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Overall, I highly recommend this novel as a well-written, clean reading. I can't wait to read the rest of the books in this series. I received this book from Zondervan as a review copy. Nov 29, Megan rated it it was amazing.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I picked this book up at the library, and was not able to put it down! Nancy Rue does an astounding job of developing the plot and the characters. Jessie's mom, having bipolar disorder, isn't much of a help. When Jessie's dad contacts her, she is surprised, since she had always been told that he was dead. After her mom is rushed to the hospital for a drug overdose good th I picked this book up at the library, and was not able to put it down!
After her mom is rushed to the hospital for a drug overdose good thing Jessie's dad was there to help! Jessie finds herself living with her dad in Florida, working at a sushi restaurant, sharing a room with her ten-year-old half-sister Louisa "Weezie" Kennesaw, and finally finding some help for her ADHD. Along the way, Jessie meets a boy named Rocky, who offers to show her around the town.
With the help of her dad, Rocky, and a mysterious book found in the airport, Jessie finds the strength she needs to overcome her ADHD. I recognized almost immediately that the passages in the book were actually passages from the Gospel. I found this book to be an incredibly helpful guide in my walk with Christ.
Oct 12, Criss Rosenlof rated it really liked it. Apr 02, Kiernan rated it it was amazing. Search by title, catalog stock , author, isbn, etc. The plot moves quickly. My confusion is over the whole demon thing.
Well done, Nancy Rue, well done! Jul 09, Theresa rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Written in first person, 15 year old Jessie reveals what it is like to have ADHD and how she tries to handle it. She also tries to care for her mother, who has untreated bipolar disorder until she can no longer control the situation and her mother is hospitalized. Jessie grew up with the lack of stability and finds it all normal, until her "dead" father appears and removes her from the situation.
Her thought process, rebellion, and fear of getting close to others because of her secrets are so very real to what goes on in a dysfunctional home. The reality of the character and her situation is very well done. As Jessie grows and learns how to deal with ADHD as well as her mother's disorder, her views go from scattered to "normal" and her character not only matures but becomes confident and finds herself worth loving. This is a wonderful book to give to any teen and would be helpful in both understanding what it feels like to have ADHD and for those that have it to not be ashamed.
A strong Christian theme runs throughout the book. Apr 02, Kiernan rated it it was amazing. This has to be one of the best contemporary novels I've read in a very long time. I was a little hesitant to get it at first, seeing that Nancy Rue had written the FaithGirlz series which was geared towards younger girls and, to me, seemed a bit cheesy. With this book, however, I found myself enchanted. Jessie, the 15 year old protagonist, is relatable and likeable. The setting is realistic, the story line believable, and none of the characters were pure evil or eye-rollingly goody goody.
They This has to be one of the best contemporary novels I've read in a very long time. They all had back stories that made them relatable. Even though Jessie is younger than me in the story, she deals with a lot of stuff I do. Little sisters, annoying boys, and hyper-emotional friends On the flipside, her life is so unlike mine it kept me interested. A bi-polar mom, a dad "returned from the dead", a non-Christian upbringing Her battle with ADHD had me smiling at points because it reminded me of myself with caffeine.
The Christian theme is noticeable but not shoved down your throat. It's there but not preachy, you know?
Anyway, very pleased with this book. I can't wait to read the others in this series. I have trouble focusing, and have had family troubles in th past. In this book the main character undergoes a great deal of drama in her life and tries to rebel against what, if she just gave it a try, she has been looking for her whole life. She needs her boundaries and borders that keep her in check in the mind. I mean i know that i personally have trouble staying o this book is a: I mean i know that i personally have trouble staying on track and need a lot of structure in my life to keep going and even attempt to do well.
Jessie, the main character, finds structure in a mysterious book called "RL". I feel this relates to me because over the past few months i have been going through confirmation, and my relationship with God has grown.
I don't know if you are a christian, but i would like to believe that i have a strong relationship with God, and this book just came at a good time for me. Jun 19, Heather rated it really liked it. This was a fun read with an interesting, at times heavy, plot. Not only that, but it was written quite well. At the beginning of the book, I felt dizzy reading it. The way she jumped from topic to topic, often within a matter of a sentence or two.
It was interesting, to say the least. But I know it is fitting. I also like how, as the story progresses and Jessie gets some order in her life, the writing reflects that. Oct 01, Janna rated it really liked it. Nancy Rue has started a great new series here. It may be for young adults but not too young. This first book deals with ADHD, bipolar disorder, parental suicide and much, much more. The second book dives into dating abuse older boyfriend beating up his younger girlfriend and takes it all the way through the trial.
Heavy issues, but very well written. Great characters and realistic scenarios. For young people in high school and college these books are very appropriate, but I think it'll be awhi Nancy Rue has started a great new series here. For young people in high school and college these books are very appropriate, but I think it'll be awhile before my 14 year old, homeschooled daughter will be reading them.
I am a huge sushi fan and found the insight into the sushi restaurant fascinating. In the second book Nancy gives us a great insight into surfing - that was also very interesting. Sep 25, VLynch rated it it was ok Shelves: Ok, here is the deal, I liked this book.
I liked the storyline. I loved the characters. The relationships betweens the varies characters were so honest, it was great. What I didn't like is how the author tried to make this book a religious book. It's like the author took a great book that was finished and then inserted this religious stuff and chopped up the storyline and made it ackward and destroyed the flow of the book.
I really think if the author took all the stuff about the found "book" ou Ok, here is the deal, I liked this book. I really think if the author took all the stuff about the found "book" out of story it would be a better book. I would have given it probably 4 stars if she did. I have nothing against religion, or religious books, it just did not fit well in this book. I am sorry if I offend anyone with my opinion. Jul 05, Lisa rated it really liked it Shelves: I wish this series had been around when I was in high school.
What a great way to make scripture seem more real! Is there an RL for somethings? Rue's characterization of what it is to be a high school student reflects my memories fairly accurately. While this first book's scenario seemed a bit extreme with the bi-polar mother, I enjoyed returning to St Augustine scene of reluctant prophet trilogy. And as this series progresses, the situations feel more and more realistic or at least closer I wish this series had been around when I was in high school. And as this series progresses, the situations feel more and more realistic or at least closer to what I remember.
I'm actually disappointed there aren't more books in this series. It was set up so it could continue. This has the feel of Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants--but with much more meaningful implications. Sep 13, Amber rated it really liked it.
Okay, don't get mad at me please, but um, some Christian books are, well, a little cheesy. Not with this one those. Yet its so much more than Chick Lit. This is the story of a 15 year old girl, Jesse, who struggles with ADHD and a mother with issues of her own. One day Jesse gets a world-rocking phone call from the Dad that her mother has led her to believe died years before. Jesse is taken o Okay, don't get mad at me please, but um, some Christian books are, well, a little cheesy.
Jesse is taken out of the world she has formed with lies to cover her secrets and thrown into one where all secrets are revealed. While her mother is in the hospital after a suicide attempt, Jessie goes with her father, Lou Kennesaw, to the airport to go to his home in St. At the airport, Jessie finds a well-worn book called Real Life and takes it with her. Lou insists on helping Jessie work out her ADHD issues and has her working in a sushi bar behind the motorcycle shop with a Japanese couple who take no guff from her.
In the end, Jessie comes to love her patient and devoted father, and settles her issues with her half-sister Weezie.
However, Jessie finds answers and inspiration in her Real Life book, which brings her the spiritual guidance she needs. Well-written and fast-paced, this is a great novel that teens and adults will enjoy. On the flight from Alabama to Florida she picks up a beat-up old book and despite herselfher ADHD has not helped to foster a love of readingfinds it has something to offer. So does her newfound dad, his bratty daughter and his crew of friends, including a sushi chef and his wife and an appealingly gap-toothed boy. Rue takes a predictable arctroubled girl is resuced by her reformed, born-again father and biblical truthsand freshens it with a hugely sympathetic protagonist-narrator, mostly genuine supporting characters and a well-realized setting a St.
Augustine motorcycle shop and environs. At the end, Jesse leaves it for another needy soul to find. What would you like to know about this product?