How Not to Spend Your Senior Year Book Summary and Study Guide

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Jo O'Connor and her father are in the witness protection program. They move quite often and Jo has learned to never get attached to anything or anyone. She has a flawless system - blend in. She does that until on her first day as a senior at Beacon High in Seattle she breaks her onm rule.
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Jo gets swept in to the world of popularity and friends. She meets a guy named Alex Crawford. He's smart, funny, and hamdsome. Jo does something that she has always told herself not to do - fall in love. She falls headover heels in love at firstsight. She makes a friend named Elise who happens to live next door to her. Elise is Alex's friend and the girls become fast friends.
However, just as Jo feels like her life is going great, her father tells her they have to move fast. They are forced to fake their death and relocate. She comes back to visit a week later and Alex is convinced he has seen her ghost. Jo moves to a new place near Seattle where everyone has heard of her death and the ghost.Jo takes the new name of Claire Calloway. She becaomes a reporter.
The review of this Book prepared by alyssa akers

This is the story of Jo O'Connor, a girl who never gets to stay at the same school for long. She's used to moving several times a year, and the midnight phone calls her father makes just before a move.

Except after they move to Seattle, she wants to stay put. She meets Alex who seems to be interested in her, despite her best efforts to fade into the surroundings (a survival technique for the "new kid"). It turns out her father witnessed a murder some years ago, is under danger from the murderer, and they have to move.

To fool the murderer, Jo and her father stage their own deaths and she takes on a new identity at a nearby high school.

The plot thickens when students at her old school see her "ghost." Things get out of hand and before she knows it, her "ghost" has been nominated for the slot of prom queen.

The review of this Book prepared by Katie Bodnick

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   upbeat Time/era of story    -   2000+ (Present Day) Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Crime & Police story    -   Yes Story of    -   being hunted by killer/stalker Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Age group of kid(s) in story:    -   high school Parents/lack of parents problem?    -   Momma gone Loving/sexing?    -   guy chasing

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   2 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Pacific NW

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   mostly dialog    -   little dialog

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