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3.52  ·  Rating details ·  675 ratings  ·  139 reviews
Heart-wrenching and real, Juvie tells the story of two sisters grappling with accountability, sacrifice — and who will be there to help you after you take the fall.

Sadie Windas has always been the responsible one — she’s the star player on her AAU basketball team, she gets good grades, she dates a cute soccer player, and she tries to help out at home. Not like her older si
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 8th 2013 by Candlewick Press
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Sarah Churchill
I REALLY enjoyed this book. It has a definite Orange is the New Black feeling about it, both the situation and the characters, and I loved all of the different characters and their relationships both in and outside of Juvie.

How Sadie ended up in there was a little annoying for me because it's just plain stupid, but I guess it shows how good people can get dragged into things... I don't know. But that was the only problem I had with it, otherwise I was totally entertained - funny, scary and emot
Nov 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Could have been great, but just turned out so-so. The first third really intrigued me, showing that going to lockup is a real experience, that one day a person is driving her motorcycle, and then later that day she's getting a red jump suit. Sadie has a fascinating, warm relationship with her three year old niece; the relationship with her sister didn't quite work as well for me, but these are real people. There are great issues raised - families, trust, the difference between guilt and innocenc ...more
Mindy Hardwick
Feb 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I've run a juvenile detention poetry workshop for seven years. We combine reading YA and memoirs with writing real life experience poetry. I'm always on the look-out for books that portray Juvenile Detention with both the harsh starkness and the occasional burst of compassion that you find among a guard or other employee working with the teens. I was happy to see the adults in the book portrayed as realistic. I also enjoyed the way the relationship between the girls on the unit played out--from ...more
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was all too real for me, as I could see so many of my students in the same position as Sadie, taking the wrap for a sibling who has lost her way.

This novel exposes the truth, that even good kids can go astray, for reasons that aren't even their fault.

The book alternates between how Sadie came to prison and the time before she turns herself in and what happens after she's behind bars. Her experiences express a real commentary on prison violence, prisoner mistreatment, rehabilitation e
Alisia Russomanno
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book actually surprised me and succeeded my expectations. I loved how real the story felt, it seemed to give a legit insight into what it would be like in juvie. The point of view its told from was extremely intriguing because it set the reader up to experience everything going on with and around Sadie.
Nov 03, 2017 rated it liked it
The book juvie by steve watkins, is About a young girl in high school who is going to juvie. Sadie the mains character was arrested for drug dealing even though the cops set her up for it. In the beginning of the story the book starts off interesting but has some parts that get boring. I would recommend this book to people like drama. The story goes through some conflicts but also has happy parts. BOOM.
Jenny Sawyer
Jul 01, 2013 rated it liked it
**Note: Video review to appear on on Monday, October 7, 2013.**

Certain books send me into fits of ecstasy. Books by authors I’ve loved in the past. Books with particularly intriguing premises. So yes, I pretty much had a fit when I saw that one of my favorite authors had written a new book that could be mine, ALL MINE, in e-galley form this week. I had to have it. I had to read it. I paced the floor of my apartment, racking up a solid half-mile on my pedometer, until the heaven
Samantha Tai
Sadie Windas has a bright future ahead of her. She's an excellent student, a star basketball player and has a great boyfriend. She's hoping to receive a basketball scholarship to whichever school her boyfriend, Kevin, decides to attend, so they can go to the same college together. Everything changes in one night, when she's in the wrong place at the wrong time. She has agreed to go to a party with her older sister Carla, who hangs out with druggies and likes to get high. At the party, Carla meet ...more
Apr 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Oct 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Sadie Windas is a responsible kid: a high school junior, talented basketball player, devoted girlfriend, and reliable daughter. Her older sister Carla, on the other hand? Not so much. A selfish single mother with substance abuse issues, Carla relies on her sister and their mother for lots of help in raising her three-year-old daughter Lulu. When Carla and Sadie are arrested by an undercover cop for their alleged roles in a drug transaction -- which is truly a case of stupidity and wrong-place wr ...more
Jenna Mihalcin
Dec 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
"Maybe I'm the only person awake in the entire juvie, or maybe every girl in every cell is sitting up on her bunk. rocking back and forth, the same as me."

Juvie is about 17 year old Sadie Windas. She's a good basketball player and an even better aunt to her precious niece Lulu. Her sister Carla is a troublemaker and Sadie is always checking up on her.

But, when Carla drags Sadie to a party, the girls somehow get caught in a drug bust that they had nothing to do with. Sadie takes the fal
Andrea Mullarkey
Oct 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Sadie Windas is the good daughter: the one who gets good grades, leads her basketball team, and stays out of trouble. Since her older sister Carla is constantly getting into trouble and her mother has to work multiple jobs to support the family since her dad left them to live a secluded hoarders’ life that is a big responsibility. But trying to keep her sister out of trouble gets Sadie into trouble herself when they find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time and get arrested for a drug ...more
Nov 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It was a great book for this genre. There is an exploration of good and bad--so many shades of grey. Is innocent the same thing as not guilty? This makes the book a great read for teens. Every decision a person makes can mean the words 'it is not my fault' are at least a little bit not true.

The story made me contemplate the fact that our judicial system has so many flaws. What a waste prison can be--really. You come away feeling that kids in juvie never get a chance to turn their lives around.
May 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Full review to come.

Juvie is a realistic but not depressing novel about one sister's decision to take the fall for a mistake for the betterment of her family. Sadie's experience in juvenile detention is by no means a pleasant one, but showed how a good person can make a mistake and still be a good person. It showed that there are all kinds of people in the world and they each have their own ideas of what "good" is. And it showed that people react very differently to situations like juvenile dete
Nov 29, 2014 rated it liked it
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I have mixed feelings about this book.

In some ways I loved it. I really liked the main character and I found the position she found herself in really fascinating. I found myself wanting to know more about her life and the decisions she had made to bring her to the position she currently was in. I loved how the story was told in flashbacks and enjoyed uncovering the story as I went along

However for me I wanted so much more. I felt very much like it was cut short and I was left with loads of ques
Apr 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
This is such an important subject that needs more attention from both authors & readers.

The storyline set in the Juvenile Detention Facility was often descriptive and compelling but veered off track on unrealistic events
ex stopping prison escape

Unfortunately the storyline flashbacks to life before sentencing lacked quality writing.

Family problems included addiction, divorce, & hoarding - while important topics they often detracted from more interesting topic of life in

May 27, 2019 rated it liked it
I mean, it wasn't that it was bad or anything, but... this book just felt, incomplete. Flat. A little underwhelming, I hate to say.

It started off as gripping as the premise promised, with a girl taking the retribution for her sister's mistakes - sort of - and giving up her ideal lifestyle for a family that doesn't love her as much as they should. The old technique of flicking between the past and the present every chapter kept the reveal of the incident and trial itself interesting, but as thing
Catarina ☀️
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
After surviving yet another dreaded reading slump I was in the mood for something light, quick and easy to read. While Juvie - a book centered around someone going to (and being in) jail - might not strike you as a "light" read, but rather a tough one, it was not. The way it was written made it an easy and entertaining enough read; the pacing was even, there was enough happening to keep me invested, and I really came to enjoy the alternating chapters (divided into "the past" aka. pre-jail and "t ...more
Jan 15, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book, but felt it got a bit slow and coasted to the end. However, I realize not every book needs exciting, page-turning suspense. :)

I have a student currently in juvie. I thought about her a lot as I read. I like how the book offers a raw and real (I think) look at what life is like for incarcerated teens. I love the element of family, and how those we are surrounded by and those who we enable have a direct impact on our lives. Can’t wait to see what my students think of this one!
Ray Adcock
Sadie spends 6 months in Juvie for a crime she didn't commit. She does this to protect her sister so her sister doesn't have to spend 3 plus years away from her daughter.

This book was a good, easy read. it wasn't earth shattering amazing but it's the sort of book that gives my head a break from more complex reads. it's not normally what I would go for but I'm glad I read it. I enjoyed the relationship with the characters. It was also a stand alone, so no pressure to go out and read more of a se
Nacoma Smith
Nov 20, 2017 rated it liked it
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Isabelle | BookwyrmBites
3.5 stars.

I thought the ending was too formulaic, with (view spoiler), though perhaps the intention was the whole "this is real life" 4th wall break. Too much surface-level conflict, but the moral/emotional dilemma was interesting and the writing was pretty good.
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
One of the main character Carla is a young mom, that finds herself in trouble. In result to that one of the other main characters , takes the blame. This book is one of my favorite because it displays a struggle of a young mother trying to find herself on the right path.
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
Finished in about 3 days. Very easy read. Relatable characters. Realistic details. Author writes from the point of view of a 17 year old girl perfectly. Would like to read a sequel.
Amber Chaseling
Apr 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Kind of okay.
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book.
Lani Jade
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Angel Marin
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I liked the shifts in time where they describe Sadie's experiences before Juvie and while she's in Juvie. The interactions between a lot of the characters are also enjoyable.
Feb 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
I have wanted to read this book for ages and ages (like most books these days!) and I finally managed to get my hands on a copy from the local library. It has the most striking spine and a very beautiful cover too and with my penchant for judging books by their covers, I was hoping for a killer read!
At first, I thought this book was going to be a bit of a mystery but it turned into more of an in depth study of juvenile prisons and the sacrifices people make in life; which, whilst it wasn’t what
Jan 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on my blog, Ashleigh Online.

I found Juvie to be gripping, insightful and honest, and the character growth was absolutely perfect. It’s clear that Steve Watkins has done his research for this novel, therefore giving the reader a realistic look at what life inside Juvie is like.

It’s not the most fast-paced of books, but I felt that the clever decision to alternate between past and present each chapter meant that I was hooked from the get go, wanting to find out more about the eve
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Steve Watkins is the author of Down Sand Mountain, a young adult novel published in October 2008 by Candlewick Press. Another young adult novel, Goat Girl, is scheduled for publication by Candlewick Press in spring 2011.

Steve is also author of a short story collection, My Chaos Theory (2006, Southern Methodist University Press), which was a finalist for the Paterson Fiction Prize, and an Honorable
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