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Bounce (Thorndike Literacy Bridge Young Adult)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  2,969 Ratings  ·  345 Reviews
From the author of PERFECT and LUSH, another novel that tells it like it is.

The perils of dealing with a new stepfamily are illuminated with the same Blume-like heart and wit that Natasha Friend brought to PERFECT and LUSH.
Hardcover, Large Print , 192 pages
Published September 2nd 2009 by Thorndike Press (first published September 1st 2007)
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Jun 21, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fiction
I would ideally give this book 2.5 stars since it really does fall somewhere between "it was okay" and "I liked it." This was my least favorite Natasha Friend book probably because it seemed the least realistic to me. I didn't really think there was a lot of character development so Evyn seemed really flat compared to Friend's previous protagonists. It was hard to see past her anger although I guess in this sense Friend may have actually nailed down the behavior and emotional capacity of a 12-ye ...more
This book was okay, but nothing special. The biggest problem with it was that many aspects seemed like plot contrivances and/or over the top.

The family that main character Evyn's father marries was very sitcom-y and stereotypical. They had that silly, very Baby-Sitter's Club thing going where there's a ton of kids who are basically the same ages in one family for the sake of plot contrivances.

There were other absurd things, too (like that Eleni couldn't be more of a Greek stereotype if you dip
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 7th-ela
Evyn is definitely going through a lot and, although it may seem that she's blowing things out of proportion, I can see where she is coming from. As someone who doesn't do well with change, I would also be having a difficult time.
I thought the novel was cute and heartwarming, especially toward the end. It is a great coming of age book.
Have you ever read Bounce, By Natasha Friend? Its a great book, its not boring, dull or anything in that category. This book made me actually feel more mature. I learned a lot from this book. This book will have you emotional, like watching romantic movies with ice cream. The genre is Realistic fiction, because events in this story, they can happen in real life. My final opinion on this book is that I loved it. I could relate to the character and I understood where she was coming from. *Spoiler ...more
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Dec 11, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any person who likes to read teen books
This book was a typical teen story but with a twist. This book was about the main character, Evyn, who lives with her father, Birdie, and her brother, Mackey. Birdie drops a surprise on Evyn and Mackey, he is getting married and they are moving from Maine to Boston. Evyn gets very upset at this decision and doesn't want to move in with complete strangers, but Birdie makes them move in with his future wife and 6 other kids! Throughout the book, Evyn has to deal with many problems like adjusting t ...more
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very good book. It was about a girl named Evyn whos mom died and her dad decided to marry a girl named Eleni. She was not happy about this she had to move from Maine. This book discussed how she had felt through the whole thing and why she liked it or hated everything she was going through and what was happening. This book also discussed a topic that many kids can relate to.
Emily Ann
2.0/5.0 Only two stars because of Evyn. But then I added a star because of Birdie.
Neila Fitz
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Imagine if your mom passed away when you were little and had to deal with things like your dad getting married, moving, and having a lot of step sisters and brothers. If you have gone through these things then this book is for you Evyn a teenage girl wants to be left alone because not once did her father ask her what she thought about moving and him getting married.The genre of this book is realistic fiction just like all the other ones.
The setting in this book has a lot of settings but it mos
Elizbette Sanchez
Feb 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever been having a hard time trying to get over things? Or have you ever wished things were like in the past? Well the main character, Evyn, in the book Bounce has. Bounce is a realistic fiction story and an entertaining book. I personally really liked this book because I felt like I was really in the story. I actually felt all the feelings Evyn was.
Overall, I was really impressed by this book.

In summary, Bounce is a book about a teenage girl named Evyn. Her mother has passed away when
Dec 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever went through trouble trying to get used to things, that changed? Well I've have , and I've also read a book about the situation. The book I read is called Bounce By Natasha Friend. This book is a Realistic Fiction book because what she is going through can actually happen to someone or has happened to someone. This book is a dramatic romantic book. Its mostly romantic but it's also dramatic.

This book is about a 14 year old girl named Evyn, whose mother passed when she was little a
Annie Li
Rating: 3.25 - 3.5
It's a good book - especially after reading a stressful 600 page long one with a lot of action. This is initially just meant to be a quick read, but it turned out to be much better than I expected. Yes, it was cliche, but not to the point where it was incredibly predictable and overwhelming. This book didn't even need any cheesy romances to be good - it just was; a lot of authors these days use romance to hide the flaws of a book, but this one was subtle, and even though I like
Brooke Duppel
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book Bounce was about how Evyn's had a lot of problems during her life. For example it all started with her mother dying when she was a little kid. Also, now her father is marrying a woman that she doesn't even though that well. Her little brother and Evyn are being forced to live with her. She has 6 kids that are all pretty young. On the other hand, they just announced to the family that they are expecting another baby which is going to be very confusing for her because that means that she' ...more
Jun 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Bounce by Natasha friend is a book about a 13 year old girl. Her name is Evyn Linney. Evyn lived with her father and brother in Maine. Evyn has to move in with a new family when her father gets married. Her main internal struggle is that she misses her dead mother. Her main external struggle is that she living with people she doesn’t know and she’s starting to like them.
During my time reading this book I made a text-to-self connection. Throughout the whole book Evyn missed her mother. This rem
Emily Miller
Bounce is a fiction book by Natasha Friend. The story is told in first person, and the setting takes place in Boston. The main character is Evyn Linney and she lives with her dad, Birdie and her brother, Mackey in Portland, Maine. Since Evyn’s mom has died, she doesn’t know what it’s like to have a mother in her life. Because of that, Evyn goes from having a brother to being one of eight children with her new stepmother Eleni Gartos. Evyn’s dad and Eleni get married and decided that they should ...more
Nov 15, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sweet little book. I can totally relate to Evyn's brother Mickey. All my brother ever does is play games on his computer and eat and he also can't speak english. It's usually grunts. But my brother is definitely not a twig. I didn't really think much of this book, it did take me two years to finish it. Okay, not really I just picked it up again, but it just kind of went by really fast. It was shortish. I don't know. It was really good though. But if anyone in my family ever made me move in with ...more
Apr 04, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is my review on Bounce by Natasha Friend. This is a realistic fiction novel. The story takes place in mostly Boston, Massachusetts. This is about a young teen named Evyn. Her father falls in love with another woman after her mom's passing. Evyn, her brother and father move in with her and her six kids. She goes through a rough time adjusting to this new lifestyle. New school, new friends, new family. In my opinion, this book was "eh". I wasn't really interested in it. The theme of this boo ...more
Catherine Barroso
I really enjoyed reading this book. I love how the main character is a strong girl, but it's not like she's made out of steel. Bounce was a short book to read, in my opinion, but the author did a great job of expressing the characters well. I like how the story goes in a not-too-slow pace; it got me more engaged in the story. Maybe this was a bit too typical, but there's really nothing to hate about it. Even so, I truly did enjoy reading Bounce. I plan to read more of Natasha Friend's books.
Jan 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jun 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I showed tons of meaning. It was a page turner and had lots of surprises.
Sophia Grasso
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bounce is about the mixed emotions that Evyn has with her father, and the decision he has made about marrying this new woman that Evyn has never met. Eleni tries to act as if she is Evyn’s mom, but Evyn won’t let her. Evyn is still very hurt about losing her mom, and always tries to interact with her when she knows that her mother has passed away, and can’t hear her. No matter how many times I read this book, I will never get tired of it. This book gets a five star rating from me, because of the ...more
Grace Lindgren
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bounce by Natasha Friend was a really well written and inspiring book. I really enjoyed Bounce because it discussed a topic that many children can relate to. One part of the book that was really inspiring was when they talked about how Evyn's mom passed away and later in the book they told you why she died. In Bounce, a young girl named Evyn had a crazy life. It all started when her mom passed away, after awhile, her dad met a new girl names Eleni. Her dad and Eleni decide to move to Maine which ...more
Senlee Dieme
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book. I definitely liked Lush, and Perfect more, but this one was also pretty good. For some reason, this book just didn't seem as realistic as the others. I still really like all of the Natasha Friend books that I have read. Someone who enjoyed Lush or Perfect will also like this book.
Jan 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book "Bounce" by Natasha Friend is a very heartfelt story. Evyn the main character explains how her life was turned upside down by her mothers death and her dad moving in with a new women. I feel like this story will definitely relate to many of the readers because, there a lot of people out there who have to go through things like their parents getting divorced and e.t.c. So overall I feel lie this is an amazing book. Evyn and her little brother had already been through a lot starting with ...more
Katelyn Fernandez
Was the best book ever. I hope they make another book about Evyn again with the baby. In the beginning its like so sad but in the end, it was very inspiring that I hoped they would make another part of this book.
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Maybe it was just a little too cute or a little young adult, but it was just okay. The plot was....light. Very light. The main plot was about the merging of two families with different pasts and everything came together a little too easy. No drama. Nothing really happened at all.
Reesha Singh
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book was really good, but I didn't really like how it ended. I wanted more! I wanted her to say of she felt about her family.
Samantha Waitz
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My novel, Bounce, is about a girl named Evyn having problems in her life. Evyn's father is a widow because she lost her mother at a young age. Evyn is upset when she realizes her father has met someone new and has a hard time excepting that. Evyn has a hard time realizing that her father can be happy as well. I gave this book a 4-star rating because it didn't grab my attention right away. I had to pull myself to read this book more than I wanted to. However, I liked how the plot matched with so ...more
Nov 12, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Author: Natasha Friend
Rating: 3 stars

Ever since Evyn’s mother died it’s only been her dad, Birdie and her older brother, Mackey. They have lived in Maine their whole life. Everything was going smoothly after the death of her mother until many years later on Evyn’s 13th birthday. That night at Evyn’s favorite restaurant when she could get anything on the menu that’s when Evyn knew something was up. That is when Birdie dropped the shocking news. Birdie is getting married and moving in with
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Natasha Friend is the award-winning author of Perfect, Lush, Bounce, For Keeps, My Life in Black and White, Where You'll Find Me, and The Other F-Word. When she isn’t writing, she is building forts and making chocolate-chip pancakes. Natasha lives on the Connecticut shoreline with her husband, three children, and dog, Beckett.
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