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Bounce: A Novel by Megan Shull

Bounce: A Novel

by Megan Shull

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Narrated by Caitlin Davies. Twelve-year-old Frannie lacks confidence and self-esteem. Her emotionally abusive family is no help. Frannie is petrified when her parents announce they are leaving on a Caribbean trip over Christmas, leaving Frannie and her teenaged brother and sister behind. She feels even more helpless when her siblings host a huge, destructive Christmas Eve party for their friends over her objections. When Frannie wishes she had a different family, she finds herself in a fantasy sequence celebrating four Christmases in a row, each as a different person in a new family. Each provides Frannie with the love, affection and attention she has craved. Her self-confidence grows with each situation and when Frannie "returns" to her old family, she has learned that though they haven't changed, she has. Learning to care about herself has given her the tools she needs to feel good about herself. I didn't quite buy the parents just taking off and leaving the kids behind at Christmas and it seemed incredulous that the parents were so down on Frannie. Also, the fantasy mom Cass was unbelievably saccharine in her love. But I enjoyed Davies' performance of the anxious Frannie who grows stronger, and that of the assorted characters in the fantasy sequences. ( )
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