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[[ Read Epub ]] í Joel and Cat Set the Story Straight ⚹ Joel And Cat Set The Story Straight Is Two Weeks In The Life Of Joel Hedges And Cat Davis Joel Would Prefer To Get Through His Final Year Of High School Without Cat Davis Or His Mother S Faux Spanish Boyfriend And Just Hang Out With His Best Friend Luke Cat Davis Has An Annoying Best Friend, And Even Annoying Little Brother, And A Deep Abiding Hatred Of Joel Hedges Due To An Unfortunate Incident Involving A Leaking Pen And Suspected Outbreak Of Bird Flu, Joel And Cat Are Forced To Sit Next To Each Other In Extension English To Make Matters Worse, And To Their Mutual Horror, They Are Paired Together For A Tandem Story Writing Assignment Joel and Cat, high school students, haven t talked in fifteen months Not since Cat had a major hand in Joel and Emma s Cat s best friend break up Joel and Cat basically can t stand the sight of each other, but they are now forced to work together They have been partnered up for a tandem story where each partner writes a paragraph and then the other continues the story with their own paragraph Let the insults and comedy begin This story mirrors the actual writing of this book which was also done tandem style with writers Nick Earls Joel and Rebecca Sparrow Cat We are given alternating chapters told from Joel and Cat s POV From reading the notes of the authors at the end of the book, it sounds as if they had a fun time partnering up for this, and that some of the plot directions came as a surprise to one another as an example the killing off of the hero in Joel s tandem story This story was witty and funny, it had me cracking up so many times Joel s sudden on set of appendicitis and subsequent examination was particularly hilarious We also see Joel and Cat s home life, which are far from perfect on either side, but add to the overall cute and quirkiness of the story The slow realization of the actual feelings between Joel and Cat was a pleasure to discover with them, and to me was the best part of the story I am a die hard romantic If I had any complaints, it would be that there wasn t of Joel and Cat at the end of the story Otherwise, this was a fun upbeat delight I spent one lazily delicious afternoon grinning my way through this.And then About half way through, everything kicked up a notch and I couldn t put it down The build up to the climax was perfectly done, raising the stakes and the level of hilarity.It was a completely fun book that felt like high school and had me grinning stupidly and occasionally snorting One of the scenes where Joel takes one for the team had me laughing so much my tummy started to hurt how do they think up that stuff Even thinking about the book right now, I have a ridiculous smile on my face it genuinely cracked me up.I also loved the spoofy Jane Austin and Matthew Reilly style writing that Joel and Cat wrote to each other, for an assignment, in the story they emailed a paragraph per chapter, and used it to vent killing torturing each others characters, etc So cleverly done Classic It felt like Nick and Rebecca had a blast writing this and the chapters flowed so smoothly one of the best collaborative efforts I ve come across.My only criticism is at the beginning the build up of some of the subplots dragged a little and I would have preferred to see of Joel and Cat antagonising each other in those initial chapters as they had the whole sharp, eloquent insult thing down pat in the most entertaining of ways. Remember the Britney and Justin Dance Off of 2002 And Matt Damon s reenactment on SNL This book is the literary equivalent of that Yes, it s as awesome as it sounds.Joel and Cat, classmates and enemies, are paired together for a tandem writing project They have to write a story one alternating paragraph at a time But the first rule of tandem story writing is that you do not talk about tandem story writing They can t discuss the plot or characters Any problems Take it to the page Sidenote No wonder Australian YA is awesome their English teachers kick ass Mr Ashton reminded me a bit of Mr Botherit and his Joy of the Envelope The enemies who are forced to work together is one of my favorite tropes Done well, it leads to great chemistry and banter, and the reader falls in love along with the characters You already know how I feel about Rebecca Sparrow In case you don t, I ADORE her There s just something about her writing that I connected to immediately and I loved Nick McGowan from the first page Imagine my surprise when I didn t connect to Joel and Cat right away I don t get it Did I stumble into bad lightingI put the book down after about 40 pages A few days later, I decided to pick it up again, and this time, I couldn t put it down until I was done I didn t stop laughing until a good 30 minutes after I had finished the book I think the beginning felt a bit disjointed as the characters, the authors, and I got used to the tandem style Once we were all on the same page hardy har har , it was so much fun It s obvious that Rebecca Sparrow and Nick Earls had fun writing this I can t even mention a scene without cackling like Julia Roberts and wanting to spoiler the hell out of it for you so we can laugh about it together, but I won t There s a distinctly Australian feel to the book I had to google references to Megan Gale, Andrew G, and Mary Kostakidis I cracked up after looking up Ken Done scarf , which is how Cat describes Joel s hippy dippy mother s appearance, because that s exactly how I pictured her I was surprised that Australia has Sizzlers Of all the restaurants America could export There are still a few around LA to keep people like my grandma happy I loved that Sizzler was also a turning point in the book Seriously, so much fun If Sizzler doesn t tempt you to read this book, maybe Cat s dad will Remember that episode of Friends where Ross goes tanning I m an 8 Cat s dad takes that as a personal challenge.When Joel and Cat are first paired up, Joel throws down the gauntlet and challenges Cat with two words Amaze me Nick Earls and Rebecca Sparrow did They each bring such a charming, unique voice to the story I m no Nate Silver, but I predict you will laugh your ass off while reading this book This review appears on Young Adult Anonymous. Fun, quirky, fast, flirty I loved this book.Joel and Cat Set the Story Straight is written in alternating points of view, with one chapter being narrated by Joel Nick Earls and the next by Cat Rebecca Sparrow and so on The story takes place over a couple of weeks as the two are partnered in a tandem story assignment.Each chapter was witty and unique, and although each alternated between a different character and was written by a different author, flowed flawlessly I found myself grinning an endless number of times, both on my way to and from work my poor fellow train passengers must have been concerned as I had two seats to myself on the way home score , I was amazed and amused by the crazy plots and schemes the two came up with in their assignment So weird yet so good Cat s little brother, Mark, was a gem He had me cracking up, especially with the ternal zamination he felt Batman required that was certainly something I wasn t expecting in this story Nevertheless was in near tears from laughing at as much Her father with his fake tan now that was an interesting mental image, and her mother with her silk nightie you ll know what I m referring to if you read the book , was classic Awkward parents, much Joel s mum, to me, came across as a bit of a ditz, not dumb ditzy, airy fairy, hippie type ditzy, but I loved her And Betty what an awesome old lady It helped me to associate the name with Betty White made her that much amusing I love scheming old people, and this one worked.Putting the lightness of the book aside, there were some serious family issues dealt with in this book While they were not explored in depth, they were covered very well and I was impressed with how the authors went about doing so They helped show that a dysfunctional family which I most certainly have myself while wacky, can be fun and normal Well, normal is in the eye of the beholder, bit we ll just leave it there, shall we If you re looking for something that s quick and sure to get you laughing, this book is definitely worth the read.OH And P.S Cat s best friend is called Emma Marchetta Great name choice, guys o