The Year of Secret Assignments Setting & Symbolism

Jaclyn Moriarty
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The Secret Assignments

The Secret Assignments first began when Lydia, Emily, and Cassie were in grade school after their first fight. Lydia assigns them and generally they are a means of trying to solve a problem. As children, the assignments were more innocent and involved baking and sleepovers, but as the girls have grown up they have gotten more complex, ranging from dubiously motivated shoplifting to revealing their greatest fears.

The Notebook

The Notebook is a gift to Lydia from her father. It is a type of journal for aspiring young authors filled with writing prompts to get their creative juices flowing. Its rigid and patronizing tone irritates Lydia, who continues to use it because she wants to write professionally.

Cassie's Diary

Cassie's Diary is a journal given to Cassie by her father when she was twelve. Though Cassie does not like to write, she finds herself using...

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