Mark has finally gotten the attention of the girl of his dreams. Only, his lame attempts at romance through texts and emails seem to be turning her off. When he gets put in the back of the room in an over-full class at school, he begins to discover old notes giving advice about how to write a great love letter. At first he thinks he’s stumbled on some long-forgotten notes passed in class ages ago, but every time he reads them they seem directed specifically to him. They also appear at the perfect moment each time he needs more advice. It’s like someone is haunting him.
How do the notes keep appearing? Who’s writing them? Why?
And if Mark follows the ghostly writer’s advice, will he win Bethany’s love? – Goodreads.com
As the mother of teenage boys who can be completely clueless about teenage girls, I especially enjoyed this heartwarming novella. Having just a hint of Cyrano de Bergerac combined with light supernatural elements, this story grabbed me immediately and can easily be finished in one sitting.
With today’s technology changing the way we communicate, the handwritten letter is truly a lost art form. Passing Notes is a reminder that pouring your heart into an actual love letter can mean so much more and is something tangible a person can keep forever. I think most of us still feel a certain twinge of excitement when receiving a letter in the mail.
The author brings to light something I’ve noticed with our school systems – cursive writing seems to be almost nonexistent and is rarely taught anymore. Who decided this was a good idea? Although they’ve improved, my sons struggled early on to read anything written in cursive and to this day, both still print when writing.
Passing Notes is classified as YA, but don’t let that stop you – this is easily a crossover novella and you’ll be glad you gave it a chance.
I received a digital copy of this story in exchange for an honest review through Rosie’s Book Review Team.