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The Not-So-Great Depression

3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  122 Ratings  ·  40 Reviews

Jacki's ninth–grade teacher is always going on about the unemployment index and the recession, but nothing sinks in until her mom is laid off and everything seems to cost more than they can afford. Acclaimed author Amy Goldman Koss delivers a warm hearted and timely tale about the things we lose and the insights
ebook, 272 pages
Published May 11th 2010 by Roaring Brook Press (first published 2010)
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Mar 23, 2011 Evy rated it it was amazing
Amy Koss's 'The Not-So-Great Depression' is the teen's-eye-view of the recent recession. Don't let the title fool you like it did me; though it is about an economy failing, I'm pretty sure they didn't have YouTube and Michelle Obama as the First Lady back then! Amy Koss gives the most amazing perspective in her book. Complete with the uncanny twists of things in real life, divorced parents, $600 prom dresses, a veggie garden, a broken foot, a mom who lost her job, and a girl who learns how to co ...more
Ninth grader Jacki couldn’t care less about the “Great Recession” that’s affecting the entire country. All she cares about is watching cute animal videos on YouTube and hanging out with her best friend. But when her mom loses her job, she’s in for a major wake-up call. Suddenly, she and her sibs have no nanny to pick them up after school. There’s no gardener to cut the grass, no maid to clean up after them, and they just might have to sell their house! How will her family survive? Flanked by a l ...more
Feb 04, 2012 Eileen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book tremendously. The teen narrator, Jacki, is someone you would like to be friends with - one minute she is trying to make sense of the ailing economy that is affecting her family, the next minute she is wondering when the cute boys she met in the park would appear again. The interaction between her and her older sister is something that is found in many families - the younger sibling adores the older one, the older sibling is busy, busy, busy with school, friends and growing up ...more
Mrs. Nelson's
May 29, 2011 Mrs. Nelson's rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jacki is a Southern California girl who really has not been paying much attention to her 9th grade social studies class. All the lectures about recession and unemployment aren’t terribly interesting until it all starts to happen at home. Private school, her sister’s college and soon her family home may all disappear when her mom gets laid off. How does a girl handle a broken leg, new responsibilities, and meeting a great guy when her world is changing so dramatically? Luckily the drama is handle ...more
Ashlyn Rae (TeenageReader)
Nov 29, 2010 Ashlyn Rae (TeenageReader) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
The Not-So-Great Depression was super sweet! I loved it! After going to the LA Times Festival of Books in April and hearing Koss’ read the first chapter of the book, I just HAD to get my hands on a copy. Jacki was absolutely hilarious, she literally had me laughing out loud. The Not-So-Great Depression was sweet and funny and real. This is the perfect book for middle graders to relate to and how they can understand what it means to go through “tough times.” You should definitely give this a try ...more
Jacki's family has suddenly hit hard times when her mother loses her high-paying job. They all have to adjust and make sacrifices, and in this case, it forces them to become more than they thought they were capable of in many ways. Funny, warm and not too over-the-top, I enjoyed this family and will look for more by this author.
Laura Martinelli
Disclaimer: The bookstore company I work for is really bad about getting advanced copies out. The main office will, on occasion, ship us a box of ARCs that have already come out or are coming in about two weeks’ time. In the case of this book (and several others), this was sent out in that time period…and was buried in my boss’s office for about a year and a half. This is a review of an ARC copy from that box; if there are any differences in the final printing, please let me know.

My HS Honors Ec
Iman Waqas
Sep 21, 2015 Iman Waqas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is by far one of the best books I've read. The author, Amy Koss, writes the book in such a way that you can relate to fourteen year old Jacki and really understand how one thing can change everything in your life.
The book takes place in a time of recession with a family of four. The mom loses her job because of the recent economic downfall and they have to make drastic changes in their lives to adjust and to survive. For example, they couldn't eat out every night so they all took turns
Karis (YA Litwit) Jacobstein
This is a great book, especially in these economic times. There is so much out there for kids in tough situations (being poor, sick, living in the inner city, having divorced parents, etc.) to relate to, but this is the first book I've seen that is relevant to kids who have grown up without wanting for anything, only to have this economy throw their families a curve-ball, changing their lifestyles forever. As a parent of kids in an expensive private school, I've have seen loads of kids have to l ...more
Newport Librarians
Jacki, the young teen who narrates the story of her family's sudden expulsion from the upper middle class, is a very appealing character. While her fancy lifestyle might at first be off-putting (for example, she and her siblings are chauffeured around by an au pair not much older than they are, and they seem to have every accoutrement of a California dream home), the tensions and struggles that all families experience soon come to the fore. Her parents are divorced and her father has largely dro ...more
Jul 11, 2010 Serena rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book had one clear purpose from the beginning: to educate kids on today's economic plight.

In that regard, the book succeeded brilliantly. Through the main character's teacher, parents, grandmother, and educated-but-testy older sister, readers learn everything they ever wanted to know about basic economics.

However there was the problem of the main character. Despite being written as a freshman in high school, she had the thoughts and actions of ten year old in a seventh grader's body. While
Alyssa Calhoun
Dec 29, 2011 Alyssa Calhoun rated it liked it
Shelves: new-winter-11
Jacki is a high school freshman whose world gets turned upside down when her mom gets laid off from her high paying job. Soon, they've lost half of their investments and are having to make some significant changes. Her parents are divorced, her older sister is set on an ivy league school and is perfect in Jacki's eyes until she starts leaving the house more and more, and Jacki's younger brother always has his music so loud he can't hear anything.

The storyline is this book is an interesting one,
I thought this was a really cute book. The main girl was pretty funny and I thought her positive attitude despite what was happening with her family was refreshing. It wasn't the normal doom and gloom you get a lot of times in YA books. It wasn't the fastest paced book but it was entertaining enough. Only a few swears (1 G), nothing sexual...clean and cute.

Things don't always happen how you hope they will...ninth grader Jacki knows this to be true as her mom is laid off and all of a sudden, mon
Doris Mei
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Oct 18, 2010 Jodysegal rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Middle school girls
When Jacki's mother loses her high-paying job, everyone in the family has to adjust to their scaled-down new reality. For Jacki the hardest thing is her sister's disappointment and anger, but the changes are difficult for her too. For one thing, her family has to sell their home and she has to change schools. But seeing as this is light fare, Jacki's family learns to work together and support each other. And it doesn't hurt that the boy from her piano lessons seems to like her.

The most compe
Madeline Stern
Jan 15, 2013 Madeline Stern rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
By Amy Goldman Koss
267 pages

Jacki is a ninth grade girl who's always cutting her hair. Her mom gets laid off and Jacki thinks its her fault because of her stupid piano recital that she begged her mom to come to! Well lucky for her she's got her sweet bestfriend Emily and the amazingly gorgeous Adam B. to help keep her depression under control. But when her mom gets a job offer in Wyoming Jacki does everything she can to prevent this from happening, I mean her realationship with guys just start
Recession, reshmession! Her teacher's talk about unemployment and the greatest depression since the Great Depression pretty much goes over Jacki's head. She's charmingly oblivious to the seriousness of the situation even as her mother loses her job and is looking to sell the house. But there are moments that give her pause, such as her sister Brooke not being able to buy a $600 prom dress, or hearing that her friend's cousin and aunt are essentially homeless. Still, throughout it all, Jacki main ...more
The book was about a girl who didn't take poverty seriously until her mother got fired and then everything went wrong. She had trouble with her sister always arguing with her mother. Jacki was a bit dramatic in my opinion over things, but she had reason to be. This book taught me how being in poverty has huge affect on everyone's lives: you, your family, and friends. This book was really good and taught me a life lesson to be thankful for what I have and its amazing that Fiction are able to do s ...more
Noor Hanis
Not a wise decision to read this book right away after finished reading The Hunger Games and the movie. I was like "THAT WAS MAHOGANY" and "MAY THE ODDS BE EVER IN YOUR FAVOUR". Probably I read too many YA novel before as I found this book a bit boring. There's a girl named Jackie who is struggling to live when her mother laid off. Maybe I should read this kind of books when I was on vacations. Lessons learnt!
Loretta Wadner
A realistic look into the life of a teenager during real hard economic times and how her family learns to adjust to their financial outcome. It has teenage humor, innocence and drama that go along with economizing. I like how the book helps middle school students relate to hard economic times with good lessons to learn.
Becca Lee
Overall, I enjoyed it. Sure I was slightly bothered at some parts (her obsession with YouTube videos of animals is odd), but I did laugh out loud as well during other scenes- Jacki’s naivety is comical. But when things click, they really click. It has a heart-warming ending that teaches a lesson as well.
Scribbler King
It was good, but the main character was childish and just plain lazy. I can understand her dislike of sports, but she could have done better on her schoolwork. It made me think that she really belonged in eighth grade.

Maybe the author wanted readers to connect with her, but I just ended up wishing she'd grow up.
Feb 19, 2011 Madison rated it liked it
This took way longer to read than I wanted it to. It was lame. But I was intrigued in the story line which is why I stuck with it. So this girl is supposed to be in 9th grade. Um. She did not act like it. Her little brother acted older than her. I was expecting to relate. But I wasn't able to because of how she acted.
Bina Artiste
Jan 10, 2015 Bina Artiste rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was great, a hard one to put down. I loved the author's love for Michelle Obama, learning about America's economy on borrowed money, and the overall zeal she has for life even though times are tough for her family. I love how she kept a positive head about things and had a great fun imagination.
It just didn't work for me at all. It took a topic that was so rich in being powerful and made it way too lighthearted. I disliked all of the characters and thought that while it WAS lighthearted, it was one of those books that was Trying To Teach A Point.
Jul 12, 2010 Patricia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen-fiction
What started out as a typical ditzy teen girl story turned into a cautionary tale about how we all need to be open to change, particularly when the economy takes a downturn & jobs are lost & lifestyles have to be adjusted.
Samantha Luna
Dec 10, 2015 Samantha Luna is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
The Not-So-Great Depression was a ok book. Some parts in the book were a little confusing like how the mom and dad got divorced but other parts in the book were alright. I would kind of not recommend it because it was a little on the boring side.
Brandi Bette
In which the economy crashes, my mom goes broke, my sister’s plans are ruined, and my dad grows vegetable and I do not get a hamster.

From Benicia Middle School Booktalks 2010-12
Benicia Public Library Call Number: JPB

Sarah Avallone
Feb 15, 2011 Sarah Avallone rated it liked it
Great topic for teens to think about. However, the author overdid it a bit when it came to how teens talk. It's safe to say you will get tired of reading a adverb/adjective combo over and over again. For example "excitedly excited". I teach 7th graders and they do not speak like that.
Heather Perkinson
Mar 01, 2011 Heather Perkinson marked it as to-read
Recommended by Ashleigh
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