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3.45  ·  Rating details ·  856 ratings  ·  93 reviews
Anything is possible...

Finn has always felt out of place, but suddenly her world is unraveling. It started with The Party. And Adam Porter. And the night in September that changed everything. The only person who knows about that night is Audrey—Finn’s best friend, her witness to everything, and the one person Finn trusts implicitly. So when Finn’s childhood friend Jersy mo
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published May 26th 2009 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2009)
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Feb 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good. Really, really good. Exactly the kind of wistful, painful realism I like in contemporary YA.
Oct 02, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: CANADIANS. And syrup + The Leafs fans.
So my English teacher told me to stop using dashes and to start “utilizing semi-colons; they’re more proper.” I, of course, wanted to trap her in the stinky staff room, considering dashes and semi-colons are BASICALLY the same thing, but I stood by her word and decided to figure out WHAT THE HELL SEMI-COLONS DO.

You use semi-colons to JOIN ALIKE PHRASES SO THEY BOTH FIT IN A SINGLE SENTENCE. I honestly think dashes do a better job of that, and that they’re prettier, but hey. She’s the English tea
Oct 31, 2008 rated it liked it
I’m not really sure what to say about this book. I liked it, but I didn’t. I liked Finn, but I didn’t. The only thing that I really liked was Martin’s writing.

There were some aspects of the novel that I really thought played well, the dysfunctional family, the forbidden relationship, and Finn’s growth, but everything else was just meh. It kept me entertained, but I didn’t particularly enjoy reading it. The ending is another big issue for me. I like how Martin kept it “open” but I would have lik
Oct 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010, faves-of-2010
I absolutely loved this. beautiful and seamlessly written. It made me ache.
I absolutely loved this. Beautiful and seamlessly written. It made me ache.

I loved Finn - I so related to her - quietly, beautifully angsty and unassuming and genuine - a stunning portrait of a teen muddling through life.

As for Jersey - what a dynamic relationship - so much to read in between the lines. I am crushing on him hard. HARD.

This is contemporary relationships crafted at it's best. Friendship and family and
Mar 18, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
This was an okay read, but it took me a while to get into it, and even then, it didn't suck me in.

The characters in this were alright, but I didn't love any of them.

Overall, An average read.
Mar 03, 2012 rated it really liked it

I adore Martin's writing. Something about it just works for me. But more than that, I loved the characters -- Finn and Jersy and Audrey. They're all so real and flawed and yet so likable. I related a lot to Finn, her insecurities, her rocky relationship with a father who she doesn't get and who doesn't seem to want to get her, either.

I so appreciated how the ending isn't cut and dry. It's open. Not all of the questions in the story have answers nor should they. It's life. It's Finn's life.
Jun 02, 2011 rated it liked it
Damn, it has been a month since I've read this book and I honestly can't remember how I felt about it. I think it was a 3 stars read for me... *frowns* ...more
Not my favorite C.K. Kelly Martin book but still 5 stars. Just can't think of anything wrong with it. ...more
Nov 11, 2008 rated it liked it
Ms. Martin has a way with manipulating the past into the present and future. The format of her previous book, I Know It’s Over, makes another appearance in One Lonely Degree. She has this way of forcing the past into the present as the prominent setback the character faces and yet still making it seem a part of whom there are. Not just as an unfortunate event that happened but rather what makes them grow. It becomes what they are as they face every day life with the ever lingering past haunting ...more
Aug 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The girl is Set apart. Intense. And yes, I’d even say lonely. More, having hard time with the changes going on. She’s an intense girl who feels everything deeply - too deeply. With all that in mind, things are not made easier with her needing only a few deep connections. So she has those: one deep connection with Audrey, the only person who knows most everything about her then, and another close(ish) relationship with her father. But when her hated “anything is possible” rears its head, th
May 31, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Finn’s life has been unraveling ever since that night in September, that party and Adam Porter. And of course, to add even more stress, her parents’ relationship has been steadily deteriorating. Life is almost more than she can bear. It’s a good thing her best friend Audrey is there for her, or Finn wouldn’t know what to do. Thus, Finn ignores her tentative initial attraction to Beautiful Boy Jersy, her childhood friend from way back when, when Audrey expresses her interest. When Audrey goes awa ...more
Anyone who looks at this cover would think it's a romance. Two teens by the swimming pool. Someone's lonely, obviously. The tagline is "Anything is possible..." Their hands are touching just barely atthe fingertips.

But I didn't put this in the romance shelf because it's really not just a romance. It's more about a girl, and romance sort of just happens to be there. And if you read the book, you know the tagline isn't really romantic. Here's an excerpt, a mini-spoiler of the first page about the
Apr 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-for-review
This is the first book I've read by C.K. Kelly Martin, I know for shame, I need to read I Know It's Over. I really liked the idea of this book but it played out a bit differently than I would have hoped. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed it and I loved Finn. I mean she wanted to be a graphic designer and move to London or New York, we basically had the same dream!

One thing I was really interested in finding out was what happened at The Party, and I was surprised to find out how soon that info
Sep 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommended to Caitlin by: hertelave
Meh. 2.5-3 stars. Not nearly as good as I Know It's Over . I'm hoping The Lighter Side of Life and Death will be better.

I feel like Finn and Audrey's relationship needed to be fleshed out more. And Finn herself was just okay. Definitely too many Beautiful Boy and emo band references for my taste.

But I also thought Martin did a good job writing about how Finn's experience with Adam affected her and her relationships thereafter. And I liked that the ending was left open.

Good, but disappoint
Dec 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Brynn
Recommended to Whitney by: Courtney
Shelves: fiction, young-adult
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It's the right amount of awkward. Normally I'm not interested in YA because of the selfishness and angst but this put a kid in impossible and adult situations. Finn is an outcast trying to make it through family issues, a lost best friend, new job, a boy, and a traumatic event. Though I may not agree with her decisions, she's a teenager, but more importantly human, and makes mistakes like all of us. she simply does the best that she can.

3 1/2 stars.
Kiera Brokbad
Jul 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Read this two years ago and absolutely loved it no doubt. Picked it up just a few weeks ago and realised how it wasnt that great of a book after all. Overall and average read.
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was almost 5 stars...almost. But the ending just sort of...well...it ended. There wasn't some great revelation or even closure. For me it was a bit abrupt...just when I thought we were getting closure with Jersy and Finn. Ugh.

But overall this was actually a really fun book to read. I fell HARD for Jersy...like I'm madly in love with him HARD haha! He was a total dream and the chemistry between him and Finn was obvious from day one. I wanted Finn and Jersy through the whole story...I didn't
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
After reading two of C. K. Kelly Martin's novels, I added all of the others to my wishlist on Amazon, and bought three of them, her first three novels, when they went on sale. One Lonely Degree differs quite a bit from my prior experiences. Although the style clearly belongs to Martin still, and the books have a similar tone that I associate with her, I can really tell how much she grew as an author from this book to My Beating Teenage Heart. I did enjoy reading One Lonely Degree, but the subjec ...more
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note to myself so i dont pick this up for the fourth time: MC IS FIFTEEN SO UR NOT INTERESTED

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May 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
For fifteen year old Finn, the world seems like it's crashing down. For one thing, her family's falling apart. And on top of that, there's that thing with Adam Porter that happened at the Party and it continues to haunt her. Only one person knows about it and that's Audrey, Finn's best friend. But when Finn's childhood friend, Jersey, comes to town and things between him and Audrey begin to heat up, well, things begin to change.

When summer rolls around, Audrey's parents go off, with Audrey in to
Jun 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
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This book was hot and cold. There were moments where it was just so spot on. But then there were the other times where everything drew a blank. I truly think that this is a hit or miss kind of book. For me, this was a miss unfortunately.

First of all, the characters. I couldn't relate or connect in any way whatsoever. I felt for them, that's for sure, but I don't think they were developed thoroughly enough. I got glimpses of
Michelle (FabBookReviews)
***Some spoilers ahead***

YA author (and fellow Canadian) Courtney Summers has given high praise to the writing of C.K. Kelly Martin. I adore Summers' writing style, so after reading her reviews of Martin's books on Goodreads, I thought I should definitely give Martin's books a go.

One Lonely Degree is a contemporary, emotionally-charged, roller-coaster of a YA novel; one that took me by surprise. The book description makes it sound like it will be- more than anything- about a potentially awkward
Jun 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
One Lonely Degree is a perfect book for summer ,this book put me in a summer mood. The main character Finn is shy which is why I connected mostly with her because I am just like her. Finn had only one true friend, her best friend which was Audrey. Finn has always been nervous around guys probably because she has never been so close to guys, but she got more scared to be around guys after what happened at one of the parties she went to. After her friend Jersy (a guy which was her friend years ago ...more
Feb 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Soo, I was heading to the beach, and thought, I want a nice fluffly book to read while there. So I choose this.

Turns out, not a nice fluffy book.

It's a book about a girl with serious issues and who frankly needs to get over herself.

Maybe I'm not being sensitive enough, because personally I would have never have gotten into the situation she did I would have just kicked him (view spoiler) and walked out the door to the crowd of people outside
Sep 07, 2009 rated it liked it
I felt that One Lonely Degree is a mix between Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson and Waiting For You by Susane Colasanti. But Speak is much more powerful. One Lonely Degree is mostly the cute, light, summer read that while realistic, doesn't have much deeper meaning. It's straight forward.

Audrey likes Jersy. Finn likes Jersy. Finn is too broken up from her "encounter" with Adam Porter to be able to do anything with Jersy. So Finn gives her blessing to Audrey and Jersy, who for months, date with the
Mar 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
After reading C.K. Kelly Martin's fantastic first novel, I Know It's Over, I was a bit weary to see how this one would compare to that amazing and heartbreaking tale. Luckily, by the end of the first chapter, I was already addicted to One Lonely Degree. Leaving me to think only one thought: C.K. Kelly Martin never writes a bad book!

Finn was a character that was easy to love. I was constantly cheering for her to overcome what had happened the previous year and to work out the situation between be
Lacey Louwagie
Jan 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: youngadult
So, I loved C.K. Kelly Martin's debut novel, "I Know It's Over" so much that I had HIGH expectations for this one. I'm not sure I even would have picked it up if it wasn't by her, but as soon as I saw her name, I couldn't resist (mind you, I still get lots of books for free from my old job, so it wasn't like my non-resistance cost me any money--just bookshelf space. ;))

There were a few moments when I thought this book might live up to the promise of the first one, but in the end, it didn't quite
Apr 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
I had tons of mixed feelings about this novel. There were the good and the bad. The unexpected and the expected. The useless excess information and the highly addictive facts that will keep you going.

There were a lot of things in this book that I wasn't so sure about. Finn, for example, was someone I liked but didn't like at the same time. On one end, she seemed like a good girl set out to do the right thing. On the other hand, she's easily swayed and she seems to have little to no backbone. She
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