Breakaway

Breakaway

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When Jason Marshall's younger sister passes away, he knows he can count on his three best friends and soccer teammates--Mario, Jordie, and Chick--to be there for him. With a grief-crippled mother and a father who's not in the picture, he needs them more than ever. But when Mario starts hanging out with a rough group of friends and Jordie finally lands the girl of his dreams, Jason is left to fend for himself while maintaining a strained relationship with troubled and quiet Chick. Then Jason meets Raine, a girl he thinks is out of his league but who sees him for everything he wants to be, and he finds himself pulled between building a healthy and stable relationship with a girl he might be falling in love with, grieving for his sister, and trying to hold onto the friendships he has always relied on.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250065513
1250065518
Characteristics: viii, 290 pages ; 22 cm

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Nov 16, 2015

Excellent contemporary, realistic fiction for readers 15 y.o. and older. Jaz (short for Jason) is 17 and his younger sister has died. The reader gets pulled into Jaz's story quickly. I was rooting for him almost from the beginning, because the author does a masterly job creating Jaz's voice and life and making it breathe. Sad and funny, I'm hoping the author writes another book about Jaz; he deserves some happiness and peace.

LPL_MollyW Aug 24, 2015

Jaz is trying to process his grief after losing his younger sister while his mother falls into a deep depression, and his father is mostly out of the picture. To top it off, he feels his three best friends growing apart as they grow up. Mario is falling in with the wrong crowd; Jordie is distancing himself from his poorer friends in favor of his fellow country-clubber girlfriend; and Chick is his same old quiet and troubled self. It's so refreshing to read an honest story about friendship between teenage guys, a subject not often explored in YA fiction. Spears captures the complicated dynamic of evolving social statuses, expertly portrays the experiences of teens living in poverty, and writes Jaz's voice so authentically. I highly recommend BREAKAWAY to fans of contemporary realistic fiction. If you missed her debut, SWAY, be sure to check it out, too.

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