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4.21  ·  Rating details ·  1,425 ratings  ·  178 reviews
When fifteen-year-old Jude's father is brutally murdered, Jude is a witness. But to save his own life, he can't tell the police what he knows. Still, Jude is determined to clear his name and win the approval of his mother -- the district attorney he has not seen since he was an infant.

At the urging of his mother's longtime companion, Jude agrees to a crazy scheme to

Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 1st 2006 by Simon Pulse (first published January 1st 2004)
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Jul 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was going glad when the truth finally came out about Harry I knew he was a piece of dog **** when Jude first met him and acted like he cared about him when in the end he wanted to do harm to him to save his own ***. In the end, he ended up in jail, aha, karma's definitely a fat mother *****. lol. I always say, and my father always says never do harm to someone because something will happen to you, you think you can do bad to others and believe that nothing will happen your definitely wrong. ...more
Anne Osterlund
Jun 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Jude watches his father die at the point of a gun, then promises the killer he won’t tell.
The killer lets him live.
This happens in the first few pages.
Then the detectives find the letter—taped to the bottom of a drawer—that reveals who Jude’s mother is. The elected D.A.
And she reveals that Jude was kidnapped when he was just a kid.
Still in the first few pages.
But this isn’t one of those books that drops off after the first three chapters.
And Jude’s life isn’t one of those that gets better after
Elizabeth Scott
Dec 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I picked this up after pre-ordering one of Kate Morgenroth's adult thrillers that got a starred review in either PW or Booklist and that sounded really, really good. I was checking to see what else she'd written, and I saw this. It was cheap--under $7--and I don't see a lot of YA thrillers/mysteries out there, so I wanted to give it a try.

It is AMAZING. When the book opens Jude, who is fifteen, is being questioned by the police about the murder of his drug-dealing father. They take him to the
Jul 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
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I enjoyed reading this story which is quite different from other stories about abused children and being reunited with a parent they never knew.

While reading this you felt the sadness and pain for Jude as he tries to fit into a new world which does not include his father, the only parent he's known for 15 years who was abusive, a drug dealer and now dead. He's trying to fit into his mother's life but unsuccessfully though no fault of his own. You feel his sadness as you realize that his mother,
Carrie Rolph
Sep 01, 2007 rated it really liked it
This book, people. It's like The OC and Prison Break and The Pursuit of Happyness all rolled into one. Boy from the wrong side of the tracks goes to live with his wealthy attorney mother after his father dies. Attends private school, gets into lots of fights, and then whoops, gets involved in an elaborate conspiracy to help his mother get elected mayor. Ends up in jail, gets out, tries to make something of his life. There are obstacles, etc. Do you see what I mean? It was fast-paced, it had plot ...more
Oct 02, 2015 rated it liked it
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Julie Parks
May 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Not my favorite of Morgenroth's but OK read. Gets kind of draggy quickly, though.
Apr 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
I choose this book because the front page look intersting but i dint want to read it that much because the book seem big in old and too many pages i thought i was gonna get bored but look i didnt the book may of looked bad but it turn out to be one of my favorites book.

the genre of the book is mystery and fake but it could happen to a teen who is releted to drugs or bad friends.

the setting takes place in many places but where it gets told the most is in the jail where jude is at for "selling"
Caleb Groat
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
this is a good book, 11/10 would definitely recommend
Nov 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anybody
Recommended to Meraj by: mom
Jude is a story about the life of an adolescent named Jude journey in finding his mother’s acceptance. During his expedition, he comes across many twists and turns involving drugs, family, and friends ultimately defining his character. In my opinion, being a book focused on the topic of drugs and a life of a young teenage boy, I was sceptical at first. However, with the author’s smooth captivating writing style and choice of character styles/traits, it kept me interested all the way through.

Nov 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Blake Sowell
Mar 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
JUDE is a great book that shows a look into a teenagers life, but in very extreme situations. This books depicts a teenage boys struggle to find acceptance and to cope with the death of his father, and being reunited with a mother he thought did not want him. Jude searches for the love and admiration of his mother, and sees his chance at making her proud in a very extreme and unorthodox way which results in a prison sentence. Now, 17 years old and in prison, Jude has a lot of growing up to do ...more
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Anna M
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Madolyn Werner
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I rated this book a five, because it was one of the best, well written, books I've ever read. Jude was a 15 years old when his father was murdered right in front of his eyes. His father was abusive, which forced his mom and dad to split. His father told Jude that his mother left him, but in reality, his father was the one who kidnapped their son and left. Since Jude had no one to live with, he moved into his mom's house, and they started becoming very close. Jude was "caught" dealing somebody ...more
Jeremy Wilczak
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jude was in prison talking about his consistent fights when he made this powerful statement: "I know I'm just like my pops because I understand him. I never did before, but now I know why he my mother and why he hit me. I can see how he came to that. I don't just see it, I feel it. I know it. I know what it felt like to be my father… It feels like you've got enough rage to fill the entire world, and it's too much. After a while you can't hold it all in, and when it spills out, you hurt someone. ...more
Tammy McVeigh
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. Great to recommend to reluctant readers who like realistic fiction. I recommend this to a lot of my male students.

It begins with Jude sitting at home eating when two men break into his apartment and kill his father right in front of him. He's warned not to tell anyone who they are or he will end up just like his father. Jude is taken to jail for the murder of his father where he meets the attorney mother he has never known. He never divulges the real killers and ends up going to
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jude is a very entertaining book that never had a low point. The author speeds up the parts that could’ve been very slow and boring and used detail and description in the main parts of the story. The author constantly has Jude second guess himself and rethink the past and try to figure things out. He’s also constantly trying to prove himself but in the end he realizes he doesn’t need approval from his mother. Overall the book was smartly written and the plot twists were as much of a shock to the ...more
Kenneth Zhu
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
The story of Jude has been fascinating and enjoyable to read it.

The story starts off by explaining how Jude's father got murdered and then moves on with the current's life of Jude and his deal with crime issues. By the end of the story, Jude made a remarkable turn in his life.

I would reccommend reading it if you are trying to find a book that will grab your attention and let you read for a long time.

From this book, I learnt that if you put in decent effort into what you wanted to do, then you
Angel Chang
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fast paced story, with an unexpected twist in the end( which is pretty standard for these kind of novels I guess) the suspense was still overwhelming. It's encouraging to see people in books try their hardest at something, makes me want to do the same thing, to try harder. This book succeeded, I read it in one go and wanted to do more with my life . Though the lack of ethics in some is hard to comprehend, one can't help but feel sad for the circumstance Jude is in. ...more
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended by a Friend and it Didn’t Disappoint!

Fantastic! I couldn’t put it down. It was recommended by a friend and she said it’s a book she reads at least once a year. I understand why as it was very well written and I highly recommend it!
Danielle Mercado
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
A very good read. Couldn't put it down.
Joel Torgeson
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fun read

Once I got to part 2 I couldn’t put it down! Fun story. I enjoyed the themes of sacrifice and loyalty, and how they played out.
Angela Demario
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I didn't know what to expect from this book. A friend had recommended it to me. "Jude" did not disappoint. I could not put it down!
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
definitely would recommend this book to anyone.
Johnmarilyn Rivera
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was a quick read and was very intriguing. Loved the ending.
Natalie Waddell-Rutter
For a random book picked off the library shelf, it was a surprising hit with me. I definitely felt bad for Jude. First, he grows up with a drug dealer as a father and moving often. When he moves in with Anna, he thinks everything will be better. Too bad she's more focused on her job than raising a kid. Jude just wants to make her proud of him and Harry takes advantage of that desire. I questioned Harry's motives when he set up Jude. Turns out I was right. He wanted Jude out of Anna and his life, ...more
Apr 25, 2009 added it
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Apr 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, mystery
Jude is an amazing story about a young man and his struggles to overcome a history of abuse and find his place in the world. It begins with Jude’s father cheating a drug dealer out of product and profit. Seconds after Jude warns his father not to take such a big risk, Jude’s father is murdered right before his eyes. Jude is spared by the murderer, and inadvertently reunited with his birth mother, Anna. What starts off as the beginning of a perfect happy ending for Jude with Anna and her ...more
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