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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: August 2005 ISBN: 9780307284549
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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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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 S. Dixon, DTR | 2/2/2014

    " This book makes you question if people can really change who they are. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 1/31/2014

    " Cute simple story that gives a good insights on the retail world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julia | 1/23/2014

    " I loved this book so much. It was amazing. The characters were wonderfully described, and you felt like you were them experiencing all that was happening. It was awesome. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tara | 1/18/2014

    " It was fun to revisit characters, but I didn't enjoy this book as well as the first. Parts of it seemed disjointed, and there wasn't as much growing for the main character. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy Lockett | 1/13/2014

    " Another good Joan Bauer book... a little laughter, a little thought-provoking, and more than a little uplifting... It is the sequel to Rules of the Road. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laina | 12/19/2013

    " If you want a deep novel wiht humor, this is the book for you! The main character is very human as she struggles with various things in her life. It made me cry at parts, yet I was laughing at others. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lee Anne | 11/30/2013

    " A delightful and insightful story! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kari | 11/28/2013

    " This was a good book and a nice change of pace from what I normally read. No surprises with how this book ended, but it wasn't a unrealistic ending either. I kind of wonder if a third book is on it's way, there just seems like there is a lot more that can be done with the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Isabella | 11/27/2013

    " A very good book-touching without being melodramatic, moral without being preachy. The characters are complex, with good and bad sides. Anyone who enjoys conflict, emotion, and everyday life would love this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 11/23/2013

    " I enjoyed the realistic contemporary life challenges handled with integrity and courage. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sonja Heels | 9/28/2013

    " I think the description you will find inside the book is a bit misleading on what the book is about, but nonetheless, it was an interesting book. Not fantastic, but not bad either. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joy =puppy luvr!!~!~ | 9/13/2013

    " i really didn't learn anything from this book except for give everyone a second chance!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josh | 12/12/2012

    " This was a great sequel to The Rules of the Road. It was hard to put down once I started reading it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina | 8/12/2012

    " This is the sequel to rules of the road. It was an equally good book as the first. I think she is a great writer and really love her books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jodi | 8/10/2012

    " Joan Bauer is just so good. Her characters are strong and funny and moral, and this book is no exception. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 7/25/2012

    " The good read continues on...I enjoyed this as much or more than the first (Rules of the Road). Joan Bauer puts wisdom, humor and great story line in her books. I would read another of her books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorna | 7/21/2012

    " My Dad owned a shoe store and my first job was selling shoes, so I enjoyed the shoe business aspect of the book. Deals with alot of social issues. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eve Romanowski | 6/15/2012

    " typical ending to a young adult book but a good story for teenagers looking to find their own voice. "

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About the Author
Author Joan Bauer

Joan Bauer is the author of a dozen novels for young readers, among them the Newbery Honor Book Hope Was Here and the Los Angeles Times Prize winner Rules of the Road. She has also twice received the Christopher Award, as well as the Schneider Family Book Award and the Golden Kite Award.

About the Narrator

Kathe Mazur has narrated many audiobooks, winning the prestigious Audie Award for best narration in 2014, being named a finalist for the Audie Award in 2013 and 2015, and winning seven AudioFile Earphones Awards. As an actress, she can be seen as DDA Hobbs on The Closer and in the upcoming Major Crimes. She has worked extensively in film, theater, and television, including appearances on Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, House, Brothers and Sisters, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, ER, Monk, and many others.