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Publisher's Note:

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. Clinching 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. 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 t…

Overall Book Review:

Picture every mean, popular girl you’ve ever watched in a high school movie, now take the typical selfish, manipulative and spiteful behavior and add a healthy dose of insecurity: enter cheerleader, Tara Murphy. This beautiful senior with the (expected) gorgeous jock of a boyfriend thinks she can do whatever to whomever she wants and get away with it. Of course, she has a doormat of a best friend and spins her web around an unsuspecting freshman who has no idea what he’s gotten himself into. I’m sure it goes without saying, but expect plenty of drama. 

Folded Notes From High School is a funny extremely accurate story. (I know it, I lived it). Author Matt Boren’s debut novel is a totally sweet example of how things were back in the day. The detail that he includes is all that and a bag of chips, from the language to the fashion and even jewelry and music. You name it, he remembers it and makes reference to it. Adults looking to take a comical trip down memory lane or teens who might want to glimpse into their parents’ high school career should give Folded Notes From High School a read, it’s the bomb!

Review of an Advance Reader’s Copy

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Razorbill

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  81 religious exclamations; 12 mild obscenities; 5 religious profanities; 8 derogatory names; 20 scatological words; 16 anatomical terms; 2 offensive hand gestures; 2 f-word derivatives.

Violence/Gore:  Few (7) brief incidents including character wants to beat up another; reference to a little girl punching a little boy; second-hand report of character breaking wrist and others getting in a fight; reference to character’s grandmother dying; second-hand report of a boy beating up kids who made fun of his little brother; reference to character tripping another who falls and hurts face; two references to character permanently damaging another’s ear.

Sex/Nudity:  Many (41) brief incidents (all of which are mentioned in notes) involving minors including several references to characters kissing; character imagines another is holding her; characters call another sexy; character says, “I will be dirty dancing all over your face”; many references to characters having sex; a few references to girl’s breasts; reference to the smell of sex; character asks another if he’s having sex with a girl; boy talks about maybe having sex with a girl; character thinks about another being naked; reference to the size of a character’s genitalia; reference to characters having sex with more than one character at the same time; character asks another what kind of kisser he is; reference to the size of breasts and feeling them; reference to character having a tattoo near his genitalia; reference to character getting sprayed between legs by skunk while having sex outside; character says he wants to have sex; innuendo; reference to character having an orgasm; implied masturbation; reference to character grabbing areas normally covered by bathing suit; reference to girl flashing boy at school.

Mature Subject Matter:

Many references to minors having sex; reference to marital problems; reference to character stealing.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Reference to father drinking alcohol; reference to high school students smoking marijuana; character wants to smoke and get plastered.

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I love being able to help busy parents who just don’t have the time to pre-screen all their children’s books and know how much I appreciate it as my sons have gotten older. I feel very blessed that my amazing husband makes it possible for me to be a stay-at-home mother to four amazing boys. When not reading or enjoying time with my family, I like baking, especially trying new recipes, and the occasional sewing project.