Sunday, May 8, 2011

Review: Jumpstart The World by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Elle is a loner. She doesn’t need people. Which is a good thing, because she’s on her own: she had to move into her own apartment so her mother’s boyfriend won’t have to deal with her. Then she meets Frank, the guy who lives next door. He’s older and has a girlfriend, but Elle can’t stop thinking about him. Frank isn’t like anyone Elle has ever met. He listens to her. He’s gentle. And Elle is falling for him, hard. But Frank is different in a way that Elle was never prepared for: he’s transgender. And when Elle learns the truth, her world is turned upside down.  Now she’ll have to search inside herself to find not only the true meaning of friendship but her own role in jumpstarting the world.

Let me start this review with a huge thank you to Ms. Catherine! She granted my book copy request many weeks ago. I wasn't really expecting anything from this request, I always tell myself that many of the authors today usually prefer to send a copy of their novels on eBook format, but that's the thing, I don't patronize them (if you can call them books in the first place). I'm an old-fashioned reader who wants nothing but hold a book while reading it. I find pleasure when I flip those crisp pages and smell them incessantly. Okay, that's just weird...but we have weirdness in all of us right? Wow, it's been a week now! I miss my blog and all my blogger friends...But I know they understand me perfectly...

Well, let us turn now to my review. Honestly, the reason I was interested in this book can be describe in one word: transgender. Some may find this not at all interesting, since it's common knowledge that transgender are accepted in society nowadays...I guess, I've never read a book that deals with this topic that's why I wanted to know more about it. And what better way to do this than read a book about it!

Jumpstart The World opens with Elle and her mother, moving into a new apartment. After a few pages you can easily tell that Elle and her mother has a relationship problem. They argue all the time and I can assume that there's a deeper explanation why this have transpired. It turned out that Elle's mother would rather pay to put Elle up in a God-forsaken apartment than take a chance on losing her boyfriend...That's just sad, right? How could she? She's an awful mom. No wonder Elle has no respect for her. Then all of a sudden, everything changed for the better, or not? Elle meets her neighbor, Frank. And she fell for him, hard. After she learned that Frank is a transgender man, it propels her into a whirl of confusion...

Catherine is a fearless writer. I really, really admire her and her powerful pen. Jumpstart The World is a testament to her originality as a writer and as a person who understands the world... Elle, for me is one of the most memorable characters I've ever read. She is strong, clever and just darn adorable...A must read!

My Rating: 4 ½ Stars

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