Compass ~ With Bonus Story Awake

Compass ~ With Bonus Story Awake

by Jennifer Gibson

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BN ID: 2940149443352
Publisher: Black Opal Books
Publication date: 02/03/2013
Series: Sawy , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 300
File size: 362 KB

About the Author

Growing up surrounded by a seemingly never ending supply of books provided an ample playground for Jennifer Gibson’s imagination. A voracious reader at a young age, she delved into the rich worlds created by talented writers like Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time, which planted the seed of her passion for unique adventures. Encouraged by her creative writing teachers, her love for books blossomed into a full grown talent when she became inspired to create an original series based on her life as hard of hearing teenager.

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Compass ~ With Bonus Story Awake 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Autumn2 More than 1 year ago
Compass is book two in the life of Jessie, and I have to say I enjoyed this book a whole lot more than I did Sway. I know that sometimes a sequel is not always good but this one was for me. Jessie is doing really good, life seems to be handing her a good one now a days. She is doing great in karate, she has a boyfriend, she has really grown a whole lot I feel.  We start off with a prequel to the story and it was one that had me going what is going happen to Jessie? Dizziness and confusion had me wondering if Jessie was okay and of course made me want to read on to see what could cause this. I have to say I am proud of her for getting a trophy though! As the story progresses there is time  while in the dojo and of course Ethan isn't there because of a tournament, one of the karate instructors takes it upon himself to treat Jessie like crap and I think she handled herself very very well the best she could. The outcome of is issue had me wanting to smack Ethan for not believing her when he asked her what happened. Yes he comes to his senses but he brakes her heart by not believing her he is so quick to judge when Jessie has never had a reason to lie about anything.  Fast forward a bit and she ends up getting a summer job!!! Her job is going to camp and not just any camp but a camp where there are kiddos who have some things going on. For example some kids my have ADHD, other's come from a broken home, as well as having ADD and of course they are treated differently because of this. And Jessie makes a perfect camp counselor. We get to see how she interacts with children and you can tell she can understand what some of them are going through, I enjoyed the ideas she had to make doing karate fun while in camp for the kids. Jessie doesn't let being hearing impaired get her down at all, yes it is difficult at times but she always tries to see the light at the end of the tunnel so to say.   After reading this I am hoping Destiny is going to be just as good as this one. I want to know what else does life have in store for Jessie. Will she still get bullied at school? Will her relationship with Ethan stay going on? Will she even get her black belt?
notrow1 More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in a series that follows Jessie, a teen with a hearing impediment. I really enjoyed this story! Jessie McIntyre is a character I could relate to somewhat. I really liked her when I first met her in Sway, but also didn't like her at the same time. In Sway, she had built a wall around herself to prevent being hurt emotionally by bullies and could be rather surly and unfriendly to people in turn. Meeting Ethan brought her out of her shell somewhat and, along with her hobby of Karate, she finds herself opening up to new experiences. In Compass, we find her facing new challenges. I think I like this book a lot better than Sway because of Jessie's growth, both emotionally as well as physically. She is not as inwardly focused on herself, and is taking interest in things and people around her. Her angst at being bullied is quite understandable, and watching her deal with that, and entering Karate contests to test herself and her abilities, made me feel quite proud of her. But watching her teaching Karate class (along with Ethan) at Camp Balsam (a summer camp for kids with various disabilities or disorders) is where she began to shine; showed me there is so many layers to this young woman. She has a natural talent and ability to teach. This book (and story arc) has an almost spiritual feel to it, especially Jessie's dreams of her spirit guide, who also happens to be her cat, Peter Parker. The story is not especially fast paced, but when I reached the end I felt quite sad; I wanted to keep reading! Luckily, there is a bonus story called Awake, which is in the form of a dream, but I really enjoyed reading it. I'm looking forward to reading Destiny, the next book, soon. Jennifer Gibson has written an intriguing and interesting YA story based in truth. I found the story a quick read. I love the way the story flows from scene to scene; it's extremely fluid and the descriptions were described in such a way that I could picture them with ease. This is an author I am looking forward to adding to my favourite authors list. I highly recommend this book to young readers aged 12 to 16, and to adults who love reading younger YA romance or coming of age novels. - Lynn Worton
hippolein More than 1 year ago
Second book from this author, and have to tell I love the way we are getting to live the life of Jessie through these books. Clearly liked this book more than the first one! We follow her trying to cope with the normal things young people find in their life, like love, disappointment, rejection, hope, bullying... The end of the book we have the summer holidays, and the first time Jessie tries out something new without her parents (at least that's what it seems like). Jessie clearly grows during that summer and at the end seems to be far more sure of herself. Looking very much forward to the third book in this series!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite After finishing Jennifer Gibson's book Sway, which is the first book about the life of Jessie, a hearing impaired and bullied teenager, I immediately started reading Compass, the second book in the series. In Compass, the story is mainly focused on Jessie and Karate, from which story lines about injuries, deceit, loss, trust, and hope develop. During a tournament, Jessie suffers from an injury to the head, then she is harassed by a trainer in the dojo while her boyfriend Ethan is away. Afterwards, when Ethan finds out her side of the story, he has to decide whether he believes her side or the side of his old friend - and the reader will be shocked. In the second half of the book, Jessie helps out during a summer camp for mentally disabled children. She has to find various ways to deal with the different problems the children have - and as she has her own problems, she sees the children in a different way than others would. After setting very high expectations with Sway, I have to admit that I was a bit disappointed with Compass. While the first half of the book was still exciting to read, the second half was just going on and on about the summer camp - during which the most exciting events weren't really that exciting or dramatic at all (and also quite brief). As much as I like Karate myself, the many descriptions of various training sessions throughout the book became a bit tedious after a while because they did not move the story forward at all. Apart from that, I still enjoyed reading the book very much because the second half very much felt like a well deserved break for Jessie, who had to go through so much negativity during the first one and a half books. Like Sway, Compass by Jennifer Gibson was well written, and the descriptions enable the reader to see the story unfolding right before his or her inner eye.