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3.44 out of 53.44 out of 53.44 out of 53.44 out of 53.44 out of 5 3.44 (25 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Abby McDonald Narrator: Stephanie Wolfe Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2010 ISBN: 9781441889805
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Can a boy-hungry Jersey girl survive the wilds of Canada with her eco-identity intact? A witty new YA novel from the author of Sophomore Switch.

Jenna may hail from the ’burbs of New Jersey, but Green Teen activism is her life. So when her mom suggests they spend the summer at Grandma’s Florida condo, Jenna pleads instead to visit her hippie godmother, Susie, up in rural Canada. Jenna is psyched at the chance to commune with this nature she’s heard about—and the cute, plaidwearing boys she’s certain must roam there. But after a few run-ins with local wildlife (from a larger-than-life moose to Susie’s sullen Goth stepdaughter to a hot but hostile boy named Reeve), Jenna gets the idea that her long-held ideals, like vegetarianism and conservation, don’t play so well with this population of real outdoorsmen. A dusty survival guide offers Jenna amusing tips on navigating the wilderness—but can she learn to navigate the turns of her heart?

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 2/20/2014

    " Cute for what it is: a light teen romance/realistic novel. Jenna works for her NJ high school's environmental club, but she's not sure she is ready for the wilds of British Columbia when she is farmed off by parents who might or might not be getting a divorce. Staying with a godmother who is nearly married and working hard to open a Bed and Breakfast while coping with a miserable new step-daughter, Jenna she's what it's like to get up close and personal with woods, mountains, moose, and the local boys. She affects her new environment and is affected by it. Ultimately, it has some laughs, romance, and a message. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maddi | 2/19/2014

    " i finshed this in one go. it's great for a lighthearted beach read, slash before bed read, and i really liked the ending :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy | 2/6/2014

    " It took me a while to get into it, but the story ended up having more substance than I expected. I'm not sure I could fully believe the developments with Jenn'a best friend, but the rest of the story was satisfying. Environmental activism, divorce, fitting in, sexuality... lots of ground covered. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle Sallay | 1/14/2014

    " Kind of cute, has its moments, but some serious boring lulls here and there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tara | 1/13/2014

    " Fun quick read, perfect summer book. I really like McDonald's new book so I thought I would check out some of her others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 1/10/2014

    " A books with depths that are surprising. Ending is a little rushed and needed more resolution, but overall lots of fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/5/2014

    " Refreshing read after a stressful semester of school. It was such a cute romance and Ethan was just *swoon* "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sunshine | 12/29/2013

    " i guess it was ok, but the problem and solution were in the last 30 pages!!! the only part i was actually hooked on... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linde | 12/23/2013

    " Het was zo vreselijk voorspelbaar, maar het is wel een fijn meidenboek, dus vandaar toch nog 3/5. Je leest het zo uit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Edward Sullivan | 12/8/2013

    " Well-written, appealing chick-lit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yasmina | 12/3/2013

    " It was cute. She sometimes anoyed me and her friend was horrible! But I liked the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn Churchill | 6/7/2013

    " This girl is incredibly obnoxious but the setting is fun and I'm a sucker for anything that includes interesting group dynamics. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erica Karcher | 3/18/2013

    " So-so. A good light read or listen when you've been caught up with post-apocalyptic for too long. :-) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lexi | 3/11/2013

    " I didn't quite get into this one the way I did with Sophomore Switch, but it was still very good - well written, excellent characterization. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ulana | 1/19/2013

    " Super cute, quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christiana | 10/15/2012

    " Gratuitous swearing messes up my reader's advisory skillz. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 9/28/2012

    " Cute (if predictable) summer read w/ an interesting ecological bent. Good discussion fodder for the pros AND cons of convservationism. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sabrina | 10/30/2011

    " Super cute love story!! I really enjoyed every minute of it, loved the 'green' and hippie aspect of it =P "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ariana | 6/29/2011

    " It was cute. She sometimes anoyed me and her friend was horrible! But I liked the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aliisa | 6/9/2011

    " A sweet ensemble of teens in the wilds of BC. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth! | 4/22/2011

    " I read it in one night, well last night, I couldn't stop reading. It was sord of like you wanted Jenna to hookup with one of the boys and she dose, but not in the way you originally thought it would. Worth reading cover to cover "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Catalina | 4/20/2011

    " I hate open endings. I hate annoying girl MCs. I hate when characters are not really detailed and all they do is mope around depressed and bitter. But I did enjoy the moose so it wasn't all that bad. An ok story, but everyone was too depressed all the time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruthie | 11/5/2010

    " Was really good I liked it alot.But her "best friend" is a hag from hell in my opinion lol "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lexi | 10/19/2010

    " I didn't quite get into this one the way I did with Sophomore Switch, but it was still very good - well written, excellent characterization. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abby | 10/18/2010

    " eh, okay. a bit predictible and characters are a little unoriginal and the plotline jumps around a lot. worth reading though, if you don't have anything else. "

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About the Author
Author Abby McDonald

Abby McDonald is the author of several adult and young adult novels, including Sophomore Switch and Boys, Bears, and a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots. Born in England, she now lives in Los Angeles.

About the Narrator

Stephanie Wolfe graduated with an MFA in acting from Rutgers University and has since been seen on stage, screen, and daytime television, working both in New York and Los Angeles. She now focuses her talents on voice-over work.