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The folded notes collected for this book represent correspondence surrounding one Tara Maureen Murphy, senior at South High c. 1991-1992.
It's 1991, and Tara Maureen Murphy is finally on top. A frightening cross between Regina George and Tracy Flick, Tara Maureen Murphy is any high school's worst nightmare, bringing single-minded ambition, narcissism, manipulation, and jealousy to new extremes in this outrageous, satirical twist on the coming-of-age novel. She's got a hot jock boyfriend in Christopher Patrick Caparelli, her best friend, Stef Campbell, by her side, and she's a senior, poised to star as Sandy in South High's production of Grease. Cinching the role is just one teensy step in Tara's plot to get out of her hometown and become the Broadway starlet she was born to be. She's grasping distance from the finish line - graduation and college are right around the corner - but she has to remain vigilant.
"This dumb town, as we know, can be a very tricky place." (Tara Maureen Murphy)
It gets trickier with the arrival of freshman Matthew Bloom, whose dazzling audition for the role of Danny Zuko turns Tara's world upside down. Freshmen belong in the chorus, not the spotlight! But Tara's outrage is tinged with an unfamiliar emotion, at least to her: adoration. And what starts as a conniving ploy to "mentor" young Matt quickly turns into a romantic obsession that threatens to topple Tara's hard-won status at South High....
Cast of Narrators:
Taylor Spreitler, as Tara
Ramy Youssef, as Matt
Ryan Newman, as Stef
Selma Blair, as Stacey
Katie Lowes, as Pammy
Rebecca Budig, as Tricia
Meredith Salenger, as Kath
Vicki Davis, as Deena
Adam Shapiro, as Pete
Matt Boren, as Christopher
Christina Applegate, as the Narrator
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By Varying Degrees Of Right on 07-18-18
Listen to it as satire
In the publisher’s description, references are made to Regina George (“Mean Girls”) and Tracy Flick (“Election “). Both comparisons fit this novel’s main character. As with those protagonists, you waver between sympathizing with this character, and despising her. Don’t expect to walk away with a clear moral to the story. Do expect to enjoy the performance immensely, feel alternately nostalgic & rueful, and repeatedly laugh out loud.
By J_D123 on 05-05-18
Great read , even if you went to high school in the 60’s
I know nothing about high school life in the 90’s, butt I thoroughly enjoyed this book anyway. It captures that universal high school angst in a clever and creative way based on notes passed in class and slid through lockers.
It is hilarious and the main character is delightfully snarky and delusional.