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Publisher's Summary

A status-obsessed senior unexpectedly falls for a freshman because of his Danny Zuko audition in their high school's production of Grease in this outrageously funny epistolary novel set in 1991.
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 
©2018 Matthew Boren (P)2018 Listening Library
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5 out of 5 stars
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.

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3 out of 5 stars
By crs on 04-30-18

Great performance; hated the main character.

Would you try another book from Matthew Boren and/or the narrators?

Yes to both. The cast delivered a spectacular performance. I would consider reading another book by this author because I thought the story was well written even if I did not love it.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I wish the main character could have exhibited some personal growth rather than stay a full-fledged mean girl.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

The full cast did a geat job. I enjoyed the nuances of their performances.

Could you see Folded Notes from High School being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Yes, I could see it being made into a movie. I don’t have strong feelings about who should be cast, though.

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