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11 Birthdays: A Wish Novel Paperback – January 1, 2010
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Amanda and Leo have known each other forever. No, really. Their parents met in the Willow Falls Birthing Center the day that their kids were born. Exactly one year later, they all happened to be at the same place for their birthday parties. Leo offered Amanda his stuffed bear, and the two babies became friends. They celebrated their birthday together every year since. Then, during their tenth birthday party, Amanda overheard Leo say something that really hurt her, and they pretty much stopped speaking to each other.
Amanda's eleventh birthday isn't horrible, but the day doesn't exactly go according to plan, either. She gets talked into trying out for the school gymnastics team by her friend, then freezes up when she's supposed to do a back handspring. Her dad has a terrible cold. Her older sister Kylie seems preoccupied. In honor of her movie-themed birthday party, her mom got Amanda a Dorothy costume that's uncomfortable. With Leo having his own party at the same time, only half of the kids that were invited come to Amanda's house, and some leave early to go to Leo's place. Wearing an itchy dress and shoes that hurt her feet, Amanda's pretty miserable, but she doesn't really complain. As she crawls into bed that night, she's thankful for what she has - her family, her health, the upcoming weekend - and is grateful that the day is over.
Then she wakes up the next day - or what she thinks is the next day - only to discover it's Friday again! At first, she thinks her family is teasing her, but her sister's wearing the same outfit and her parents are insisting that she goes to school, so she goes with it.Read more ›
Neither of them are excited at all. Amanda wakes up and finds that her dad is sick and her mom has an important meeting to go to.Happy birthday, huh? And it gets worse.
By the end of the day, Amanda can't wait for the next day.But there is just one problem. The next day IS her birthday. All over again!
This hilarious but sad adventure shows how two friends come together to somehow find out how this happened and maybe solve this glitch in time.In the process,they find out that the same thing happened to their great-great grand parents. I loved this story and recomend it to anyone that loves a touching story about two friends and their love for eachother.~Suzie Q.
In 11 birthdays, Amanda Ellerby and Leo Fitzpatrick are very special; they were born on the same day. They were best friends too... until the fight. On their 10th birthday, when Leo says some not-nice not-true words, Amanda doesn't talk to him for a year. When they turn 11, Amanda has her first birthday without Leo and dreads every second. She is extremely glad when it's over, knowing Saturday will come the next day. But when she wakes up and it's her birthday all over again, she is terrified and freaking out. Nobody else seems to notice. The day repeats over and over, and Amanda gets a big surprise. Leo's day is repeating too. With the same things happening, Leo and Amanda can't help wondering, will this day ever stop?
My opinion of 11 Birthdays is very high. First of all, Leo is a funny character, so that humors the book. Evan though there are no pictures, I can visualize everything the author is trying to say. Like when Amanda found out that Leo was going through the same things as her, I can imagine her face filled with surprise. Amanda is also writhing the book in first person, and even though she doesn't say her feelings directly, you can tell what she is feeling.
So how would you feel if your birthday was repeating again and again, and then you found our your arch enemy was in on it too, just like in the book 11 Birthdays?
She hasn't talked to Leo Fitzgerald since their birthday exactly a year ago. (No, Amanda and Leo aren't twins - they're friends who were born on the same day. Their parents met in the birthing center and since then it's as if their friendship was `meant' to happen.) Not only aren't they talking, Leo's party was a huge success - Amanda's not so much. To top it off - after the party, Amanda finds out her mother's been fired.
Amanda hopes to wake up to a better day but when the 'next' morning comes, her whole terrible birthday starts over again. Reminiscent of the movie Groundhog Day, Amanda keeps reliving her eleventh birthday.
The author has done a great job in giving enough detail about the day and Amanda's friendship trouble to make the repeating days even more interesting. I got a kick out of reading as Amanda tries acting in different ways to break the cycle. How did she get trapped in her eleventh birthday? And even more importantly how can she get out?
Amanda learns a huge lesson in the adage, "Things aren't always as they seem." She learns a little bit about her family. And she learns a lot about the value of friendship and forgiveness.
This is a great summer reading book. It's light-hearted, magical and well-written fun!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was good but aliterate repetitive. Good storyline though .i would add more excitement but who am I to judgePublished 7 days ago
I read novels with my 10-year old every night. We've probably read more than 100 novels together in the last three years. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
The book 11 birthdays by Wendy Mass is about Leo and Amanda and they keep reliving the same Saturday over and over again. Read more
My stepdaughter loves this author. This book was her 11th birthday gift (well part of a bundle). She was very happy with it!Published 1 month ago by Heather David
This book is really good.you can really connect with the characters and understand how they feel. I read it in one day BOTH times I've read it and you just get a magical feel when... Read morePublished 2 months ago by J. S. Peery
I like this book because it is a very extraordinary book it is a replay book I'm not saying what kind of repeating. Read morePublished 3 months ago by GabeBeast360
This book was very great and if you enjoy Wendy Mass you will definitely fall in love with this book. Not to be missed!Published 3 months ago by Michael M.