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Sleeping in My Jeans

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  122 ratings  ·  43 reviews
Sixteen-year-old Mattie Rollins has it all figured out. She'll ace her advanced high school courses, earn a college scholarship, and create a new life for herself and her family. There's no time for distractions—no friends, no fun, and especially no boys.

But Mattie's brilliant plan crumbles after first becoming homeless, forcing her family to live in the confin
Paperback, 240 pages
Published November 13th 2018 by Ooligan Press
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Stephanie Fitzgerald
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Y.A. readers and older
A beautifully written story of a family who, because of circumstances beyond their control, become homeless and have to survive while living in their car.
What stood out for me:
The resourcefulness of the two sisters was amazing, considering their ages. The intense love they had for each other was touching.
I would recommend this for Y.A. readers and older; some of the scenes could be disturbing for young readers.
Memorable Quotes:
(Pg.26)-“Rain takes on a whole new dimension
Ari Mathae
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mattie's story was so touching and consistently heartbreaking. Mattie, her mother, and her sister struggle with houselessness after fleeing a domestic violence living situation, surviving in the family's car. This is such a hard and important topic, living in Oregon, and I'm honestly glad I read this book. The author navigated some really difficult topics and delivered a great story. ›
Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book broke my heart repeatedly, it felt very realistic.
Katherine Petersdorf
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Sleeping in my Jeans” by Connie King Leonard was a heartbreaking YA book about the struggles that impoverished family face, especially when they become homeless.
This book handles a lot of critical issues that our youth currently face including, but not limited to; domestic violence, homelessness, income vs. college, and the constant strife of seeking perfection to better one’s life. What made this book, so heartbreaking was the relatability to it. I have faced all of these categories within m
Misty Wilson read.fine.print
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
#bookreview #readfineprintreviews I really enjoyed this 2018 book Sleeping in My Jeans by Connie King Leonard. In it, sixteen year old Mattie, her mom, and her little sister Meg battle homelessness.

It’s a situation so hard for me, or a young adult, to fathom: a family balances precariously on a tiny paycheck and affordable housing, wobbles slightly when too many bills pile up, and then finally crashes and has to seek out shelter anywhere they can. This story shows you how easily it
Krystal Wilson
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don't write a lot of these reviews, but I really feel that this one should be required reading for anyone in education or who works with groups of young people (especially populations would are considered "at risk").

This book is so heartbreakingly realistic about the struggles of a pair of sisters when a turn of events (domestic violence) leave them homeless. Their mother is working two jobs and going to school, which leaves the girls to fend for themselves after school everyday which they do
Harrison Lee
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I grew up very privileged. I've lived my entire life in the suburbs, with a loving family, three meals a day, and a nice warm bed. So reading this was rough at times because I can never know what it's like to have the hardships the main characters have.
I constantly felt for the characters. I felt sorry for Mattie with her desire for a good education and a stable life for her sister and mother. I felt bad for Meg and tried imagining how I'd take these situations if I were only six years old
Dani Nicholson
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow, this book. A heart-wrenching reminder that we'll never truly know what someone else is experiencing. Leonard writes hopelessness and fear (and the feeling of a high school crush) so well. She made me completely invested in the story of the Rollins girls. Another awesome and very important YA read.
Claire Meyer
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was heartbreaking, realistic, and finishes with a bang. The suspense builds slowly, but the end is well worth the wait and will keep you glued to your seat. Though the book does succumb to some tropes and clichés, the story includes some unique twists and always keeps you guessing about what will happen next and what the characters' true natures are. The main draw of this book for me, was how exciting it was and how much it exposes the reality of homelessness. It's full of romance, hea ...more
Jul 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-fiction
Interesting, important topic. Boring title (unfortunately). Nonetheless, I would recommend this read to teens as it's a fast-paced melodrama of a young teen's life on the streets. The mother-daughter relationship isn't fully fleshed out satisfactorily, and the ending is highly unbelievable, but for young readers seeking drama, this is it.
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sleeping in My Jeans is an absolute fantastic read. I was truly impressed with the ways Connie King Leonard manages to hit the various themes of homelessness, family conflict, and being a troubled teen. I couldn't help but immediately fall in love with Mattie Rollins and her ability to stay strong enough for both her mother and younger sister as they fight to survive in homelessness and continue their search for a better life.

Leonard takes the reader through the journey of a young hi
Cameron Kelly-Johnson
A quick read with easily digested chapters, this is a book you can get through in one sitting and enjoy it. Its representation of living as a homeless teenager is well thought out and includes a lot of the intricacies of homeless life that many portrayals miss. It didn't beat anyone over the head with that issue either, it engendered empathy and understanding through exposition. The other issue, it was a bit of a blunt object and somewhat contrived. However, it was no more complex and idiosyncra ...more
Melinda Crouchley
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was an incredibly fast paced read with a set of strong but sensitive characters who are struggling on the lowest rungs of poverty. The descent that Mattie and her family take from housed to homeless and in peril is swift, but the story takes time to explore the fallout this has in Mattie's social and educational world.

The only sticky point for me was the climax. The entire rest of the story was so incredibly, viscerally rooted in exploring poverty and Mattie's increasingly despe
Emily Frantz
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I do not typically read YA, but this book does a great job of discussing poverty, racial discrimination, domestic abuse, homelessness, and human trafficking. The story begins with 16-year-old Mattie finding herself living out of a car with her mother and 6-year-old sister, Meg, after a domestic abuse situation. Mattie is a straight A student, desperately focused on trying to earn a scholarship so she can afford to attend college. The normal teenage struggles of boys, grades, and friends are all ...more
Bryn Kristi
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
16-year-old Mattie finds herself with her mother and 6-year-old sister without a place to live. Mattie is a straight A student, on track for college scholarships, since she believes a scholarship is the only way she could afford school. She struggles with some of the typical teen issues like boys and grades, and then with so much more, like living in a car. Mattie is mixed race, (her father was black) but her little sister is white. As their mother frantically searches for a place to live, Matti ...more
Marisa Thalberg
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For our Mother / Daughter book club. This was a tough read and the conversation we are going to have will surely be too. This is not YA fluff - the teenage heroine, Mattie, and her spunky 6 year old sister Meg are being raised by a single mom who is physically assaulted by her boyfriend with whom they live - and the three of them soon find themselves homeless, living in their car. Mattie is a young woman who is driven to rise above her circumstances, which prompts early thoughts about what it ta ...more
Sydney Kiest
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'll be honest, I don't ever read YA books. With that being said, this book did a great job of keeping me captivated. This story is suspenseful and mysterious, and I found myself wanting to keep turning the page. The best thing about this book is that it tackles important and somewhat taboo topics: houselessness and domestic violence. Sleeping in My Jeans is the story of a teenage girl who is forced out of her home when her mother walks away from her partner after a domestic dispute that turns p ...more
Mimi Fintel
Jan 24, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a young adult novel focusing on the problem of homelessness. The mom and her two daughters are living with mom's boyfriend when the story opens. Domestic violence at the boyfriend's house sends mom and the girls out on the street where their only option is sleeping in their car. This book is a work of a fiction but the author did want to shed light on the dual problems of homelessness and sex trafficking which she researched (especially in the West Coast area where the story takes place. ...more
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I feel compelled to remark upon the fact that this author managed to touch on many difficult topics in such a brutally honest, yet heartfelt way, all in the span of 230 pages. That is talent. Mattie's story is compelling and allows the reader to be fully immersed in what is like to be a homeless teen. It is a problem that is not often talked about as honestly as this book is written, and I hope Sleeping In My Jeans furthers the dialogue on the homelessness epidemic.
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, survival
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Emma-Kate Schaake
Jun 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, young-adult
A local, Willamette Valley author shedding light on the present, scary, and devastating reality of teen homelessness and sex trafficking. How could
I have grown up in the West Coast Track and have no idea? :( Mattie fighting for her little sister and mom in terrible circumstances was inspiring and heartbreaking.

The writing itself was pretty YA, which makes sense considering the author’s elementary and middle school background, but that would make it very accessible for teen read
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was a good book. The details were smooth throughout the story. Many of the people in this book had nice backstories and were very relatable. I love hoe this book gave such a deep impression on the life of a homeless family. This really changed my viewpoint on the people who cannot make a living very easily
Ashley Hampton
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Touching Story

I loved this book and would give it more Stars if I could. I really loved the characters and family dynamic. It tells a story of a real life problem that too many kids are going through. I wish that there was more books like this. The writing was excellent and kept me intrigued the whole time.
Joanna Hahn
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was a quick read. I feel like it gave a realistic image of what homelessness and always living in financial fear would be like. I skimmed a bit just cause I wanted to know what was going to happen.
Sadie Rose Verville (aroseforbooks)
Sleeping In My Jeans is a really good younger YA book. Recently I talked to the teen specialist at my library and she raved about this book and how much students have been checking it out. I’d love to see this taught in seventh/eighth grade classes.
Dave Armlovich
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Easy read. Kept me wanting to read one chapter after another. Admittedly it is aimed at young readers of the female persuasion but I had no problem relating to it. I think it would make a great Hallmark movie.
Aug 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Sleeping in My Jeans is a quick read that provides a very realistic perspective on homelessness and poverty. The way that problems stack up on each other to keep people down is accurately portrayed, and the overall hopelessness and worry really translates and makes for a very gripping and engaging read with a heartwarming end.

It's impressive how many topics (homelessness, sex trafficking, mixed-race households, single-parent families, to name a few) were tackled in such a short book. However, I
Sleeping in My Jeans tells the tale of 16-year-old Mattie Rollins, her six-year-old sister, Meg, and her mother, as they struggle to live on the streets of Eugene, Oregon, after leaving their mother's abusive ex-boyfriend. They live their nights in terror, sleeping in their car, Ruby, and spend their days desperately trying to find some sort of housing they can afford. As their options dwindle and their living situation makes it difficult to get necessities like food and even a regular bathroom, ...more
Jami Murphy
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m giving this book 5 stars for its content. I can’t imagine a better book for young adults about poverty and being homeless in this country. It has the perfect balance between a plot that is interesting for a teen and and yet serious enough to raise awareness about a very real and somehow overlooked problem!!

I think all incoming freshman should be required to read this book. I am putting it into the hands of as many people as I can. I’m so glad I picked this up and had the will power to finis
Dec 11, 2018 rated it liked it
⭐⭐⭐/5. Sixteen year old Mattie finds her life upended when she, her little sister, and her mother are suddenly homeless and living in their car. As she strives to hold things together while her life is falling apart, her mother mysteriously disappears. Mattie has to stay strong for her sister and let a cute boy at school in to her life as she searches for her mom.

While the subject matter is heavy and parts of the story are frightening, I can see middle school readers being drawn to
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