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Nine-year-old David has recently lost his mother to a freak accident, his salesman father is constantly on the road, and he is letting his anger out on his grandmother. Sarcastic and bossy 13-year-old Primrose lives with her childlike, fortuneteller mother, and a framed picture is the only evidence of the father she never knew. Despite their differences, David and Primrose ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published June 1st 2007 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2007)
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McKenna Hautala I think that Primrose lied about her father because she felt like if she kept telling people that he was real then maybe she would start to believe it…moreI think that Primrose lied about her father because she felt like if she kept telling people that he was real then maybe she would start to believe it too. (less)
Simone Heinze This book is great. It is very suspenseful! I absolutely loved reading it! I recommend it to anyone who loves reading!
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Jun 24, 2008 Annabelle rated it it was amazing
This book is basically pointless, but it is very good!!!!!!
May 19, 2016 Sean rated it did not like it
DNF at 42% through. The book was ok, but it wasn't enough for me to continue reading.
Jennifer Wardrip
May 04, 2008 Jennifer Wardrip rated it liked it
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EGGS is a novel of lost souls--a boy who has lost his mother and a girl who wishes she could lose hers, both who more than anything need a human connection. For David and Primrose, that's easier said than done.

As their awkward friendship develops from a strange meeting during an Easter egg hunt to late-night worm catching and finally a trek along a railway line, they badger each other and fight and eventually find a sort of peace.

Most of the chapters f
Jul 28, 2008 Terri rated it liked it
Recommends it for: grades 4-7
9-year-old David is heartsore after the loss of his mother and resents his grandmother's attempt to make a normal homelife for him. His chance encounter with Primrose, an offbeat 13-year-old girl with a sham medium for a mother, leads to a quirky friendship that helps both young people come to terms with the harsh realities of their lives. David needs to cope with loss and learn to trust loving adults again while Primrose needs a normal relationship. Together and with the understanding help of R ...more
Feb 28, 2009 Swankivy rated it really liked it
"I don't like you."

That's not something you expect friends to say to each other, yet that's the phrase David says to his friend Primrose just about every day. And Primrose pretty much deserves it; the two of them are actually pretty nasty to each other for people who really do like each other so much. They do everything together and bicker like siblings, and even though neither of them is a substitute for what each other lacks, they ease each other's difficulties just by being there.

David's mom
Alex Bowns2
Apr 12, 2008 Alex Bowns2 rated it it was amazing
A story of loss, friendship and emotional recovery. David, a 9 year old boy who is bitter over the loss of his mother, crosses paths with Primrose, a rebellious 13 year old girl who lost her father, one fateful day and the encounter changes their lives. They become friends, in a hate relationship, and stay out late garbage hunting. They are both sourpusses and often call each other names. They break their friendship one day after they verbally attack each others' pain of loss. Months pass before ...more
Aug 31, 2016 Ley rated it really liked it
Maybe I'll always have a soft spot for Jerry Spinelli's quirky children's books and characters. This book was sweet and real.
Oct 12, 2009 Maureen rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Maureen by: lucie
This thing was so terrible I couldn't finish it. This is a terrible book. dont waste your time reading it.
سه و نیم حتی...
ولی میدونین، دو تا مشکل اساسی وجود داره دربارهی من و این کتاب...
اولیش اینه که من، دست خودم نیست، و واقعا حسرت و غبطه میخورم به حال تموم اون آدمایی که این ویژگی رو دارن که با خوندن کتابای کودک به اوج شادی میرسن...اینایی که هرچقدرم بزرگ شن باز کودک درونشون خیلی فعاله...و عمق خوب بودن یه کتاب کودک رو میفهمن...فکر کنم اینا همونایین که از زمین بازی رفتنم هنوز لذت میبرن خیلی...و با تفریحات ساده خوشحال و راضین...برای من یکی از مصداقهای بارز این آدما، آرمیناس...و من واقعا بهشون حسودیم میش
Dec 17, 2010 Autumn rated it it was amazing
Eggs by Jerry Spenelli is an encouraging yet confusing book. They balance out perfectly to make an fantastic book.The main characters Primrose and David are torn damaged children that dont know which direction to go.This book takes place in modern time.These two children are missing something valuable in every childs life and that is FRIENDSHIP.Despite there differences of the 9 and 13 year old they learn to trust each other and fill that big gap that they are both missing.

Despite all of the poi
Jun 16, 2015 Mary rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Being able to travel to a different state with just your best friend at such a young age may seem almost impossible. That is, until you meet David and Primrose. David is an eight year old boy who has lived without a mother for a while, but is new to the town. Just when he gets as lonely as humanly possible, he meets Primrose; an outgoing 12 year old girl, who always loves to be in charge. They travel around town together, having fun, but at the same time, looking for Primrose's missing father. ...more
I loved Eggs. Loved, loved, loved it for its injured soul and complicated characters and simple imagery. I can see why many readers were put off by it and why it’s viewed as one of his minor novels: there’s a darkness and coarseness to the book. Its characters are often unpleasant, and there’s no riveting plot or easily summed-up moral.

The central characters of Eggs are nine-year-old Dave and thirteen-year-old Primrose. Both are dealing with some parental loneliness: Dave’s mom died in a freak a
Jan 20, 2013 Trudy rated it it was ok
I would think someone who lost his mother at age nine would make a much more sympathetic character, but actually NONE of the characters in Eggs are very likable at all.

David, who loses his mother to a freak accident almost a year before the book opens comes off not as a grieving child, but as hateful, ungrateful, and mean person with a LOT of twisted notions about death. The child really needs therapy! Unfortunately, what he gets is shipped off to live with his paternal grandmother while his dad
Dec 09, 2011 Stephanie rated it really liked it
This story is going to sit with me a while. I'm not sure how I feel about it. Jerry Spinelli writes such interesting stories and he writes so well, but I rarely feel uplifted when I finish his books. I feel pensive and kind of sad. Maybe it's because so many of his characters are lonely or loners and/or misfits. Eggs has a more uplifting ending than Loser or Maniac Magee or Stargirl (in my opinion), but the happier ending seems abrupt. So much of the book is two lost characters - David and Primr ...more
Feb 05, 2010 Gregg rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
I had mixed feelings about this book. The two young protagonists just weren't very likeable. I tried to be sympathetic of their hardships, but they were so mean to each other and most of the people around them, I found it hard to feel much affection for them.

I felt especially sorry for David's grandmother who obviously loved him very much and was pretty much trying to fill the role of mother and father in his life but was treated with so little respect by David. On the other hand, I was bothere
Kelli Bragg
May 17, 2012 Kelli Bragg rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Reading a story where the two main characters are supposedly friends, yet treat each other so horribly, isn't my idea of a good time. Primrose was especially nasty (I had a childhood friend whose father had left the home and whose mother was an alcoholic, always passed out on the couch when we went to visit - she was a nice girl, so can't figure out the reasons P was so nasty, despite the book trying to imply it was because of her home situation) and David needed some severe discipline to remedy ...more
Haley Swan
Eggs was a pretty good book. This book really emphasized the meaning of friendship. David,the protagonist, has lost his mother and believes if he follows every single rule his mother will come back. Primrose,another main character, does not have her father in her life and her mother is a fortune teller who Primrose in the beginning describes her as 'crazy'. The thirteen your old girl and the nine year old boy ironically become the best of friends. There are many conflicts between them, but soon ...more
Dec 03, 2008 Twelfthstar rated it it was amazing
I just read this over Thanksgiving break. And my dad read it too. I love the author, though I've only read, let's see, 4 of his books. Eggs is truly unique. It covers friendship, death, hope, and kindred spirits.
Apr 09, 2010 Kate rated it liked it
“Friendship isn’t always sunny-side up.” That’s the tag line for Eggs, one of Spinelli’s more recent novels for grade schoolers. I remember reading some of his books back when I was in grade school, but to be honest they didn’t real do it for me then. Have I changed my mind now? Well… kind of. I had heard mixed reviews from some of my coworkers, but I decided to give it a chance. Admittedly, it was slow going at first. I couldn’t really get into the story of a young boy who has lost his mother i ...more
Dec 22, 2008 Elena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Daisha Dukes
Sep 15, 2014 Daisha Dukes rated it it was amazing
I loved the background of the book. It was quite a puzzle trying to figure the answers to the many questions they left included. This book was exceptional at including diverse emotions in a very limited amount of chapters. Also, the author focused mostly on the two main characters. The main characters have many similarities,however,they have differences too. The two main characters are named Primrose and David who are 13 and 9 years old. Each of them are trying to grow up too fast in order to fu ...more
Alec B.
Aug 09, 2011 Alec B. rated it it was amazing
Date Started: August 2, 2011 Date Ended: August 5, 2011

I read the book Eggs, by Jerry Spinelli. This book is about David. David is only nine years old, but he has gone through tragedies most people do not encounter until they are a grown adult. His mother died in a freak accident when a janitor didn't mark a wet floor clearly. She fell down the stairs head first, and never woke up. The two had made plans to watch the sunrise the next morning, but he never got to do it. David has sworn to himsel
May 05, 2012 Gwendolyn rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Ages 7 and older
Recommended to Gwendolyn by: Myself
Shelves: teen, drama
Primrose and David are an unusual pair. Although, colorful, rebellious, wild, and spunky, teen Primrose, with the hair like ropes, and purple glittery eye shadow, and curious, sad, and scared nine year old David make an odd couple of friends, they both have one thing in common: they are angry.
Primrose seems to be mad at everything, but mostly mad at her mother.
David is mad at his grandmother, and himself. David still hasn't gotten over his mom's death, and hates his grandmother because he thinks
Karen Ball
Sep 06, 2016 Karen Ball rated it liked it
David's mom died in an accident at work. His dad's job requires long hours, and so he gives David to Grandma to care for during the week -- and she lives 200 miles away, so Dad only appears on weekends. Angry, sad, and busy closing himself off to the world, David has no friends until he meets Primrose, a girl with one parent who is physically present (but otherwise absent). She's got a knack for practical jokes and working to turn something awful into something more tolerable, which is just what ...more
Apr 26, 2008 Kerri rated it liked it
Not a bad read about some very interesting characters. It doesn’t go into very much depth, but it would make a great read for a character study. I know, I know – sounds too “teachery” for you, but I think you might enjoy it as a quick reading vacation from anything too serious.

Summary: David has recently lost his mother to a freak accident, his salesman father is constantly on the road, and he is letting his anger out on his grandmother. Primrose lives with her unstable, childlike, fortunetelle
Nov 07, 2010 Viktoria rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010, children
Ein 9jähriger Junge, der vor knapp einem Jahr seine Mutter verloren hat, und ein 13jähriges Mädchen, die ohne Vater bei ihrer ziemlich verrückten Mutter lebt, werden Freunde. Eine ziemlich ungewöhnliche Freundschaft beschreibt Autor Jerry Spinelli, aber sie ist an keiner Stelle wirklich merkwürdig oder unverständlich. Sie beide kommen mit ihrer Familiensituation nicht zurecht und müssen das Fehlen der Mutter (Primrose glaubt, dass ihre verrückte Mutter sie nicht liebt und wünscht sich eigentlich ...more
Feb 19, 2015 Abigail rated it did not like it
Primrose and David are an uncommon pair. Although, colorful, rebellious, wild, and spirited, teen Primrose, with the hair like ropes, and purple glittery eye shadow, and curious, sad, and scared nine year old David make an odd couple of friends, they both have one thing in common: they are angry. Primrose seems to be mad at everything, but mostly mad at her mother. David is mad at his grandmother, and himself. David still hasn't gotten over his mom's death, and hates his grandmother because he t ...more
Nelly Stepanov
Mar 30, 2011 Nelly Stepanov rated it liked it
I thought this book was okay. It really reminds me of "Schooled", which I didn't enjoy that much either. Reading these books has brought me to the conclusion that I am not a fan of books about hippies or along thoose lines. I don't know why but I feel like books about those times, or related to those times are just soo cliche. Also, it annoyed me how the two main characters (the kids) are always arguing, making up, fighting, making up, calling eachother stupid, making up... I could go on forever ...more
Oct 17, 2011 Jane rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-books, children
A friend gave this to me and upon seeing the tag line, I thought it seems great. It says “Friendship isn’t always sunny side-up.”, and I like it. I’m in love with quotations. It’s cute. I mean, David’s mentality that if he keeps on obeying with all the rules, he can actually bring his mom back. And Primrose, who’s like a volcano who’s gonna erupt anytime. It’s unique how two people with different perspectives can be friends. David is motherless and wishes his mom to come back, while Primrose wan ...more
Nadia Lotfy
Jan 25, 2016 Nadia Lotfy rated it really liked it
I think that this book is 100% worth reading. The cover and the title really don't matter at all and I'm telling you, don't judge this book by it's cover because the cover is lame and the book is not. This book is about a boy that really hates his life because his mom died when he was very small. He thinks that his life is done and worthless but no. He meets a girl, not just any girl but a weird one, a very weird one. She makes him happy and she makes him do things he didn't want to do without h ...more
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When Jerry Spinelli was a kid, he wanted to grow up to be either a cowboy or a baseball player. Lucky for us he became a writer instead.

He grew up in rural Pennsylvania and went to college at Gettysburg College and Johns Hopkins University. He has published more than 25 books and has six children and 16 grandchildren.
Jerry Spinelli began writing when he was 16 — not much older than the hero of his
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“Of course, all of their words for a thousand years could not fill the hole left by his mother, but they could raise a loving fence around it so he didn't keep falling in.” 13 likes
“He still heard his mother's voice--"Davey"--rise like whisper-dust from unseen corners in the house, but it was no longer the only voice he heard. His ears were also filled with the voices of others--his father and Primrose and Refrigerator John and his grandmother. Of course, all of their words for a thousand years could not fill the hole left by his mother, but they could raise a loving fence around it so he didn't keep falling in.” 5 likes
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