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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!
Example: Missy hates Josie. Josie has no idea why. She think that maybe she said or did something mean to Missy. The truth actually has nothing to do with anything Josie did to Missy. (I won't spoil it this time) Missy just has a personal family problem that Josie reminds her of. It is very ignorant of Missy to hate Josie for this, but it still shows how sometimes we never really know what people are thinking when they do certain things. This is a great book that is good for anyone (no matter what age) even though it may be short (212 pages).
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You've been warned about the spoiler. From the beginning, I could guess what Katy's note said. Well, half of it. I didn't know anything about the crush on Ms. Connors, but I could tell that the note said she was gay. Why else would a note be that important? I literally ran around my house jumping with joy because I finally found out I was right. All throughout the book, Wendy Mass puts you in anticipation to find out what the note says, but she never tells you what it says until the end when they are at the lake. This was a good book. Sorry if I spoiled it for you, but you were warned.
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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 8 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 10 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 14 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 16 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 16 months ago by Ella