Instead, they stay on to force Elle to reexamine the meaning of friendship and, of course, herself. The reviews are coming in, and they're looking good! Publishers Weekly says, "Readers will be moved by Elle's thoughtful and honest narration, which genuinely reads like someone sorting through a complex situation. It is a sensitive portrayal of the ways people fumble and grow along the path towards love, acceptance and strength, complete with heartwarming, realistic characters and a multi-layered plot that is a delight to experience. I strongly recommend this book to readers of all ages and walks of life.
Meanwhile the book reviewer bloggers have been wonderfully kind to Jumpstart. Here are a few examples: I definitely recommend picking this up. Not only will it help adults in regaining a sense of appreciation and understanding of this difficult time of life, it may also help others to become more tolerant and kind. With an eloquence I have yet to read elsewhere, Catherine Ryan Hyde illustrates precisely the impact one individual can have on another, especially when the motive is love.
Loved, loved, loved it. There's something about the way that Hyde writes that is so authentic and real and raw that you can't help but love the characters.
An exceptional and inspiring read with a message for us all. Highly recommended for all public and many school libraries. It's beautiful yet spare, and the reader knows that her words have meaning and weight. I would recommend the story for anyone whose interested in transgender characters and how they deal with living their live and how people often react to finding out that they are transgender. Apr 29, Jade rated it did not like it.
Okay so I had to read this book for book club and let me tell you, it's god awful. Elle is the only one that isn't because the only thing her character even does is do things in spite of others getting the cat to piss off her mom, cut her hair because her mom l Okay so I had to read this book for book club and let me tell you, it's god awful.
Elle is the only one that isn't because the only thing her character even does is do things in spite of others getting the cat to piss off her mom, cut her hair because her mom liked her hair and or because of others she does photography because the neighbor likes to take pictures, etc. The Bobs are just gay, there's nothing in the entire book that makes them seem like actual people. One of the things that ticks me off the most is gay characters that are nothing more than gay, there's nothing else to them. You can't say "gays are people too" and then not even write them as people, you write them as just merely plot elements and an accessory to the story or main character.
Jan 03, Angel rated it did not like it. I was really looking forward to reading this book. I finally found a YA book about gender! However this book was actually such a disappointment. It has terrible narration, dialogue, and boring characters. She kicks people out of her apartment for even having the thought.. This book is really bad and was a struggle t I was really looking forward to reading this book. This book is really bad and was a struggle to get through. It does not do a good job of educating straight, especially people about being transgender and gay.
I would not recommend this book to anyone. Apr 14, Christine Hamman rated it really liked it. I would not give this book to my homophobic students, but I would give it to their friend who stands off quietly to the side, wondering what their role in everything should be. I kind of wish I had a so this book is titled after a quote from one of the most significant characters in the book.
I kind of wish I had a cat like Toto now. Jan 27, Jacob rated it really liked it. A short good book on accepting differences in people. I mainly read it, because Catherine's writing is like a comfort to me. We all find authors we love Oct 19, Danielle rated it it was amazing Shelves: Abandoned across town in a brand new apartment, Elle is left with a living room of boxes each full with items she could care less about, and a cat who would rather hide in the closet than come anywhere near a human being.
Only when she meets her new neighbor, Frank, does she begin to feel a flicker of life return to her body. It effects everything about how Elle interacts with people. From the distance she keeps to which words she chooses to speak and when to say them.
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The only acquaintances she allows herself to have are her new neighbor Frank and then later a few friends from school. Being one is such a multi-layered experience that, I think, as we get older we tend to peel away — leaving only our core-selves. We often grow numb as we age, forgetting the passions and anxieties we once had. Jumpstart the World wipes away that desensitization and opens your eyes to things once forgotten.
In one fell swoop she feels unsettled and unsure of how to handle the situation. Are they friends still? Is she now gay? For me, my Frank was a boy by the name of Dirk. I knew no one. He was the first person to say hello to me and the last to say goodbye before we moved back to our hometown a year later. Completely smitten, I ignored what was so blatantly obvious to so many others. In the end I only discovered Dirk was gay three days before we moved and in so many ways I was just like Elle in Jumpstart the World, devastated and scared.
This was my first personal encounter with anyone gay and I had no idea what it meant for our future friendship. Much like Elle I discovered that it changed nearly nothing, except it did. He was still a huge part of my life and someone who had made a difference when no one else had.
He made me aware of others in a way no one else could have, from how he regarded me to how he was and had been treated himself. It was a defining moment in my life, one in which enabled me to look on another with new eyes, an open mind and most of all…love. In Jumpstart the World love could quite possibly be considered another character, it encapsulates everything that Elle experiences, the good and the bad. Her mother, her new circle of friends, and most especially her relationship with Frank. Thankfully with the help of her friends, most importantly her relationships with Frank and Wilbur, she is able to thrive in her new life.
Not only will it help adults in regaining a sense of appreciation and understanding of this difficult time of life, it may also help others to become more tolerant and kind. In a day when teens often feel abandoned and completely alone they need books like Jumpstart the World that show them there is love in the world. With an eloquence I have yet to read elsewhere, Catherine Ryan Hyde illustrates precisely the impact one individual can have on another, especially when the motive is love.
There's a Book http: This review first appeared on my blog: At 15, Elle isn't old enough to be on her own, but her mother's boyfriend doesn't want her around. Rather than being a good mom and telling the boyfriend to take a hike, Elle's mom rents an apartment across town for her to live in. In defiance, Elle chops off her hair and heads to her new high school looking a bit worse for the wear.
She also chooses the ugliest cat she could find at the pound to irritate her beauty-o This review first appeared on my blog: She also chooses the ugliest cat she could find at the pound to irritate her beauty-obsessed mother. Toto is scraggly and only has one eye, but Elle grows to love him.
Her neighbor Frank helps her with her unpacking, and Elle develops a bit of a crush on him. Then she finds out he has a partner, Molly, but the crush endures. When Molly goes to her locker at school, someone has scrawled the word "QUEER" across it probably due to her chopped off hair , and that lets her know that she will probably not be making many new friends. She does, however, end up getting to know a group of LGBT kids, and, while she's not certain exactly how she feels about them, they take her in with open arms.
At a get-together at Elle's apartment, her new friends tell her that they think Frank is transgender, and Elle is flabbergasted at even the thought, especially since she's crushing so much on him. If he's transgender, what does that say about HER, especially since all of her new friends have varying sexual identities?
This novel is brilliant; I love Ms. She totally gets into the mind of a teenager who is going through a heck of a lot. Knowing that your mother prefers being with her boyfriend over taking care of you would throw anyone into a tailspin, and finding yourself seriously crushing on someone who is or was a woman at the same time? This book is not about sexual identity, although that theme runs through the book.
It's about friendship, and acceptance, and knowing that being different isn't a bad thing. There is a lot of punch packed into this short novel, and I would highly recommend it to any reader, not just YA readers. Hearing that he wasn't around much. But then again, I don't have tons and tons of friends. And only one ever offered to look after me. Even my mother isn't entirely committed to that. I didn't want to look at him. Because I didn't want to do that thing.
Where you look at him in a whole new light. Use the new information to look at him and see something entirely different. I didn't care to try on any new views of Frank. It struck me suddenly how utterly ridiculous it is to ever think you know anybody. Or to ever think you've found anybody you can love. Because you don't know anybody. Especially when you haven't even known them all that long. But, really, not even when you've known them all your life. I never thought my mother would trade me for some dork named Donald.
And I sure as hell never thought Frank was anything other than a guy. Jan 21, Gaby Melara rated it it was amazing. This book called "Jumpstart the World" is about a sixteen years old girl name Elle who's relationship with her mother is not the best. Her mom basically chooses her boyfriend over her,so she sent her to live in a apartment by herself where she meets this guy named Frank who is many years older than her.
Since she saw Frank from the very first time she liked him and can not stop thinking about him. Since Elle moved to her new apartment Frank have offer her his friendship and helped her in many th This book called "Jumpstart the World" is about a sixteen years old girl name Elle who's relationship with her mother is not the best. Since Elle moved to her new apartment Frank have offer her his friendship and helped her in many things so Elle started feeling something for Frank.
Based on what I've read so far about the book i think this book is great.! I really enjoy reading it everything i start to read it. It's a very catchy book that grabs the reader's attention really fast. Also this book is a good book for a teenager like me to read because Elle's life story makes a connection with my life,so i really understand what her life is having to deal with her mother's boyfriend and the fact that she does not feel like she has a mother because her mother is never there for her.
At the beginning of the book i noticed that this book had caught my attention really fast which is rare. Every time i read a book it usually starts very slow and boring, but this book actually was not.
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This book is very fun and interesting at the same time. I liked that the reader used very good grammar which makes the reader read even more.
Before i started reading the book i was wondering what the cover meant. I Really thought it was a scary book but as soon as i started reading it i found out the true meaning of the book cover. It really fits and describes the story. I definitely loved this book even though i'm still reading it.
I enjoy every page i read because it's just a great book. I will definitely recommend this book to a friend because i know she will enjoy it as much as i am.
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Its a great book and the story is interesting. I really hope to read more books as interesting as this one. Sep 16, Tara rated it really liked it Shelves: I read this book in one sitting. I was a little afraid that this book would be maudlin and preachy. I was pleasantly surprised. Catherine Ryan Hyde showed both restraint and skill when writing this book. It is important to be able to see yourself reflected in literature. But in a way I almost feel as if it is a more important book to share with people who do not have a connection with that community.
The beauty of literature is that I read this book in one sitting. The beauty of literature is that it allows us to experience the world from a different perceptive, to gain awareness of another's reality. This book in some ways is like an introduction from Elle to the reader, "Here is my friend Frank. This is why I love him. Jumpstart the World manages to do with without feeling contrived. Considering the potential for this subject to read as a sort of after school special I think that is remarkable.
I was impressed that the characters seemed so authentic. There were no "angels" and even characters that are written as deeply flawed such as Elle's mother are never shown as being flat or without the potential for change. This book left me with characters that I really loved Wilbur, Bob, and Bobby on particular and a great deal to think about. Oct 21, Liza Gilbert rated it it was amazing Shelves: I read Hyde's Pay It Forward when it was first published over 10 years ago. I remember enjoying it, but finding the ridiculously emotional plot twists to be about as over the top as they could get.
I passed on watching the movie version. I was curious about this book, written for teens, with such a hot-button-issue premise. I figured it would be a tome designed for dozens of ridiculously emotional plot twists. While there were some plot twists, I felt they were completely reasonable, and the singu I read Hyde's Pay It Forward when it was first published over 10 years ago.
While there were some plot twists, I felt they were completely reasonable, and the singular Catherine Ryan Hyde moment that really stabbed me clean through was a simple comment made by a secondary character on page This was by far a more elegant story in terms of presentation. All of the fat and gristle in the story had been trimmed away, and what remained was the first person teen narrative and some ideas about tolerance and understanding. While many teens and adults are not interested in reading books about tolerance and understanding re: This has been one of the better books I've read this year.
Trying to avoid spoilers here. In short, I found this to be an illustrative characterization of a young woman and her deepening maturity and wisdom. Oct 26, Ana rated it it was amazing. Muy recomendada para cualquier persona que le interese el tema trans. Aug 21, Kebby rated it really liked it. I thought this book was really well written, and very emotional for me as an FTM, because it all was very real to me. I would recommend this book to anyone, it is a perfect glimpse into teen life, as well as the lives of people who care about transgender individuals.
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May 18, Thorn MotherIssues rated it did not like it Shelves: I'd love to read a good YA book about a transman, but this isn't it. Nothing was plausible, up to and including the magical pixie gay. Oh, and character "development. Jan 10, Jessica rated it really liked it. I really enjoyed this book, and it was a quick read! Before Elle moves to her new apartment, Elle decides to go to the shelter and gets a one eyed cat.
Elle likes this cat but mainly gets him because her mother would hate it. She names him Toto after Toto in the Wizard of Oz. While Elle is moving into her new apartment, Frank introduces himself and that he is her neighbor. Right way, Elle knows that she is going to like Frank. At the beginning of the book, Ell I really enjoyed this book, and it was a quick read! At the beginning of the book, Elle has sort of long red hair but then she cuts it into a short man-like hair style specifically Annie Lennox.
Elle also knows that her mother would hate this. We learn that Frank lives with Molly, and she is a photographer who makes really good chicken noodle soup. Elle then goes into the bathroom and meets Shane who has blue hair. She is skipping class. Elle visits Molly and Frank a few times during the novel. She received a large piece of cake and a stuffed cat Toto currently hates her. A few days later, Elle has a party with Shane, the Bobs, and Wilbur.
They bring 2 six packs of beer. Later during the party, Frank stopped over to say that tomorrow Molly was making soup. Then the rest of her friends start talking but Elle is confused. She talks about it with Molly and Frank and they assure her and want her to have more than 2 friends. When she gets home, a present and card are sitting outside her door. She receives a painting of flowers from the Bobs. Elle is enlightened that they gave her something. The next day, Wilbur tells Elle that Shane is looking for her and they Shane and Elle argue about whether Frank is a trans man or not.
She reunites with her and the Bobs. When Elle arrives home from school, her mom is there unexpectedly. Elle was mad at her mother but she also got presents for her birthday so that made her happy. Since Molly is really good at photography and Frank is really good at Scrabble, Elle wants to take picture of them dancing. Her mother is confused about how she was taking pictures and Elle explains that she used the money from returning all of the things her mother bought her. One side of his face was lumpy and puffed up.
We learned earlier that Frank is a vet so Elle runs over and talks to him.