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By Pam Gelman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Satisfying coming-of-age read.

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BOUNCE, the third novel by Natasha Friend, a former middle school teacher and camp director, delivers another relatable, likeable, struggling character for young teens, Evyn Linney. This is a quick, satisfying read by a popular author who really understands the age. Teens who liked Friend's other books will take to it immediately.

But unlike Perfect, where the main character's battle with bulimia can be tough stuff for young readers, here Evyn's support system -- her dad and her new mom -- are strong models who help keep Evyn grounded. It's what allows Evyn to get back to more typical teen problems like peer pressure, romantic attractions, and body changes (or lack thereof). And it's what tells you that Evyn's life turned upside down will right itself again.

Book Details

  • Author: Natasha Friend
  • Genre: Coming of Age
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
  • Publication date: September 1, 2007
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 12
  • Number of pages: 192
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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