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This fascinating, surprising new novel is full of everyday imaginations and truths in the life and future of every teenage girl, as it tells the story of soon-to-be-16 Josie Taylor, who was born on Leap Day.
Paperback, 208 pages
Published September 6th 2006 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published January 31st 2004)
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Janelle
Jun 29, 2008 Janelle rated it it was amazing
This book was so interesting! I loved how it told the story from Josie's point of view for one chapter, and then it switched and would tell you what everyone was thinking during the time they spent with Josie. There wasn't really a plot, because it just went through one day which happened to be Leap Day, her birthday. Even though the mysterious lake party wasn't as big as I thought it would be, I really enjoyed this book! I finished it in about two days because I just couldn't put it down. It re ...more
Amanda
Jan 11, 2013 Amanda rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-fiction
I should have known from the first page when the heroine talked about wanting a boy to feel her up that this wasn't the book for me. Call it morals. Call it decency. Call it "I will flip out and go bat-crazy if my daughter turns does this!!!"

No, fifteen-just-turning-sixteen wasn't that long ago for me; I got my first kiss then and was incredibly into boys, but I knew that there were limits and purity and deciding to be a virgin till marriage could save me from some heartbreak. So many of the cha
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Amanda
Apr 15, 2011 Amanda rated it did not like it
This book wasn't really good enough to merit a long description or review. Here's what's I'll tell you: Josie is turning 16. It's February 29. And every chapter is split in two, with part A told from Josie's perspective and part B told from the third-person omniscient perspective of every other character who crosses her path throughout the day. It's a clever literary device, I'll admit - you get the inner thoughts of a lot of "unimportant" characters that really flesh out the story, and I did en ...more
Posie
Apr 05, 2011 Posie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Wendy Mass fans
Gosh, is there a single bad Wendy Mass book? This was amazing. I loved how creatively written it was, and the spirit of it keeps you reading. I loved it!
Ala
May 19, 2008 Ala rated it did not like it
This is very much a pre-teen/teen novel. It was at first annoying, then interesting to relive everything that happens through the eyes of other characters. I'm surprised at some of the thoughts and actions of the teenagers, perhaps forgetting all the goofy things I have done/thought at that age. It was a fast & easy read, and something I would have no doubt enjoyed when I was 13, but not so much as an adult.
Ruhama
Mar 11, 2009 Ruhama rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen
Josie is extremely unique—she was born on Leap Day, so that means she only gets her real birthday every four years. This year she’s turning both four and sixteen, and it’s a big occasion. She’s going to try for her driver’s license, try out for the school play (where she wants the lead) and get initiated at the lake by her friends. Told in alternating chapters, we go through Josie’s day and see how her morning starts, what happens throughout the school day, and finally get to see what happens at ...more
Robyn
Jan 28, 2010 Robyn rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2010
I don't have many amazing things to say about this book. It just wasn't all that great. Definitely unique, because how many times have you ever heard of a book where the main character has a birthday on Leap Day, the novel focuses on that, the entire novel takes place in one day, and you get to read about other, random people's points of view? Passers by. People that Josie has never really spoken to before. Exactly! Almost never! It's a cool idea, and it grabbed my attention at first glance. Too ...more
Karen
An enjoyable read, although not quite as good (in my opinion) as some of Wendy Mass's other books. The story takes place over the course of just one day (Josie's 16th birthday, which falls on February 29th) - despite some plot holes and let-downs I think middle school girls would find it interesting.

The cleverest part of the book is the way Mass alternates chapters between Josie's first person voice and an omniscient third person voice which reveals the inner thoughts and motivations of the oth
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Emily Krall
Jul 29, 2016 Emily Krall rated it it was amazing
This book is about a girl named Josie who was born on leap day. This books takes place on her 16th birthday or better yet her 4th birthday. This book was so amazing and I recommend it for all
megan fraser
Oct 26, 2007 megan fraser rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Read it!!!!!!!!! I love it!! It's about a girl whose birthday is on Feb. 29th, Leap day for those of you who don't get out a lot. The story takes place on her birthday and it basically tells about her very interesting life. What I love about it is that she tells something that happens and then in the next chapter the people around her (characters, I'm using my literary terms ) tell their point of view. Pretty cool. ...more
Tiffany
Apr 28, 2010 Tiffany rated it did not like it
My daughter and I agree that this book, which is written for the YA audience, was inappropriate. We made it through a chapter or two and gave up. Not worth it.
Jessica Anne
Jan 22, 2016 Jessica Anne rated it liked it
I read this book when I was about thirteen, and I've kept it on my bookshelf for over ten years. I'm surprised by how much I remember, and what little things got miscontrued--like this one line I annoyingly recall every time I put on hand lotion, about a babysitter's advice to pay special attention to your hands, because hands show age the most. But over time, my mind changed that to "pay special attention to your knees." What?

Anyway, still a solid book, covering a variety of important topics. D
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Ashley
Aug 05, 2013 Ashley rated it it was ok
Not as good as I hoped, but very enjoyable. I probably would actually give it 3.5 stars.

I liked the main character, Josie, in the beginning, but then I started to not like her because she was really self-centered and thought she was better than she was. Also, her and her friend Megan didn't want to jeopardize their friendship for trying out for the same roles in a play or musical, but Josie was always the one who got to try out for the main character, not Megan! So unfair. They should've switch
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Robin J.
Nov 12, 2012 Robin J. rated it it was ok
I'm just starting the book Leap Day, By: Wendy Mass, I have not read a lot but, I 'am almost at the first chapter. In this book their is a girl who's name is Josie Taylor and she was born on a Leap Day, the 29th. So she is soon going to be six-teen, But since her birthday is on a Leap Day it will be her forth birthday. My friend who was born on a leap day hate's it, because she is eight, but everyone else says she is only 2. Josie is so exited to turn six-teen, so she is picking out a really nic ...more
Hannah
Jan 13, 2016 Hannah rated it really liked it
I really like this book because of the way half of the chapter is told from the main characters perspective and half is told from the outside perspective so you get to see what everyone else is thinking.
Laura Place
Sep 15, 2009 Laura Place rated it it was amazing
Leap Day, by Wendy Mass, was one of the best books I have ever read. It's about a girl named Josie, and she was born on Leap Day. The entire book is set on one day, and that day is her 16th Leap day birthday. It starts in the morning, when she wakes up and makes her first birthday wish, and goes throughout the events of the day, such as taking her driver's test, participating in a huge scavenger hunt, auditioning for a play, and having an unusual party. I liked this book because it was really f ...more
Via Love
Mar 13, 2011 Via Love rated it it was ok
I have no praise for this book that you haven't already heard (it was unique, different, blah blah blah). But, I do have some critique. First off, I did not like the way it was written, how it went from pov to pov, from the main character to the pizza guy (not literally). I can understand if the author let us into the thoughts of her friends and family, but there was just too many random people who's thoughts and life stories I did not care to know about. Another issue was that the story didn't ...more
Aya
Nov 30, 2015 Aya rated it really liked it
Josie Taylor is what her parents like to call a "leaper" meaning her birthday is never there for four years! It's kind of scary if you think about it, the day you were born ... Gone for that amount of time. Josie is a level headed girl who loves to act and hopes to one day be an actress, she really looks up to old time actresses and tries imitate the lifestyle of an actress. Josie recently turned 16 but feels no different from 15. She receives gifts from her so called leap mates and gives them g ...more
Bridget Davis
Nov 09, 2015 Bridget Davis rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Teenagers
Josie Taylor is our very colorful, main character in this great book. She is born on Leap Day (February 29th) which is extremely unusual. The setting for this story is in Orlando, Florida near Disney World. She has three best friends, Megan, Katy, and Zoey, as well as a lot of other school friends. She is also very close with her brother, Rob. Josie wants to be an actress when she grows up. So, besides getting her license on her birthday, Josie has tryouts for the school play – she is hoping to ...more
Maura
Mar 29, 2015 Maura rated it liked it
The book Leap Day is a stupendous book! It is about a girl named Josie Taylor and it is her 16th birthday. What is special about her birthday is that she was born on February 29th, Leap Day. Technically this is only Josie’s fourth birthday, but she will be 16 years old. Josie hopes that this day will be the best day of her life, but as the day progresses some unexpected things happen. It all starts when Josie goes to take her driver’s test, then deep secrets are told and truth or dare gets the b ...more
Hazellie
May 13, 2014 Hazellie rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-books-read
Good book, I really like Wendy Mass as a writer.

The book only covers that one day, Leap Day, the 29th of February that only comes once every four years. I never realized how interesting it would be to have a birthday on Leap Day, but it would definitely make a person unusual.

The story is mainly focused on Josie, the birthday girl, and her friends, but there are many side stories as well. The stories are very interesting, I like the snapshots into the minor characters' lives we might otherwise
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Bianca C.
Sep 29, 2014 Bianca C. rated it it was amazing
Leap Year is a book in one day The whole book spans out between one day, leap day, the birthday of the main character, Josie Taylor. Josie is a girl turning sixteen on Leap Day. She has to take her drivers test, have a party at the lake, audition for a play, attend all he classes, and take part in the sophomore scavenger hunt. This book changes point of view very other chapter from Josie, to the rest of the characters in the story. Her older brother Rob goes through a tough breakup with his girl ...more
Hadley
Dec 08, 2011 Hadley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: now-books
I love this new way to give a snapshot of someone's life. When my friend told me that it gave a paragraph in the perspective of each character the main character meets I thought it would be way too confusing, but Wendy Mass pulls it off. I really thought this was a great book.
Emily
Apr 05, 2013 Emily rated it it was amazing
This is a really good book, I love how it is told from Josie's point of view. I like how it goes through every detail big and little that happen to her throughout her birthday. I love how in every other chapter it tells what the poeple were thinking as the things happened.
Shannon
Jan 28, 2015 Shannon rated it really liked it
This book was a cute coming-of-age story! It was a little different than what I am used to reading from Wendy Mass, simply because the characters are older so it deals with some heavier issues. However, it would be a great beach read because although I was emotionally connected to the story, it didn't make me cry.
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I really enjoyed the insight this book gave into how we often assume what other people are thinking very inaccurately. We all think weird thoughts randomly, too. I liked how this book
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Ruby
May 01, 2016 Ruby rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rwr
Leap Day was a fun coming of age/ rites of passage book that really targeted the young adult age group and made it super relateable to their daily life in high school. Protagonist, Josie, was a very likable character which I think made it easier to have an enjoyable reading experience. The book dint really have a lot of drama or trilling experiences, but it was in some way refreshing to read and just gave it happy and stress free vibes. One thing that Wendy Mass does in all her books, which nev ...more
Harshita Rao
Feb 22, 2015 Harshita Rao rated it it was amazing
Leap Day by Wendy Mass is a novel about Josie Taylor, a girl who is born on a leap day. It describes her fourth birthday, and she is turning sixteen. Josie has a number of special events to look forward to.

Wendy Mass uses vivid descriptions to enhance her writing. She describes each detail of the book using simple and easy to understand vocabulary. She makes her writing relatable to the readers as the setting is a normal high school, with things readers experience daily. One aspect of the book t
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Elise Abrams
Nov 18, 2014 Elise Abrams rated it really liked it
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Caitlinleah
Nov 28, 2010 Caitlinleah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-o-week
this was more fun than your basic average book of the genre by the omnicient every other chapter. it was a really facinating literaru device, and it makes me wanna know what happens next to everyone. maybe a sequel for her 5th birthday?
Tiffany
Mar 18, 2011 Tiffany rated it did not like it
Shelves: teen, didn-t-finish
I really like some of Wendy's books but this one I only read a few pages and was very disappointed. I guess it is supposed to show you teenagers thoughts and I don't know if I really want inside most teenagers head!
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Wendy Mass is the author of six novels for young people, including A Mango-Shaped Space (which was awarded the Schneider Family Book Award by the American Library Association), Leap Day, the Twice Upon a Time fairy tale series, and Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, which earned a starred review in Publishers Weekly magazine. Her most recent book is Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall. Wendy wrote ...more
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“No I am not okay. I've just been pulled out of play tryouts where I had to be the first to audition and everyone's trying out for the same parts, I just had a very bizarre conversation with the school secretary, Megan may be throwing up her cucumber sandwiches, I've broken five of the seven deadly sins in as many hours, a demon may be inside a girl in my world religions class, Grant Brawner called me by name, my license photo looks like a dead fish, I have to drive my friends all over town in two hours when I've never even driven without Dad before, none of my birthday wishes have come true yet, and now you're here with muffins like I'm in second grade? So, no, I am not ok.” 14 likes
“May you fall from the top of the Chrysler Building and may people lean out their windows and hit you on the head with a baseball bat as you go by.” 1 likes
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