Josh didn’t expect to spend his father year living with his uncle Larry miles away from home. But after what happened last year, Josh feels such shame that he can’t face his life. So he lives with his karate-obsessed uncle, and he goes to a new school away from his best friends. He practices karate with Stella, the girl who lives upstairs. They have a connection, but Stella’s possessive boyfriend keeps getting in the way. Besides, if Stella knew the real Josh, would she even like him?
Jo Knowles’s excellent Living with Jackie Chan is the follow-up to her novel Jumping Off Swings, but readers who aren’t familiar with the first can still very much enjoy this pitch-perfect novel about mistakes, growing up, and forgiveness. Knowles is a powerful writer, and this spare, character-driven novel is compelling through its final pages.
Josh is as shut-down as a character can…
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