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Reviewed By Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite - 5 Stars!

Sway by Jennifer Gibson is a book that I read within an evening and a morning. It reminded me of my own school time, and the descriptions of some of the subtle and less than subtle bullying was very realistic, which shows that Sway truly is based on a real story - nobody could make things like that up so believably. I think this is a story that would be great reading material for schools. The book is beautifully written, and you keep on hoping that Jessie will not give up and turn into a total misanthrope.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 266 pages
  • Publisher: Black Opal Books (August 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937329593
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937329594
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,696,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jennifer is an award winning photographer, Illustrator, book cover designer and published author of the unique trilogy series featuring a hearing impaired teen. www.jennifergibson.ca

Awards:
SWAY - Silver in the 2014 Literary Classics Book Awards for Young Adult
- 2014 Literary Classics Seal of Approval recipient
- Stargazer Literary Prizes Honorable Mention winner for Young Adult.
- 5 star review from Readers' Favorite Book Reviews

COMPASS - Finalist and Honorable Mention for Best Cover at the 2014 InD'Tale RONE awards
- Stargazer Literary Prizes Finalist award winner for Young Adult
- 2014 Literary Classics Seal of Approval Recipient

DESTINY - 2015 Literary Classics Seal of Approval recipient
- 5 star review from Readers' Favorite Book Reviews


Jennifer is also on Facebook, go take a peek: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorJenniferGibson

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She was just so much stronger than I was.
Brandy Dorsch (Romancebookworm's Reviews)
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
The story was touching, captivating, and heartwarming.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Reggie on September 12, 2012
Format: Paperback
: I thought Sway by Jennifer Gibson was fascinating. While it was again about high school, which I hated and have no desire to revisit, it was different. This book was high school as seen through the eyes of a hearing impaired teenager. And I thought I had it bad! Take your worst, most embarrassing, and most frustrating day of your high school days, and you have just a normal day for Jessie. I can't even comprehend how hard it must have been for her. Sway is heartwarming and touching, and although Jessie forgives her friends, I am still angry about it. The story gives you a glimpse into a world that everyone should spend a little time in. Maybe then we could learn compassion.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Taylor on September 12, 2012
Format: Paperback
Sway by Jennifer Gibson is a touching, heart-warming story of struggle, heartache, and courage. The heroine, Jessie, is hard of hearing and as a result suffers cruel pranks from her classmates, who seem to enjoy picking on her because she is different. I alternately laughed and cried with Jessie as she survived high school, since that is basically what she did. I can't even fathom not being able to hear and can only imagine what the poor girl went through
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By The Color of Ink on April 29, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
“Sway” is a novel based on a true story about a hearing impaired teenager named Jessie who struggles to stay positive and grown as a young adult. Her patience, kindness, and positivity is tested as she is constantly the butt of her classmates jokes and unkind attitudes. Just when she thought things would never look up, Jessie catches a good looking stranger’s eye.

The characters are sweet and endearing. From Jessie’s creative kind nature to Ethan’s amazing understanding and sensibility, you can’t help but love them. They complement each other in ways you would only hope every human being could.

The story kept you wondering when the climatic floor was going to drop out from under and send you on a crazy spiral. It didn’t happen, but you just keep turning the pages to see what happens next. The story was touching, captivating, and heartwarming.

I would recommend “Sway” for young adults and adults looking for a sweet read. There is mild kissing and hugging that will make your heart smile. Thank you Jennifer Gibson for the great read. Good luck with everything past, present, and future.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bree High FFTR on January 26, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
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Jennifer Gibson has given us a touching story. It takes your heart and tugs on the strings. I never felt badly for Jessie. I thought at first I would with all her struggles. Then I realized she would not feel sorry for herself! Even though people hurt her and go out of the way to pull pranks and nonsense. (I am so happy to not be in Highschool) Jessie does not falter, and I am not sure I would be able to survive with such grace. The fact that she is hearing impaired factors into her story. However it does not define who she is in my opinion. Jessie is one tough cookie. I found myself crying for her and laughing with her. If you want a story of struggle and heartfelt courage. This is the one for you. The story allows you to see first hand how cruel people are at times. It also shows you true beauty in forgiveness. What an inspirational book. If you want a touching, heart-warming story of struggle, heartache, and courage. The heroine, Jessie, well she has one for you read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Literary Classics Book Reviews on July 20, 2014
Format: Paperback
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Worton on February 20, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
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.
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