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Leap Day

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  2,957 ratings  ·  268 reviews
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
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
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
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
Ala
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.
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Ruhama
Mar 11, 2009 Ruhama rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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
megan fraser
Oct 26, 2007 megan fraser rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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.
Posie
Apr 05, 2011 Posie rated it 5 of 5 stars
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!
Ashley
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.
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
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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Laura Place
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
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
Kenny
I finished this book by Wendy Mass this past week. Basically it's about this teenager, Josie Taylor, who is having her birthday on Leap Day (Feb. 29) which occurs every four years. The reader follows her activities that day for the whole day. It is typical young adult plots where you see the protagonist deals with typical teenage stuff. The interesting part of the book is the style that was used. Each chapter would go back and forth from the protagonist's point of view, then the following chapte ...more
Hazellie
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.
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
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
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
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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Harshita Rao
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
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Caitlinleah
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
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!
Hanna
It was good. At the beginning, I didn't like it because it felt too fake-humourus. But as we got farther along, I became more addicted. However, I thought the ending was very cheesy and definitely not a good ending.
Gabrielle Hamouz
I thought that the book leap day was a very good book. The only think I personally don't like about it is that there was a chapter A and B, for example on chapter 1 there was chapter 1A and chapter 1B. Chapter A was like in the eyes of Josie the main character, and chapter B was in the eyes of everyone else. It was confusing at first, but once you start reading the book more you understand it.

This drama filled book was about a girl named Josie and she was born on a leap day. It was her 16th bir
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Ayesha J
Leap Day was a really good book. One negative aspect of the book was it had too many characters. I felt confused about who is who. I didn't know who Bobby or Sherri was. Another weakness of the book was the story only lasted one day. I want to know what happens later on, after Josie's birthday. I really liked how Wendy Mass has a chapter from Josie's point of view and then what is going of in everyone else's life. Another strength of the book was that it sometimes says what is going to happen in ...more
Bailey
HORRRRRRIIIIIIBBBBBBLLLLLLLEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i read a few pages of it, and BLAH it had every bad perverted thing in it! :( I was really disapointed!
Charlotte Ethridge
This book by Wendy Mass was an easy quick read. I found it very interesting and I could not stop reading it. Although it is a tad bit short, it contains a lot of details and is very descriptive. I enjoyed the way it went into every character's thoughts. I also enjoyed how it described the character's personalities.

Leap Day is about a teen named Josie Taylor who was born on Leap day. The book goes through the many activities that occur on her very special birthday. Josie is the narrator of half
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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.” 13 likes
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