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Things Change epub

by Patrick Jones


Things Change epub

ISBN: 1439564191

ISBN13: 978-1439564196

Author: Patrick Jones

Category: Young Adult

Subcategory: Literature & Fiction

Language: English

ePUB book: 1364 kb

FB2 book: 1159 kb

Rating: 4.3

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In THINGS CHANGE, Patrick Jones paints a chilling picture of physical and emotional abuse. Things change will have you on an emotionally rollercoaster the moment you grab the book.

In THINGS CHANGE, Patrick Jones paints a chilling picture of physical and emotional abuse. People often question why the abused continues to "love" the abuser and refuses to seek help. You’ll be happy, sad and proud of Johanna, angry and understanding of Paul. Johanna's story attempts to show how loss of friendships and alienation of family keep the abused from reaching out.

Patrick Jones is the author of five realistic teen novels . Discover new books on Goodreads. See if your friends have read any of Patrick Jones's books

Patrick Jones is the author of five realistic teen novels, most recently Stolen Car((Walker, Bloomsbury, 2008). See if your friends have read any of Patrick Jones's books. His first young adult novel Things Change (Walker & Company, 2004) was named by the Young Adult Library Services Association as a best book for reluctant readers, and was runner-up in the Teen Buckeye Book Award selected by Ohio teens. His second novel Nailed was published by Walker, Bloomsbury in spring 2006 and was a runner-up for the Great Lake Book Award.

Sometimes things change, and sometimes they don'. ohanna always feels like she has to be perfect-the perfect student and the perfect obedient daughter, which leads her to being the perfect outcast among her high school peers

Sometimes things change, and sometimes they don'. ohanna always feels like she has to be perfect-the perfect student and the perfect obedient daughter, which leads her to being the perfect outcast among her high school peers. They say opposites attract, and that could be the only explanation for her attraction to Paul.

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Sixteen-year-old Johanna, one of the best students in her class, develops a passionate attachment for troubled seventeen-year-old Paul and finds her plans for the future changing in unexpected ways.

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Jones examines the neglected subject of dating violence Jones tells both sides of the story, portraying Paul as a bright boy trapped by poverty and the product of his abusive father.

Jones examines the neglected subject of dating violence. Sixteen-year-old Johanna struggles to live up to her parents' insistence that she be the perfect daughter. She earns top grades but fails socially. Her mother controls her entire existence, so it's no surprise that Johanna finds love with a boy who controls her as completely as her mother does. Jones tells both sides of the story, portraying Paul as a bright boy trapped by poverty and the product of his abusive father. Paul's quirky humor and obvious need for love explain Johanna's attraction to him, but as she changes and grows, she learns that some things don't change-especially abusive behavior.

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As a high school teacher, I assigned this book for reading in a literature circle. One of my male non readers was sitting in the hallway while an almost non reader (also male) was reading aloud. They were hanging on every word, and trying desperately to finish the book in time for the discussion. I almost cried to think that they finally had found something that made them want to read. When everyone had finished the book, the discussion was lively, animated, and the book had appealed to both males and females, something that is a bit rare for this age group.

Another student even wrote a note thanking me for letting her read a book which because of its realistic character portrayals which helped her see herself through someone's eyes.

Forced to read the book, I was cringing, as I hate YA literature. What a delight to learn that this was a novella that would not be put down. I found myself carrying it around all day until I was finished. Jones obviously has some talent for creating realistic characters, realistic situations, and a plot that enthralls readers.
I had to give this book 5 stars. I read it for one of my lit classes. I bought it on my Kindle but will definitely be buying the book for my future classroom. I definitely suggest this book to read. Things Change is a very quick read and I think people of all ages will enjoy it and want to hurry to the end to see what happens to Johanna.
In Things Change, Johanna is living the perfect life to everyone else's eyes and yet she has something she wants badly. Paul. He's the typical bad boy who pretends to not really care about much at all. The book opens with her saying "I want you to kiss me." He quickly turns her down.

Keeping along with the title, things slowly change. Paul changes his mind and Johanna is so thrilled she never really questions why. As the book progresses, Paul is the ideal boyfriend, abeit a bit overprotective. Things Change circles on their relationship.

Things Change makes it a bit clearer how a perfect relationship can turn into something dangerous and not so perfect. If you've never wondered how girls can stay with violent guys, how girls can be taken away and isolated from their friends and family - Things Change is your book. Jones captures the emotion and turmoil so well that it's terrifying.

The story alternates between Paul and Johanna's point of view, which is always a great thing when reading any book about abuse. It gives you a bit of insight into why the abuser is the way they are and why the victim doesn't flee. At times I got a bit annoyed with Johanna's POV, she's so insecure.

Aside from cringing a bit at times, I really enjoyed reading Jones' take on abusive relationships. Paul and Johanna both were believeable and while it was heartbreaking, it was so fascinating to read. I definitely plan on picking up Jones' other books.

Because of the subject manner, Things Change may not be for all readers. Take that into consideration.

I received my copy of Things Change courtesy of the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
Paul offered Johanna a ride home, and suddenly shy, "good girl" Johanna is saying, "I want you to kiss me." A junior in high school, Johanna has long admired the handsome, fast-driving senior. Now things have changed. She has found the nerve to make a move.

Although nothing happens immediately, Paul eventually begins paying attention to Johanna. Little does she know it's because he and girlfriend Carla have split up, and he needs a replacement. Whatever the reason, Paul and Johanna become a couple.

Grades used to hold top priority for Johanna, but they've been moved to second place to make room for hours spent with Paul. Needless to say, her parents are not thrilled and neither is her best friend, Pam. Paul wants to spend so much time with Johanna that he demands she choose between her best friend and him. There is no choice - Paul is the love of her life.

As time passes, Johanna begins to notice that Paul's gentle caresses are becoming painful slaps, squeezes, and pinches. His loving words are now put downs said not only in private but also in front of their friends. Johanna doesn't know about Paul's hidden problems, but she's learning fast.

Paul's personality surfaces in the novel through letters written to "Dear Dead Dad." His father left when he was twelve, and news came later that he died in a car accident. His mother lost her husband, then her home, and then she "found" Jesus, and Paul began fending for himself. Anger issues and drinking problems begin complicating his relationships. He always apologizes and promises that "things will change," but doubt about their relationship haunts Johanna.

In THINGS CHANGE, Patrick Jones paints a chilling picture of physical and emotional abuse. People often question why the abused continues to "love" the abuser and refuses to seek help. Johanna's story attempts to show how loss of friendships and alienation of family keep the abused from reaching out. This emotion-packed novel tells a story that shouldn't be ignored.

Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky"
I found this book randomly on the library counter in my local town. I was 14 and I didn’t really enjoy reading. Everything was so superficial and lackluster. I randomly took it and decided to take it out. I went home and devoured the book. The characters were real and battled major issues. I fell madly in love with reading after that. Had it not been for this wonderful book I wonder if my life would have shaped out to be the way it was. This book sparked a love for people and children especially. I’m not a social worker and I believe strongly this book had major contributions to my finding that career. Phenomenal job. Thank you!