Who doesn’t remember the first love they had in high school. The stupid things you did to impress them or to show them how much you love them. In Passing Notes by D.G. Driver, High School Senior Mark is finally dating Bethany, the girl of his dreams. He has liked her from a far and now he can call her his girlfriend. He likes to send her text messages that are cringe worthy like 2gethr 4evr or thnkn of u.
When Mark goes into his British Lit class on the first day of school, the classroom is overcrowded and no desks are available so Mark is placed at an old desk shoved in the back and covered with a bunch of files. While sitting there, Mark notices a heart carved into the desk with something written in cursive. Mark sits during class copying the cursive name until it fills his paper. Once he thinks he has it down, he draws it on his hand not knowing that it says Eileen.
He starts pushing boxes aside to find a little more room on the desk and sees a yellowed note written in cursive. The note says “What kind of note was that? Does it even make sense? You can’t even spell, let alone romance a girl. Try again.” Mark feels like the note was directed at him.
Soon, as Mark sends text message after text message to Bethany, he finds a yellowed note telling him to try again because what he is doing is not romantic and will push Bethany away.
For a 61 page novella, Passing Notes reads like a complete book. It gives the reader a glimpse into the life of Mark and doesn’t make one feel like there is something missing. D.G. does a great job in just a few pages to introduce the characters to the reader so that the reader is swiftly pulled into the story and take the ride with Mark and Bethany.
There were times I cringed at the text messages that Mark sent. There were times I laughed at what a dork he was. It reminded me of being in high school and the stupid things we did to get someone’s attention or for the one we thought we loved. This was such an enjoyable story that made me smile.
Mark has finally gotten the attention of the girl of his dreams. Only, his lame attempts at romance through texts and emails seem to be turning her off. When he gets put in the back of the room in an over-full class at school, he begins to discover old notes giving advice about how to write a great love letter. At first he thinks he’s stumbled on some long-forgotten notes passed in class ages ago, but every time he reads them they seem directed specifically to him. They also appear at the perfect moment each time he needs more advice. It’s like someone is haunting him.
How do the notes keep appearing? Who’s writing them? Why? And if Mark follows the ghostly writer’s advice, will he win Bethany’s love?
Until next time…enjoy the view from your passenger seat