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3.81  ·  Rating details ·  1,477 ratings  ·  236 reviews
Becca thought her life was over when her father was sent to prison for embezzlement. It didn't help when he used her as his excuse: "How else is a guy like me supposed to send his daughter to college?" She and her mother fled their town and their notoriety, started over, and vowed never to let anyone know about their past.

Now a senior in high school, Becca has spent the la
Paperback, 368 pages
Published November 12th 2013 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Dec 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Becca has competitive nerd friends, heh
also, even though she's lower class poor for [plot] reasons, it's still nice to have someone who isn't run-of-the-mill middle class and also not an abjectly impoverished plucky thief type character

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"But how is that fair, when the odds are so stacked against me?" Stuart asks. He stabs his fork a little too hard against his cafeteria tray. "It used to be, if you were a decent student, you did okay on the ACT or SAT, you could go anywhere you
The first book I read by Margaret Peterson Haddix was Running Out of Time in my Children’s Lit class. I loved it so much that when I was teaching 5th grade, I spent my own money and bought a class set so I could teach it rather than whatever the school had in storage for years to meet the fantasy genre requirement. Neither the students nor I regretted my decision. I grabbed this book at the library, along with a few other YA titles, so I would have a some fast reads while I recuperated from hip ...more
Apr 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Becca is a daddy's girl whos world is turned upside down when her father is arrested during her 8th grade year. From this branches a story of treachery, fear, and growing up. After the trials, Becca and her mother move to a small town in Ohio and start a new life. This book documents Becca's life after the trial and all of the dark details of the law and public.

Good points of the book
- Good characterization of main characters
- Interesting plot and take on the idea
- Moderately realistic
- Very e
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

My Summary: Becca thought it was the end of the line for her familly when her father was sent to prison for embezzlement and she and her mother were forced to pack up and move to Georgia. Now with college application time looming, she has a choice to make: use her past to her advantage and get into a good school, or keep quiet and stay under the radar like she's been doing for years.

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Mar 31, 2014 rated it it was ok
Haddix was my go-to author when I worked with elementary and middle school kids so high hopes for a true YA book from her. The premise had meaty potential. But the relationships between most of the characters didn't ring true. The consistently unpleasant dialogue between Becca her mother was equally unpleasant to read. I don't think you have to "like" a character to enjoy a book but I found Becca quite off-putting. The scholarship interview and setup was odd, awkward and added nothing to the plo ...more
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The book Full Ride by Margaret Peterson Haddix, is a very suspenseful book. This book is about a teenage girl who is attempting to go to college with a secret identity to hide from her past. When Becca, the main character, was young her father went to prison for tricking people into giving him money. Throughout the story Becca tries to find ways to attend college, but the poor conditions her and her mother are living in limit her options. During this time of finding a solution to be able to go ...more
Living in consequences. Living in stupid decisions. Living in hell. That's what Becca's life was all about. She moved away from a luxurious mansion after her father got arrested because of his crime. She had to move away from all her friends. She had to move away from her old life. She had to leave everything she had, just for her own benefit. Crazily enough, this isn't something that just happens in books, it's something that happens in real life.

Many criminal's families are deeply effected by
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After Becca’s father is convicted of federal money scamming crimes, she and her mother move to a small town in Ohio to start over anonymously, away from the cameras. Becca begins her freshman year hoping never to be outed as her father’s daughter. Her mother even changes her appearance, always in fear of being found. Now a senior, Becca wants to apply for scholarships to college. Secrets are about to be revealed.

I loved the premise of FULL RIDE, but the execution kept me rolling my eyes. Margare
Sarah_ E1
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing. A story about a girl with a normal life, but changes all of a sudden. From prison for her dad, to moving to Ohio, to new school, new friends and all of the struggles that's gonna be there. But things happen for a reason, maybe not just for yourself, but the result for other people too.
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
While the writing was extremely simple and the protagonist called her father “daddy” one too many times, I think Margaret Peterson Haddix has a unique skill of making any situation seem suspenseful and thrilling. She’s the reason I picked this book up at all, and it still gave me the rush some of her previous books did.
Callie Torgy
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
I thought the book was very good, in fact, I read it in one day. :) The ending was very surprising, but I do wish it ended a little bit different with more information on what actually happened. In the end, however, it was a very good book.
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Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5.0/5.0 my full book review is up! ...more
Jaina Rose
Jun 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
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The second time through, it's the academic parts of the story that grasp my attention. When Becca and her friends allude to ' rel='nofollow'>

Okay, okay, enough examples. My point is that I could totally own what Becca was going through, college-wise, and that Full Ride came alive to me in a whole new way because of it. But the really neat thing was that when I read it for the first time, I didn't have that angle and I still really enjoyed it. Full Ride is multi-focused enough that you could read it from quite a few different backgrounds, and get different things out each time. This makes it a
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Full Ride is one of the most intriguing books I’ve read lately. Margaret Peterson Haddix wrote a realistic fiction that helps the reader empathize with a teenager dealing with her father’s arrest, applying to colleges, and just trying to make friends. She wants to go to a good college, just like all of her friends, but has a much harder time and comes to realize that she isn't like everyone else and that may just be a good thing.

The main character and protagonist is Becca Jones, who is 14 during
Sep 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Full-Ride by Margaret Peterson Haddix. Simon & Schuster, Nov. 2013. ARC received for review.

Full-Ride by Margaret Peterson Haddix is a realistic fiction book in which a girl named Becca is getting ready to apply for college. The only problem is that her father is a well-known criminal. Ever since her father’s scandal, she and her mother had to flee their home in Georgia and start a new life in Ohio. Becca tries as hard as she can to fit in and stay under the radar, but with college applications
Sep 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
When it comes to reading Margaret Haddix, I either walk away with a win or a loss. Rarely does her writing fit neatly in the middle. My last couple of tries with her ended in losses, this one, however, was a pleasant surprise!
Full Ride follows the story of a young woman whose upper class life falls apart when it comes out her Dad embezzled all his money. He goes to prison....she and her Mom go into hiding. For her high school years, she flies under the radar, trying not to get anyone's attention
Dec 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Best Haddix book I've read in the past few years. After her last few middle-grade novels, I had begun to think I had outgrown her writing. Game Changer and the Found trilogy were interesting and had some good ideas, but their writing was just so simplistic!
But Full-Ride reminded me of Leaving Fishers or even Uprising in tone and style - realistic and thought-provoking with excellent pacing. Her depiction of the college-entrance phenomenon is spot-on. As someone who has recently lived through th
khadija saidka
Apr 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is about a innocent little girl named Rebecca. She lives in a small town with her parents. She is the only child. Her father has just been convicted of burglary. Becca and her mother lost all the friends they had. Everyone is talking about her family. Her dads picture is all over the news, tv, and magazines. They are trying to excape their past with small notice and have to face a challenge.

I disliked the fact that Becca had to go through something like that. It's very tragic. I like t
Katie Hammitt
Mar 22, 2015 rated it liked it
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May 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoy the fact that Ms. Haddix writes YA with female protagonists that are not love stories. I enjoy love stories as much as the next person, but there's something refreshing about the fact that she tackles interesting and intriguing issues with female leads that doesn't end with a kiss or center around a boy. Stress about college and the future is something very real and I found myself identifying with Becca's fear and anxiety about it all, even if my life is nothing like her circumsta ...more
Jul 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
I've been a fan of Haddix's books since I read the first few pages of "Among the Hidden." With "Full Ride," she did not fail to impress me once again. Becca, the main character, made you love her and support her fight to become a college student. The problem, or joy for the reader, was the surprises in store behind every attempt Becca made to continue her education. I never expected the various turns of events that happened throughout the book, and in turn found the book hard to put down. I'll a ...more
Susan  Dunn
Jan 06, 2014 rated it liked it
After her father is arrested and tried for embezzlement, Becca and her mom go into hiding. They already happen to have a generic name, but they leave their home state and relocate to a small town in Ohio. Terrified that someone will recognize her, Becca spends the next 3 years with her head down, making few friends and studying more than is normal. But can she ever escape the damage that her father did? As time comes to apply to college, Becca realizes that she may have to reveal her secret.
Isha Goel
Mar 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Dec 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: bks-grade-6-8
Sorry, I just couldn't get into this book. The main character was very annoying and whiny. The premise was just too unbelievable.
Maria Antonia
Mar 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
Basic Plot: When Becca’s father is sent to prison, Becca and her mother must rebuild their lives in a small town in Ohio. To protect themselves, they have to keep that deep, dark secret hidden. Three years later, Becca applies for a full-ride scholarship to college. Suddenly, the past is revealed and Becca’s whole future is at stake.

1) Becca is well-portrayed. I definitely felt for her, not only in losing her daddy to prison, but the fear she lives with trying to hide her true identi
Chloe T
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Full Ride
Margaret Peterson Haddix
Full ride is a story about Becca Jones and her troubled life from the summer between eighth and ninth grade forward. Becca's dad was arrested for embezzlement, and her whole life fell upside. Her father supported his family by owning a computer software company, but in truth he found scams, and call innocent people tricking them into giving money to some relative or friend. Becca had always been closer to her father than her mother, she acted
Ava Woller
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Imagine this. You’re just about to start highschool, and suddenly your whole life gets turned around. That’s how it was for Becca. Becca, your generic thirteen year old, didn’t know what was coming to her. Becca’s father went to jail for embezzlement, and it turned her life upside down. This lead to her fearing for her life. Becca and her mother had to get out of town. Fast.

One feature from this book I want to talk about is the relationship between Becca and her mother. Ever since the big move
Katie Johnson
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read Full-ride by Margaret Peterson Haddix. You think the book is about a girl getting a full ride scholarship but it’s much more than that, like the title has a deeper meaning to it. You realize that you're about to go on a full ride of a girl named Becca Jones life when reading this. You’ll read a lot about what she’s thinking and how she’s dealing with her situation. I kind of feel like most of the things she says to herself was just a bunch of filler but some of it does add to the story. T ...more
Jul 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
How easy would it be to go to college, when your father is one of the worlds worst felons? Rebecca Jones was a happy, rich teenager, because her father had a good paying job. One day her father was taken away and so was all of her and her mom's money. Rebecca is a very bright girl, and she is very strong, but she has a few problems. One is, she can't go to college, because her dad is a felon, and they don't have enough money. When Rebecca left her home, she was moved far away, to a little town, ...more
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Margaret Peterson Haddix grew up on a farm near Washington Court House, Ohio. She graduated from Miami University (of Ohio) with degrees in English/journalism, English/creative writing and history. Before her first book was published, she worked as a newspaper copy editor in Fort Wayne, Indiana; a newspaper reporter in Indianapolis; and a community college instructor and freelance writer in Danvil ...more

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