Girl Unmoored

Girl Unmoored

by Jennifer Gooch Hummer


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ISBN-13: 9781936558308
Publisher: Fiction Studio, The
Publication date: 03/06/2012
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Jennifer Gooch Hummer received her B.A. in English from Kenyon College. She lives in Los Angeles and Maine with her husband, their three daughters, and their dog, Apple. Girl Unmoored is her first novel.

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Girl Unmoored 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
BauerH More than 1 year ago
GIRL UNMOORED is a triumph. Enough said. I could go on and on about the characters in here. From Grandma Bramhall to M to Mike and Chad, I fell like I've known every one of these characters. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My friend lent me the paperback version and i absolutely loved it. She read it, then me, then another friend, and then another. No one has gotten through it without crying. The girl who owns it finished it in silent reading in school. She came to lunch red faced and crying because it was over. This book is very good and i recommend it to anyone.
anovelreview_blogspot_com More than 1 year ago
Apron Bramhall (yes that’s her name, Apron) is a girl unmoored. She recently suffered the loss of her mom, and now her father is preoccupied with his new girlfriend “M”, and her bff, Rennie has dumped her for a chance to be more popular. What Apron really wants is someone to save her…and who better than Jesus. More like Mike, an actor who plays Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar. Mike and his boyfriend Chad show up in Apron’s life when she needs it the most. They are there for her when no one else seems to be. They hire her to help them out in their flower shop. The biggest truth is Apron seems to be the only one who understands what love really means and everyone around her needs her to help guide them back to safe waters. What a great book. I personally find coming of age books to really be hit or miss and this was a hit. Apron is one of those characters you just can’t help but root for and I can honestly say I was frustrated by the adults around her. But here’s the thing, all the adult characters were so well written that as an adult you get that they are struggling with their own lives and problems. I simply fell in love with Apron. As a momma, I just wanted to wrap my arms around her and be there for her. My heart just broke for her, as she was trying so hard to maneuver all the troubled waters of her life. Most of the adults in her life never stopped to really see how she was fairing. I found Girl Unmoored to gives a glimpse into a young girl’s life during a turbulent time in her life, and how we as adults become so involved with ourselves we forget to check in with those around us. I laughed, I cried, I loved Girl Unmoored. When I closed the book, I hope Jennifer Gooch Hummer writes about Apron again!
Carolee888 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
'Girl Unmoored' by Jennifer Gooch Hummer really struck a chord with me. I found myself identifying with Apron Bramhill. Yes, Apron, not April, her father a professor at the local university didn't like the Latin translation of the word April, somehow the name on the birth certificate turned into Apron. Apron wears her mother's ID band from the hospital, her mother having passes away with cancer. Apron, a middle school student whole world is coming down on her. There was ¿M¿ a nurse¿s aide living with them. M stood for Margie, her mother¿s nurses aide from Brazil. Margie, although she sometimes seemed friendly is not the kind of mother in law that any kid would want. Even Apron¿s pet guinea pig was in danger from ¿M¿.Also, Rennie, her old time girlfriend, who smells like gummy bears, drops her quickly for snobbish and mean excuse for a girl.Apron also didn¿t have the connection to her Grandmother Branhill anymore. Her grandmother was starting to see ¿little people¿ where others didn¿t. Also grandmother¿s boyfriend was getting ready to take her on a cruise. The cruise took all of Grnadmother¿s focus.So Apron is all alone at the worst time, at the time when a girl needs a friend the most. Before the girl friends split, she goes to a presentation of `Jesus Christ, Superstar with Rennie¿s family. Later, she met her neighbor¿s nephew in a typical Apron way. She, like me, was constantly falling down, tripping on things and she sort of fell into the lives of Michael, who plays Jesus in the play and his best bud or more, Chad. That was a turning point in her desperate and hurtful life.I love this coming of age book and what I loved the most was not even a coming of age experience. Apron finally had Michael and Chad mothering her, just what she needed. I highly recommend this wonderful book to everyone who has had or is having a rough life growing up while they were or are in middle school. This is the kind of book that you want to hug.
hrose2931 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
This is by the same author that wrote the Milk Face blog post. But if you're expecting something like that in this book, don't be. This is a very serious book. Apron is in 7th grade and has lost everything. Her mother died six months ago, her best friend dumped her for a girl that hates Apron and she's lost her father to her pregnant stepmother, a woman whose name she won't say, she just calls her "M". "M" is from Brazil and was Apron's mother's nurse while she was dying. To say that she is mean, is an understatement. To say that Apron hates her and is trying to show her Dad "M's" true colors is also an understatement. I instantly hated M. She was like poison and then the things she did while she was pregnant, oh, if you've ever been pregnant you will totally despise her. I didn't really connect with Apron, but I did feel sorry for her. She had a lot on her plate, I just wasn't emotionally connected to her. The novel takes place in the Regan era, when AIDS is first coming to light and people are calling it a disease that only gay people get. But Apron, in an unfortunate mishap at her father's and M's wedding, ends up meeting two floral designers when she gets left behind at the church. She ends up helping them with the floral arrangements and making friends with them. She eventually finds out they are lovers and that one of them, Chad, has full blown AIDS. He's dying. Apron helps them and they help her and eventually she begins working at their shop. This is doubly good for Apron because she can be away from M who is increasingly meaner and demanding. I fell hard for the characters of Mike and Chad the two lovers who owned the flower shop, Scent Appeal. They took care of Apron when she needed it the most, providing laughs and jokes and even love at a time when Apron was vulnerable and alone. Chad is dying. Apron chronicles it to us with his weight loss, the spots that show up on his skin, the loss of appetite and worse. But instead of being scared, she reads to him, she shows him greater kindness than anyone other than her parents ever showed to her and Chad and Mike become her world. They are the characters I connected with. They were funny, loving, philosophical about the hatred others showed them, and totally giving of themselves to anyone that needed them. They were so comfortable with who they were and what the love meant. I was bawling by the end. And not just because of Chad and Mike. Something happens between M and Apron's father and the baby that isn't easy to accept. I had long suspected that Apron's father wasn't the father of the baby, but I was wrong. Still things go bad. And then, they are better. Apron definitely grows as a character, learning a lot in one summer. Love, loss, betrayal, and finally happiness. As much as a teen can be happy :)! It's an emotional rollercoaster. You will cry. You will laugh at Apron's klutzyness and some of her quotes like "Always wear underwear". I think it's good advice! Funny things happen, sad heart wrenching things happen and great life changing things happen. This is a book for anyone that loves YA contemporary fiction. Thank you to Fiction Studio and Jennifer Gooch Hummer for the review copy from Net Galley. This in know way influenced my opinion of the novel.
Lauren817 More than 1 year ago
I've had Girl Unmoored on my shelf for far too long. I'm not quite sure why I put off reading it. It has received wonderful praise, and the synopsis intrigued me. Recently, I decided to give it a go, and now I only have three thoughts on my mind in regards to it: 1) Why didn't I read it sooner?! 2) Wow. Wow. Wow. That was AMAZING! 3) Why didn't I read it sooner?! Girl Unmoored introduces Apron Bramhall, a pre-teen experiencing one of the worst yet best summers of her life. Things haven't been the same for Apron and her father since her mother passed away suddenly. Her dad quickly found a replacement girlfriend - one who despises Apron - while Apron feels unsure in her new skin. She doesn't quite know how to go on without her mother, or with a dad she barely knows these days. I found Apron's voice to be raw as well as endearing. From the very first page, I was hooked. I want to know more about her - her family, her dad's evil girlfriend, her goals and her fears. Adding to that, Apron was one strong girl. She's not afraid to take risks, or care about people, no matter their background. She lives with her heart on her sleeve and craves for her house to feel like a home once again. That's not to say that Apron doesn't have moments of weakness or that she doesn't sometimes say or do the wrong thing at the wrong time, because she does, but it just made her story more believable and honest. Gosh, I wanted the world for Apron - she was such a special girl and I hoped throughout that no one would burn out her light. Girl Unmoored primarily focuses on grief, growing up, and moving on. Throughout the course of the summer, Apron experiences growth in ways she could have never imagined. She stands up for herself. She takes on her dad's girlfriend, and sometimes she wins and sometimes she looses. She also takes on a job at the local flower shop. I loved everything to do with the flower shop and the two men that owned it. At first, Apron thinks they're doing her the favor by getting her out of her toxic house, but as it turns out she's doing them just as big of a favor by being there, by being an unlikely ally. I won't say much more about the topic, because experiencing this bond is what makes this book so incredibly special. Overall, Girl Unmoored is a beautifully written, poignant novel about growing up. It made me cry my eyes out, and even though I felt emotionally wrecked after reading it I can't suggest it highly enough.
RobertDowns More than 1 year ago
Had the voice not captured my attention faster than a tiger in a cage at the local zoo, GIRL UNMOORED would have been a three star read for me. But the voice spoke to me louder than a teenager projecting for the stage six inches from my face with spittle and grunts angled in at the appropriate moments for emphasis. Apron Bramhall proved as unique as her name, her red hair sticking out beyond her head, her choice of phrase more precocious than her thirteen years, and her spirit lifted high above the rafters. I fell in love with her voice amidst 330 pages of prose, and I didn’t come up for air until I gasped for breath at the bittersweet ending, at once saddened and dismayed that she and I must now part ways. Revisiting middle school with Apron by my side, I blew raspberries at Jenny Pratt, puckered my lips for Johnny Berman and prepared for a kiss adjacent to the swing set, considered shoving Marguerite (better known as M) down the stairs, hoping she might end up with a one-way ticket back to Brazil, became best friends with Mike and Chad Weller, and helped The Boss, who twitches more than most guinea pigs, run laps around my bed. Portland, Maine never sounded so good even if I did have to take a bus across the 88 all the way to Bramhall Street, and I managed to forget enough money for the fare, staring at my toes with a sheepish grin on my face, as my cheeks flashed from red to purple. Discovering Apron, who managed to blush more than I do, brought back a bit of the youthful awkwardness I had long since usurped, but I must say I rather enjoyed the ride. And if I were in roller coaster heaven, I would have hopped right back on the ride and enjoyed the dips and spins and turns and climbs all over again. Robert Downs Author of Falling Immortality: Casey Holden, Private Investigator
BeachRead245 More than 1 year ago
Welcome back to the 80s! Thank you to BookSparks PR and Fiction Studio Books for sending me a copy to share with you. I am glad to share Jennifer Gooch Hummer’s novel Girl Unmoored. Synopsis: Apron lives in Maine and has recently lost her mother. The new woman in her dad’s life M may not be what she seems. M seems to enjoy wreaking havoc in Apron’s life. As Apron goes through the year and goes what will she discover about herself? How will she survive her mother’s death? Then there is life at school. What will she do without her best friend Rennie? My Thoughts: Girl Unmoored is a beautiful moving tale about a girl named Apron and her experiences. The novel is told from the perspective of a thirteen year old’s world. I felt that it was written well. Also it is set in the 1980s. Who doesn’t remember that time in their life? I know I look upon it with fond memories. The main themes in the story are second marriages by the father, gay and lesbian issues, and peer pressure at the middle school level. This novel was not one of my personal favorites. Although it was written well, I just couldn’t get interested in the story. I did not connect with Apron’s experiences. I know that this novel is very popular, but I am afraid it was a miss for Writer’s Corner.
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JBlake More than 1 year ago
Coming of Age is my favorite genre and now Apron is one of my favorite characters. She's wise beyond her years but still a kid. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mike and Chad and Apron - I love all of them. This book is so so good. I'm telling everyone I know who loves to read as much as me to get this book! 
TatumGH More than 1 year ago
I heard so much about this book so I finally read it. It's amazing. I'm going to give it to my school library cuz there's alot of kids who should read this. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am so glad I found this book. I am totally in love with Apron. Please write a sequel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very well-written and engaging story. I couldn't put it down - stayed up all night reading it!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best coming-of-age books I've ever read. Apron character is so believable I can't stop thinking about what she is doing right now. Mike and Chad's characters will make you laugh and cry at the same time.  I want this to be a movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a great book. Couldn't put it down. Loved the story line ... very heartfelt.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very touching story and Apron is going to become one of your favorite characters...ever! I can see this book rising to the top for book club picks. Would love to see the author continue Apron's story:)
Reader_Views More than 1 year ago
Incredibly good writing Reviewed by Olivera Baumgartner-Jackson for Reader Views (7/12) Being thirteen is tough enough on its own, but Apron’s troubles are way more extensive than that as presented in Jennifer Gooch Hummer’s “Girl Unmoored.” Her mom has passed away, and now her dad is in a relationship with Margie, who used to be her mum’s nurse. Margie, or “M,” as Apron refers to her, is from Brazil, and only has a work visa, so Apron is convinced M sees her dad as a meal ticket. To make matters worse, M is mean and her recent announcement that she is pregnant is not making things any better. M wants to get rid of Apron’s guinea pig, The Boss, and Apron’s dad is not much help there. Even Apron’s best friend, Rennie, has decided it is time to branch out and make new friends, so Apron’s life is lonelier than ever – until Jesus enters it. Oh, not THAT Jesus, just Mike, the actor who plays him in the musical. Mike seems to be everywhere all of a sudden, and after a series of quite interesting encounters, he and his boyfriend Chad offer Apron a summer job at their flower shop. While at first it seems Apron is the one who needs a lot of help and support from them, it shortly becomes apparent that Mike and Chad need her just as much. Jennifer Gooch Hummer’s “Girl Unmoored” is a beautifully crafted story about growing up and learning about the world that surrounds you, with all the beautiful and painful experiences that growing up presents to a young person. Apron, the story teller, is a truly unique and very memorable character, and her narrative has a very distinct and completely original voice. While it took me a couple of chapters to truly get into the story, once I got into it, I did not want to put it down and I finished it the same evening as I started it. I laughed hard, and I cried harder, and when I reached the end, I wished I would have paced myself better, so that the story would not be over yet. I have very rarely encountered a debut novel that would have touched me so deeply, or one that would have made me think so much. While I was somewhat older than Apron was in the time that the novel is set in (mid 80s), I certainly remember a lot of the issues that defined that time period for many people, and of which I do not want to speak here as not to give away too much of the plot. I simply can not recommend this book highly enough – for the story, for the incredibly good writing, for the adorable heroine and the cast of supporting characters... If you only read one fiction book this summer, “Girl Unmoored” by Jennifer Gooch Hummer would not be a bad choice.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was great! I laughed out loud and had a few tears roll down my cheek. I highly recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Abolutely amazing!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't believe this book was free. I couldn't put it's 3 am and I just finished. I'll definitely read it again!
Amabe421 More than 1 year ago
This book is not a book that I would have picked up on my own I don't think. The overview sounds good and it has a pretty cover, but it's nothing that really would grab my attention. That being said, I LOVED this book. It was beautiful and heartbreaking. It has some very serious issues in it, and a really great message. A few actually. I was immediately immersed in Apron's life and hoped needed to know that things would work out for her. This thirteen year old girl goes through so much in a few months and she still manages to hold it together. She is a very strong character, but she is also still just a young girl. This book made my heart ache. Apron is such a great character. She is missing her mother who died, dealing with her new step mother who happens to be pregnant, and pretty much hates Apron and her father doesn't really help matters. He is forever siding with M as Apron calls her. She has lost her best friend to the popular girl and in general just feels so alone and sad. She ends up befriending Mike who owns a flower shop with his boyfriend Chad and after a while ends up helping them out there. This isn't without other complications though. Things at home aren't great, and the secret that Chad has is making things difficult at the flower shop too. If I was in Apron's situation there is no way I could have handled myself the way she does. Apron's father is a Latin professor and tends to be really busy with school stuff even at home so he is more of an absent parent. It's not that he's not around, but he isn't there for Apron when she needs him mentally. He fails to see how horrible M is to her. He doesn't see how much Apron needs to know that he loves her and will be there for her. That he hasn't forgotten her for M and the new sibling that will be coming. Mike and Chad are really great. I couldn't help but feel that if I were Apron's parent I wouldn't really feel comfortable with her hanging out with two grown men, gay or not, but I am really glad that she became friends with them and they became such a big part of her life. I loved how they were with her. They didn't treat her like a little girl. They would mention how she was a kid, but they respected her. Chad and Apron got a long great. They would spend hours together reading or telling jokes. Mike is a bit more serious, but he was still really great and if Apron needed something he was there for her. Aside from them there are other really great characters and them some that I didn't care for much. I loved her grandmother. She was a riot. I didn't really like Rennie, Apron's ex BFF, but at that age that's just the way girls are. It was sad that Apron didn't really have any other friends, but if she did, I don't think that things would have developed the way the did with Mike and Chad. I also liked that the neighbors were brought into the story too. This story was so touching and also heart shattering. As much as I knew what was coming it didn't stop me from bawling my eyes out. I literally had to put down the book and compose myself before I continued, only to start crying pages later. It was very emotional because of how invested I was in the story. I tend to be a very emotional reader so I expected that. What I didn't expect was that days later, even now, these characters are in my head. I just really loved this book. It is a beautiful and touching story that will stay with you.
Andreat78 More than 1 year ago
GIRL UNMOORED is a coming of age story set in the 1980s. That alone earned my rapt attention. Then you have the first line: "Jesus was in his underwear."(pg.9) That line, of course, made me think "Wha...?", but I also laughed. I never expected, though, to be so personally moved by the story. GIRL UNMOORED reminded me in a way of a movie, maybe My Girl. The story isn't the same, or even similar. It's more of a feeling portrayed, or brought back. This story is the summer of a young, impressionable girl whose world is shifted and who learns and teaches those around her about real love. This isn't a love story in the romantic sense. It is love in a human sense. Apron (the name is explained, so don't panic, people) is thirteen. I immediately adored her and wanted to smother her in love. But she became a rock star to me because she is a devoted Laura Ingalls Wilder fan and reads the Little House on the Prairie series repeatedly. She is motherless, her father is distracted by her evil stepmother, her best friend has dumped her. Apron has lost her faith. She's drifting, until she meets Mike and Chad. Mike and Chad are proof that love has no defining factors. It's 1985 and many are afraid of gay men, particularly the ones who are sick. They are subjected to homophobia, violence, discrimination. The love exhibited between them, the kindness, the devotion in the face of the toughest obstacle of all, is inspiring. I dare anyone to read this book and say that a love like Mike and Chad's is wrong. They become the anchor Apron needs. They take Apron in and embrace her in a way that causes her to blossom. GIRL UNMOORED is a beautifully, bittersweet story of love; the most basic, human love. I could not put it down. I was captivated by Apron's voice. To see the world through her view was poignant. I giggled at Mike and Chad, I raged at Evil Stepmother, I rolled my eyes at the ex-bff. And I cried, so hard. I count myself lucky to have read GIRL UNMOORED. Favorite Quotes: My favorite quote is near the end of the story. To share it would give too much away. It made me sob. "The church smelled like leftover tears. Sadness was tucked into corners and hidden under beams and pasted so thick on the walls that it was hard to breathe." (pg.55) "Being this close to Mike made the cramp in my heart loosen up a bit, like the shingles were falling off of it." (pg.136)