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3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  2,928 Ratings  ·  333 Reviews
From the author of PERFECT and LUSH, another novel that tells it like it is.

The perils of dealing with a new stepfamily are illuminated with the same Blume-like heart and wit that Natasha Friend brought to PERFECT and LUSH.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published April 15th 2009 by Scholastic Inc. (first published September 1st 2007)
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Jun 21, 2008 Anna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fiction
I would ideally give this book 2.5 stars since it really does fall somewhere between "it was okay" and "I liked it." This was my least favorite Natasha Friend book probably because it seemed the least realistic to me. I didn't really think there was a lot of character development so Evyn seemed really flat compared to Friend's previous protagonists. It was hard to see past her anger although I guess in this sense Friend may have actually nailed down the behavior and emotional capacity of a 12-ye ...more
This book was okay, but nothing special. The biggest problem with it was that many aspects seemed like plot contrivances and/or over the top.

The family that main character Evyn's father marries was very sitcom-y and stereotypical. They had that silly, very Baby-Sitter's Club thing going where there's a ton of kids who are basically the same ages in one family for the sake of plot contrivances.

There were other absurd things, too (like that Eleni couldn't be more of a Greek stereotype if you dip
Have you ever read Bounce, By Natasha Friend? Its a great book, its not boring, dull or anything in that category. This book made me actually feel more mature. I learned a lot from this book. This book will have you emotional, like watching romantic movies with ice cream. The genre is Realistic fiction, because events in this story, they can happen in real life. My final opinion on this book is that I loved it. I could relate to the character and I understood where she was coming from. *Spoiler ...more
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Dec 11, 2007 Samantha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any person who likes to read teen books
This book was a typical teen story but with a twist. This book was about the main character, Evyn, who lives with her father, Birdie, and her brother, Mackey. Birdie drops a surprise on Evyn and Mackey, he is getting married and they are moving from Maine to Boston. Evyn gets very upset at this decision and doesn't want to move in with complete strangers, but Birdie makes them move in with his future wife and 6 other kids! Throughout the book, Evyn has to deal with many problems like adjusting t ...more
Brooke Duppel
Jan 30, 2017 Brooke Duppel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book Bounce was about how Evyn's had a lot of problems during her life. For example it all started with her mother dying when she was a little kid. Also, now her father is marrying a woman that she doesn't even though that well. Her little brother and Evyn are being forced to live with her. She has 6 kids that are all pretty young. On the other hand, they just announced to the family that they are expecting another baby which is going to be very confusing for her because that means that she' ...more
Neila Fitz
Jan 21, 2016 Neila Fitz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Imagine if your mom passed away when you were little and had to deal with things like your dad getting married, moving, and having a lot of step sisters and brothers. If you have gone through these things then this book is for you Evyn a teenage girl wants to be left alone because not once did her father ask her what she thought about moving and him getting married.The genre of this book is realistic fiction just like all the other ones.
The setting in this book has a lot of settings but it mos
Elizbette Sanchez
Feb 27, 2015 Elizbette Sanchez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever been having a hard time trying to get over things? Or have you ever wished things were like in the past? Well the main character, Evyn, in the book Bounce has. Bounce is a realistic fiction story and an entertaining book. I personally really liked this book because I felt like I was really in the story. I actually felt all the feelings Evyn was.
Overall, I was really impressed by this book.

In summary, Bounce is a book about a teenage girl named Evyn. Her mother has passed away when
Dec 31, 2014 Ashanti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever went through trouble trying to get used to things, that changed? Well I've have , and I've also read a book about the situation. The book I read is called Bounce By Natasha Friend. This book is a Realistic Fiction book because what she is going through can actually happen to someone or has happened to someone. This book is a dramatic romantic book. Its mostly romantic but it's also dramatic.

This book is about a 14 year old girl named Evyn, whose mother passed when she was little a
Jun 23, 2009 Jocey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Bounce by Natasha friend is a book about a 13 year old girl. Her name is Evyn Linney. Evyn lived with her father and brother in Maine. Evyn has to move in with a new family when her father gets married. Her main internal struggle is that she misses her dead mother. Her main external struggle is that she living with people she doesn’t know and she’s starting to like them.
During my time reading this book I made a text-to-self connection. Throughout the whole book Evyn missed her mother. This rem
Emily Miller
Bounce is a fiction book by Natasha Friend. The story is told in first person, and the setting takes place in Boston. The main character is Evyn Linney and she lives with her dad, Birdie and her brother, Mackey in Portland, Maine. Since Evyn’s mom has died, she doesn’t know what it’s like to have a mother in her life. Because of that, Evyn goes from having a brother to being one of eight children with her new stepmother Eleni Gartos. Evyn’s dad and Eleni get married and decided that they should ...more
Nov 15, 2008 Tori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sweet little book. I can totally relate to Evyn's brother Mickey. All my brother ever does is play games on his computer and eat and he also can't speak english. It's usually grunts. But my brother is definitely not a twig. I didn't really think much of this book, it did take me two years to finish it. Okay, not really I just picked it up again, but it just kind of went by really fast. It was shortish. I don't know. It was really good though. But if anyone in my family ever made me move in with ...more
Apr 04, 2016 Taylor rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is my review on Bounce by Natasha Friend. This is a realistic fiction novel. The story takes place in mostly Boston, Massachusetts. This is about a young teen named Evyn. Her father falls in love with another woman after her mom's passing. Evyn, her brother and father move in with her and her six kids. She goes through a rough time adjusting to this new lifestyle. New school, new friends, new family. In my opinion, this book was "eh". I wasn't really interested in it. The theme of this boo ...more
Catherine Barroso
I really enjoyed reading this book. I love how the main character is a strong girl, but it's not like she's made out of steel. Bounce was a short book to read, in my opinion, but the author did a great job of expressing the characters well. I like how the story goes in a not-too-slow pace; it got me more engaged in the story. Maybe this was a bit too typical, but there's really nothing to hate about it. Even so, I truly did enjoy reading Bounce. I plan to read more of Natasha Friend's books.
Jan 31, 2014 Keziah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 27, 2008 CHEERBUG! rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jun 28, 2012 Celeste rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I showed tons of meaning. It was a page turner and had lots of surprises.
Lauren E.
Dec 16, 2016 Lauren E. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bounce Review

Imagine having your entire eighth grade year turned upside-down, when your father surprisingly tells you that he is getting remarried. Worse yet, he decides to tell you on your thirteenth birthday. This is a day that should be all about you, not him. In Bounce by Natasha Friend, Evyn Linney and her brother, Mackey, are forced to move from Portland to Boston to live with their father, Birdie, their future stepmom, Eleni, and her six children. Evyn has to leave her best friend, Jules
Jan 17, 2017 Danaja rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book "Bounce" by Natasha Friend is a very heartfelt story. Evyn the main character explains how her life was turned upside down by her mothers death and her dad moving in with a new women. I feel like this story will definitely relate to many of the readers because, there a lot of people out there who have to go through things like their parents getting divorced and e.t.c. So overall I feel lie this is an amazing book. Evyn and her little brother had already been through a lot starting with ...more
Nov 12, 2013 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Author: Natasha Friend
Rating: 3 stars

Ever since Evyn’s mother died it’s only been her dad, Birdie and her older brother, Mackey. They have lived in Maine their whole life. Everything was going smoothly after the death of her mother until many years later on Evyn’s 13th birthday. That night at Evyn’s favorite restaurant when she could get anything on the menu that’s when Evyn knew something was up. That is when Birdie dropped the shocking news. Birdie is getting married and moving in with
Jan 26, 2015 Jiyah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever tried to adjust to a different life?? Well your not alone, in this book bounce by Natasha Friend Evyn has to get used to a new life which involves dealing with a new mother, six other children who she has to accept as her new siblings through marriage. Evyn has lost her mother at a very young age.. when she was 5 years old, she has to consider the fact of going to a new school, making new friends and leaving her one and only best friend Jules who she has did everything with since t ...more
Dec 19, 2016 Tess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“‘Whatever,’ I say and start for the door. I don’t want to be here anymore.”
Evyn has talked to her dead mother and wished for a mother for as long as she can remember. In Bounce by Natasha Friend, Evyn’s dad tells her, out of the blue, that they are moving to Boston with his fiance and her six kids. Her dad drags her to Boston, enrolls her in a private school, and makes her live with a new mom and siblings. She hates her step mom because she looks like Betty Boop and tries too hard to be her mom
May 08, 2012 Taylor rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
By: Natasha Friend
Bounce is a non-fiction book with 188 pages by a lady named Natasha Friend. In the story a teenage girl named Evyn lives with her dad “Birdie” and big brother Mackey. When Evyn was only one her mother Stella died in a car accident. After a couple years, Birdie finally finds the right girl for him. Her name is Eleni who has six children already. Before they get married the whole family moves from Maine to Massachusetts. Evyn struggles with her new “to good, to preppy” mo
Bailee Stones
Jan 16, 2014 Bailee Stones rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

by Natasha Friend

Book Review by Bailee Stones

Imagine that a person you love very much passed away when you were only one year old. Not only are you alone with just your dad and brother, but your dad now has a girlfriend, soon to be his wife. You now have to move to another state, leaving behind you everything you know: your best friend, school, everything. In Bounce by Natasha Friend, Evyn’s mom died when she was one. When she finds out that she has to move to Boston because her dad decid
Virginia Tiah
How would you feel if one day one your dad decided to leave everything behind and move to a different state to be with his future wife? How would that have a huge impact on you? In the book Bounce is about a girl name Evyn who was force to move to Boston with her dad older brother and his fiancé and her six kids. In the beginning Evyn wasn't team Eleni and Birdie but overtime she grew to like it. She wasn't up for leaving her hometown and her best friend Jules because she thought her life was pe ...more
Annie Li
Rating: 3.25 - 3.5
It's a good book - especially after reading a stressful 600 page long one with a lot of action. This is initially just meant to be a quick read, but it turned out to be much better than I expected. Yes, it was cliche, but not to the point where it was incredibly predictable and overwhelming. This book didn't even need any cheesy romances to be good - it just was; a lot of authors these days use romance to hide the flaws of a book, but this one was subtle, and even though I like
Jul 05, 2009 Rachael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Evyn has never felt like she’s completely fit in, but she can generally make do. And she was doing just fine with her wacky father, her nerdy older brother, and her best friend Jules, but now her father is getting remarried. It’s been twelve years since Evyn’s mother died, but Evyn doesn’t want to trade what little memories she has of her mother for a woman she barely knows and that woman’s six children, not to mention a new home in an entirely new setting. It’s almost too much change for Evyn t ...more
Megan Anderson
I understand why this book has ha happy ending. It's supposed to be one of those books teens in similar circumstances can turn to when they're in need of advice or comfort. It's all supposed to be one big, learning, growing experience.

But having been in a similar circumstance as the protagonist (dragged across the country from a town and friends I'd grown up with to move in with a man my mother married without discussing it with my brother or me first), this book only succeeded in pissing me off
Dec 31, 2007 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 7th grade and up
Take note! This is probably the last time I will choose "2007" from the "date I read this book"!

This was the first book I've read by Natasha Friend and I highly enjoyed it. The sarcastic wit of the 13-year-old main character, Evyn, and her struggles to adapt to her new stepfamily in Boston, alternately had me laughing out loud and, I'll admit it, tearing up a little. (But then again, that happens a lot.) I thought that Evyn's issues with the "mean girls" at her new school were very realistic, a
This book is about a girl named Evyn Linney has a father who was going to marry a new woman. She faced the challenges of moving and moving into a new family. She used to live with her brother Mackey and her father who she calls Birdie because of his beakey nose and they lived in Maine. Birdie is going to marry a woman named Eleni Gartos who has six children who are; (youngest to older) Thalia, Linus, Ajax, Clio, Cassi (Clio & Cassi who are twins) and there's Phoebe. She goes to an all girls ...more
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Natasha Friend is the award-winning author of Perfect, Lush, Bounce, For Keeps, My Life in Black and White, Where You'll Find Me, and The Other F-Word. When she isn’t writing, she is building forts and making chocolate-chip pancakes. Natasha lives on the Connecticut shoreline with her husband, three children, and dog, Beckett.
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