Bounce [NOOK Book]

Overview

From the author of PERFECT and LUSH, another novel that tells it like it is.

The perils of dealing with a new stepfamily are illuminated with the same Blume-like heart and wit that Natasha Friend brought to PERFECT and LUSH.
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Bounce

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Overview

From the author of PERFECT and LUSH, another novel that tells it like it is.

The perils of dealing with a new stepfamily are illuminated with the same Blume-like heart and wit that Natasha Friend brought to PERFECT and LUSH.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Shortly after her widower father announces he is remarrying, 13-year-old Evyn and her older brother move with him from their house in Maine to the Boston brownstone of their soon-to-be stepmother and six stepsiblings. For solace, Evyn confides in her dead mother, who died when Evyn was a baby, even though she admits she is really just talking to herself; in these conversations her mother advises her to let the bad stuff "bounce" off her, but it's hard. Evyn misses her best friend-who seems to have moved on very quickly, acquiring a new best friend and boyfriend-and she hates both her too-eager stepmother and her private girls' school, where she becomes a target of the popular clique. Friend (Lush) throws in plenty of plot lines, including Evyn's crush on her oldest stepbrother and her belated discovery that the school's mean It girl is constantly criticized by her mother; some of these developments feel more convenient than organic. But the author has an unmistakable gift for exploring family dynamics, and even though Evyn doesn't immediately understand such exchanges as the constant bickering of the twins whose bedroom she shares, they will be instantly recognizable to many readers. The tender scenes have a genuine poignancy, as when Evyn and her dad share a heart-to-heart in the middle of night, or when Evyn's stepmother tells her about her own mother's death. In the end, these moving moments make for a story that's both real and heartfelt. Ages 12-up. (Sept.)

Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Sarah Applegate
Thirteen-year-old Evyn's world is turned upside down by her dad's announcement that he is marrying a woman he barely knows and moving the family to Boston. She struggles to accept this transition, but it turns out that fitting in with her new family and making friends in a new school is not easy. Evyn experiences scorn from the popular clique at school, unrequited crushes, and growing distance from the friends she left behind. However, as Evyn's resistance to change gradually breaks down, she finds that her newfound surroundings may not be as terrible as she once imagined. Bounce effectively addresses the universally relevant issues of remarriage, adjustment, and a desire for acceptance. Friend's writing is simultaneously honest and refreshingly lighthearted, and by providing access to Evyn's internal dialogue, her readers will find themselves empathizing with this young girl's struggle to find her own identity and accept who she truly is. Reviewer: Sarah Applegate
School Library Journal

Gr 6-8
At her 13th-birthday dinner, Evyn's hippie father, Birdie, drops a bomb. He is going to marry Eleni Gartos, a college professor with six children, and Evyn and her 15-year-old brother will be leaving their home in Maine and moving to Boston with him. Evyn feels that her world has collapsed, while Mackey just asks to have two desserts. Feeling alone, the girl begins a dialogue with her dead mother as she imagines her. Friend captures the emotions and angst of a teen on the brink of womanhood thrust into a large, vocal stepfamily while having to share her father with a woman she hardly knows and a house full of stepsiblings. Throughout her ups and downs, Birdie's love remains constant, her stepsiblings are accepting, and her brother is transforming himself from a nerdy computer geek into a fledgling thespian. When her stepmother becomes pregnant, Evyn sets out to hop a bus to Maine. The beginnings of acceptance and possibilities are ignited as she learns to follow her inner "wise woman"-her mother's advice-and to "bounce" with the changes in her life. Friend offers no fairy-tale ending but presents, through hip conversations and humor, believable characters and a feel-good story with a satisfying amount of pathos.
—D. Maria LaRoccoCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545229951
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 268,705
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • File size: 190 KB

Meet the Author


Award-winning author of Perfect, Natasha Friend was born in Norwich, New York. Upon receiving her B.A. in Psychology in 1994 from Bates College, Natasha went on to Clemson University to earn her M.A. in English in 1997. As a former camp director and English teacher, Natasha enjoys singing and song-lyric writing and plans to write more books in the future. Her first book, Perfect, poignantly probes the hushed struggles of body image, eating disorders, and grief. Perfect has won the Milkweed Prize for Children’s Literature and Book Sense’s Pick. When commenting on Perfect, Booklist wrote, “Friend elevates what could have been just another problem novel to a truly worthwhile read of great interest to many girls.”

Natasha’s newest title, Lush, boldly delves into the tumultuous life and mind of a thirteen-year-old girl whose father is an alcoholic. Samantha must cope with sadness, secrecy, and shame in addition to her own teenage trials. Just when Samantha’s skin toughens and emotions numb, it gets worse for her. Natasha wrote this book in an effort to spotlight the proverbial “elephant in the room,” so that its presence is acknowledged and removed.

Natasha currently resides in Connecticut with her husband, Erik, and sons, Jack and Ben.

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  • Posted July 3, 2009

    understandable book

    The first book of natasha friend i had read was perfect and i read it all in one day. Bounce is a great book filled with relatable twist and turns, and at times you see yourself wondering why is this book so wonderful? The writing was good but in the end its the storyline that totall rocks.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2008

    A reviewer

    this book made me feel like i was the character! i loved this book! Natasha friend is an amazing author who understands what 13 year olds would do! and what they would think! its the same things that i would do, say, and think! she knows exactly how most of us would handle these situations! this book is so amazing! i suggest this to anybody! and if you like it...then read her other books! perfect-has to do with eating disorders, and lush- has to do with alcoholics. but these books are much more then what they seem...they are amazing!!!!!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2012

    Great

    I love this book. Its probly good for the ages 11-13.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 30, 2012

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    The book called Bounce is a very good book. This book was written by Natasha Friend. It describes some teenagers’ life. I would recommend it for teenagers. It’s about a girl who is thirteen. Her mom died in a car accident when she was just three years old. Evyn was the girls name. She had one brother named Mackey. Her fathers’ named was Birdie. Her father decided to marry a lady named Eleni. Evyn said she always looked like Betty Boop. She had six step brothers and sisters. Their names are Thalia, Linus, Ajax, Clio, Cassi and Phoebe. When Evyn went to her new school, she felt like she didn’t fit in. She ate her lunch in a school bathroom stall. Later on in the book the popular girls found out that Evyn was ajax step sister. They really liked. They were pretending to be Evyns friend so that they could find out more stuff about Ajax. Evyn called her two step sisters,that she had to share a room with, the sweater twins because when she first moved in and started to develop her new family they kept fighting over their sweaters. After awhile, Evyn realized that the popular girls were just using her. They got mad at her because she lied to them about Ajax. Evyn talks to her mother all the time, thinking that she can hear her talking. She is just talking to herself. She really doesn’t even remember her mother She tries to talk to her friend Jules but she is too busy hanging out with her other friends and going to parties. Later on in the book they sit at the dinner table and have a family meeting. Eleni and Birdie, her father, announced that they were going to have another baby. Evyn did not know what to say. She ran outside and saw something very sad. She ran under the tree. She saw her dog. He wasn’t breathing. She knew he was dead. She ran back in and she was crying. The next day Thalia, the littlest one, threw a funeral for the dog. Evyn got up one night and went and woke up Birdie. She asked him if he still loved her mother and he started to have tears run down his face. The reason this book is called Bounce is because Stella’s advice is to bounce, put a bounce in your step, she said, let bad things bounce off you.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 8, 2011

    Epitome of a "Young-Adult" novel.

    I read this when I was fifteen and fell in love with it. Call me crazy for preferring "young-adult" books but I find it so much more interesting to sort of put myself back into the mindset of a child or tween than that of an adult. This book is so relateable it's almost scary. I felt like I was the main character and I was going through exactly what she was going through. This book touches on a lot of emotions that we all know we have felt before even if you have to take a minute or two to remember. This book teaches a number of lessons on acceptance as well as coming to terms with life changes. It isn't my favorite book but I reccommend it to everyone.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2012

    Bounce by Natasha Friend

    This is A wonderful book for teens ( i am one ). Also the title dosnt mean bounce like a ball! I didnt get it at first but one you start reading it you will too. I sudgest it to all girls.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2012

    Really Relatable

    This book is really relatable to teenage girls. You can put yourself in the shoes of Evyn as she tries to cope with her life changing over a really short period of time. I loved this book. Every teenage girl should read it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    Fabulously inspiimg

    Natasha writes books about hat real girls in America are going through. I have looved all of Natasha's novels.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 13, 2011

    Amazing

    This+is+one++of+my+favorite+books+its+a+book+you+cant+put+down+until+you+finish+it+in+3+hours.+

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2008

    lol

    i liked this book the characters were really relatable. plus it was set in one of the greatest cities. 3 boston

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2014

    Friday-mia

    It wont let me txt on lush.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2014

    Carrie

    Where u go?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2014

    Mia and Carrie amd isa

    I am back u guys here? ~Ty~

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2013

    U don have to click me

    My friend recomended this to me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2013

    Luv it!!

    You reall feel like your living in the book!! So great!! Highly recommended!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2013

    Best book

    I felt like i was living the book great story

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2013

    Cow eating grass

    Amazing book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2013

    Mer

    Here is my cell sex guy gods call me or text me please
    978-516-8089

    Here is my home phone call me please 978-582-7167
    I need a sex god

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2013

    Skye

    BOUNCE by Natasha Friend explains a teens life.

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