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My Jasper June

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  1,549 ratings  ·  328 reviews
The school year is over, and it is summer in Atlanta. The sky is blue, the sun is blazing, and the days brim with possibility. But Leah feels. . . lost. She has been this way since one terrible afternoon a year ago, when everything changed. Since that day, her parents have become distant, her friends have fallen away, and Leah’s been adrift and alone.

Then she meets Jasper,
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Published September 3rd 2019 by Walden Pond Press
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Rachel Reads Ravenously
4 stars!

Despite a some very heavy topics, I really enjoyed this book. At its core, it's a story of healing, and a powerful one. Would recommend for upper aged middle graders, probably ages 10 and up.
Renee Godding
4.5/5 stars

"Sometimes fighting the sadness is worse than the sadness itself, because you just can't win. And at those times you play the Sad Game, which is just trying to let yourself be sad. To be okay with being sad."

I have to say: this was quite the unexpected emotional journey... So much wisdom and emotional punch. This is one of those books that prove that middle-grade is not just for children. Even though the words to convey the message might be simpler, these messages can be read by rea
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This middle grade book is very sweet and touches on some very tough situations. Leah and her family live in a small town where everyone knows everyone. Leah makes a new friend and finds that Jasper helps her to start to live again after a tragedy struck her family. Highly recommend to young students as well as adults.
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A summer story soaked in magic, My Jasper June is a beautiful exploration of friendship, loss, and family. Feeling neglected by her parents and lost in her own sadness, Leah finds an instant kindred spirit in Jasper and for the first time, begins to see the luster in life again. Jasper also knows a thing or two about abandonment, and as the girls bond over one magical summer, they realize they can't hide from reality forever. Luckily, Snyder is the perfect writer to tackle these tough subjects a ...more
Jul 09, 2019 added it
Shelves: 2019, middle-grade
Snyder's summery offering is another middle grade winner. In MY JASPER JUNE, two girls with problems much bigger than them find that the bonds of friendship empower them and enrich their lives. Snyder writes a unique kind of fiction that straddles the line between realism and fantasy, and this book is sure to please both kinds of readers.
Colby Sharp
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, 2019-nerdy
I LOVED this book. Check out my video review. ...more
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaway-reads, 2019
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Josephine Sorrell
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: newbery-2020
Leah, a white Jewish 13-year-old, has been going through a mountain of different emotions. Her friends seem to have pulled away from her ever since her little brother drowned last summer, while attending the same camp she was attending. Leah is drifting through the world like a ghost, with no help from her equally broken parents. With all her friends off enjoying their summer plans, Leah first enjoys the depressive nothingness of a plan-free summer vacation. Severe boredom finally is what drives ...more
Michelle Simpson
I stayed up late reading this one because I could not put it down! Leah and her parents have struggled through the past year after he brother’s accidental death. Leah feels alone, with her friendships fading and a feeling of being mostly ignored by her parents. A few days into summer break Leah meets Jasper, who quickly becomes a friend and fills that deep dark hole that rests within Leah. She quickly finds that Jasper’s living situation is horrible, as she is staying in an old abandoned house. ...more
Pernille Ripp
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There are good stories and then there are perfect stories, @laurelsnyder's new middle grade book is one that will sit in my heart for a long time and one that I hope others will find and love as well. Perhaps we all just need more stories to not feel broken, perhaps we all need to find our very own Jasper so we can remember how to live. Adding this to my best books of year list #pernillerecommends
Ms. B
Aug 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens, 2020
Uplifting and heartbreaking. I have read other books by Laurel Snydwe (Any Which Wall, Penny Dreadful) and this story of friendship and a memorable summer between Leah & Jasper is her best by far. ...more
Cassie Thomas
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A feel-good, magical story about a family’s experience with grief and all of the emotions that loss can exhume.

Leah is a young girl trying to find her way after experiencing a devastating loss that she never thinks her family is going to come back from; and then she meets Jasper, a girl who becomes a sliver of light in their world of darkness.

Jasper’s life isn’t typical in any way to Leah, but Leah slowly learns that normal is not a label she aspires her family to withhold. After her families
Ms. Yingling
Jun 27, 2019 rated it liked it
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It's summer time, but Leah is bored. She's old enough that her parents let her stay home, but she isn't going to camp, her friends are gone, and she's just... bored. Her parents aren't interested in what she does, since they can barely drag themselves through the day after a tragedy that befell the family a year ago. When she is out in her suburban Atlanta neighborhood, looking for things to do, she meets a girl, Jasper. Jasper is trying to wash her clothes in a c
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
I really liked this book when I started it. I mean, the main character is a relatable, kind of moody new teen, who really just feels like she needs to be heard. There's something beautiful in a book that addresses real problems as this one did, and I really appreciated that. I also really loved how real this book felt. Not many things were overdramatic, it just felt like a real girl's life. Leah is likable, even with her faults, and Jasper is delightful if a bit serious for her age. I loved all ...more
Kristen Doyle
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
My Jasper June is such a special middle grade book about how relationships change and we evolve after losing a loved one. This book is an intimate look at grief through the eyes of a teen (Leah) who feels somewhat invisible until she meets her new friend, Jasper.

Jasper has her own hardships and the bond her and Leah form helps them both get through incredibly trying times in their lives.

The ending was somewhat predictable as an adult but it might not be so clear cut for a middle grade reader. I
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Holds interest
-family dynamics post death in family
-children fending for themselves
-trying to fill a broken cup
Lynn Plourde
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Leah and Jasper are such vivid, REAL characters. I adore them and I adore this book.
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
Summer begins and nothing is the same for Leah; not since her brother died last year. Her friends feel like strangers. Leah even feels like a stranger to herself. Then she meets Jasper, a mysterious girl who’s hiding secrets. The two girls connect and help each other. But sometimes helping a friend means breaking a promise.

MY JASPER JUNE is a story about grief, family, friendship, homelessness, substance abuse and the healing power of love. Laurel Snyder gave Leah a sympathetic, sometimes heartb
Aliza Werner
I had been anticipating this gorgeous book since Laurel told me about it over a year ago. Her gift as a writer is making you believe that magic is just as real as anything. The exploration of loss, accepting and challenging the imperfections of family, and doing our best by our family and friends though it might take the most bravery is authentic and revealing. Sometimes we have to do hard things for the ones we love...we keep secrets, protect secrets, and ultimately reveal those secrets when th ...more
Dee Dee G
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was so caught up in this book. Flowed from beginning to end.
Emily Baker
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My Jasper June by Laurel Synder is a touching story that you must read. This book is about a young girl named Leah who has lost her brother and nows seems that she has lost herself too, along with her parents. Ever since the day of the tragedy, everything has changed for her. Until one day Leah meets a girl named Jasper who also has had a hard life. Together the girls become best friends, hide away from all of their problems, and conquer challenges that will end up changing both of their lives.
Feb 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of introspective MG/YA crossovers
Shelves: for-my-sister
My Jasper June features the same gorgeous writing as Snyder's Orphan Island (which I love), but the plot is much slower and sadder. I was expecting more magical realism (there is none) and less grieving and heavy topics (there is a lot--this pushes almost into YA territory). Feeling pretty mixed on this one.

EDIT: Forgot to mention that this also portrays lifeguards (or lack thereof?) poorly. Minor thing, maybe, but a personal pet peeve of mine since I'm a lifeguard.

EDIT 2: I'm over this cliche o
Kate Willis
Jan 03, 2020 marked it as unfinished
Things I loved about this book...
1. It's by the author of Orphan Island, a.k.a. one of my absolute favorite books of all time. <3
2. Jewish people just being... Jewish. I'd love to find more books like this that aren't issue-driven but include Jewish characters.
3. Dollar store appreciation!!! Seriously, y'all, dollar stores are amazing. :D

I didn't end up finishing this book because I ran into some things I was uncomfortable with, but I've heard from others that it was great in the end. ;)
Destinee Sutton
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I put off reading this because I've read too many children's books about death this year. But then the audiobook became available and I needed something to listen to on a long flight. So I was prepared to dislike this and pick apart how similar it would be to the many other works of grief fiction I've read. (To be fair, it's not the author's fault there are so many middle grade novels about the death of a family member.)

In some ways, this book did irritate me (particularly this plot device of k
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a well-written story about a family falling apart due to grief, guilt, and loneliness. I'd highly recommend it for upper grade elementary students.

Faced with a summer of isolation and boredom, the thirteen year old daughter, Leah, can barely make it out of bed in the mornings. Fortune (or is it magic?) intervenes when she finally ventures outside and makes a new friend, Jasper. Together, the girls find happiness, adventure, and true friendship despite the underlying fear and sadness ea
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book that wrenches the heart. On the one hand there is 13-year-old Leah whose family is numb with grief over the death of her nine-year-old brother Sam the year before. On the other hand there is 14-year-old Jasper whose home life is so terrible that she chooses to live alone in a shack hidden in kudzu with no water nor electricity rather than stay with her sister and her violent husband.

The two girls find each other on one of Leah’s walks near the shack, and a fast friendship is formed
The Abstract Pearl
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
an amazing book that just gave me so many feelz <33333
Ok, but seriously, this book is SO sweet and just warmed my heart SO much when I was reading it. The characters are so loveable and you really get to know the struggle the main character is going through and relate to them. The friendship between the two girls is awesome and I just love this book! I would most likely read it again <3
(Also, staying up until midnight finishing this... might not have been a very good idea? But it was for a good
Erin Varley
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in record time. What a beautiful story of loss, of grieving, and of love.
Becky Schulman
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Teenagers Leah and Jasper meet in the suburbs of Atlanta. Each girl is in need of a friend to help them deal with the harsh realities of their lives. But sometimes making a promise to keep a secret isn't the best way to be a friend.
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Laurel Snyder is the author of six children's novels, "Orphan Island," "Seven Stories Up," "Bigger than a Bread Box," "Penny Dreadful," "Up and Down the Scratchy Mountains OR The Search for a Suitable Princess" and "Any Which Wall" (Random House) as well as many picture books, including "Charlie & Mouse," "The Forever Garden," "Swan, the life and dance of Anna Pavlova," and "Baxter, the Pig Who Wa ...more

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