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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  2,429 ratings  ·  282 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...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

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...more
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
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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...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...more
Bailee Stones

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...more
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...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
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...more
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
I liked this book because even though it is fiction, and even though the main character in the book, Evyn, is a little much (emotionally), she is going through a LOT, and I think the story realistically protrays what goes on in the life of an 8th grade girl, particularly one who is put through the wringer, like Evyn is.

The issues dealt with in this book are well-handled (the loss of a parent, the blending of two families, the loss of a pet, the aftermath of our words and actions, life at a junio...more
Kelly Muscat
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Natasha Friend has proven herself to be a genius when it comes to capturing the lives of pre-teen and teen girls. In this novel, she looks at the life of Evyn, a thriteen year-old girl who lost her mother when she was very young. Since then it has just been her dad, her brother and her. Their life is happy, if a little financially strapped.

That all changes one day when she and her brother come home from camp to the announcement that her father is getting married to a college professor and the fa...more
Laramie Davitian
The book Bounce, is about a young girl that has a father, and a brother. Her mother had died when she was young, but she thinks she can still sometimes see her when she's asleep. Evyn, her father, and her brother are all moving in with their fathers new girl friend. Poor Evyn has to deal with all this, and her mother, Stella, had told her to just bounce. Which in Evyns case, is meaning to just be careful and try to deal with Eleni and her 6 kids. Evyn sometimes goes in ther bed and tries to tal...more
Paige Y.
Evyn's life is torn apart when her father, Birdie, announces that he is getting married and Evyn, her brother Mackey are moving from Maine to Boston. Birdie's fiance has six kids and Evyn is rapidly thrust in to a large family. Needless to say, Evyn is less than thrilled with all of these changes. She has to share a room with two of her new stepsisters, and she's enrolled in a private all-girls' school where she has to undergo the typical mean-girls that many thirteens year-olds suffer through.....more
Despite losing her mother when she was a baby Evyn has grown-up in a loving family consisting of a geeky older brother and a warm, well-meaning father “Birdie.” On her thirteenth birthday, Birdie informs Evyn and her brother that he plans to marry his girlfriend Eleni Gartos and uproot the family from Maine to Boston. Moving households, leaving behind a best friend, and navigating the halls of a new all-girls school is challenging for Evyn, but these problems are only compounded by the fact that...more
Amelia Austern
I just finished the book Bounce by Natasha Friend. This book is about
a girl names Evyn. When her father gets remarried after the death of her
mother, he forces Evyn and her brother to move to a new city and live with
a new family and go to a new school. In the beginning, Evyn hates living
there and she doesn’t want to accept change. But at the end, she learns to
live with it and she learns to like them and like her school and her new city.
I liked this book. I thought it was really intressting...more
2013 Rebecca Caudill nominee. An interesting read for middle schoolers, primarily girls, and an easy read for anyone who needs uncomplicated vocabulary.

Imagine being Evyn--13 years old, living with her widowed dad and older brother in rural Maine, suddenly being told her dad is getting remarried, her new stepmother is providing her with 6 step-siblings, and they're moving to Boston immediately to begin life with their new family. Public school in Maine becomes a private girls' school in Boston...more
This one was a litte more light-hearted than the author's other two books (Perfect and Lush), but she still shows that she understands teens and how their brains work.

We meet Evyn, and her brother Mackey and their dad. Mom has been dead for many years and Dad is smitten with Eleni. So smitten that he gets remarried and moves his family in with Eleni - and her six kids! Evyn can't reconcile all her feelings - missing her Mom, not wanting to accept her new mom, dealing with a new school and new d...more
Paloma Paredes
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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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