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Between Mom and Jo

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Nick has a three-legged dog named Lucky, some pet fish, and two moms who think he's the greatest kid ever. And he happens to think he has the greatest Moms ever, but everything changes when his birth mom and her wife, Jo, start to have marital problems. Suddenly, Nick is in the middle, and instead of having two Moms to turn to for advice, he has no one.
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Hardcover, 240 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by Megan Tingley Books
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Although my parents are heterosexual, Between Mom and Jo still spoke to me personally. As someone who wishes to have children with a male partner one day, it was saddening to read about how Nick had to put up with the taunting and teasing of his peers.

Looking at it positively, at least he had two loving parents who supported him through it. All his life, he’s known Mom and Jo would be there for him. They’ve gone through tough times together, battling alcoholism, cancer, and death. Which makes it
I really enjoy the premise of this book: Nick has two moms, and they're splitting up. Thus, Nick faces all of the same problems a child of divorce would face- (point: it's the same thing, people!) with the added hardship of being ostracized by others because of his parents. It's especially complicated because his "non-biological" mom didn't officially adopt him, and his other mom tries to keep them apart.

This was all wonderfully written, but the book is very sad. It put me into a weepie funk.
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Oct 11, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes YA/Julie Anne Peter's work
The book started off kinda weird for me because the narrator was like 4 or 5 but the voice sounded old. I think by books end he was like 13 but he still sounded much older. Like maybe looking back on his life. Either it wasn't clear or I didn't get it. The main character's name is Nick. He has two moms. His biological mother is Erin. She's studying to be a lawyer. His other mom is Jo, who at the beginning drinks to much but then promises Nick to stop and keeps her word. Jo is always in an out of ...more
Apr 09, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: teen
Written from a 14 yr old boy's perspective, this book tells the story of his childhood with his two lesbian moms. Ultimately his moms split and Nick must deal with the grief of split family and the possibility of never seeing his mom, Jo, again.
The voice in the book is powerful and authentic. Nick is so honest. This story brings to light an issues that is all too often ignored when one parent does not have legal rights to the child she has raised and the struggles that plague gay couples who ha
Oct 19, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-teen
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Mar 29, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: yafiction
Nick's life has always revolved around himself, his mother, and her wife Jo. Over the years, he's gotten used to the taunting from his classmates - the boys calling him "fag" and making fun of his mothers. He's even experienced discrimination from his friends' parents and his teacher in elementary school. The one thing that makes him feel better is his mother's promise - that the three of them will always be together, no matter what.

Nick isn't prepared when the floor falls out from beneath him.
Aug 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: mature readers
Recommended to Courtney by: Mark Letcher
This book was intense for me. I think it's because Peters does such a great job of making the reader identify with Nick, the main character of the story. The novel begins with Nick's earliest memory of his mother, Jo. As the story progresses through time, the reader realizes that they share a bond. A bond that gets severed when his "real" mother, Nick's biological mother and Jo's life partner, decides she no longer wants to be with Jo, and that Nick belongs to her. As Nick reminisces, the reader ...more
Mar 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Between Mom and Jo is the first of Julie Anne Peters's books I've picked up in a few years. I've been avoiding her books for a while, because I was afraid that now that I'm 24, the magic of her stories would be gone. I was afraid that they wouldn't speak to me like they did when I was 14, and in a way I was right--reading her books now is not the lifeline it was when I was so young. But that doesn't mean her books have lost their magic or their realness.

Between Mom and Jo is a phenomenal story a
Isabelle Sanchez
Between Mom and Jo, is also my favorite book. It has all that a book needs; conflict, LOTS of DETAILS, and a solution. But somehow this book seems as if it has more than it needs. This book made me think about how some boys cut themselves because they think that their lives suck, or how some boys have 2 moms, or 2 dads. It made me open my eyes to those that don't have what I do or what others have.

This book talks about this boy named Nick. Nick has two moms and he knows that they are lesbian. At
Jan 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay, nook
There are moments when you pull back and recognize you are experiencing a magnectic moment of bliss. Often, these moments are benign and seemingly throwaway to most people, but signify a real turning point in your life. Nick experiences this revelation during a summer day spent with his two moms.

Nick is the product of Erin and Jo, a lesbian couple composed of an ambitious lawyer and an untethered handy-woman. Nick loves his two moms, considering his family a happy unit as they navigate alcholism
Mi aspettavo decisamente di più.
Di questo libro mi sono rimaste impresse alcune frasi un po’ amare testimoniavano il carattere forte di Nick, il protagonista, altrimenti un personaggio troppo piatto.

Nick ha due mamme, Erin e Jo. Partendo solamente da questo, c’è una marea di argomenti che si possono trattare, peccato però per lo stereotipato personaggio di Jo trasformato in tutto e per tutto in un uomo (beve troppo, fa un lavoro da uomo, pratica sport maschili…) che ha rovinato tutto.

“Ciò che a
I didn't love the structure (I think I like well-done flashbacks over a giant timeline that lets a writer merely focus ONLY on the important stuff; I think it's a much easier way and therefore inherently not as rewarding), and, godDAMN is this a depressing one. But there are still a lot of interesting and thought-provoking issues explored here. Agree with the reviewer who said there are some huge missed opportunities with regard to class/privilege, etc.

Fair warning: if you love animals this book
Sep 15, 2007 rated it really liked it
Compelling story of the dissolution of a marriage from the POV of Nick, a 14-year-old boy. His moms' relationship has come apart at the seams, and he wants to live with his non-biological mom. Dwells a little too much and too long on Nick's depression for comfort, and it's hard to believe (she says self-servingly) that a mother could ever be so clueless about her kid. Overall a solid book.
Jul 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Nick loves Jo but Jo and his mom break up. This book is heart-wrenching as Nick struggles to understand and to express his own need for love without rejecting either one. I liked this book in that it got me engaged in a subject I usually avoid and showed the humanity of a difficult situation.

Oh, Julie Anne Peters. Must you confound me so?

Look, I want to like Peters, I really do. The author of the first book about a transgendered person in all of YA should deserve praise, and she's truly not a bad writer. She tries to break more ground here by writing about a character with two moms. I've seen it in YA before (in Naomi and Ely's No-Kiss List, but that came out a year later than this book, and the focus of the book wasn't on having two moms.

But y'know, I'm not sure if I could say
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book is two things that don’t fit well together: a tween narrative about a kid managing with his divorcing moms and the birth mom’s new gf, and a psychodrama about a lesbian couple breaking up and struggling with raising their son. Both threads had one terrible ending. Not terrible sad, but terrible unrealistic and way over-simplified. It’s all narrated by the tween son who couldn’t possibly have the emotional maturity to narrate the mom’s stories.
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Between Mom and Jo, pubblicato in Italia da Playground con il titolo Tra mamma e Jo, è un romanzo che volevo leggere da molto tempo, sia per la trama interessante che per il nome dell’autrice, Julie Anne Peters, l’autrice di Luna, libro a parer mio meraviglioso.

Il protagonista di questa storia è Nick, che ci racconta la sua vita con le sue due mamme, Erin e Jo: i primi ricordi d’infanzia, i compleanni passati assieme, i giochi e le marachelle. Ma anche le liti, la malattia, i tradimenti, l’alcoo
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BETWEEN MOM AND JO is the first book I've read by Julie Anne Peters, but it won't be my last. In fact, as soon as I finished this book, I went and read KEEPING YOU A SECRET and LUNA. And while we're on confessions, this is also the first book I've read dealing with GLBT (gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender) issues, but again, it won't be the last. This book grabbed at my emotions, affecting me with every word so deeply that I finished it in only a matter of hours-
Aug 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Primo libro che parla di una vera e propria famiglia arcobaleno che io abbia mai letto (e spero di poter ripetere l’esperienza quanto prima).
Il protagonista è colui che fa da voce narrante, Nick, che attraverso una serie di flashback nella prima parte del romanzo ci illustra cosa voglia dire essere figlio di una coppia di donne. Gli eventi sono significativi, i capitoli rappresentano frammenti che sono stati importanti per la sua vita, per la sua crescita e per la comprensione del mondo da cui è
Jack Lembeck
Mar 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
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I read Between Mom and Joe by Julie Anne Peters. This book was about a boy named Nick living with two moms. It starts when he is a little kid and each chapter he gets older up until the point where he is in high school.
Throughout his life her deals with being bullied for having lesbian moms and he has to deal with his mom having an alcohol problem. His mom and Joe start to have problems in their relationship and Nicks world starts to fall apart, which I thought was a one of the best
Feb 23, 2013 rated it liked it
I read a review of this and recommended it be bought for the library. A quarter of the way through the library copy, I was not enjoying it and feeling guilty for having recommended it! The first few chapters are told in flashback, and it took me a while to figure this out. The other criticism is that Jo - one of the moms - was so unsympathetic. She was like a useless husband - poor Mom (Nick, the narrator, has two moms but calls the birth mother mom and the other mom Jo) goes out to work at a jo ...more
Sep 13, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: home
Very good exploration of the impact a broken marriage can have on a teenager. In this case, the protagonist has two moms (one of whom is his bio mom). Peters does address Nick's confusion and occasional bullying as a result of his nontraditional family, but mainly focuses on his depression and anger of the breakup of his parents. Further complications ensue with the introduction of his mom's new girlfriend and the ramifications from his other mom not formally adopting him. Divorce involving chil ...more
Jul 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-read, ya-lgbt
Kudos to Peters for her consistently well-written works involving LGBT youth. I had a totally different conception of this book and was delightfully surprised. Each plotting turn led me somewhere I did not expect yet found myself not understanding why I was not prepared.

This is the story of Nick and his two moms. It is extremely well done and I highly recommend this book.

I have read this book a second time and realized there is so much more to the story. This story works on the stress that can,
Paula  Phillips
Feb 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Are you a fan of the LGBT books ? Ones that target the area of Gay fiction ? As I like reading books that are seen as Edgy content and out the box , I don't mind it as who am I too judge what an author wants to write about and I also on the other hand actually find books like this interesting to read. One of my favourite authors in this area is Julie Anne Peters as her books are real and you can sit back and imagine the situations and events unfolding before your eyes. All of her books have also ...more
Picked this up mostly because I wanted to read a different book by Peters, but the library did not have it. And, I've liked a few other books by her, and wanted to read more...

Did not love this book, it just felt negative and cranky, and as a result I think it made me feel cranky...

In other books I've read, it's the main character who is gay/lesbian/trans, etc... In this case, the narrator/main character is Nick, a young boy, with two moms. They have been a family for his whole life, but things
Tre stelline e mezza. Libro semplice che ha come target specifico ragazzi ed adolescenti. Qualche luogo comune delle famiglie disfunzionali americane, lo spettro dell'alcolismo, un figlio che non sembra esattamente una scelta pianificata e che sembra a momenti trasformarsi in un "accessorio". In realtà la prospettiva ed il punto di vista sono sempre e comunque quelli del protagonista, un ragazzino che seguiamo dalla scuola materna alle soglie del liceo. I problemi quelli di tutte le famiglie: le ...more
Nick ha due mamme: Erin, la sua madre biologica, e Jo, la sua compagna. Non è sempre facile vivere in questa situazione, perchè gli altri bambini sono crudeli e anche la maestra disapprova questa unione tanto da nascondere il disegno della famiglia. Ma Nick ci fa il callo, finché le due donne si separano. Allora il cuore di Nick sarà lacerato...

La sofferenza di Nick è dovuta soprattuto alla separazione, non importa che i genitori siano dello stesso sesso. Due persone diverse, che si sono amate,
Scott Moore
Nov 13, 2008 rated it liked it
This is an HRC dream text, in many ways. It's a YA novel several of my students have read about a boy named Nick who lives in white suburbia with his biological mother, Erin, and Erin's butchy lesbian partner, Jo. The whole happy family lives together, goes to Nick's parent-teacher conferences, and has barbecues in their backyard. They all face a very particular kind of homophobia, but for the most part their lives are happy and unimpeded until Erin's and Jo's relationship falls apart (in part b ...more
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“Stop,' I tell her, stepping between her and the bag. 'Look what you're doing.' Jo gazes down at her hands as if they're not even attached to her body. She lowers them. She says, 'I've got a problem.'
'No shit,' I reply.
Her head lolls back and I can see she's hurting. 'I made you coffee.' I tell her, thumbing at the mug on the picnic table. 'Extra strong.'
She asks, 'Did you spike it with arsenic?'
'We're all out,' I answer. 'Unfortunately, all I could find was Excerdrin.”
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