Notebook Girls

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BY the end of "The Notebook Girls," the story of four teens at an elite New York high school, the main characters have had the kinds of experiences that make parents cringe � oral sex, the loss of virginity, binge-drinking, pot smoking. But Julia, Sophie, Courtney and Lindsey have also matured. They've mended fences with their parents and thought deeply about the world. They're on their way to college.

"Looking back on everything, I realized we all figured ourselves out in this mess," Courtney writes in a farewell note to her pals. "There's nothing we can't share."

The book is raw but also sentimental, the characters obsessed with making their way through high school's cruel pecking order. Parents are the objects of complaint, but they're on the periphery of the story. There's despair, and a happy ending. It reads, in other words, like the typical "young adult," or YA, novel, found in the teen sections of bookstores and mostly written by adults. But "The Notebook Girls," which will be published next week by Warner Books with a first printing of 40,000, is not a novel, it's a real-life account written by four actual teenagers... ...

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