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Leap Day Paperback – September 6, 2006
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The book, for those of you who haven't read it, is written in two main parts. One part is told through the eyes of Josie Taylor, a girl turning sixteen on leap day. The other part is written from third person about all the people she's affected. For example, in Josie's chapter, she might just glance at a boy and think he's weird. In the next chapter, you will see what the boy is feeling, and what's important in his life.
Though the plot wasn't spectacular, I thought it was pretty good, and Mass makes some very good points throughout the book. I am more drawn, though, to that style of writing. It's fascinating to see how each individual character has hopes and fears. It's a good reminder to the reader that the world doesn't revolve around one person. Other people have feelings, too.
I recommend it to someone who feels like a pretty easy, yet very interesting, read. I must tell you, though, I believe the target audience is high-school girls. If you are not a member of that audience, you might give it a try anyway.
Josie Taylor is a "leaper", one of the few people in the world fortunate to be born on Leap Day. As she tells the reader, there is a 1 in 365 chance of being born any other day of the year, but only a 1 in 1461 chance of being born on Leap Day. It's the day of her 16th birthday, and her fourth "real" birthday. She has a day of celebrations to look forward to, like her free pizza from Dominos (do they really give away free pizza for life to leapers?). What I love about the book is that you don't just experience the day from Josie's point of view. You experience it from the point-of-view of all different characters in her life. From her parents, to her best friends, her brother, to random kids in class at school- you get to be in all of their heads!
I'm a natural eavesdropper. I'm nosy, what can I say? So this book was perfect for me! In so many stories I am always wondering what the other characters are thinking and feeling. Wendy Mass has created my dream book.
This is more of a YA novel (though I wouldn't hesitate to include it in my 8th grade classroom). There is some mention of hooking up and other teenagerly activities. I do think my girls are going to love this, and I know it will garner more fans for Mass!
Reading a book from the perspective of someone born on February 29th was interesting, but that wasn't the only interesting thing about this book.
The very format of following one fairly ordinary day in the life of a teenager, and all the run-of-the-mill interactions was a very good idea, and it works, even though it sounds boring. The way Mass shows us not only Josie is feeling, but how everyone else around her has their own secrets, is ingenious, and can be very touching and sweet. The setting of Orlando was great also.
This is a book that looks fluffy and fun, and is, but has other levels that make it very rewarding and will put a smile on your face.
By Wendy Mass
This book takes place on leap day. It is the main character, Josie's, birthday and since it is on leap day and only comes around every four years it is a lot more exciting for her. This year it is even more exciting because it's her sixteenth birthday, or really only her fourth. In this book it tells all the different things that Josie does on her birthday, but not only from her point of view. Every other chapter is other people's point of views.
One of the things that Josie does is gets her drivers licenses. She also tries out for the school play, which is called Romeo and Juliet. She has friends from around the country that were also born on leap day, and they all send presents to each other. After school Josie and her friends do a scavenger hunt. They drive all over town collecting the things on the list. One thing on the list is an undergarment that belongs to a teacher. To find out if they get that you'll have to read the book. Josie also has a huge crush on a senior, Grant Brawner. Another special thing that these girls do on leap day is the very important sweet-sixteen initiation at the lake. Josie is the first of her friends to turn sixteen, so she has no idea what is going to happen at the lake that night. But one thing that does happen is the dare that Josie completes. One very exciting thing about this book is a deep dark secret that Josie's best friend, Katy, reveals to her.
I really enjoyed reading this book because it's about a normal teenage girl and what she goes through. I would recommend this book to a girl before a guy since it's about a girl. One of my favorite things about this book was that it told what everyone else was thinking. Sometimes you wonder what people are thinking and sometimes you don't even know that certain people know you. In this book everything that others are thinking is revealed. So if your looking for a book to read, I recommend this one.
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I loved this book, it was so interesting. I definitely recommend it to everyone who hasn't read it yet. It's worth the money, in my opinion!Published 2 months ago by Anonymous
Thus book is so interesting. When i turn on my phone I actually want to read instead of playing games or texting. I just can't wait to find out what happens next. Btw I'm 13. 👸🏾📖Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I thought that this was a very relatable book for teens around the age of the main character Josie. It was a little suspenseful urging thou to read more. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kindle Customer
I love how the chapters are divided into two parts; Josie and Everyone. It tells you things that are more interesting and is a whole other part to the chapeter.Published 10 months ago by Jennifer Whitley
Such a good book they have to make a second
Book! Such a good plot I couldn't put it down!
I was expecting this to be a fun read and it was! I got it to read during a ten hour car ride and finished long before the ride was over. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Ella
Amazing book, It has chapters from Josie's perspective and chapters from everyone else's perspective. A very unique book by Wendy Mass, who in my opinion is one the best authors.Published 11 months ago by Lillian Schweiss
It's an awesome book that is based the main character Josie's leap day birthday. Changing from hers and others points of view in each time period!Published 11 months ago by Helena Xie