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November Blues (Jericho #2)

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When November Nelson loses her boyfriend, Josh, to a pledge stunt gone horribly wrong, she thinks her life can't possibly get any worse. But Josh left something behind that will change November's life forever, and now she's faced with the biggest decision she could ever imagine. How in the world will she tell her mom? And how will Josh's parents take the news? She's never ...more
ebook, 400 pages
Published May 19th 2009 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published October 23rd 2007)
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Ciarah
Oct 13, 2009 Ciarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When a young 16-year old girl becomes pregnant her world and life are forced to change. November Blues is the compelling story of a girl named November Nelson. When November's boyfriend, Josh Prescott, dies many people are affected. Two months later when November finds out she is pregnant she learns it is time to grow up. November Blues is told from two peoples perspective, Jericho and November. Jericho is the cousin of Josh and he has struggles of his own. With a baby on the way, lives are abo ...more
Angie Aguilar
Jun 23, 2010 Angie Aguilar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In my Opinion, If you are a teenage girl that absolutly HATES reading, but u have nothing else to do and decide, 'hey, today im going to read a book' but ur afraid ur not going to finish it cause again, you HATE reading, November Blues by Sharon M. Draper is the book for you!!! I swear, I can honistly say that This is one of my favorite books in the WORLD (For girls of the right age and enought macherity of coarse cause there is some talk of Sex, Womens bodys, and slang)

16 year old Novemver Ne
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Jessica
Dec 10, 2009 Jessica rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The Gateway Award is an annual award that goes to the best young adult ault novel of the year, as voted on by teenagers (but nominated by adults). Every year, I promise myself that I will read all of them, having something of a vested interest in YA literature. I never do quite get around to it. This year's going to be different, though, and I will review all of the books here, mostly so I remember which ones were good come voting time.

The first book I've selected, mostly because I happened to
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Keiann W.
Sep 24, 2010 Keiann W. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Polly
Jan 30, 2010 Polly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is from one of my favorite author Sharon M. Draper. No surprise, this is another good novel that I instantly fell in love with after the first few chapters. The theme of this book isn’t much unique from any other teen pregnancy book but I love how Draper writes everything that touches your heart and you can connect to the characters’ feeling frequently. It was about November, a high school girl who later realized she is pregnant after a few weeks that her boyfriend jumped off from the ...more
Kristen
Feb 02, 2011 Kristen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I just finished "November Blues" by Sharon Draper. Ugh, is the only way I can describe this book. I found the writing unrealistic and uninspiring. The longer I read the book, the more I felt like I was watching a bad installment of a Lifetime Original Movie. I wanted it to end soon after I had bought it for my Kindle. I kept thinking, this has to get better, it can't be this predictable... but alas, no. The plot was incredibly predictable, the language was unbelievable, and the characters were l ...more
Ali
This was really amazing. I'm the type that really hates reading and when I'm forced to I only read a little bit and never pick it up again but this time it was different. When I first picked it up I couldn't put it down. When somebody else had the book I kept on begging my teacher to get the book for me and when I got it I couldn't give it up. The book first started off with a twist and drama and so many people was hurt. It felt like I was getting hurt personally. Overall the book is amazing and ...more
Tim
Oct 08, 2008 Tim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Like the novel that precedes it, November Blues is very moralistic at the cost of character and story development. It did have a more realistic plot than the first one (for a high school drama), though I am just not sure why a teenager would voluntarily read a preachy, moralistic novel.

Also, Draper did a great job of expanding her audience. The first novel is pretty much of interest only to boys, but this novel continues partially from the point of view of the previous book's male protagonist, r
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Hayden
This is my first Sharon Draper book; maybe her other ones are better. The teen dialogue seemed stilted to me--basically, they talk the way adults talk, with the addition of a few uses of the word "tight" as an adjective. Also, it's another book about a pregnant African American teen.

Still, the cover is really good, and it will probably be fairly popular.
Meg
Surprisingly, a Draper book that did not live up to my expectations. Could be my age, or my opinions because I know my students have loved this one. Felt as though the dialogue was stilted and too "you go girl." Maybe even dated for slang. I would have sooooo re-written the ending. Oh well... she usually bats a thousand for me... guess I can allow for one that disappoints.
Vennetta
Jun 09, 2009 Vennetta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was by far the best book i have read this school year. Im could really relate to what Dawn was going thorugh in this book. Also i was so excicted to finic=sh this book because it was the last book of the collecton. I can offically say Sharon out did herslef with this book.
Laurie Niestrath
May 02, 2010 Laurie Niestrath rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting and timely book. This is the second book in the second trilogy about a group of students at Douglass HS in Ohio. The ending was surprising and should give readers something to think about in terms of relationships.
Aviana B
May 28, 2014 Aviana B rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think all kids of all ages should read this book.
Allison710
Mar 11, 2010 Allison710 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 7th-grade
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Stephanie K.
Oct 27, 2016 Stephanie K. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sweet little November, a typical teenage young lady whom had to face becoming a mother at a young age. Not only does she face hard times as a senior in high school. she is forced to be a single mother as her male friend Josh passed away. November endures a lot from being pregnant at 16 to Josh parents wanting to "adopt" the baby once she delivery. This is a good read for young teenager whom think they were life is over just because they made a big mistake. There is hope!
Lesson Plan: This book ca
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Samara
Jan 27, 2017 Samara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was about a young black teen girl by the name of November who finds out she was pregnant and would have to deal with it alone, seeing that she lost her boyfriend josh to a pledge that he did for a group. I really loved this book, because it spoke to young girls that deal with pregnancy and how it could change the, and their life so much, and when reading this book I just feel in love with the different characters really seeing how they helped November through hard times. I think Sharon ...more
Kaitlin
Feb 28, 2017 Kaitlin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book! The title fits the book well. November goes through the many "blues" that can come with teenage pregnancy.
Romy
Jan 27, 2017 Romy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book wrote really well
Mckayla Boeschen
Nov 07, 2013 Mckayla Boeschen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
November Blues was an intriguing story. This fictional tale is about a young teenage girl who gets pregnant after a series of unfortunate events. This book shifts back and forth between telling about November and telling about Jherico. November, a promising 17 year old girl with a bright future and a proud mother. And Jherico, a dedicated trumpet player with a cousin who was also his best friend. But both of their futures changed after Josh's death. In this book, November had a boyfriend named J ...more
Lavonna watson
Sep 18, 2011 Lavonna watson is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
LaVonna Watson
10/20/11
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SUMMARY: November Blues is about the story of a young girl starts off with the biggest secret of all November finds out she is pregnant. Her last night with her boyfriend she thought she loved was the night that would change her life forever. But now that he is gone, as in dead she realized that she never really loved him. But, she is too late. She is stuck with his child, and as 16 year old girl, she has to face her friends and family with this false love.

Nove
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Amanda Wyble
Jan 21, 2014 Amanda Wyble rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recently I read the novel November Blues by Sharon M. Draper. The story follows the main character November who is a junior in high school when tragedy strikes. One night her boyfriend, Josh, gets killed in a freak accident. About a month later November finds out that she is pregnant. November must overcome her grief in order to be the best she can be for her unborn baby. November struggles with herself in order to grow up quicker than planned. November is portrayed as the average high school gi ...more
Evette
Sep 20, 2012 Evette rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Critical Reading (junior book/realism)

November Blues

Sharon Draper

Genre: Contemporary Realism

Summary: 16 year old November Nelson isn’t feeling well the day after her boyfriend is killed in a hazing accident. She’s pregnant. This girl goes suddenly has to assume the role of a mourning widow and expecting mother in the course of one day. She struggles through premature hardships with her mother and the parents of her deceased boyfriend. Her mother is angry about the pregnancy while the other grand
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Lyric Bolen
Apr 10, 2013 Lyric Bolen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Thai712
Mar 07, 2010 Thai712 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: seventh-grade
Monthly Final Reading Response:

In November Blues, November has to strive to be the mature and intelligent young adult that her mother fits her out to be. Before she becomes pregnant at sixteen, she is smart and has plenty of common sense, things that her mom feeds off of. Her mom, sees her as a perfect daughter, and sometimes, it's hard to live up to that kind of position. When November messes up her high status by becoming pregnant, she finds herself in an awkward struggle to keep up with her m
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Katherine
Nov 13, 2011 Katherine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 12th-grade
Sharon M. Draper, the author of many young adult fiction stories, starts again with another one of her life lesson novels, November Blues. The story of a young girl starts off with the biggest secret of all, November finds out she is pregnant. Her last night with her boyfriend she thought she loved was the night that would change her life forever. But now that he is gone, as in dead she realized that she never really loved him. But, she is too late. She is stuck with his child, and as 16 year ol ...more
Tamiya
Oct 17, 2013 Tamiya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tamiya Matlock
A Worm in a Big World
10/17/13

Under what circumstances would you sell your baby? Would you do it to have a better life or to get a better education? Would you do it to save someone else or yourself? What about if you were only 16 years old?
In November Blues, the sequel to Battle of Jericho, November, a 16 year old, begins her senior year pregnant. As a goody Two Shoes, all-A student, no one expects this from November. November is very disappointed in herself because she knows that
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Isela
Jan 17, 2013 Isela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
November Blue’s
Book Review
Sharon Draper’s wrote the book November Blue’s. The purpose of her writing this book is to tell the audience, teenagers that sometimes teens make decisions that bring consequences later on. November blues talks to teens about what’s more common, teenage pregnancy. Sharon in her book talks about how everything changes when you get pregnant at a young age, how you need to grow up a child while you are still a child yourself. One of the impacts it has is that it talks abo
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Delray Beach Public Library Public Library
On the second novel of the Jericho Trilogy, November’s boyfriend, Josh, was killed about a month before, during a hazing/initiation ritual for a school team. Jericho was his cousin, but they were close like brothers. We find out right from the first chapter that November is now pregnant with Josh’s baby, who was conceived the night before Josh’s death. November now has to try to decide what to do and how to handle her situation while still grieving for Josh. Jericho is also trying to deal with t ...more
Jazmine Martinez
November Blues


November blues by Sharon M. Draper is a really great book. When I saw this book, it seemed so interesting and the front cover made the book more interesting. When I read the back of the book I immediately was shocked by what it was about babe, I just had to read it. I like a book that have to do with teenage drama and that’s why I choose this book.

This book is based on a teenager that has to make a decision on what she is going to do. November has a boyfriend names Josh and they
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Aniyah Hayes
May 11, 2012 Aniyah Hayes is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
i read the book november blues by sharon draper. it was i good book i liked it because i could in a way relate to it. it was sad but very interesting. it shows some teen what its like to be a teen mother, and also the ups and downs that comes with being a teen mother. it was sad to me because her babys father had got killed. then she was feeling lonely and confused because now she a single mother and not by choice. she had alot to coap with. she now has to be a mother and father to her child tha ...more
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Sharon M. Draper is a professional educator as well as an accomplished writer. She has been honored as the National Teacher of the Year, is a five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Literary Award, and is a New York Times bestselling author. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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