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Leap Day

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  3,966 ratings  ·  345 reviews
This fascinating, surprising new novel is full of everyday imaginations and truths in the life and future of every teenage girl, as it tells the story of soon-to-be-16 Josie Taylor, who was born on Leap Day.
Paperback, 208 pages
Published September 6th 2006 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published January 31st 2004)
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May 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book was so interesting! I loved how it told the story from Josie's point of view for one chapter, and then it switched and would tell you what everyone was thinking during the time they spent with Josie. There wasn't really a plot, because it just went through one day which happened to be Leap Day, her birthday. Even though the mysterious lake party wasn't as big as I thought it would be, I really enjoyed this book! I finished it in about two days because I just couldn't put it down. It re ...more
Jan 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-fiction
I should have known from the first page when the heroine talked about wanting a boy to feel her up that this wasn't the book for me. Call it morals. Call it decency. Call it "I will flip out and go bat-crazy if my daughter turns does this!!!"

No, fifteen-just-turning-sixteen wasn't that long ago for me; I got my first kiss then and was incredibly into boys, but I knew that there were limits and purity and deciding to be a virgin till marriage could save me from some heartbreak. So many of the cha
Apr 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Wendy Mass fans
Gosh, is there a single bad Wendy Mass book? This was amazing. I loved how creatively written it was, and the spirit of it keeps you reading. I loved it!
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Wendy Mass does it again! This book was eye-catching. The way she wrote it with chapters A and B, you get to really know what goes on inside each character's head. LOVE IT!!!!!!
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
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It wasn't quite a cringe book but it still was bad in my opinion
Amanda Bynum
Apr 15, 2011 rated it did not like it
This book wasn't really good enough to merit a long description or review. Here's what's I'll tell you: Josie is turning 16. It's February 29. And every chapter is split in two, with part A told from Josie's perspective and part B told from the third-person omniscient perspective of every other character who crosses her path throughout the day. It's a clever literary device, I'll admit - you get the inner thoughts of a lot of "unimportant" characters that really flesh out the story, and I did en ...more
May 19, 2008 rated it did not like it
This is very much a pre-teen/teen novel. It was at first annoying, then interesting to relive everything that happens through the eyes of other characters. I'm surprised at some of the thoughts and actions of the teenagers, perhaps forgetting all the goofy things I have done/thought at that age. It was a fast & easy read, and something I would have no doubt enjoyed when I was 13, but not so much as an adult.
Apr 28, 2010 rated it did not like it
My daughter and I agree that this book, which is written for the YA audience, was inappropriate. We made it through a chapter or two and gave up. Not worth it.
Dec 14, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2010
I don't have many amazing things to say about this book. It just wasn't all that great. Definitely unique, because how many times have you ever heard of a book where the main character has a birthday on Leap Day, the novel focuses on that, the entire novel takes place in one day, and you get to read about other, random people's points of view? Passers by. People that Josie has never really spoken to before. Exactly! Almost never! It's a cool idea, and it grabbed my attention at first glance. Too ...more
Mar 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen
Josie is extremely unique—she was born on Leap Day, so that means she only gets her real birthday every four years. This year she’s turning both four and sixteen, and it’s a big occasion. She’s going to try for her driver’s license, try out for the school play (where she wants the lead) and get initiated at the lake by her friends. Told in alternating chapters, we go through Josie’s day and see how her morning starts, what happens throughout the school day, and finally get to see what happens at ...more
An enjoyable read, although not quite as good (in my opinion) as some of Wendy Mass's other books. The story takes place over the course of just one day (Josie's 16th birthday, which falls on February 29th) - despite some plot holes and let-downs I think middle school girls would find it interesting.

The cleverest part of the book is the way Mass alternates chapters between Josie's first person voice and an omniscient third person voice which reveals the inner thoughts and motivations of the oth
megan fraser
Oct 19, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Read it!!!!!!!!! I love it!! It's about a girl whose birthday is on Feb. 29th, Leap day for those of you who don't get out a lot. The story takes place on her birthday and it basically tells about her very interesting life. What I love about it is that she tells something that happens and then in the next chapter the people around her (characters, I'm using my literary terms ☺) tell their point of view. Pretty cool.
Emily Krall
Jul 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is about a girl named Josie who was born on leap day. This books takes place on her 16th birthday or better yet her 4th birthday. This book was so amazing and I recommend it for all
Dec 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
It was a great book. I liked that it changed view from the main character, to everyone else.
Christian Shiels
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Despite some of the characters' ages and some of what happens in the book, this feels very middle grade. Honestly, it was kind of like watching an episode of a show like Lizzie McGuire or Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Cute but not particularly memorable.

I liked the two perspective idea though. I really found myself excited to find out what the other characters were thinking.
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Theoretical physicist Albert Einstein once said, “the person who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The person who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever seen before”. This quote pertains to the book “Leap Day” by Wendy Mass because both the theme and the quote discuss self-discoverment. This novel tackles the idea that in order for a person to be comfortable and understand themselves they have to stray away from the crowd and instead take part ...more
Robin J.
Nov 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
I'm just starting the book Leap Day, By: Wendy Mass, I have not read a lot but, I 'am almost at the first chapter. In this book their is a girl who's name is Josie Taylor and she was born on a Leap Day, the 29th. So she is soon going to be six-teen, But since her birthday is on a Leap Day it will be her forth birthday. My friend who was born on a leap day hate's it, because she is eight, but everyone else says she is only 2. Josie is so exited to turn six-teen, so she is picking out a really nic ...more
Mar 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
Not as good as I hoped, but very enjoyable. I probably would actually give it 3.5 stars.

I liked the main character, Josie, in the beginning, but then I started to not like her because she was really self-centered and thought she was better than she was. Also, her and her friend Megan didn't want to jeopardize their friendship for trying out for the same roles in a play or musical, but Josie was always the one who got to try out for the main character, not Megan! So unfair. They should've switch
Via Love
Mar 13, 2011 rated it it was ok
I have no praise for this book that you haven't already heard (it was unique, different, blah blah blah). But, I do have some critique. First off, I did not like the way it was written, how it went from pov to pov, from the main character to the pizza guy (not literally). I can understand if the author let us into the thoughts of her friends and family, but there was just too many random people who's thoughts and life stories I did not care to know about. Another issue was that the story didn't ...more
Laura Place
Sep 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Leap Day, by Wendy Mass, was one of the best books I have ever read. It's about a girl named Josie, and she was born on Leap Day. The entire book is set on one day, and that day is her 16th Leap day birthday. It starts in the morning, when she wakes up and makes her first birthday wish, and goes throughout the events of the day, such as taking her driver's test, participating in a huge scavenger hunt, auditioning for a play, and having an unusual party. I liked this book because it was really f ...more
Jessica Anne
Jan 22, 2016 rated it liked it
I read this book when I was about thirteen, and I've kept it on my bookshelf for over ten years. I'm surprised by how much I remember, and what little things got miscontrued--like this one line I annoyingly recall every time I put on hand lotion, about a babysitter's advice to pay special attention to your hands, because hands show age the most. But over time, my mind changed that to "pay special attention to your knees." What?

Anyway, still a solid book, covering a variety of important topics. D
Nov 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-o-week
this was more fun than your basic average book of the genre by the omnicient every other chapter. it was a really facinating literaru device, and it makes me wanna know what happens next to everyone. maybe a sequel for her 5th birthday?
Apr 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a really good book, I love how it is told from Josie's point of view. I like how it goes through every detail big and little that happen to her throughout her birthday. I love how in every other chapter it tells what the poeple were thinking as the things happened.
Jan 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really like this book because of the way half of the chapter is told from the main characters perspective and half is told from the outside perspective so you get to see what everyone else is thinking.
Mar 18, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: didn-t-finish, teen
I really like some of Wendy's books but this one I only read a few pages and was very disappointed. I guess it is supposed to show you teenagers thoughts and I don't know if I really want inside most teenagers head!
Dec 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: now-books
I love this new way to give a snapshot of someone's life. When my friend told me that it gave a paragraph in the perspective of each character the main character meets I thought it would be way too confusing, but Wendy Mass pulls it off. I really thought this was a great book.
Feb 27, 2010 rated it did not like it
HORRRRRRIIIIIIBBBBBBLLLLLLLEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i read a few pages of it, and BLAH it had every bad perverted thing in it! :( I was really disapointed!
May 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Elise Abrams
Oct 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Wendy Mass is the author of twenty-two novels for young people, including A Mango-Shaped Space, which was awarded the Schneider Family Book Award, Leap Day, the Twice Upon a Time fairy tale series, Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall, the Willow Falls, Space Taxi and Candymakers series. Wendy wrote the storyline for an episode of the television show Monk, entitled ...more
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“No I am not okay. I've just been pulled out of play tryouts where I had to be the first to audition and everyone's trying out for the same parts, I just had a very bizarre conversation with the school secretary, Megan may be throwing up her cucumber sandwiches, I've broken five of the seven deadly sins in as many hours, a demon may be inside a girl in my world religions class, Grant Brawner called me by name, my license photo looks like a dead fish, I have to drive my friends all over town in two hours when I've never even driven without Dad before, none of my birthday wishes have come true yet, and now you're here with muffins like I'm in second grade? So, no, I am not ok.” 13 likes
“May you fall from the top of the Chrysler Building and may people lean out their windows and hit you on the head with a baseball bat as you go by.” 1 likes
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