Chapters 22-24: Lydia's Notebook, The Secret Assignment, Finding Matthew Dunlop Summary
Chapter 22: Lydia describes the trepidation she and Emily feel as Cassie goes to meet Matthew. At the mall, they run into another classmate who asks about Cassie, who describes Cassie's strange solitary behavior in the reserve before the holiday. Processing this information, Lydia and Emily rush to the reserve and find Cassie crying alone in the rain. When they reveal that Matthew Dunlop doesn't exist, Cassie realizes her pen pal hadn't used his real name. All she will tell her friends is that he was not kind. Lydia blames herself for what happened to Cassie.
Chapter 23: Lydia gives the girls a secret assignment: to write down their greatest fears, to be kept and read in ten years. Emily has trouble digging deep, asserting her greatest fear is a chocolate allergy. She admits she's afraid Charlie doesn't like her because she's not pretty enough. Lydia's greatest fears are of...