I Can't Tell You by Hillary Frank

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After he opens his big mouth in a big fight with his best friend, Jake concludes that talking = trouble. He decides that communicating through writing is safer. Through notes scribbled on napkins and in notebooks, on upside-down calculators, and on walls with pudding-covered fingers, Jake explores new ways to express himself. But there are also the notes he never sends. To his flirty friend. Who is just a friend. But could be more than a friend. But isn"t—or is she? Hillary Frank"s inventive style envelops her readers in a new dimension of storytelling. Jake + Xandra = a story about what it means to be "just friends." All without saying a word.

About Hillary Frank

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Hillary Frank is a freelance writer and illustrator. Her first novel, BETTER THAN RUNNING AT NIGHT, was named a 2003 Best Book for Young Adults by the American Library Association and a Top 10 First Youth Novel by Booklist. Her radio stories have aired on a variety of public radio programs, including This American Life, Morning Edition, Marketplace, Studio 360, and Chicago Matters. I CAN'T TELL YOU is her second illustrated novel for young adults.
Published October 25, 2004 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 208 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Young Adult, Children's Books. Fiction

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Jake and Xandra mark their friendship with written messages, friendly punches hard enough to leave bruises, catsup smeared in one another’s hair, and terrible puns.

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After a falling out with his best friend and roommate, college student Jake concludes, "Don't want any words coming out of my mouth.

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The entire novel unfolds through these written communications between Jake and his friends and family.

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