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Rumspringa [Kindle Edition]

Cari Ouweneel
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A terrible accident leaves Chicago native Liam Miller homeless and without his family. When he moves to the middle of Indiana Amish country to serve probation for drug possession, the last thing he expects is to fall in love with the innocent Sarah Yoder, a heartfelt Amish teen beginning to question her faith in the midst of rumspringa- when Amish youth are permitted to relinquish the strict rules of the Ordnung, in an attempt to find their mates. Sarah finds herself irresistibly drawn to the wild, free and naturally artistic punker. But Liam is hardly the young man Sarah's parents had in mind for her, during her running around years and the recent Amish hair-cutting hate crimes are linked to his presence in the community.
Despite their very different backgrounds, Liam and Sarah meet at the crossroads of their journeys, and what seems to be a chance encounter between the two, might just be the answer they've both been seeking. However when Liam's drug troubled past comes back to haunt him, the discord from their two worlds collide, escalating into tragedy where both must decide where they each belong.


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  • File Size: 336 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BPCMXR0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #891,645 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh Take on YA Romance March 7, 2013
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As a high school literacy teacher, I read a whole lot of Young Adult literature, and especially romance, as that's what a lot of my girls love. I have to say, Rumspringa, is one of my favorites. Liam and Sarah's relationship is sweet, and realistic. The alternating points of view really move the story along and allow the reader unique insight into the lives of Amish teenagers. The story allows you to learn quite a bit about the Amish culture, without feeling like you're reading a textbook. This book would be great for kids 7th grade and up. It has just enough steam to keep them interested without being inappropriate.

Overall, a great, quick read and a wonderful sophomore effort from this talented author.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not Christian reading November 19, 2013
By Angeljo
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It had very wrong language to be Amish and Christian reading. I didn't even finish the first chapter when I removed it from my kindle.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not for Children November 9, 2013
By Teacher
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I would not recommend this book for children. It was okay. The writing style was stilted and needs improvement. The story was predictable and unrealistic for the most part
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic novel! October 1, 2013
By Sissy
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I absolutely love this novel. It really hits home for me. I am from Indiana and live twenty minutes from the author's hometown. This book makes me want more. Sad stoy but works out well in the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Amish read October 1, 2013
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I loved this book. The character description and extra background information makes you feel like you're part of the book. I could not put it down, and was really hoping for more. I hope the author has plans for part 2!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing but left me wanting more.... April 3, 2013
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Rumspringa by Cari Ouweneel

I will go with 3 stars.

Oh where to start... Well, lets start with the general idea. ** A terrible accident leaves Chicago native Liam Miller homeless and without his family. When he moves to the middle of Indiana Amish country to serve probation for drug possession, the last thing he expects is to fall in love with the innocent Sarah Yoder, a heartfelt Amish teen beginning to question her faith in the midst of rumspringa- when Amish youth are permitted to relinquish the strict rules of the Ordung, in an attempt to find their mates. Sarah finds herself irresistibly drawn to the wild, free and naturally artistic punker. But Liam is hardly the young man Sarah's parents had in mind for her... **

The book starts out well, took me a chapter or two to get into it but once I was in I was hooked. Liam is what seems to be a gothic punk rock kid with a mind of his own, not the typical pretty boy type, but good looking in his own punk rock way. He is surrounded by tragedy and drug addiction and strives to just "get by" with his brother by his side.

After moving to Indiana he finds himself beginning to change and for the better. He meets a very proper Amish girl named Sarah and begins to establish a friendship with her... Sarah of course finds this new boy refreshing and wants to explore her interest in him... The love connection between the two main characters is very cute and very young. It makes you remember those butterflies and feelings that you got when you were first falling in love. **Sigh**

I rather enjoyed the way the author introduces you to the Amish lifestyle. It was refreshing to me to have a book immerse you into another kind of life that I personally have no experience with or in reading about.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great connection April 1, 2013
By Jessica
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When I started reading this story it took a few chapters to get used to it. I loved the connection with the characters and how easy it was to relate to Sarah. I will definitely read this again. Beautifully written and put together
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars It's an ok book. Nothing spectacular.
It's an ok book. Nothing spectacular.
Published 4 months ago by Theresavanderhorst
5.0 out of 5 stars Young love; caught between 2 worlds
I enjoyed this book very much, especially since I find the topic of Amish people living among our world, and the differences of their culture and ours, fascinating. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Sheeba Akita
5.0 out of 5 stars Different Worlds
Rumspringa is a poignant story of adolescents from different worlds. Sarah was born and raised in the Amish tradition while Liam struggles with the wreckage left by his... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Susan Bergstrom
5.0 out of 5 stars Love story
This book was a Romeo and Juliet kind of story. It provides a great story line with some views of the Amish life.
Published 17 months ago by Gabby
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story!
Compelling story of conflicting cultures and finding one's way. Believable characters and living conditions that too many youth experience. It begs for a sequel....
Published 20 months ago by Joan Shepherd
5.0 out of 5 stars love to read
An amazing read and compelling story. Holds your interest from page one as you live through Liam's and Sarah's young love and the obstacles they must overcome. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Love to read
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing and Insightful
As it turns out, I'm just a sucker for a good love story -- and Rumspringa is just that!

A quick YA read (good for more mature YA readers), Rumspringa offers a backyard... Read more
Published 21 months ago by LS
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More About the Author

Cari Ouweneel grew up in Bloomington, Indiana and graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Aerospace Engineering. She is the author of the middle grade books BETWEEN and APART, and the young adult novel RUMSPRINGA. She lives in Colorado with her husband and two children.

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