Becoming Bindy Mackenzie

Becoming Bindy Mackenzie

Jaclyn Moriarty / Jun 25, 2019

Becoming Bindy Mackenzie Bindy Mackenzie is the smartest and kindest girl at Ashbury High She likes to share her knowledge of common teen anxieties and offers lunchtime advisory sessions in the locker room But when Bindy disc

  • Title: Becoming Bindy Mackenzie
  • Author: Jaclyn Moriarty
  • ISBN: 9780330438858
  • Page: 136
  • Format: Paperback
  • Bindy Mackenzie is the smartest and kindest girl at Ashbury High She likes to share her knowledge of common teen anxieties and offers lunchtime advisory sessions in the locker room But when Bindy discovers that, despite all her hard work, nobody likes her, benevolent Bindy is banished ruthless Bindy is about to be unleashed.

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      • Jaclyn Moriarty

        Jaclyn Moriarty is an Australian writer of young adult literature.She studied English at the University of Sydney, and law at Yale University and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where she was awarded a PhD.She is the younger sister of Liane Moriarty She was previously married to Canadian writer Colin McAdam, and has a son, Charlie She currently lives in Sydney.


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    1. Becoming Bindy Mackenzie is probably the Jaclyn Moriarty book I struggled most with at the beginning. All of her books have been a little hard for me to get into – I have to reach a certain point in the story before I am totally immersed. But then it is almost impossible to stop reading. That certain point came very late this time. In fact, I had already considered giving up. Now I have to say: While Bindy isn't my favourite in the Ashbury series, I am still very, very glad I read it.From the [...]


    2. I didn't think she could do it - make me love Bindy, that is. But she did.It's a testament to her ability as an author in the way that she takes a very minor character - one created for comic relief and for the convenience of transcripts in the format she's chosen - and turn her into a three-dimensional, neurotic and completely loveable character.Bindy is still Bindy, but we start to understand why Bindy is the way Bindy is after awhile. 1/3 of the way through, you're rooting for Bindy and frown [...]


    3. My best friend's mom is a doctor and one of the most patient, compassionate people I've ever met in my life. Whenever I hear about the latest disease, I immediately call her with my deadly symptoms. Now this same woman, after five minutes of watching Lea Michele in Glee, will ask, "What is that bitch doing now?" Lea Michele's character is just one of those people -- she can make people who have devoted their entire lives to helping others want to commit murder.Now imagine reading 491 pages of Le [...]


    4. 4.5 starsAs Bindy would say, I devoured this book. It's long, but I actually ripped through it. And I loved it. I want to give this book to the people who treat YA as some kind of bastard genre -- I've been wrestling with On The Road for weeks. I zipped through this in one night.Jaclyn Moriarty - you are one clever bitch (that's supposed to be a term of endearment). Bindy Mackenzie compelled me all the way. Until the last 70ish pages, it remains a fairly typical (but still very good!) high-schoo [...]


    5. "The Murder of Bindy Mackenzie" is my favorite Moriarty novel so far. I guess I am now used to the author's writing style, or maybe I can identify with Bindy better than with any other of her characters (I only pray I wasn't quite like Bindy in my overachieving teen years).Bindy was introduced in Moriarty's previous books as an annoyingly smart student with killer typing skills. She excels at everything, she is very driven and thinks of herself as superior to other Ashbury students. Only in her [...]


    6. Oh, this book has exhausted me. During the second half I cried so much that I was getting concerned about dehydration. I think I have to drink two liters of water or juice now to compensate for all the tears I've shed. I am not sure why Bindy has moved me so much. She has this kind of different view of the world and she is so supersmart. She wants her worthless father and her busy mom to take the time to respond to her mails to help her decide and she is so very lonely. It felt like watching som [...]


    7. Alas, this book was not so good. I adored "Feeling Sorry For Celia" and positively devoured "The Year of Secret Assignments", but this one really let me down. The narrative is overly complex and totally jumbled - I didn't figure out the (over the top and unbelievable) point until I was nearly done. It wasn't as funny or engaging as Moriarty's other, un-put-downable novels. Also, the epistolary style she used to such great effect in her other books doesn't work here because we're reading just Bin [...]


    8. The Murder of Bindy Mackenzie can only be described as a literary delight. Once again, Moriarty's epistolary format not only surprises, but stuns, in its genius. With this installment in the Ashbury/Brookfield Series, Moriarty follows the tale of Bindy Mackenzie, a top student whose life is slowly turning upside down. For starters, she's living with her aunt and uncle while her parents pursue their careers. For another, there's a strange new class called Friendship and Development (FAD) in which [...]


    9. I adored this book. Adored it.The children's librarian at my library has been recommending this for months, and it finally floated to the top of my to-read pile.Bindy Mackenzie, the narrator, is a teenage genius with a decided lack of skill in social interaction. She constantly types on her laptop-transcripts of conversations of the people around her, philosophical musings and a general record of what's going on in her life. She sends a lot of memos. She has personalized stationery, and for a sm [...]


    10. This is a strange book. As much as Feeling Sorry for Celia is a superlative text, I suppose I believe that authors should try to write different novels each time they write, and not get in an unimaginative rut. If you get this from a typical library, as you read, you will keep looking back at the strange sticker on the spine saying that it is a mystery, feeling that somehow the catalogers were confused by its title. Then, rather suddenly, the skewed teen drama swerves into the criminal, putting [...]


    11. *sniff sniff* I'd like a moment of silence, please; I'm mourning the fact I've read all four Ashbury/Brookfield books. (Yes, I know I read them out of order.) I can't remember a series I've enjoyed so much in a long time. (Well young adult series, that is.) Jaclyn Moriarty blows me away with how she is able to change from one writing voice to another, making all her characters real and unique, flawed and wonderful! Did I mention I'm really sad to be done with these books? I guess this means it's [...]


    12. Oh, Bindy. There is no other character like her out there. Most are quick to mention how funny and quirky this book is, and that's undeniably true, but what really stood out for me was the sadness and hardship of Bindy's life and being a teenager in general. Bindy's family life was not good and she suffered through some terribly cruel things and learned to cope by totally losing herself in her transcripts and musings and memos. This is a great story for illustrating how hard it is to grow up and [...]


    13. Bindy Mackenzie is and has always been the smartest girl in the whole school, but with few friends. When a new course, FAD, is brought into school, Bindy hates it from the moment it starts. After playing the name game, where a piece of paper with 1 persons name on is passed round and they have to write what they think of that person, Bindy is convinced that everyone in the group hates her, but it turns out there is someting much more sinister going on


    14. This book was EXCELLENT! I loved the characters, and how all the loose ends eventually tied in (??), and the humour, and the relatable-ness.The US title is quite misleading, so I recommend ignoring it and pretending the book is called "The Betrayal of Bindy Mackenzie" (which it is).


    15. Bindy Mackenzie is the smartest, most focused student at Ashbury High. She works hard to be the best and encourages her peers to fulfill their potential as well, holding lunchtime seminars and offering constructive criticism. In that respect, she’s the nicest, kindest student at Ashbury. The problem is that she’s the only one who thinks so. The fact that most of her classmates hate her comes to light during her 11th grade year, when she’s forced to take a Friendship and Development class ( [...]


    16. With most books I read, I have a fairly clear sense of what I want to rate it and what I want to say to it by the time I get to the last few chapters. But I finished this 3 days ago and I've still been chewing over it.Which I think is good. But I'm not 100% sure.Here's what I think:I like that this author is interested in taking chances and playing with form within the YA genre. I'm glad that she wrote this book, which is very different from other YA books. Even if it didn't grab me as much as F [...]


    17. Can I give a two-part review? One part I wrote when I was half-way through, and the next part will be written now that I've finished it. Am I taking this too seriously? Probably. Appropriate book for it really.Part 1It stresses me to read this most of the time because of the cringe-worthy factor but also because of how close to home it hits. I know I was never a kid that deluded or certain of myself outwardly, but the idea of someone thinking they are so above it all when in actuality is going t [...]


    18. I reread this after FINALLY getting an ebook copy <3 This will always hold a special place in my heart. The first time I read it was during my later years in high school. A time which I never like to look back on because its too painful. And this book resonated then (because of how the wasteland of highschool damaged me and probably many others) and still does now. Its a lovely book told in memos / typewritten/letters/emails about a girl who on the surface seems quite obnoxious and unlikeable [...]


    19. Ein weiteres Juwel aus der Feder von Jaclyn Miriarty. Schade, dass ich nicht früher auf diese Autorin gestoßen bin, als ich noch in der Zielgruppe war. ^^Ich bin immer wieder von Moriartys Stil überrascht (positiv!), bei der eine wirklich gute Geschichte in eine Erzählform gepackt wird, die sich vom reinen Runterschreiben der Ereignisse loslöst. So werden hier Tagebucheinträge, Notizzettel, E-Mail-Nachrichten, Briefe, "eingescannte" Schnippsel etc. so miteinander verwoben, dass eine Geschi [...]


    20. Okay, so I gotta admit, in the beginning I kinda hated her I thought she was just straight up obnoxious and it was REALLY starting to bother me especially with the comment about Sergio's scar and I was thinking she deserves those Name Game Comments. But then. her life story came along, and I was like "WHAT!?!?! No, no Mr.Mackenzie, don't you dare put those thoughts into her head! What happened to everyone is equal?" And then she tried to change to help people "shine" and "see their good animals" [...]


    21. Here's the thing about Jaclyn Moriarty's books- they seem like perfectly ordinary contemporary books (wonderful books, but still pretty traditional contemporaries)until the last hundred pages or so, when some earth-shattering plot twist comes along and makes everyone reading the book go WHAT THE HELL IS HAPPENING?Because these plot twists really do come out of nowhere, and when you think about it, they shouldn't make sense or work in the story. But somehow they do, and I think that's really the [...]


    22. I may be over identifying a tad, but I think Bindy Mackenzie is perhaps the most lively character in a book I've read this year and I fell completely in love with her. She is smart as a whip and entirely clueless as to why her actions anger and annoy people. The teacher in me kept thinking, "Oh Bindy! How could you?" while the straight-laced high school me hearkened back to my own slightly alienating teenage choices. She wants to help, but her helping comes from the wrong place, like when she fi [...]


    23. Probably my least favorite of Jaclyn Moriarty's, but still a very good book. Moriarty strays from her previous epistolary style (which I liked better), and this becomes more of a diary, with asides from other characters.Bindy Mackenzie was mentioned in both of Moriarty's previous books, and not in the most flattering light. She's really an uptight perfectionist with control issues, but that doesn't mean she's not fun to read about. (Moriarty also brings back some of her previous characters in th [...]


    24. **may contain spoilers**"The Murder of Bindy Mackenzie" by Jaclyn Moriarty was a book I really didn't enjoy because it was kind of confusing since the main character, Bindy, told her story through her emails, transcripts, etc. The book took place either at school or in Bindy's home and showed some other characters that did NOT like Bindy Mackenzie at all including Emily and Sergio, in which introduced the conflict: Bindy vs. Everybody. Bindy Mackenzie in the story really sounded like a "Miss Kno [...]


    25. It's more of a 3.5 but it was rough going for a while there. This reads super fast and while the last 190 are just prime, albeit completely out-of-control, entertainment, I do think it takes too long to get there, though I can't deny the entire climax was very cleverly set up. Bindy is a pretty fascinating character (think: a neurotic, overly perfectionist Georgia Nicolson who puts way too much pressure on herself) and I often just felt really sad for her, mainly because of how lonely she is. An [...]


    26. Some things you should know about me and this book.1. I almost stopped reading it when I was about four pages in.2. The premise made me laugh with contempt.3. I didn't realize that it was set in Australia until about 400 pages in (until then I was thinking Britain).4. I absolutely freaking loved it.It is now my fourth favorite book of all time, and Moriarty is my favorite young adult author of all time. She doesn't just tell a story, she shows you the pieces of a story. She makes the reader work [...]


    27. The Murder of Bindy Machenzie is part of the Ashbury series. If you read The Year of Secret Assignments, then you briefly met the incredibly annoying Bindy Mackenzie. This book focuses on her. Bindy is the kind of person that you love to hate, but throughout the book, you begin to feel sorry for her and sympathize with her. Throughout this, you learn lessons about not judging people without getting to know them first. An excellent book.


    28. Bindy is a very intelligent teen who is unable to deal socially with her classmates, and all her attempts to connect with them go horribly wrong. In addition, her parents are distant, both physically (they have moved away, leaving her to live with an aunt) and mentally. Then the high school sets up a touchy-feely small group of students to talk about their feelings, and it is through this forced interaction with her peers that Bindy is finally able to dig herself out of her wretched isolation.


    29. Ok. This book and is between 3 to 4 stars for me. Darn you GR could you please add half stars! Anyhoo, I liked this book, but not as much as Year of Secret Assignments, which I loved. I was not 100% into the whole ending and how things wrapped up, but I enjoyed the ride, so it did not put a huge downer on my rating. All in all, it was a light fun read with a great protagonist.


    30. Aaah! Perfect book! YA novel about a total misfit, too smart for her own good, who makes tons of social observations, many incorrect but endearingly so. Bindy's voice really gets you into her head. It's the kind of book where I felt like a normal YA novel's content had already been covered, but there was still another half of the book to go, and it just kept getting better and better.


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