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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,214 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joan Bauer Narrator: Kathe Mazur Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Jenna Boller is back from her life-altering trip to Texas, dripping with instant maturity. She’s got a new job as assistant to Madeline Gladstone, Director of Quality Control for Gladstone Shoes, and a handsome protégé named Tanner Cobb.

But balancing all these responsibilities with the angst of junior year and her needy family isn’t easy, especially when she’s uncovering nefarious dealings at a mysterious shoe factory called Plant 453 and her protégé happens to be a shoplifter. Jenna finds it difficult to trust Tanner, although his street smarts might be just what she needs when the going gets tough. But Jenna’s sense of humor keeps her grounded and helps her understand maturity is a work-in-progress.

Once again, Joan Bauer has written a sure-footed, funny, and poignant novel about honesty, self-esteem, the demands of loyalty, and the redemptive power of sole.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Emily | 2/16/2014

    " LOVE Joan Bauer's stuff! This is another great one about a 16-year-old girl dealing with an unrepentant alcoholic father and helping take on a shoe company that is exploiting their workers. Despite the serious issues, there are a lot of laughs and a positive, hopeful message. Very clean and appropriate for younger girls. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lauren James | 2/16/2014

    " While the climax here is a little rushed, that's a small caveat to Bauer's excellent follow-up to the eminently likeable Rules of the Road. Jenna continues to be a sensible and wry narrator, and I adore how her love of shoes is connected--unusually for a YA narrator!--to selling them rather than buying them. Her concern for sturdiness, quality, and personal appeal carries through the book itself as she deals with the rehabilitation of a charming parolee Gladstone's hires and the continued slimy machinations of her boss's son. Contrary to the way the flap copy makes it sound, this isn't really a romance, although Jenna does get a quiet, pleasantly low-key flirtation--typically for her, what makes her swoon is that he "understands retail"--but it's not a focus. The focus is still on the pleasures of work, courage, taking a stand, and growing up, and Bauer, remarkably, makes it all sound terrifically fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Diana | 2/8/2014

    " How can Joan Bauer make two books about selling shoes and both of them are interesting and great? I don't know either, but she does it. I enjoyed reading about these characters again and I was glad to see that they changed in subtle ways. I love the introduction of Tanner and the drama with Gladstone. Great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sammy Gott | 2/6/2014

    " This is a book i read this quarter. Its by the same author of the other book i read this quarter. This book relates to rules of the road. I would suggest reading this book before rules of the road. The main character is Jenna again. This book talks about her actual job at the shoe store and what goes on inside. Then Jenna starts to like this guy named Tanner, who is new to the store. It has good pacing throughout the book. It has a lot of different things going on so you don't get bored. "

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