It’s all in the notes…

Epistolary excerpts from the novel You Don’t Think She Is by Max Harrick Shenk

Pity the students in 1973-74 Quaker Valley Junior High School. Cellphones hadn’t been invented yet, so rather than texting, they had to (gasp!) write and pass notes!

Fortunately, unlike a text message, which can often get lost and deleted after 40 seconds, the characters’ notes and messages and greeting cards and letters and postcards somehow survived 40+ years, and are woven through the narrative of my novel You Don’t Think She Is.  

As reviewer Charles Adamson wrote…

In one sense this is the story of three people: Brian, who is telling the story, Margo, his best friend, and Christy, the one he develops a different sort of attraction for. In another sense this is the story of two boxes. One box lay on the top shelf in Brian’s closet and the other in Margo’s room. Every night they both took all the scraps of paper, notes the other kids gave them, and whatever else was in their pockets, and dropped them in their box, forming a chronological record of their lives. Brian is using the contents of the two boxes to tell their story. The reader is even shown many of these notes and things, as an intriguing way of advancing the story and making the readers feel that they are somehow intricately involved in the events…

Here are a few random notes from the novel… out of context, but, like any excerpt, it should give you a sense of the story and the characters.

 We start with a note from Margo, who always signs her notes “me!”

YDTSI note - Do you get this

YDTSI note - Brian said he liked my hair

YDTSI note - Na na na 1

YDTSI note - Na na na 2

YDTSI note - popping off at Jill

YDTSI note - bumping into Jill


You Don’t Think She Is by Max Harrick Shenk…

Book cover 6x9 - front - FINAL“…You Don’t Think She Is by Max Harrick Shenk reveals a brilliantly composed coming of age novel… The short chapters speak volumes about the notion of first love, the workings of puberty, and the understanding of a blossoming sexuality …(and) give the reader a keen insight into each of the character’s youthful thoughts and ideas… Shenk’s book will take any reader back in time to their emotions and explorations during middle school. It is reminder of the innocence of youth and the burgeoning feelings of desire.  –Kathy Buckert, author and English instructor

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