's long-lost uncle.
Cathy soon finds herself in hot water: she's been kidnapped and taken to an undisclosed house where all of Victor's secrets are finally exposed and she's battle to save a life - but whose?
Cathy's Book If Found Call (650)266-8233 by Sean Stewart is a quick read that will keep readers entertained. Fast - and edge gripping, readers will be patiently waiting for some catastrophically big event to happen. But when it doesn't pan out, what they're left with is a glimpse into who Cathy is, her life, and her past relationship with Victor.
Reading like one giant puzzle. Cathy's Book is written in a journalistic style with doodles, scribbles, and artistic renderings that allow reader to easily relate to the characters and to the situations they are placed in. But only when those doodles don't interfere with the text.
More often than not the doodling covered bits and pieces of valuable text making it difficult to understand and easier to skip over. The only set back to this is the artwork more often than not, Cathy's doodling covered valuable pieces of the text, making it difficult to read and easy to skip over. Even though the doodles may distract some readers, Stewart's writing is what really fuels this book. It's simple, precise, and best of all infused with a generous amount of emotion - perfect for a journal styled book.

Ultimately, Cathy's Book If Found Call (650)266-8233 isn't a book for everyone, but there are likable qualities that will definitely draw in readers.

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review by . November 10, 2010
   I really hope this catches on.      It's not just the clever writing, though there's plenty of that here. The voice of Cathy Vickers (also known as ArtGirl, Undercover Girl, Respectable Drone Girl and Goth Grrl) comes through loud and clear in chat transcripts and diary-entry recollections. The writing is sharp and funny and resplendent in how easily it captures the voice of a teenage girl in over her head but determined not to show it.      …
review by . July 15, 2007
Cathy's Book is a most interesting little idea; written in journal form, it follows Cathy (naturally) as she tries to find out why her boyfriend, Victor, has suddenly dumped her. Sounds like a run of the mill story, right? Wrong. Deciding to investigate Victor, who is a few years older than the senior in high school, Cathy inadvertantly discovers that he is involved in something much, much bigger than she'd imagined and her life is suddenly in grave danger as she pursues the answers to the strange …
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  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press Kids (October 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076242656X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762426560
This stunning debut combines reading with the world of internet gaming to create a masterful new genre that will allow teens to take the story from the page into the world of cyberspace and beyond.

Things weren’t so peachy in Cathy’s life before Victor broke up with her. Her father died unexpectedly, she’s failing school, and her best friend is mad at her. But when Cathy decides to investigate Victor’s reasons for ending their relationship, things suddenly go from bad to very, very, very bad as her findings produce more questions than answers. For instance, what does the death of Victor’s co-worker, the strange mark that appeared on Cathy’s arm, and the surreal behavior of several Chinese elders have to do with it?

Through Cathy’s unique and irresistible voice—and lots of proof in the form of letters, photographs, date book entries, telephone numbers readers can call, websites they can access, as well as secrets only a careful reader will be able to decipher—readers will enter a strange and fascinating world where things often aren’t how they appear.

Two-color illustrations plus supplemental material. Ages: 12 and up

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ISBN-10: 076242656X
Author: Sean Stewart
Publisher: Running Press Kids

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