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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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Sophie This book is about the main character, Josie, who was born on Leap Day. She is celebrating her 4th birthday (she is turning 16), and the book is…moreThis book is about the main character, Josie, who was born on Leap Day. She is celebrating her 4th birthday (she is turning 16), and the book is basically about her birthday. Not only do you get to the it from the perspective of Josie, but after each chapter is a smaller chapter where you get to "Leap" around into the others characters' heads to see what they are thinking.(less)
Sophie I would recommend this book to people about the age of 14 and above, because the is a pregnant girl, there is talk of characters who have had sex,…moreI would recommend this book to people about the age of 14 and above, because the is a pregnant girl, there is talk of characters who have had sex, there are some jokes that would be inappropriate for younger children, and there is a small amount of foul language. This book is a good book, but I would not recommend it to elementary and middle school kids.(less)
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Janelle
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
Amanda
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
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Posie
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!
-Firmiana-
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!!!!!!
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
Ala
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.
Tiffany
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.
Robyn
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
Ruhama
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
Karen
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
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Wendy Mass is the author of six novels for young people, including A Mango-Shaped Space (which was awarded the Schneider Family Book Award by the American Library Association), Leap Day, the Twice Upon a Time fairy tale series, and Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, which earned a starred review in Publishers Weekly magazine. Her most recent book is Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall. Wendy wrote ...more
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