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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Talia Gregory relies on her Nan for everything, especially helping her calm the anxiety that controls her life. But Nan gets sick, and it couldn’t be worse timing. Talia’s panic attacks are getting worse, her boyfriend is a jerk, her best friend is distant, her parents are more absent than usual and she’s stuck planning the Cozy Christmas Charity Drive for her knitting group in place of Nan. If that’s not panic inducing enough, enter Lachlan.
Lachlan McCreedy doesn’t rely on anyone. Not after what he’s been through. It’s him and Gram, nothing else matters but keeping his past buried, and his secrets hidden. So when Gram forces him to help with her Christmas sale, Talia is the last thing he expected, and trusting her with his secrets comes as a shock to both of them. But when he unexpectedly falls for her, the question becomes can he trust her…
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