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Girl Unmoored

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  449 Ratings  ·  125 Reviews
Apron Bramhall has come unmoored. Fortunately, she s about to be saved by Jesus. Not that Jesus the actor who plays him in Jesus Christ Superstar. Apron is desperate to avoid the look-alike Mike, who s suddenly everywhere, until she s stuck in church with him one day. Then something happens Apron s broken teenage heart blinks on for the first time since she s been adrift. ...more
Paperback, 325 pages
Published March 6th 2012 by Fiction Std, E Book
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Apr 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-deals
Had the voice not captured my attention faster than a tiger in a cage at the local zoo, GIRL UNMOORED would have been a three star read for me. But the voice spoke to me louder than a teenager projecting for the stage six inches from my face with spittle and grunts angled in at the appropriate moments for emphasis. Apron Bramhall proved as unique as her name, her red hair sticking out beyond her head, her choice of phrase more precocious than her thirteen years, and her spirit lifted high above ...more
Larry H
Aug 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Darn you, Jennifer Gooch Hummer, for making me cry while marveling at your storytelling ability!!

Apron Bramhall is having a tough time of things. It's 1985, and things aren't going as well as she'd hoped—her best friend decided she'd rather be friends with a more popular girl, her mother died not too long ago, and her evil stepmother is pregnant. But luckily, Jesus saves her—or at least Mike, the actor who plays the lead in a production of Jesus Christ Superstar and bears more than a passing res
Thank you to SparkPoint Studio and NetGalley for providing me a copy of this book for review!

I have to admit that I was very easygoing into this book. From the cover to the synopsis (that I lightly glossed over), I assumed that I was going to be taking a journey down a light and fluffy contemporary, perhaps a nice summertime read. I really didn’t expect the story to completely take me over and have so many issues in it. And this isn’t a bad thing at all — I’d say it was a pleasant surprise to g
Apr 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
GIRL UNMOORED is a coming of age story set in the 1980s. That alone earned my rapt attention. Then you have the first line: "Jesus was in his underwear."(pg.9) That line, of course, made me think "Wha...?", but I also laughed. I never expected, though, to be so personally moved by the story.

GIRL UNMOORED reminded me in a way of a movie, maybe My Girl. The story isn't the same, or even similar. It's more of a feeling portrayed, or brought back. This story is the summer of a young, impressionable
Aug 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. Dieses Buch hat mich wirklich berührt.
Alles was ich dazu sagen kann ist: Collige, virgo, rosas. Bleib noch eine Weile und pflücke, Mädchen, die Rosen.
Jacqueline Oestringer
Der Sommer, als Chad ging und Daisy kam - eine Geschichte über das Erwachsenwerden

die Autorin:

Jennifer Gooch Hummer hat nach ihrem Studium als Drehbuchanalystin gearbeitet und lebt mit ihrem Mann und drei Töchtern in Los Angeles und Maine. Für ihren Debütroman „Der Sommer, als Chad ging und Daisy kam“ wurde sie mit zahlreichen Preisen ausgezeichnet.


Aprons Leben ist in Aufruhr: Sie versucht, über den Tod ihrer Mutter hinwegzukommen, die neue Partnerin ihres Vaters ist bei ihnen eingez
Jul 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Die Handlung

Die Schule ist fast vorbei, der Sommer naht und Apron muss nicht nur den Tod ihrer Mutter verarbeiten, sondern sich auch mit ihrer neuen Familiensituation arrangieren. Die neue Freundin ihres Vaters, die Apron nur M nennt, ist schwanger und ins Haus eingezogen. Apron versucht ihrem Vater klar zu machen, dass M sie nicht leiden kann, stößt dabei aber auf taube Ohren und ihre beste Freundin will auch nichts mehr von ihr wissen. Glücklicherweise lernt Apron Mike und Chad kennen, die ein
Apron Bramhall is thirteen years old and her mother passed away six months ago. She lives with her father, a Latin professor, and his new girlfriend, Margie, who April will only refer to as M. She's feeling lost and lonely until she meets Mike, who plays Jesus in the local production of Jesus Christ Super Star, and his boyfriend, Chad.

Girl Unmoored is a very sweet story about a young girl growing up in 1985. Apron's only thirteen when she loses her mum and now she has to deal with her dad's new
Mar 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What a surprising book this turned out to be. I was expecting a quirky story about a girl named Apron but I wasn't expecting to enjoy it as much as I did. This story follows Apron as she goes through her life. Her Mom is dead, her Dad married her Mom's nurse who is a total b word and her best friend has a new best friend who hates Apron's guts.

This book takes place in the 80's and I didn't know that when I first requested this book for review. I'm not much of a fan of books set in the 80's, well
Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)
Did I enjoy this book: I really did. In fact, the first thing I said to my husband when I finished this book was "that was a really good book." Plain and simply put. I read this book every free chance I had...I put off household chores in order to read this book. I could not put it down. When I had to put it down, all I wanted to do was pick it back up again.

Girl Unmoored is told from the perspective of 13 year old Apron Bramhall. To have gone through everything that Apron has gone through in he
Laura Kay Bolin
Mar 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Apron Bramhall (yes that’s her name, Apron) is a girl unmoored. She recently suffered the loss of her mom, and now her father is preoccupied with his new girlfriend “M”, and her bff, Rennie has dumped her for a chance to be more popular. What Apron really wants is someone to save her…and who better than Jesus. More like Mike, an actor who plays Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar. Mike and his boyfriend Chad show up in Apron’s life when she needs it the most.
WTF Are You Reading?
This is a story that though peppered with a myriad of complex and often heartbreaking issues, never forgot that it was set in a world being experienced through the mind and heart of a young and for the most part, still very innocent girl.

Apron Bramhall has lost her mother to Cancer, her father to a Brazilian nurse's aide named 'M', and her bff has sailed off in search of the big fish in the popularity pond. So it is no wonder that Apron is having a few issues in the feeling loved and secure depa
Oct 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, young-adult
I LOVED this book! It is one of the best books I have read in a long time, and it has everything besides romance that makes a book good: parental drama, best friend drama, school drama, societal drama, etc. Here's the set-up: A young girl named Apron is being raised by her father and his Brazilian girlfriend "M" (Margee), who was her mother's caregiver before she died. M and Apron don't get along at all, and her father is so busy being a college professor he barely notices Apron, who ends up tak ...more
Feb 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-galley
“I swallowed a piece of my heart that was now lodged in my throat.” There was a lot of that happening in Girl Unmoored.

Apron's story was both sweet and sad, but mostly sad. Consider her life: a daddy who’s not all there plus a horrible step mom to be. A friend who is not really a friend, and a memory of things that doesn’t paint the most accurate picture of the past. She’s a sad kid, but a brave one.

But it’s that last aspect I liked: her willingness to put herself out there.

That said, ther
Lynn Reynolds
Sep 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, reviewed
Mirabile Fabulam! as Apron might say.

Apron is the delightfully quirky twelve-year-old heroine of Girl Unmoored by Jennifer Gooch Hummer. Her mother recently died and her dad is burying his grief in a pile of student essays - he's a Latin teacher. Worse yet, Dad has also decided to marry his late wife's sexy Brazilian nurse. About the only person who pays any attention to Apron is her eccentric grandma, who claims tiny people have been cleaning her house at night.

Then Apron meets Jesus. Well, r
Sharon Chance
Jun 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely fell in love with this book. Jennifer Gooch Hummer has created an adorable, feisty young heroine in Apron Bramhall. The seventh grader is still getting over the death of her mom, trying hard to deal with her dad's choice of a new wife, trying to understand why her best friend suddenly doesn't want to have anything to do with her, and all of the rest of the angst and agonies that girls have to deal with at that tender age. But she receives a little bit of help from the highly unusual ...more
Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an incredible story about facing loss and struggling with grief. Apron Bramhall is going through more than your typical teenage angst; set in 1985 when AIDS was only whispered about, she befriends a young gay couple in the midst of coping with the loss of her mother and the new girlfriend of her father. Throughout the story, Apron teaches her friends as much as they teach her - about love, tolerance, and moving on even when there doesn't seem to be a way. Without being tyranical, elemen ...more
Lauren Jarvis
Jun 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cant-finish
I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I have tried and tired to keep reading it and get into it. and I just cannot. The writing is really bad. The story line is often jumpy and the transitions of events or characters thoughts are often very loosely controlled. I found more then 6 grammer/spelling errors within the first 4 chapters.

I am a firm believer in finishing every book that i start because i like to give the writer the benefit, however this one i cannot go any further with.

I reall
Morninglight Mama
Jan 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A young narrator makes for some earnest and emotion-filled storytelling in this novel. Tackling several large issues from the small-scale perspective of a seventh grade girl, the book gives a nice snapshot of some common views in the 1980s as AIDS was first making headlines. Apron, in addition to possessing an odd first name, also unknowingly possesses a wisdom beyond her years, and an innate kindness that the reader keeps hoping will be recognized and somehow rewarded. Though it took me a coupl ...more
Tatum H.
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! I really got into it on the 2-3 chapter. Like any book it takes until the end of the first chapter to become fully focused on the novel. The ending was the hardest part. Seeing everything that Apron has gone through before she met Mike and Chad was hard but her life after she met them completely changed for the better. The plot got very suspenseful but this isn't an action novel. This book was so heartwarming I cried at the end.
Mar 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm so glad I stumbled on this book thanks to some deal I read last weekend. I loved it. Apron, the main character, makes you want to hug her and cheer on as life takes some bad turns. The book made me smile, laugh, and tear up. I definitely recommend this book as it is well written and an interesting story.
May 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I so enjoyed this book. I'm a huge fan of southern fiction and this book is in the same vein. Loved the quirky phrasing of Apron's thoughts. It's been on my Kindle as a to-be-read for a couple of years; I just looked back and I got it for free (score!), although the current price is 9.99. Even at that price, I highly recommend it.
Madison Chaw
Jul 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So blessed to come across this wonderful book. Could not put it down.. definitely one of my new favorites. I would recommend this to everyone looking for a heartwarming read. Thank you Jennifer Gooch Hummer!!
Jun 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book without reading the description, and I think that helped me enjoy it more. A fantastic story of a 7th grade girl in 1980s Maine with a very distinctive voice that does not come across in the description above. Could not put this down.
Apr 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the author's use of language and her characters. It left me in a puddle at the end, but well worth it.
Aug 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Das war schön <3
Rhonda Lechner
Aug 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
eine wirklich wunderschöne und traurige Geschichte. auf jeden Fall lesen! für Fans von John Green oder jojo Moyes absolut passend!
Jul 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
tolle Geschichte!!:)
Sep 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book about a girl named Apron Bramhall!
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Jennifer Gooch Hummer is the award-winning author and screenwriter for her debut novel, Girl Unmoored, which has been optioned for film. Her middle grade fantasy series, Operation Tenley; Book 1 of The Fair City Files, is forthcoming September 2016. Jennifer has worked as a script analyst for various talent agencies and major film studios. Jennifer lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their t ...more
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