Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Book Review: Leap Day by Wendy Mass

I bought this book at Border's because it sounded interesting, plus it was like $3.00 and I had gift cards! :) Anyways...
Leap Day is a novel about a plethora of students in a high school in Orlando, Florida. The main character is Josie, a sophomore who's birthday happens to be on Leap Day. so it is her 16th and 4th birthday. The book was cleverly written - it starts off from Josie's first person point of view, but then every other chapter is from an omniscient point of view and goes into the heads of Josie's friends, family, classmates, and teachers. As a reader, you get an original outlook on the story and understand why certain details happen. The book follows Josie throughout her 16th birthday as she handles school, friends, the scary driver's test, tryouts for Romeo and Juliet (she'll die if she's not Juliet), the Sophomore Scavenger Hunt, and the traditional 16th birthday initiation at the lake. This novel was funny, clever, and a quick read (I finished it in one day).
"Thirty days hath September,
April, June, and November.
All the rest have thirty-one,
Though February's underdone
With twenty-eight - hold the line! -
Leap Day makes it twenty-nine."

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