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Jessica Lost Her Wobble

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  61 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
J. Schlenker's debut novel, "Jessica Lost Her Wobble," a finalist in the 2014 William Faulkner - William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition.
"Jessica Lost Her Wobble" is psychological in nature. At mid-life, Jessie, the main character, after many upsets, moves to an island for contemplation of her life and to make a new start. While there she reflects back on her beginning
Paperback, 328 pages
Published December 13th 2015 by Binka Publishing
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Apr 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jessica, 'Jessie', was born in England - moved to the States when she was a young teen--
She married young - gave birth to Josh and Gina.
At age 45- she is divorce -her son has died - and she doesn't see her daughter very often.
Author J. Schlenker explores the psychological complexities of 'Jessie'. Most of the story is felt through her eyes. She's come to a crossroad in her life - lonely, yet quite familiar with being lonely.
By moving from New York City to a small reclusive island among other
Mar 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, favorites, fiction
This book, Jessica Lost Her Wobble is one of those books that you just want to know more and more about the main character. The book doesn't disappoint. A full life of memories, regrets, pains and love all wrapped up into one amazing book.

Jessica is middle aged when she moves to the island. The island where she had spent many times with her children. Her husband had not been there for her so it is a place where she can remember the times with her children while they were small.

She has seen a lo
Davyne DeSye
Jun 10, 2016 rated it liked it
First, the good news: I absolutely loved the characterization. I very much learned to love Jessie and all of the people she loved. I loved the island (although I never did figure out where it was) and, frankly, would like to become “one of the locals”… it sounds fantastic and right up my alley (being a bit of hermit, myself). I also loved the themes of starting over and forgiveness (even if it is only of oneself), and cheered for Jessie as she slowly “lost her wobble.”

Now, unfortunately, the bad
William Stinson
Dec 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read. Very well written and nice character development. The story keeps your attention and makes you want to continue. There is a underlying psychological theme that makes you wonder. I don't want to give away spoilers so I will not mention some of the twists that I liked about it. I highly recommend reading "Jessica Lost Her Wobble".
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jessica moves from New York to a small island to start her life anew. But all is not as it seems. The cover for Jessica Lost Her Wobble shows a rather peaceful scene. Does it fit the book? Yes, it does, but In no way does it hint at what is going on beneath the surface.

This story takes place in the 50s and 60s. There are cars, buses, and airplanes, but cell phones and the internet haven’t arrived yet.

Jessica is trying to escape her past and the tragedies she has lived through. Stressful things h
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Let me get this out of the way.. Buy this book and read it!!

Now, on with what it's about.. Jessica is a woman who has had hiccups in her life and is working thru them. Ups, downs, outright disasters, lovely high points. We get to experience it all. We also get into her head a bit more than the normal book, but it works. You also have to realize this book is set mostly in the 50's and 60's, so technology and things aren't up to date. This is in case you question some of the settings or happenings
Anne Carmichael
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was expecting another version of 'How Stella Got Her Groove Back', but J. Schlenker took us on an in-depth psychological examination of the midlife madness. So often, we all dream of running away to a deserted island to contemplate our out of control lives. We think that with age comes wisdom, but sometimes we find wisdom in the youth of a friend.

Read it. Perhaps you'll find some answers of your own.
Lucinda Clarke
Dec 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I had already decided to give this book 4 stars, until I got almost to the end and it is the ending that changed my mind. Although the beginning is intriguing I was curious about the title, even after the clue of the bicycle on the cover. I often wanted to shake Jessica, she seemed vey bland although her character is well drawn. The book is well written, but I can’t explain why I was blown away in the final pages without giving the game away. So it is 5 stars from me.
B.A. Spicer
May 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Both the cover (which shows a bicycle on a bridge), and the author’s plot summary set me on course for the tale of a ‘damaged’ woman who had moved to an island to begin a new life and who, metaphorically speaking, might lose her ‘wobble’. It was a fairly under-whelming premise.

The style of writing is explicit - there were no real surprises. I must admit that although the story of Jessie’s life on the island and her memories of when she moved to New York from England as a young girl are well-writ
Claudia Scholand
Jun 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The story of Jessica is so believable - I felt drawn to her and just could not put the book down. Little by little, the details of her life are revealed. You see the healing process begin. She comes to terms with her history and finds new love. The characters are believable, the story is incredible for a first novel. But don't stop! Read it to the end - all the way to the end. What a surprise twist -
Brenda Ricker
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An exceptional debut! Jessica draws you in and won't let go. A touching story which moves flawlessly between past and present, its ending will make you think--what is reality? A great read!
G.J. Griffiths
May 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book slowly drew me in more and more as my curiosity about Jessica grew, and her various life situations became revealed by the well-written prose from J. Schlenker. It is a book full of memories, romance, recriminations and hope. Jessica’s life throughout most of the book is focussed upon her attempts to come to terms with personal tragedies and disappointment by moving to live on an island. It is an island with a friendly community atmosphere that holds fond remembrances for Jessica about ...more
Barnaby Hazen
Apr 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: indie-review
My hands are twice tied in reviewing this book properly and critically. Firstly, I am light years away from "Jessica Lost Her Wobble" in my usual reading. I am not even sure exactly how to classify it; women’s literary fiction is how it was offered to me. Secondly, the well documented forbidding of reviewers spoiling twists means that I can’t critique any twist itself without becoming a villain. The way forward for my review then seems to be a combined rubric of what I think of the work in terms ...more
Ame Terra
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jessica might have lost her wobble but not me. Hell no. This chica is wobbling to hell and back. This is me apologizing for being a slacker and abandoning my book reviews for the last few months. I’ve been a bit preoccupied with something you may have heard of… it’s often referred to as life and sometimes it sucks. Enough wobbling bitch. Write the damn overdue review!

First, the title – Jessica lost her wobble. Wobble? What a great word for a really great book. By far one of the best titles I’ve
Laura Berlin
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was engrossed right from the start with the characters of Jessica Lost Her Wobble. A well written debut and read with a twist.
Aug 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Jessica Lost Her Wobble is a novel by J. Schlenker. The story takes place on an island off the coast of New York. The island is never named but it is quaint and rather reclusive in the late 1950’s. It is the story of a middle aged lady living on the island year-round. She has come to the island to figure out what she is going to do the rest of her life. She is divorced with a daughter and a son who died. Her ex-husband is of Italian descent and as such is very close to his mother. Rosa, his moth ...more
Kim  Daniels
Initially you meet the main character by every random thought she has however around Chapters 4 and 5 the story takes off and I’m never quite sure where it is going. The ending took me by complete surprise and the need to mentally go through her story and see the hints of more going on here than it appears. Suddenly the first several chapters make sense when at first they seemed trivial, when in fact they are not. Very interesting, could see it easily becoming a movie someday. Difficult to rate ...more
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It is not often that I will sit and read a book from start to end with hardly moving from my chair. An excellent read and one that no doubt, some could relate to. I rarely write what a book is about for fear of spoiling for others, plus the author has written a good synopsis. I do recommend.

I would like to thank the author for sending me an electronic copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review.
Mar 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
I went up and down with this book, moments I loved it others I thought "what a ho hum obvious story". Then I got to the end, no spoilers here but changed my whole perspective! Now I want to re-read it!
Mary Littleton
Jan 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
I found it very enjoyable with an unexpected ending.
Billy Buttons
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was entered in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. This is what our readers thought:
Title: Jessica Lost Her Wobble
Author: J. Schlenker

Star Rating: 5 Stars
Number of Readers: 17
Editing: 9/10
Writing Style: 9/10
Content: 10/10
Cover: 7/10
Of the 17 readers:
17 would read another book by this author.
12 thought the cover was good or excellent.
16 felt it was easy to follow.
17 would recommend this story to another reader to try.
4 felt the author’s strongest skill was ‘plotting a story’.
13 felt the
Sandy Quinn
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
It took me a few chapters to really get into the story. The main character Jessica is a very introspective person and the story is filled with her inner dialogues and her likeable attempts at being non-judgemental towards others. There are also other equally likeable characters throughout this book including Amy, Jackson etc. All in all a fairy tale ending to what started as a sad past that needed healing. *Spoiler Alert* Although the ending was a bit saccharine I much preferred it to the (to qu ...more
Joey Paul
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I picked up his book because I liked the sound of the blurb. I loved it from the start. The prologue was intriguing and as the story continued I wasn't sure where it fitted. The story itself was engaging and well-written. It made me want to know the mystery of that prologue. It makes you think one thing, before the story itself makes you think another. And then there's the three different endings. They were all amazing, and one matched up with the prologue. Overall a great book and very glad I p ...more
P.S. Winn
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am going with a four star on this book, although the ending is a definite five and something not expected. In the story, readers meet Jessica, a woman who has moved to an island from the big city to get her life together after a divorce and other tragedies.Through her reminiscences readers learn about her past. The story moves along at a steady pace and maybe that's why the twisted ending changes everything. the author writes with a great style that readers can curl up in a favorite chair and ...more
Cheryl Alsippi
Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jessica Lost Her Wobble is an enjoyable story about a gentle woman (Jessica) and the struggles she endures in her attempt to put her life back together after tragedy. The supporting characters are just that - very supportive of Jessica - and likable. There is a whopping surprise ending!
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
I liked Jessica's story but was not satisfied with the books ending. I would recommend this book.
Sep 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: j-schlenker
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Hock Tjoa
Jun 25, 2016 rated it liked it
This struck me as a readable and engaging domestic romance with Jessica as the main character. At forty-five, she has to be wary of yoga poses that might be too much for her body. She spends a lot of time on the island(s); by author’s prerogative, the setting is somewhat vague. Sometimes it appears that the mainland might be good for a late night snack, sometimes there are time differences to be factored in.

Much else is vague as well. The time is buried in the middle of the narrative; it is on
Dec 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a very intriguing novel, it pulls you into the life of Jessica/Jessie and shows you the struggle she is going through at the moment. In the beginning Jessie is dealing with loss and doesn’t seem to go beyond the grieving period, until someone makes her way into Jessie’s life. Then Jessie starts to learn how to love living again, and to overcome her insecurities, flaws and her past. You will follow Jessie through this process and see the people she will see again and meet for the first ti ...more
Jan 21, 2016 rated it liked it
This is a peculiar book - at least it was for me. I almost stopped reading in the early chapters because I couldn't get into it. The rest of the book was just a story and then at the very end there is an unexpected huge surprise. It is worth the read just to be befuddled at the end.

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J. Schlenker, a late blooming author, lives with her husband out in the splendid center of nowhere in the foothills of Appalachia where the only thing to disturb her writing is croaking frogs and the occasional sounds of hay being cut in the fields. Her first novel, Jessica Lost Her Wobble, published in December 2015, was selected as a finalist in the William Faulkner - William Wisdom Creative Wri ...more