February 29th, Leap Day, has been a big part of my life for a while. My youngest brother was born on Leap Day when I was 9 year old, so we’ve been teasing him…pretty much ever since. When I saw Wendy Mass’s Leap Day pop up on Amazon’s bargain books, I grabbed it. It sounded like a fun title and my students can’t get enough of Mass’s books. I didn’t realize how much I was going to enjoy it, too!
Josie Taylor is a “leaper”, one of the few people in the world fortunate to be born on Leap Day. As she tells the reader, there is a 1 in 365 chance of being born any other day of the year, but only a 1 in 1461 chance of being born on Leap Day. It’s the day of her 16th birthday, and her fourth “real” birthday. She has a day of celebrations to look forward to, like her free pizza from Dominos (do they really give away free pizza for life to leapers?). What I love about the book is that you don’t just experience the day from Josie’s point of view. You experience it from the point-of-view of all different characters in her life. From her parents, to her best friends, her brother, to random kids in class at school- you get to be in all of their heads!
I’m a natural eavesdropper. I’m nosy, what can I say? So this book was perfect for me! In so many stories I am always wondering what the other characters are thinking and feeling. Wendy Mass has created my dream book.
This is more of a YA novel (though I wouldn’t hesitate to include it in my 8th grade classroom). There is some mention of hooking up and other teenagerly activities. I do think my girls are going to love this, and I know it will garner more fans for Mass!