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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  2,663 ratings  ·  299 reviews
With her trademark knowledge of what its like to be a girl, the author of "Perfect" and "Lush" pens an insightful, heartfelt story of a girl who must learn how to manage her life even when so many things are beyond her control.
Hardcover, Large Print , 192 pages
Published September 2nd 2009 by Thorndike Press (first published September 1st 2007)
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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 26, 2007 Samantha rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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
Elizbette Sanchez
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
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
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

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
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
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.
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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
Katie Pilmer
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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
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
This is a quick and a pretty enjoyable read.

I mean it's a quick read. It's only 192 pages long. The chapters are short.

Natasha has written a book that tackles two families coming together. With children gaining a stepmother or stepfather.

I found myself liking this book but NOT loving it. It was okay.

After reading the book I read several of the reviews and something I noticed that everyone thought it was unrealistic. Several of the concepts for me were like "come on really." For example they
Bailee Stones

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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
Tara Hopper
Mar 10, 2014 Tara Hopper is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Overall the book was ok. I wouldnt say it is a book for teens or young adults, but i view it as more of a book to reccomend to a young kid who is going through a similar situation as the main character in the book.

The main character, Evyn. A thirteen yearold girl living with her father and older brother, and imagines her mother in her toughest times. She goes to camp for a few weeks and comes back to a love struck father who is eager to marry a woman with 6 children.

As you can imagine Evyn does
thi book had a really strong beginning but as i read more things started to go really slow. I like how it was sort of a plot twist because i wasnt expecting for her to have to share a room with 2 other grls or her step brother is really popular. it seems like her life changed in a bad way whitch i wasnt to intrested in but im happy that she found good friends in the end. I was wondering how her old friends changed so fast. she was gone for a couple moths and they already moved on from her whitch ...more
I think I showed tons of meaning. It was a page turner and had lots of surprises.
Hailey M
I really enjoyed reading this book. It is a quick read with a light plot. I had a lot of fun reading it and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking to pick up something easy and fun. I only gave this book three stars, though, because it is not really a book that sucked me in and made me not want to put it down. I did like most of the characters and I would say that Natasha Friend did a pretty good job writing this. I would suggest reading this after finishing a really big or stressful book ...more
If you had a dead mom, would you talk to her? Would you tell her what is going on in your life and how much you miss her? Evyn does. But its too much for her and her mom to handle when her dad announces that he is getting married and they are moving down to Massachusetts. She wants to be happy for her dad but how can she live with a woman who is not her mom and already has six kids of her own? This book, even though short, was very complex in its own way. The author really describes Evyns feelin ...more
The book was an okayThe plot was very boring, yet it was kind of funny. The main character Evyn, she was very bitter because her mother had died. It had only been her father and Her older brother for the longest. When her father moved on and got married to another woman named Eleni. Eleni has 4 other children. So when Evyn and her family have to move in with that, she becomes even more bitter and sour. She hates that she has to share a room with two twin sisters who argue over every little thing ...more
Eveyn's dad, who they call Birdie, takes her and her brother Mackey out to dinner and drops a bomb - he is getting married. Not only is he getting married, but they are moving to another state, AND they will now have 6 new siblings!! Eveyn's mom died when she was one and it's always just been the three of them but now Eveyn has to share a room with her twin sisters. She doesn't fit in - not at school and not at home. She can't make friends and misses her old back yard, the ocean, her friends, an ...more
In this book Bounce, a girl named Evyn has a tough life. You see her mom passed away when she was younger. Her dad has found new marrying another woman,with her six other children. Now she has to deal with the fact that not only is she going to have another mother, but also she is going to have to adjust to all these new changes.

I can relate to this because my dad passed away and very likely like Evyn I had to put up with some adjustments too. You see,it's not the adjustments that Evyn
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
Ashley Manzueta
Bounce by Natasha Friend is about a girl named Evyn struggling with her life because theres so many changes to it. Evyns mother died when she was only 1 years old. Her father who she calls Birdie gets married to a women named Eleni and Evyn and her brother, Mackey, have to move in with her and her 6 children. Evyn was really depressed because she left everything behind in Maine and had to move to Boston and start all over again. Evyn gets so depressed that she takes a whole bunch of money from E ...more
Ruth Hanks
Evyn's mother (Stella) died when she was only a year-old. She still carries on conversations with her especially now when her dad springs it on her and her brother, Mackay that he is getting married. Not only do they have to move from their beautiful home in Maine to a cramped house with a tiny yard in Boston. They inherit six siblings. Evyn can't find a group of friends at the all-girls school, but maintains a sense of humor even in the bad times. Just when she thinks she will be accepted by th ...more
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A writer and full time mom, Natasha (Tasha, Tash) Friend has taught at the Brearley School in New York City and Ecole Bilingue in Cambridge. She also served as Director of the Brimmer and May Summer Camp in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

Her writing has appeared in "Family Fun" magazine and "Chicken Soup for the Volunteer's Soul." Tash lives in Connecticut with her husband and two little boys.

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