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Living with Jackie Chan

(Jumping Off Swings #2)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  1,091 ratings  ·  156 reviews
After fathering a baby, a teenager moves in with his karate-loving uncle and tries to come to terms with his guilt — and find a way to forgive.

This isn’t how Josh expected to spend senior year. He thought he’d be hanging out with his best friends, Dave and Caleb, driving around, partying, just like always. But here he is, miles from home — new school, new life, living with
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published September 10th 2013 by Candlewick Press
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Read this in one night. It was beautifully written, with a very authentic portrayal of a teenage boy coming to grips with the harsh reality of his thoughtless actions.

Josh cannot stand to stay in his home town after his irredeemable (in his eyes) behaviour, so he moves to his uncle's apartment, (about 4 hours drive away) to finish his senior year in an attempt to get into College.

There was a book previous to this one which deals with the actions, but I hadn't read it, and didn't feel like I miss
Gary Anderson
May 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
“Then you have to claim it, Josh. You have to take ownership of whatever happened and learn how to live with it. And you can start by saying –“

Living with Jackie Chan is another excellent novel from Jo Knowles that begins by drawing readers in with an engaging premise and complex, likeable characters, and ends by presenting those characters with challenges that lead us to question whether we also have the courage to “take ownership of whatever happened and learn how to live with it.”

Josh, the ma
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved JUMPING OFF SWINGS and had been looking forward to this companion novel for a long time. You might think that build-up would be tough for a book to live up to, but nope - I loved LIVING WITH JACKIE CHAN just as much if not a little more. On the surface, this is a story about a teenaged boy running away from a mistake - after a one night stand that resulted in a pregnancy, Josh goes off to live with his martial arts loving uncle where he won't have to face his classmates - or her - and be ...more
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-fiction
Oh, I really loved this book. The writing itself is beautiful, and the story is incredibly compelling - I started reading my e-ARC last night and ended up staying up far too late and finishing the book this morning, because I just couldn't stop reading! This is a followup to an earlier novel (Jumping Off Swings, which I also loved), but it stands alone perfectly. It had been so many years since I'd read Jumping Off Swings, I really didn't remember any of the characters or details from that book, ...more
Mar 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favoritebooks
I have rarely enjoyed an author's work as much as I enjoy Jo Knowles's writing. It seems that every book she writes is so full of emotion and, more importantly, humanity. Her characters are always so well-defined and she is a master at getting the reader invested in the plot's outcome.

Living with Jackie Chan is no exception to this rule. Not having read Jumping Off Swings since it first came out, I was a bit hesitant to dive right into this book. However, I just had to read it and the library di
Cindy Minnich
May 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved Jumping Off Swings and was grateful to have an excuse to reread it and revisit the characters before I read Living With Jackie Chan.
I knew I wanted to know what happened to Josh after everything that happened in the first book, but I anticipated that I would hear more about everyone else.
As I started reading, I realized that this really was Josh's book.
Once I started reading and fell in love with these characters, I realized I was grateful for this.
Josh gets his chance to try to stay o
Chris Kervina
May 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, ya-books
Jo Knowles had me at hello. Seriously. This is the 3rd book I've read by Knowles, and I have a tough time walking away from the characters.

In this companion to Jumping Off Swings, Knowles tells the story of Josh and the year after the events of the first book. I say it's a companion rather than a sequel because Josh does not share the narration with anyone, which allowed me to be in Josh's head as he went on his own journey living with his uncle to escape his family life and the aftermath his ju
E. Mellyberry
Easily the best 5☆ book I've ever rated. I've cried and laughed at every page.

Josh's journey is heartbreaking. Jo Knowles is so amazing that she could turn a lost, assholish, cocky boy into a lovable, vulnerable, perfect and true karate man.

Josh and and his uncle Larry are the best main characters here. Sadly, Stella was a bit far behind these guys. Stella felt so contradictory to me, like I was reading two different girls than one. She felt so thin, and fake. But thank goodness, Josh alone, or
Brianne Honda
Dec 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Josh’s senior year is far from what he would’ve imagined. Instead of living up with his best friends, he’s living with his Uncle Larry at a new high school, where he know no one, leaving behind his estranged parents and the girl who just had his baby. His unknown child haunts him for the entirety of his stay with his uncle, but he refuses to open up about it to anyone, not even his cute neighbor, Stella. While Stella, his uncle, and karate classes he’s been taking seem to keep him busy, his mind ...more
Shaeley Santiago
How to get your life back together again during your senior year of high school... go live with your uncle in a different town so you can have a fresh start. While you're there, take karate lessons from your uncle so you stay occupied and out of trouble.

Even though I haven't read the book that comes before this where Josh gets into the trouble that causes him to leave home his senior year, I really enjoyed this story. I am interested to know, though, if high school boys would relate well to the
Jun 29, 2016 rated it really liked it

This is a phenomenal look into the life and redemption of a wounded teenager. Your heart will ache for Josh as he deals with his trauma as a teenager does...avoidance, denial, then crash and burn.

He's such a sweet kid, and Knowles, a master at tone and character development, doesn't disappoint. This is a companion book that doesn't waste time just goes.

So well done. Perfect for junior high and up.
May 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm really glad I got to see how Josh's life turned out after Ellie. He was so deeply torn over everything and I wondered how everybody turned out. Knowles stories really depict real life events with perspectives that made me look at life differently.
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I cannot adequately express how much I loved this book. Jo Knowles is a true artist.
Cathy Blackler
Jul 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Don't miss this one. Review will follow shortly.
Mary McFarlane
Aug 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Really good book, glad we got to see Josh's year after the baby I just wish there would be a 3 books in the series from Ellie's point of year of senior year!
Louise Phinney
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: recent-reads
Another YA book that was new to our library before the holidays. I started this one then stopped so I could read Turtles All The Way Down and Alex Wood Vs The Universe, but got straight back into it again. It is the second part of the story but it can stand alone - I didn't read the first book, but I will read it now because I enjoyed this one. Basically boy makes a mistake, boy moves and tries to start a new life, boy changes, boy tries to fix mistake. Some romance, lots about relationships, gu ...more
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Living with Jackie Chan is a book that I surprisingly enjoyed. It was a book that I couldn't put down and never stopped reading. It was about a teenager named Josh who spends his senior year at a different school because he cant face what he has done at his old school. He lives with his karate-obsessed uncle who ends up teaching him the values of becoming a man by owning up to what you have done. You get to follow his journey as he tries to get his life on the right path while balancing the hard ...more
Holly DeAngelis
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this novel by Jo Knowles. The plot was easy to follow, and the characters had a strong background. I really enjoyed the ending, and I wanted to read more even after this cliff-hanger ending that leave the readers desperate to find out what happens next. Knowles develops Josh as a good protagonist that many people can relate to as far as daily struggles, but most not as far as his current situation throughout the novel. Thus, I rated "Living with Jackie Chan" by Jo Knowles a 5 out of 5 ...more
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book, like really enjoyed it. There was so much raw emotion of what it is like to have a baby that you didn’t know you wanted to be taken away from you. The characters were so well built upon and I like ‘Sammy’s’ heartache towards loosing his child. Would recommend and would read again.
Alexandria G
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have just started this book and so far it has been very interesting. Sam, whose real name is Jake, moved because of a bad situation that had happened. He lives with Larry and he made Sam take a karate class with himself.
Angela Tramel
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved it , I would like that in the end Ellie and josh talk more but it still a great end.
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This 2nd book in the Jumping Off Swings series is better than the 1st.
Leonie Stephenson
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
A beautiful story of real life. Haven't read Jumping off Swings but I didn't feel like I had missed anything by not reading it.
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I didn’t know what to except but I really enjoyed this book! It made me laugh and cry, I also liked the way it was written!
Michelle (Pink Polka Dot Books)
Unable to deal with his past mistakes, Josh decides to leave the town where he grew up and move in with his uncle to finish his senior year. Uncle Larry is obsessed with karate and all things Jackie Chan and wants to help Josh deal with his demons. Josh thought that starting a new school in a new place would cure him of the pain that he's been feeling since Ellie gave birth to his baby and gave him up for adoption. Running away hasn't changed anything. It doesn't help that there is a baby living ...more
Mar 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
I would have to actually BE a guy to know if this reads true to the male first person point of view, but it certainly seems a good job by Jo Knowles to get inside the head of Josh, a guy with the role of knocking a girl up in the prior companion novel Jumping Off Swings. Jumping Off Swings by Jo Knowles What happens to that guy, the one-night stand who finds out he’s fathered a child? In this case, his trip to the hospital nursery didn’t bring him closure. Instead, it leads to so much guilt and self-loathing that he packs i ...more
May 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
The book I read was called Living with Jackie Chan by Joe Knowles. This is the sequel to the book Jumping off swings which has the back story of this book. It starts with a boy named Josh who is going to live with his uncle who loves karate and who has a big impact with him in this story. He moves there to start a new life and try to forget everything from his past life. During this whole book, his past has kept bothering him to where he punches a wall when he hears a baby crying. While living ...more
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May 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-arc, 2013
Jo Knowles is one of my all-time favorite authors, and she's proven why with Living with Jackie Chan. Jumping Off Swings was my favorite of Knowles's books, so I was ecstatic when I heard that we would get to revisit one of Jumping Off Swings's main characters in this companion novel. And while I didn't love it quite as much as Jumping Off Swings, Living with Jackie Chan is another great one from Jo Knowles!

The writing is always what's best about Jo Knowles's novels, and Living with Jackie Chan
Oct 27, 2017 rated it liked it
I would have loved to see how the other characters are dealing but Josh's perspective was interesting, too.
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