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The Big Shuffle (Hallie Palmer #3)

3.69  ·  Rating Details  ·  165 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
“We’re approaching Cat in the Hat level chaos and no one’s even had breakfast yet.”

When the death of her father leaves her mother bereft and incapacitated, card shark Hallie Palmer returns home from college to raise Hallie’s eight younger siblings. Hallie’s older brother has a scholarship and a sensible major–which translates to free tuition and desperately needed future i
Paperback, 400 pages
Published October 31st 2006 by Ballantine Books
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Feb 26, 2012 Brittany rated it liked it
The Big Shuffle was a good book, but I didn't realize when I checked it out of the library that it was the third book in a series. If I had realized that, I would have read the first 2 first. But, the story was still good so by the time I realized it was later in a series I didn't want to stop with the story.

The main character is Hallie, the second oldest child in a family with 10 kids(yes, you read that right, I said 10 kids). The central point of the story is that Hallie's father dies, and eve
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Apr 20, 2009 3Brittany C rated it really liked it
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Hallie Palmer just wants to be a normal college student. But that idea has just flown out the window of the frat party she got pulled away from. Her dad just passed away, which caused her mom to have a nervous breakdown. The doctor's send her mom to Dalewood, the local mental institution, for rest and recovery.

With Dad gone, and Mom in the "nuthouse", Hallie is back in the place she worked so hard to escape, home. Now she has to arrange a funeral,
I was quite disappointed with this book. I'd just finished reading Heart's Desire, which was the prequel to this which I thoroughly enjoyed. I was so eager to read this book, but found it extremely un-intriguing (is that a word?) and boring with a forced plot line. The author decided to have Hallie's dad die?! Not that deaths aren't sad, but that plot twist seemed dramatic. If there were to be drama, shouldn't the characters be dramatic too? Hallie, Bernard and the rest of her family didn't even ...more
Jul 05, 2014 Laura rated it it was ok
This book felt like something I would have written when I was in middle school. Take a girl trying to start her own life in college, add a family disaster, and force her to come home and take over as both parents to 8 younger siblings. I always liked to write about large families because it was so easy - you have so many characters and so many possibilities of things that can reasonably happen.
I thought the story was a little unbelievable, the characters were all slightly annoying. I almost did
Liz B
May 17, 2008 Liz B rated it liked it
Recommended to Liz B by: Leanne
What a difference from the first book. The series has gone from quirky and funny to a Lifetime movie.

What follows feels spoilerish, but I promise, it isn't: the "spoiler" is revealed in the back cover blurb and happens in the book within the first 15 pages.

Hallie's father dies, her mom has a breakdown, her father has remarkably inadequate life insurance for someone who has ten kids, Hallie's older brother has a scholarship, and so 19-year-old Hallie has to drop out of college to take care of sib
Sep 30, 2008 Nian rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2008
This book is very overwhelming. Well, actually, the storyline is. Here’s a protagonist who has to drop out of college to take care of her eight younger siblings because her family is suffering financially due to her father’s death and her mother’s mental breakdown. There’s a priest who helps her tuck her siblings into bed every night and sends them to school in the morning. There’s a gay best friend for moral support. And there are Church ladies who stop by your houses to stock your refrigerator ...more
Oct 18, 2013 Amy rated it it was ok
I really enjoyed all the antics of the big family coming into play. All of the minor characters I found I didn't care about- but I didn't have the emotional investment from the previous two books. There is nothing on the cover to indicate that there are 2 previous books, or that it is a young adult novel. I always understood what was going on but sometimes had trouble keeping people straight. Adults come in and out to help Hallie as mere plot devices. I didn't feel that Hallie had much of an emo ...more
Oct 27, 2007 Krystal rated it it was ok
Shelves: chicklit
So far this book is a bit of a whirlwind. The beginning, which is where I'm still stuck at, has the father of 10 children from 10 week identical twins to 20 somethings dying of a heart attack and the mother unable to cope with the shock, is hospitalized so far.
I'm not getting a real feel for the characters yet, and thats always a hardship for me, but the story has promise.

This, I found out, is the third installment to the Hallie story. It didn't spend much time on character development, and I n
Jennifer Hodges Young
Hallie Palmer is away at school when she gets word that her father has had a heart attack, Hallie then has to quit school in order to take care of her 8 younger brothers and sisters.

This is a teen read and while parts are completely unrealistic flights of fancy the story for the most was enjoyable. As I a not a teen I felt Hallie's parents were completely irresponsible but since this book was about Hallie it deals more with how her fathers death affects her place in the family and the sacrifice
Aug 15, 2009 Kristen rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen-fiction-ya, 3-09
This is a very funny book. This is a teen fiction book, a genre I don't normally read, other than Sweet Valley High and Lisa Tucker's Shout Down the Moon, a book a read last year. This is set in Ohio which is a plus, and deals with life's challenges, from a loss in the family to life's surprises along the way and over a year. Lots of clever analogies and similies and metaphors with zesty humor. It's a good and quick easy read.
Aug 20, 2007 Jamie rated it it was amazing
i liked this book a lot! it was a really great story. it's all about this 18 year old who had to take over raising her 9 brothers and sisters when her father died and her mom couldn't cope. definitely shed some tears and just liked the book a lot. i'll probably need to read some other books by this author.

ps jessica this probably isn't a book that you want to read right now - go with a fun comedy!
Jul 05, 2008 Diane rated it it was ok
I did not realize that this was the third in a series and the author gives no clues as to what has happened before--it is if you have to be all seeing. I caught myself more than once thinking, wait, who on earth is this and why am I supposed to know all about him/her? Most series books do give you at least a little background but here there was none
Dec 20, 2009 Beth rated it it was amazing
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Milda Harris
Aug 27, 2011 Milda Harris rated it it was amazing
Good book! Loved Hallie - she was funny and I really enjoyed her narration! Tragedy turns her life upside down and she has to go from college kid to grown up immediately. There's sadness, but also warmth and humor! Loved it!
Apr 01, 2015 Rie rated it really liked it
This is the one where the dad (who is VERY HEAVILY implied to be abusing the mom via forced impregnation) kicks the bucket. That was a very satisfying plot point.
Sue Kozlowski
Nov 06, 2012 Sue Kozlowski rated it liked it
Hallie Palmer's father dies and she quits college to take care of her 8 younger siblings. She has a good friend Bernard, who is gay. They live in Cleveland, OH.
Jan 17, 2009 Manda rated it liked it
This book was ok. It was about a college girl who had to move home when her dad died to help take care of her siblings. Not anything great that I'd recommend.
Oct 07, 2013 Muff rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
The first two were better. Still, time spent with the Stockton tribe is never wasted.
May 18, 2012 Kallie rated it did not like it
Didn't finish- figured it wasn't worth my time 3/4 way through.
Jun 15, 2010 Jenine rated it liked it
supremely easy beach read. entertaining enough.
Kevin Connery
Aug 24, 2009 Kevin Connery rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
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Laura Pedersen was born in Buffalo, New York (one of "God's frozen people") in 1965, at the height of The Folk Music Scare. (For details of misspent youth see essay at 'Is there a Nurse in the Church?'). After finishing high school in 1983 she moved to Manhattan and began working on The American Stock Exchange, a time when showing up combined with basic computation skills could be parlayed into a ...more
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