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3.61  ·  Rating details ·  9,755 ratings  ·  1,190 reviews
Nine-year-old David has recently lost his mother to a freak accident, his salesman father is constantly on the road, and he is letting his anger out on his grandmother. Sarcastic and bossy 13-year-old Primrose lives with her childlike, fortuneteller mother, and a framed picture is the only evidence of the father she never knew. Despite their differences, David and Primrose ...more
Kindle Edition, 225 pages
Published (first published January 1st 2007)
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McKenna Hautala I think that Primrose lied about her father because she felt like if she kept telling people that he was real then maybe she would start to believe it…moreI think that Primrose lied about her father because she felt like if she kept telling people that he was real then maybe she would start to believe it too. (less)
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Krista Regester
This book was a lovely reminder to my uterus that I never want children. A heartwarming tale that made absolute sure my womb was closed for business. Truly capturing the essence of being a kid, that I want to never witness firsthand. Wonderfully enlightening on just how terrible being a guardian to a child-devil can be. #proud2bgay
Annabelle
Jun 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is basically pointless, but it is very good!!!!!!
Fiona
I loved Eggs. Loved, loved, loved it for its injured soul and complicated characters and simple imagery. I can see why many readers were put off by it and why it’s viewed as one of his minor novels: there’s a darkness and coarseness to the book. Its characters are often unpleasant, and there’s no riveting plot or easily summed-up moral.

The central characters of Eggs are nine-year-old Dave and thirteen-year-old Primrose. Both are dealing with some parental loneliness: Dave’s mom died in a freak a
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Swankivy
Aug 14, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"I don't like you."

That's not something you expect friends to say to each other, yet that's the phrase David says to his friend Primrose just about every day. And Primrose pretty much deserves it; the two of them are actually pretty nasty to each other for people who really do like each other so much. They do everything together and bicker like siblings, and even though neither of them is a substitute for what each other lacks, they ease each other's difficulties just by being there.

David's mom
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Se
Jan 25, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF at 42% through. The book was ok, but it wasn't enough for me to continue reading.
Ley
Aug 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe I'll always have a soft spot for Jerry Spinelli's quirky children's books and characters. This book was sweet and real.
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Lynn Crow for TeensReadToo.com

EGGS is a novel of lost souls--a boy who has lost his mother and a girl who wishes she could lose hers, both who more than anything need a human connection. For David and Primrose, that's easier said than done.

As their awkward friendship develops from a strange meeting during an Easter egg hunt to late-night worm catching and finally a trek along a railway line, they badger each other and fight and eventually find a sort of peace.

Most of the chapters f
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Stephanie
This story is going to sit with me a while. I'm not sure how I feel about it. Jerry Spinelli writes such interesting stories and he writes so well, but I rarely feel uplifted when I finish his books. I feel pensive and kind of sad. Maybe it's because so many of his characters are lonely or loners and/or misfits. Eggs has a more uplifting ending than Loser or Maniac Magee or Stargirl (in my opinion), but the happier ending seems abrupt. So much of the book is two lost characters - David and Primr ...more
Terri
Jul 28, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: grades 4-7
9-year-old David is heartsore after the loss of his mother and resents his grandmother's attempt to make a normal homelife for him. His chance encounter with Primrose, an offbeat 13-year-old girl with a sham medium for a mother, leads to a quirky friendship that helps both young people come to terms with the harsh realities of their lives. David needs to cope with loss and learn to trust loving adults again while Primrose needs a normal relationship. Together and with the understanding help of R ...more
Hailee
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was interesting how David said in the beginning, "I don't even like eggs..." I just got me hooked right away. I just couldn't stop reading it with Sada.
Autumn
Eggs by Jerry Spenelli is an encouraging yet confusing book. They balance out perfectly to make an fantastic book.The main characters Primrose and David are torn damaged children that dont know which direction to go.This book takes place in modern time.These two children are missing something valuable in every childs life and that is FRIENDSHIP.Despite there differences of the 9 and 13 year old they learn to trust each other and fill that big gap that they are both missing.

Despite all of the poi
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Maureen
Jul 31, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Maureen by: lucie
This thing was so terrible I couldn't finish it. This is a terrible book. dont waste your time reading it.
Alex Bowns2
Apr 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A story of loss, friendship and emotional recovery. David, a 9 year old boy who is bitter over the loss of his mother, crosses paths with Primrose, a rebellious 13 year old girl who lost her father, one fateful day and the encounter changes their lives. They become friends, in a hate relationship, and stay out late garbage hunting. They are both sourpusses and often call each other names. They break their friendship one day after they verbally attack each others' pain of loss. Months pass before ...more
Wendy
This is the story of struggling to come to terms with the loss of a parent and the friendship that gets you there. David is a nine year old boy who has lost his mother and is finding it hard to move on. David and his father have moved in with his grandmother so she can help his father with David while his father works. David meets a thirteen year old girl named Primrose who is a little different in her own way. Together they help each other. A wonderful story of love,loss and friendship.
Lydia
Sep 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
This book was so good, I finished it in two sittings!
Erica T
Sep 13, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
This book was an alright read. Probably more enjoyed by middle grade readers than myself. The characters are quite quirky, so when I realized this is the author of Stargirl I kind of nodded my head that it made sense. (Although characters in both are quirky I liked Stargirl a lot more.)
Mary
Jun 03, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Being able to travel to a different state with just your best friend at such a young age may seem almost impossible. That is, until you meet David and Primrose. David is an eight year old boy who has lived without a mother for a while, but is new to the town. Just when he gets as lonely as humanly possible, he meets Primrose; an outgoing 12 year old girl, who always loves to be in charge. They travel around town together, having fun, but at the same time, looking for Primrose's missing father. ...more
Trudy
I would think someone who lost his mother at age nine would make a much more sympathetic character, but actually NONE of the characters in Eggs are very likable at all.

David, who loses his mother to a freak accident almost a year before the book opens comes off not as a grieving child, but as hateful, ungrateful, and mean person with a LOT of twisted notions about death. The child really needs therapy! Unfortunately, what he gets is shipped off to live with his paternal grandmother while his dad
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Gregg
Feb 05, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
I had mixed feelings about this book. The two young protagonists just weren't very likeable. I tried to be sympathetic of their hardships, but they were so mean to each other and most of the people around them, I found it hard to feel much affection for them.

I felt especially sorry for David's grandmother who obviously loved him very much and was pretty much trying to fill the role of mother and father in his life but was treated with so little respect by David. On the other hand, I was bothere
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Kelli Bragg
May 17, 2012 rated it did not like it
Reading a story where the two main characters are supposedly friends, yet treat each other so horribly, isn't my idea of a good time. Primrose was especially nasty (I had a childhood friend whose father had left the home and whose mother was an alcoholic, always passed out on the couch when we went to visit - she was a nice girl, so can't figure out the reasons P was so nasty, despite the book trying to imply it was because of her home situation) and David needed some severe discipline to remedy ...more
Haley Swan
Eggs was a pretty good book. This book really emphasized the meaning of friendship. David,the protagonist, has lost his mother and believes if he follows every single rule his mother will come back. Primrose,another main character, does not have her father in her life and her mother is a fortune teller who Primrose in the beginning describes her as 'crazy'. The thirteen your old girl and the nine year old boy ironically become the best of friends. There are many conflicts between them, but soon ...more
Kris
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile
This book was incredible. I was wondering why I've heard so much, for so long, about Maniac Magee, and very little about this book. Then I thought maybe Maniac had been written a long time ago, so it's had lots of time to get good reviews. But (if Goodreads tells the truth) Maniac was written in 2002, and Eggs only five years later, in 2007. So I don't know why one is a Newbery winner, and the other... not. Because Eggs is great. The dialog between David and Primrose, the story of David's mother ...more
Twelfthstar
Dec 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just read this over Thanksgiving break. And my dad read it too. I love the author, though I've only read, let's see, 4 of his books. Eggs is truly unique. It covers friendship, death, hope, and kindred spirits.
Trinity Renee
Apr 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was SUCH A CUTE BOOK! The ending didn't really close up the book, but it left happy thoughts of what will happen to the main characters in the future.
Sam Zito
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The beginning of the book is so thrilling. Finding a dead girl in a bush at an easter egg hunt - THRILLING! And then it just goes downhill so quickly. The characters are annoying. I want more from refrigerator Joe and Primrose's mom. Maybe that's because I'm an adult and I just totally don't relate to these kids at all. Another potential reason for disliking the book so much is that I listened to the audio book, which involved lots of acting, and therefore whining and was just work to listen to. ...more
Maria Bienz
It was an ok read. Its basically about the loss of a parent, strange friendships and coming around and living life. The main character is just mean. His friendship with Primrose is not the nicest. Honestly, I didn't like either character because of their awful behavior, which I think took away from the story. Sorry Jerry Spinelli, I do love most of your work but this one could have been much better.
Mary L.
Jun 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Jerry Spinelli. He always has such interesting characters in his books. Usually they are somekind of misfits. But they teach us lessons--about love, and helping each other, and surviving. This book was no exception. Read it and fall in love with two very special children who learn a lot from each other and from those around them.
Hannah Groeschen
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book! I have read several books by Jerry Spinelli, but this has got to be one of my favorites! I loved the different points of view in this story
Kelly
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think I would have enjoyed this book a lot more as a teenager, but it was still a nice story about two kids going through hard times in life together.
Stephanie
Very good book for young kids. It has some tough hurdles for them to work through.
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When Jerry Spinelli was a kid, he wanted to grow up to be either a cowboy or a baseball player. Lucky for us he became a writer instead.

He grew up in rural Pennsylvania and went to college at Gettysburg College and Johns Hopkins University. He has published more than 25 books and has six children and 16 grandchildren.
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“Of course, all of their words for a thousand years could not fill the hole left by his mother, but they could raise a loving fence around it so he didn't keep falling in.” 16 likes
“He still heard his mother's voice--"Davey"--rise like whisper-dust from unseen corners in the house, but it was no longer the only voice he heard. His ears were also filled with the voices of others--his father and Primrose and Refrigerator John and his grandmother. Of course, all of their words for a thousand years could not fill the hole left by his mother, but they could raise a loving fence around it so he didn't keep falling in.” 5 likes
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