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A high concept, cinematic read with a surprising twist, MINDERS asks the question: who is really watching whom?

Q: If the boy you love commits a crime, would you turn him in?

Sadie Ames is a type-A teenager from the wealthy suburbs. She's been accepted to the prestigious Mind Corps Fellowship program, where she'll spend six weeks as an observer inside the head of Ford, a tr
Hardcover, 395 pages
Published January 30th 2014 by Razorbill
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Minders is a futuristic story about a new science that allows a person to piggyback on someone else's mind. During what's called Syncopy, minders see what their host sees, read their thoughts, feel their pleasure and pain, however they can't control anything, and their host don't know they're being watched.

I was quite surprised by the depth of this story. For the most part, it comes off as a contemporary novel inside a sci-fi bubble. We're literally thrown inside Ford's mind; someone hurt, brok
Clover Donovan
Jun 19, 2013 Clover Donovan marked it as to-read

That is one awesome cover.

After reading both Ghost Flower and Minders by Michele Jaffe, I have no doubt that this woman knows the way to my heart and tear ducts because boy, did I sob after finishing Minders.

This book was everything I needed without knowing I needed it. I've been in a reading slump for months and Minders didn't only get me out of it, it also reminded me why I love reading so much. The excitement I felt while reading this was priceless. I had all different kinds of emotional responses to whatever happened
I don't know what it was about this book. It started out great. Sadie had a clear cut-personality, and while she wasn't super interesting, she wasn't infuriating either. The actual concept--these teenagers becoming observers inside the minds of lower class individuals--is pretty interesting, and it's introduced in an intriguing way. I wanted to know more about these technologies, and what it meant in the grand scheme of things.

Then Sadie enters Ford's mind. And it just goes downhill from there.

Review to come soon. Good moments mixed with meh moments. I liked the set up, but I wasn't in awe of the execution, which at times lost momentum. Nonetheless, I thought it was decent for the concept.
Amy Plum
What if you fell in love with the boy you were spying on...while trapped inside his mind? A riveting page-turner that kept me guessing until the very end.

You can pop me into Ford Winter’s mind any day. A sexy, futuristic tale of love and betrayal. I devoured it!

(I don't give stars to YA books, since that's the age category I write for!)
First of all, this book was well written. Its style, pace, plot, and characters were absolutely perfect and I'm tempted to rate this book five stars alone for those points.

But I cannot.

I'm a older teen. I'm not a older man that's disconnected from young adults lives by many years. I'm still in the middle of my Young Adult years. And I dislike reading "hate" comments on Goodreads and I'm doing my best not to make one. The sexual themes and explicit situations forced me to stop reading this book t
"When you're lost, every direction looks the same."

ooooooh. This one completely surprised me with how much I enjoyed it.
At first, I wasn't so sure about Sadie. And the general synopsis made me nervous. This could be silly fluff about a girl pining over a boy.

but before I realized it, I'd hit half way. And I was sure I was enjoying it but I wasn't sure I was loving it until...the crux of the plot hit and I realized how much I knew the characters. How I was rooting them on and hoping they won! Th
*Gave up approx 200 pages in*

Well, actually, I was going to finish it till I ran across a scene I was so disgusted with that there was just no way I was going to bother reading the rest of this.

But other than that:

Writing was fine.
Idea was so/so.
Didn't give a crap about Sadie.
Didn't give a crap about Ford.
Hated Plum.
Loved Lulu. And actually the best part of this entire book was Lulu and Ford's interaction with her.
Can't be bothered to remember the names of anyone else.

Set in the near future, Minders captivated me in a way few books do. Sadie Ames, a gifted, highly intelligent teenager, has to spend six weeks as an observer in Ford Winter's mind. Although she prides herself on being cold and analytical, can she remain objective?

Completely engaging and moving forward all the time, this book is a true page-turner. As it starts with Sadie being interviewed, it immediately gives the reader a good insight into Sadie's personality. She clearly wants to do well but s
Michelle Arrow
*3.5 star rating*

I've honestly seen this book everywhere I go, and I feel like it kept on following me, so I then decided to borrow it from the library to give it a go. Since August due to my crazy schedule, it has been stalling in my bookshelf waiting to be picked up and loved from. Minders was a psychological thriller, with some flaws in between. But overall, it was a great novel and a total change.

"He took a step forward, then another. Dread filled her. She wanted to close her eyes, look
Mary Manalastas
4.5 stars

I'm currently having one of those feelings where you wish you forgot you read a certain book and you could read it over again. To feel all those feels anew. To get all surprised because you didn't know what's about to happen. This book is just that. I'm having major book hangover right now. And i hate that feeling cause i'll probably be ending up in a book rut more or else.

I'm kinda regretting that I read the book in one sitting. I just want to savor and cuddle with it as long as possi
Sumiyya Abdul-Rasheed
5 out of 5 stars

What it's about:

I'm going to use the blurb from the book because I'm finding it a little hard to summarize.

"In a not-so-distant future Detroit, reading someone's mind is no longer just a fantasy

"An unflinching perfectionist, Sadie Ames is about to embark on every teenage girl's dream-she will be an observer in a boy's mind. Her task is to gather information for a corporation that is working to improve inner-city conditions.

"But as Sadie watches Ford struggle to peel back the m
Libby Wyatt
I'm being nice with three stars, it should be two but what gave it an extra star is literally the beauty of the cover. I struggled to get through this, trying to read it as fast as I could to finish it. Don't get me wrong the concept for the book was what made me buy it (no spoilers) but I felt that it could have been better executed. The love story was forced, like what did Sadie thank was going to happen when Ford found out that he had someone in his head? And saying that she loved him? What?? ...more
Mackenzie Goodwin
This book took me on a journey and made me feel things I didn't think I could emotionally handle. nothing is more terrifying than being in the mind of a teenage boy, but Sadie made it happen and to fall in love with him? that's rough.

I don't want to say too much and give something away, but I do want to let you know that Sadie and Ford ' relationship is like a grenade. it is deadly and bound to explode so you need to duck to avoid the shrapnel.

All that matter is that there is enough big pieces
Sheena Boekweg
First of all. The cover. Can we just stop and gush together?

Yes, I picked up the book because of the cover. I am a cover judge, and I am okay with that.

The book itself was pretty good. There was a lot of psychology in the characterization, in the science of the Minders program. I loved how capable and witty Sadie is at the beginning, and how expanding out of her perfect yet lonely world let her know what she was missing, and how much she hated her life. The villains were cool and the danger was
Originally posted here.

For me, this book had quite a slow start. When I began reading, I kept putting it down and flitting to other books because I felt like it wasn't what I had really expected from it. However, when I pushed through that reading stunt and started to get into it, I was absolutely gobsmacked. The characters, the premise, the weird romantic situation, all of it was incredible. I was so surprised by this book that when I picked it up again and carried on reading, I got through it

Wow. I have so many questions and I have no idea where to start, but let’s just say that reading this was a little like watching Inception. The question of What’s this was on repeat the whole time Sadie was in his head. In. His. Head.

I want to sum it up but don’t want to give anything away; plus given everything in it, I think I wouldn’t be doing this book any favors. BUT this is what I have got: there’s a program of some sort with two parties to it: one aware and the other not at all. Well, thr
Originally published in VOYA

Sadie Ames lives by the rules. Her thoughts channel down clean lines of logic, which is why she is so perfect for the coveted Mind Corps Fellowship. As a Mind Corp researcher, Sadie will experience Syncopy, which allows her to live within a subject’s mind while her own body is placed in stasis. Sadie’s subject is Ford Winters, an angry young man who is grieving the recent murder of his older brother. Despite her determination to remain objective, Sadie finds herself d
First of all, in all honesty, I was about to give this one a 2 or 3 stars nothing less and nothing more. However, because I loved the very last few chapters and the perfect ending, I changed my mind.

The idea of being able to be inside somebody's mind was really fascinating and interesting but there were some problems all along that sometimes, I just put in so much effort to continue reading this one. Thankfully, I am glad I continued reading. First, Ford was really intense and it was just great
Majo Ferro
“Minders” by Michele Jaffe was, indeed, a very pleasant surprise.

I went into this book expecting some half ass cooked technology, about mind control with very unrealistic and lacking explanations, but the truth is, I had my mouth shut for me.

The book is about overachieving and control-freak Sadie, who has been chosen for a special research facility that is very tenuous and very exclusive. She will be sent away for 6 weeks to live in someone else’s head. Literally. That someone is a very angry m
Zara Brumana
This was a bit weird. I wanted to like it more, I really did. The best way to explain what reading this feels like is that it's like listening to a friend tell you a story. Only it's that friend who doesn't know what parts are more important than others or how to make the information more palatable while the story is being told. I kept expecting there to be a humdinger of a finale but I ended up feeling like I had invested a lot of time for a mediocre payoff.

The lead female character is written
 Lianne Mei
It was an okay book overall. Overall I was not that thrilled with Sadie because I thought that she was too perfect of a person and I really could not relate to her. She has won a ton of awards, she never sees her parents (which is probably true for some people) because they are busy all of the time and she is wealthy. I also really really did not like Sadie's boyfriend and wished that she had broken up with him much sooner than she did. Her boyfriend was ready to take things to the next level an ...more
(Originally I gave it three stars, but upon further reflection, a 2.5 is what I feel this book deserves).

Reading this book was certainly an interesting experience. It has a hella good premise and the cover was just so pretty. Overall, I'm glad I read it though it wasn't as mindblowing as I hoped it would be.

Overall, I think 'good, but could've been better' sums up my thoughts. There were some interesting points bought up in the book and I feel like this probably would've been better suited to
I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book thanks to the Goodreads Giveaways.

I really liked this book. The plot was so unique, not like any other book I've read. Starting almost right away, I didn't want to put the book down. I just wanted to keep reading, find out what happened next. Great twists at the end that I didn't see coming at all. The ending was a bit abrupt, but overall it was a great book ☺
Rebecca Ann
Overall I enjoyed it, but it's definitely what I would call a "candy" read.

This book hooked me in the first chapter, then slowed way down only to speed up in the last half and just went completely crazy in the last 30 pages or so. I think it's fair to describe the pacing as erratic. The ending was rushed and disappointing in its hasty and melodramatic construction, but the majority of the story was easy to get into and the characters were likable.

The setting was futuristic but it seems more lik
Mrs. Kenyon
Sadie Ames appears to be the perfect candidate for the Mind Corps Fellowship program. She’s great at organizing and analyzing her thoughts, plus she has firm beliefs about what is right and what is wrong. She is accepted into this program and will now spend six weeks inside subject 9’s head observing everything he says and does. Ford is a trouble boy from the inner city and Sadie quickly falls in love with him. As she struggles between her feelings and the pull to remain an impartial observer, h ...more
Jul 13, 2014 XxForeverXx_XxVampire_DiariezxxLuvsSHERLOCKandSUPERNATURAL rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of novels about a dystopian society, a girl falling for a guy who she can't have.
Recommended to XxForeverXx_XxVampire_DiariezxxLuvsSHERLOCKandSUPERNATURAL by:, public library.
When I first started reading the book, I found it very unique and interesting. The plot, the ideas, and the way the book was piqued my interest and I was interested it in it. I did like the plot and everything. I have thought about being in a guy's mind before and feel and see what they are doing. Reading about it was better than nothing. I must admit that there were parts where I couldn't really get into it as much. But towards the middle and the ending, it started getting really good and I fou ...more
3.5 ..Minders was most definitely interesting in some aspects. The thought of vacationing in someone's mind is exciting and scary and nearly original. Ford was complex (ish) and Sadie went through a bit of character development. The only real problem I had with it was the little love thingy going on. She seemed to gain an attraction for him out of nowhere, then was borderline hysterical for him to love her. Sure, being that intimate would change a person's feelings, and sure it aches to be so cl ...more
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Michele Jaffe (b. March 20 in Los Angeles, California), is an American writer. She has authored novels in several genres, including historical romance, suspense thrillers, and novels for Young Adults.
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“I want to feel what pressures other people feel. Experience the world guided by someone else's moral compass. See and hear and taste with senses formed in a completely different mold than mine. I want to see what it's like to live someone else's lie...Someone else's life.” 5 likes
“Ford,” she whispered to him. “I promise I’ll leave you alone, never see you again. Just please, help me get you home.”
Still nothing.
“Ford!” She sat up, her hands gripping his shoulders, putting everything she had into it, all her anger and fear and longing and hope and love. “Ford Winter!”
So softly she almost missed it, he whispered, “Present.”
She laughed through her tears and hugged him. “Good boy,” she said.”
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