Sway

Sway

by Jennifer Gibson

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ISBN-13: 9781937329594
Publisher: Black Opal Books
Publication date: 08/28/2012
Pages: 268
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.56(d)

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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Sway 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
LiLDuck3 More than 1 year ago
sway is an insight into the life of Jessie a teenager who is hearing impaired and how she deals with home life and school while still being up beat and inspirational while dealing with the ins and outs of her life and being given the opportunity to read her thoughts and feel like your living her life this book really makes you feel like your part of the book like you are living her life instead of reading it. I give it a 5 I have read the second book compass and I'm.waiting on the third book.
notrow1 More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful young adult romance/coming of age novel. I loved it! Jessie is a great character. I did like her, but hated her attitude at times, especially when she is full of angst, as she comes across as bratty. She is a fifteen (turning sixteen) year old teen with a hearing impairment. This is her story as she deals with school bullies, her hearing issues and the possibility of having a boyfriend. This story is very easy to get into. The characters are well developed, and the story is very relatable. The scenes are very well described, and I could picture them with ease. I could understand Jessie's angst at being bullied, having been bullied myself at school for wearing glasses. However, I felt that the bullies would have picked on her regardless of her "disability". Children, especially those of middle grade and teenage (not all, I grant you) years can be extremely hurtful or judgmental about their peers due to differences that they see as "not cool". I think that Jessie herself is extremely judgmental towards her classmates in turn. She doesn't go out of her way to be friendly, and is extremely prickly towards anyone who even tries to befriend her. She has an almost visible brick wall built up, which I am surprised that Ethan manages to get through. The closest she has to a friend is her cat, Peter Parker. However, Ethan does get through her brick wall, and we get to see the inner Jessie as she opens up. Not having a hearing impairment myself, I couldn't quite relate to the story, but I did find myself intrigued at how someone like Jessie relates to the rest of the world. In a way, there is no difference (in my eyes) whether you have a hearing impairment or a sight one. We, as human beings, see the world in similar but completely different ways. Our experiences shape our lives, but we have the ability to either go with the flow, or stand ridged and be set in our ways. Jessie is still trying to find out where she fits in the world, and it is interesting watching her character grow throughout the story. I am now looking forward to reading Compass, the next book, as soon as I can. Jennifer Gibson has written an intriguing and interesting YA story based in truth. The story is not especially fast paced, but I found it a quick read. I love the way the story flows from scene to scene; it's extremely fluid. 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
Having a father who has hearing problems (due to medicine side-effects), I found it very interesting to read this book. Considering this is a book written for young adults, I find it a very good introduction to the world of hearing impaired people, and the problems they go through during their life. As this is a girl going to school, you get a very strong anti-bullying message and you get a deeper insight in the life of just this one person and the persons she interacts with. I missed a bit of a red thread through the book, some kind of general story, but liked it really a lot anyway. Would certainly advise this to young adult and adult persons who are interested in the topic and are not "allergic" to romance situations! Now off to read the next book in the series!
Autumn2 More than 1 year ago
*Does contain SPOILERS* I have never read a story that has the main character having a hearing impairment, and at times I felt sorry for the way Jessie was being treated by her classmates. But she was strong enough to where she tried her best to hold her own and not let it get to her too much.  There was really no plot line to the story so if you start reading and wondering oh something magical is going to happen just know it doesn't.  Sway is more like umm I don't want to say journal because it is not but more along the line of just telling the everyday life of Jessie and what she goes through. Now it was interesting to see how things went on in Jessie's life and how she overcame it all.  I thought Jessie doing karate was pretty cool, I learned some new words that are used in karate that I didn't know. The way the author described the whole karate scenes made me want to go out and join up to learn it. The things I had a problem with and they are nothing major but it is what made me constantly question what was going in the book. 1. There is a scene where Jessie and Ethan are going to play hockey. I don't ever remember hockey being brought up before. I didn't know Jessie played hockey at one point in her life. 2. Jessie gets attacked outside of the dojo. That is just a weird scene overall. I can see why these guys picked on her but to put their hands on her and not have a motive such as and yes I am going to use the word rape, or thievery what was the true point of it. Unless it was to make Ethan come out as the hero who saved her. 3. When Jessie is attacked we see her mother worry over her but where was her father? It is like he doesn't play much of a part in it.  4. Her relationship with Ethan. I could see how it would evolve into a dating relationship but I didn't feel it like it seemed quick. It was like they meet, they do karate and then Ethan is saying "Eye Love You".  I did buy the other books in this series as I would like to read more to see what else goes on in Jessie's life. And they are also on sale at the time of this review. Hopefully book two is going to have more of a plot than this one. 
Literary_Classics_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Jessie is a hearing impaired high school student who has endured merciless bullying at the hands of her classmates for far too long.  As if that were not enough, some of her teachers are impatient with her because of the additional effort required to accommodate her disability.  All she really wants is to just fit in, but that's not easily done given her circumstances. Based on a true story, Sway is the empowering story of a young-adult who rises above her circumstances and does so with a charm and finesse that is both touching and inspiring.  Jessie's encounter with a young man named Ethan is a significant component of this story as she finds true friendship with a sweet romantic element that makes Sway all the more appealing.   Jennifer Gibson's depiction of Jessie's story is insightful and moving.