Motorcycles, Sushi & One Strange Book  -     By: Nancy Rue
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Motorcycles, Sushi & One Strange Book

Zondervan / 2010 / Paperback

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Normal? While family dinners and vacations to touristy destinations are ordinary events for her "normal" friends, fifteen-year-old Jessie Hatcher's normal life means dealing with her ADHD and her mother's bipolar disorder. So why is Jessie shocked when the unexpected happens? Now her "normal" includes living in Florida with the father she always thought was dead and learning the secrets of sushi from a man who teaches by tormenting her. Life isn't any saner with her dad, but a cute guy and a mysterious book might just be the crazy Jessie needs.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 0310714842
ISBN-13: 9780310714842
Availability: In Stock
Ages: 13-16
Series: Real Life

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Publisher's Description

Normal? While family dinners and vacations to touristy destinations are ordinary events for her “normal” friends, fifteen-year-old Jessie Hatcher’s normal life means dealing with her ADHD and her mother’s bipolar disorder. So why is Jessie shocked when the unexpected happens? Now her “normal” includes living in Florida with the father she always thought was dead and learning the secrets of sushi from a man who teaches by tormenting her. Life isn’t any saner with her dad, but a cute guy and a mysterious book might just be the crazy Jessie needs.

Author Bio

Nancy Rue has written over 100 books for girls, is the editor of the Faithgirlz Bible, and is a popular speaker and radio guest with her expertise in tween and teen issues. She and husband, Jim, have raised a daughter of their own and now live in Tennessee.

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Motorcycles, Sushi and One Strange Book is an apt title for the novel by Nancy Rue, written for female teenagers but fitting for adults, too. Written in first person narrative, the story centers on Jessie Hatcher, a fifteen-year-old coping with ADHD and an alcoholic, bi-polar mother in Mountain Brook, Alabama. Out of the blue comes a phone call from a man claiming to be Jessie’s father, whom she had been told was dead. While her mother is in the hospital after a suicide attempt, Jessie goes with her father, Lou Kennesaw, to the airport to go to his home in St. Augustine, Florida. At the airport, Jessie finds a well-worn book called Real Life and takes it with her.

In St. Augustine, Jessie gets a ride on Lou’s motorcycle named Levi, and she meets Rocky, a young man who works in Lou’s motorcycle repair business. Lou has another daughter, ten-year-old Louisa, “Weezie,” who makes constant problems with Jessie. Lou insists on helping Jessie work out her ADHD issues and has her working in a sushi bar behind the motorcycle shop with a Japanese couple who take no guff from her. As Jessie tries to adjust and cope with her new family, she relies more and more on her book, which tells stories about Yeshua (Jesus Christ) and offers solutions to many of life’s dilemmas. In the end, Jessie comes to love her patient and devoted father, and settles her issues with her half-sister Weezie.

Nancy Rue has written an insightful novel about the atypical mind and behavior of an ADHD child. The lack of concentration, the hyper-activity, and the ultimate frustration, plus the coping with the label itself, are brought out in Jessie’s character. Her father’s solutions include giving her love and setting routines and boundaries, which help. However, Jessie finds answers and inspiration in her Real Life book, which brings her the spiritual guidance she needs. There are no exact biblical quotations in this book, but excerpts from the book will satisfy the Christian reader’s quest for references that affect Jessie’s emotional life and provide the answers she needs. Well-written and fast-paced, this is a great novel that teens and adults will enjoy. It is h

Editorial Reviews

“Rue creates likable, believable characters who are coping with life’s challenges.”
“Rue takes a predictable arc – troubled girl is rescued by her reformed, born-again father and biblical truths – and freshens it with a hugely sympathetic protagonist-narrator, mostly genuine supporting characters and a well-realized setting (a St. Augustine motorcycle shop and environs) … Here’s hoping the next entry in this new series lives up to the standard set here.”
“When Jessie’s long-lost father calls her out of the blue one day, she’d just as soon he vanish again, but finds herself stuck with him anyway when her bipolar mother attempts suicide. On the flight from Alabama to Florida she picks up a beat-up old book and despite herself---her ADHD has not helped to foster a love of reading---finds it has something to offer. So does her newfound dad, his bratty daughter and his crew of friends, including a sushi chef and his wife and an appealingly gap-toothed boy. Rue takes a predictable arc---troubled girl is resuced by her reformed, born-again father and biblical truths---and freshens it with a hugely sympathetic protagonist-narrator, mostly genuine supporting characters and a well-realized setting (a St. Augustine motorcycle shop and environs). The smart-mouthed “Real Life” book is both a Bible in teenspeak and a character “speaking” to Jesse and uncannily anticipating her needs. At the end, Jesse leaves it for another needy soul to find. Here’s to hoping the next entry in this new series lives up to the standard set here.”

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  1. Oregon
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Funny and thoughtful
    May 11, 2012
    Jill Williamson
    Oregon
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Review by Jill Williamson

    Fifteen-year-old Jessie Hatcher has a system to deal with her with her mom's bipolar disorder and her own ADHD—until her father shows up. Her dead father. Apparently, mom told a little lie. And on the day her dad comes to meet her, mom ends up in the hospital. And now Jesse's only relative is her dad, who lives in Florida, far away from all her friends. So Jesse goes, but she isn't staying, even when she starts to like her job at the local sushi restaurant, the cute guy who works at the bike shop, and the mysterious book she "stole" from the airport.

    Loved it! And let me just say, I could relate to Jessie's randomness and mood swings. This is a really fun story about a girl who is searching. She's had to depend on herself for so long that it's hard for her to trust anyone. But her dad isn't like her mom at all. It's weird for Jesse to have an adult who cares. The writing is funny and thoughtful. The characters are fabulous, real, and struggling like the rest of us. I flew through the book and hope I'll be able to read all the books in this series. Highly recommended.
  2. Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A great read!
    December 21, 2010
    Buttercup
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    When I saw a new teen series coming (from author Nancy Rue) I flipped! I believe I have read every good contemporary teen books there was so I'm always happy to see another one. This book did not disappoint. It starts when Jessie, who has ADHD, freaks when her father, who she believed was dead, shows up on her front door. When circumstances force her to move in with him, she tries to show her "bad" side so she can get back home. So she steals a book, which when she opens says it was meant for her to find it. This creeps her out and Jessie leaves the book untouched for a while. But when she reads it, she finds it tells the story of salvation, which she desperately wants. Add that with a little romance, a great dad who owns motorcycles, and the secrets of sushi, you get one fantastic teen read! Way to go Nancy Rue for another winner.
  3. North Platte, NE
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Fun read, but heavy topic
    October 2, 2010
    Janna Ryan
    North Platte, NE
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Nancy Rue has started a great new series here. It may be for young adults but not too young. This first book deals with ADHD, bipolar disorder, parental suicide and much, much more. The second book dives into dating abuse (older boyfriend beating up his younger girlfriend) and takes it all the way through the trial. Heavy issues, but very well written. Great characters and realistic scenarios. For young people in high school and college these books are very appropriate, but I think it'll be awhile before my 14 year old, homeschooled daughter will be reading them. I am a huge sushi fan and found the insight into the sushi restaurant fascinating. In the second book Nancy gives us a great insight into surfing - that was also very interesting.
  4. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    September 30, 2010
    Sharon Pierce
    This review was written for Motorcycles, Sushi & One Strange Book-eBook.
    I really enjoyed this book. It was written about real situations and people. I think it will make girls really think about their relationship with God.
  5. Vinton, LA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    September 30, 2010
    Kathy Fitzhugh
    Vinton, LA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    This review was written for Motorcycles, Sushi & One Strange Book-eBook.
    I really liked this book. While written predominately for teens, the message is powerful for all ages. Through many changes in her life, Jessie finds much growth and much to love about herself and her father. Life is never easy, but respect for one another helps us see life through another's eyes.
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