The Murder of Bindy MacKenzie

The Murder of Bindy MacKenzie

Book - 2006
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Bindy Mackenzie believes herself to be the smartest, kindest girl at Ashbury High. Unfortunately, she is alone in that belief. To prove her likeability, Bindy decides to document her life in transcripts, essays, and emails. What this reveals is a girl who's funny, passionate, hilariously self-righteous--and in danger. Someone wants to kill Bindy Mackenzie--but who? The clues are in her documents. The detectives are the very students who hate her most. And time is running out...
Publisher: New York : Arthur A. Levine Books, 2006.
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9780439740524
0439740525
9780439740517
0439740517
Branch Call Number: YA MORIARTY
Characteristics: 494 pages ; 22 cm.

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ACatNamedTofu
Mar 19, 2013

I love, love, love this book. It's entirely hilarious and serious at the same time. And very, very, Australian.

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elfster14
Aug 18, 2012

At first it was a little hard to read because her character is so annoying, but the ending really made up for her bothersome personality.

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Ubalstecha
Feb 12, 2011

Bindy Mackenzie is a good student. In fact she thinks she is probably the best student at Ashbury High in Sydney, Australia. She also thinks she is the nicest. Again, this would be disputed by her peers, so Bindy documents her life meticulously. Especially her FAD group.

The school board has created a new course called Friendship and Development (FAD) where Bindy has been grouped with others in her Grade 11 year to do character development and the like. The problem is that Bindy does not like many of the other people in FAD. She considers them poisonous, and a name game exercise where people write down what they really think of her only confirms that.

But things begin to go south for Bindy when she becomes more than obsessed with her FAD group, and her life begins to unravel around her. Can Bindy figure out what is going on before its too late?

Author Moriarty constructs a story about a young woman who is not who she thinks she is. Somehow Moriarty makes us care about a young woman who is self-righteous, a little stuck up and very insecure. Maybe it is her choice to tell the story through diaries, memos, transcripts and emails. What ever it does, it works. You end up caring for Bindy a great deal, especially after you read her FAD assignment "The Life of Bindy Mackenzie".

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MegK
Feb 15, 2010

Jaclyn Moriarty is simply an amazing writer. She tells a story without using plain narration. This novel uses notes, emails, diary entries and school projects to deliver a story full of humour and suspense. I have read all of Moriarty's books, and this one is definitely my favourite. It is her most complicated book, in my opinion, and you will never see the ending coming. So full of twists and turns. If you have read her other books, you will notice the same characters appearing again and again, which is really something I love, because each of her books takes the focus of a new character. A really fun book to read!

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LittleCoffeeMug
Dec 20, 2009

i'mdoing my book report ont his book. i need an object that best represents Bindy and explain why.

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