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Number of Pages: 208
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.5 (inches)
Series: Real Life
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.
In St. Augustine, Jessie gets a ride on Lous motorcycle named Levi, and she meets Rocky, a young man who works in Lous 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 lifes 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 Jessies character. Her fathers 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 readers quest for references that affect Jessies 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
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) Heres hoping the next entry in this new series lives up to the standard set here.
When Jessies long-lost father calls her out of the blue one day, shed 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. Heres to hoping the next entry in this new series lives up to the standard set here.
Sofia Marie5 Stars Out Of 5Awesome (like most of Nancy Rue's books)December 20, 2016Sofia MarieQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Typical Jessie: I guess my life was crazy even before the day it really lost its mind. I just didnt think it was. I did think my friend Chelseas life was a little weird. Her parents had been married to each other for twenty years and her family sat down at the table to eat supper together every night... I definitely considered my friend Marcuss life to be strange. His family went on a two-week vacation every single summer to places like Key West and the Grand Canyon... Totally off the wall.
When Jessie's mom is sent to the hospital for gulping down a bunch of pills, Jessie is left with her dad. Who she had thought was dead. Her plan is simple: drive him nuts until he sends her back home. Except it might be nicer in some ways in Florida: like motorcycles, the beach and a book that she can actually read. Can there really be a relief from the hamster wheel in her head? Can she just be herself, without always covering up the fact that she has ADHD?
Like most of Nancy Rue's books, Motorcycles, Sushi and One Strange Book is awesome. I love how Jessie changes from the I-have-to-hide-this girl to someone who more or less embraces herself as she is. RL-the book that she found herself reading despite her disability- is basically a modern-day paraphrase of the Bible. It can mysteriously be clear when it's time to read and blur when the reading is enough for the day. Although a book like that isnt really out there, Nancy Rue does show us that parts of the Bible can stand out to us too.
This is the first of the Real Life series for teens. The others are "Boyfriends, Burritos and an Ocean of Trouble," "Tournaments, Cocoa and One Wrong Move" and "Limos, Lattes, and My Life on the Fringe." They can all be read as stand-alones, since the only thread is the RL book that they find when they need it and leave for someone else to find.
Emily4 Stars Out Of 5Pretty Cool, for its audienceDecember 9, 2015EmilyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4What I liked: As "Christian fiction" it came across well, avoiding the two roadside ditches of (a) being heavy-handed preachy, and on the other side (b) being a secular story dressed in a religious facade. Even though it is a fantasy, it still has a high credibility factor.
What I have reservations about: When the publisher labels it "teen," believe them. Adults who like the youthful aura of the "teen/young adult" genre may find a lot to like, but those who do not want to spend that much time inside a teenage brain won't.
Jill WilliamsonOregonAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Funny and thoughtfulMay 11, 2012Jill WilliamsonOregonAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Review by Jill Williamson
Fifteen-year-old Jessie Hatcher has a system to deal with her with her mom's bipolar disorder and her own ADHDÃ¢â¬âuntil 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.
ButtercupAge: Under 18Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A great read!December 21, 2010ButtercupAge: Under 18Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5When 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.
Janna RyanNorth Platte, NEAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Fun read, but heavy topicOctober 2, 2010Janna RyanNorth Platte, NEAge: 35-44Gender: femaleNancy 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.