Review: That Time I Joined the Circus by J.J. Howard

Posted April 12, 2013 by Nessa @ Bookish Things in Book Review / 0 Comments

That Time I Joined the Circus by J.J. Howard
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That Time I Joined the Circus

Series: Stand Alone
Author: J.J. Howard
Publish Date: April 1, 2013
Publisher: Point
Number of pages:272
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Source: Publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
Book Description:
Lexi Ryan just ran away to join the circus, but not on purpose.

A music-obsessed, slightly snarky New York City girl, Lexi is on her own. After making a huge mistake–and facing a terrible tragedy–Lexi has no choice but to track down her long-absent mother. Rumor has it that Lexi’s mom is somewhere in Florida with a traveling circus.

When Lexi arrives at her new, three-ring reality, her mom isn’t there . . . but her destiny might be. Surrounded by tigers, elephants, and trapeze artists, Lexi finds some surprising friends and an even more surprising chance at true love. She even lucks into a spot as the circus’s fortune teller, reading tarot cards and making predictions.

But then Lexi’s ex-best friend from home shows up, and suddenly it’s Lexi’s own future that’s thrown into question.

With humor, wisdom, and a dazzlingly fresh voice, this debut reminds us of the magic of circus tents, city lights, first kisses, and the importance of an excellent playlist.

A beautiful story of love, loss, and finding yourself. I can’t gush enough about this book. I shed some tears on this one so keep the Kleenex handy ladies. Lexi is a teenage girl in high school whose life ceases to exist after a terrible tragedy. Forced to look for the mother who left her when she was young, she ends up at the steps of a traveling circus, which was the last place her mother had notably been. When she arrives fresh off of a greyhound bus she finds out her mother had indeed been with the circus but has since moved on. With no money and nowhere to go she asks the ringmaster for a job at the circus. Having a soft spot for strays, the ringmaster gives Lexi a job. Lexi has always felt like the invisible person. She went through high school relatively unnoticed. After joining the circus crew, Lexi is no longer invisible. Lexi is a very strong willed character. Although there are times she is emotional with everything that has happened to her she keeps it together. She tries to never let people see her cry and she is determined to figure out a way to survive. As time passes she begins to feel at home with the circus. She becomes very close to the ringmaster’s daughter and soon she sees them as family. This book is the type is story that makes you feel sad but also happy by the end. No matter how hard things get and how evil people can be there will always be someone there to pick you back up. The journey this book takes you on is beautiful. I can’t express enough how much I loved this book. I give this 5 out of 5 stars.

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It’s always hard to do an “about me.” I’m not really good at talking about myself so here it goes… I love to read. The only other thing I love as much as reading is fashion. Reading got me through some of the darkest days of my life, and even now it helps me after those stressful days at the office. On top of being an avid reader, I am a student, wife, a mother of two boys (ages 7 and 4), and a full time employee. My plate is definitely full, but I love every minute of my life. Maybe not always the countless hours at the office, but I am definitely blessed. I agreed to help Katrina with her blog, and boy I didn’t realize how much work it truly is! I am honored to be a part of it. I read a lot of contemporary novels, but Katrina has opened me up to the world of YA. I have to say I am hooked! I bow to all the wonderful authors of this genre. The worlds they put together is amazing. I am a fine arts junkie. I love art, movies, theater, and music. Anything that you can do to express yourself, to show your creativeness and uniqueness, I’m normally a fan of. I am an activist of being true to yourself and always marching to the beat of your own drum. I feel it is important to know who you are, and never apologize for being yourself. I love to laugh so I haunt comedy clubs frequently. I am also a homebody. This sister likes your downtime! You can usually find me snuggled in my bed with a good book, watching a movie or my seasons of Buffy. The show never gets old people!!!! That’s about all there is to know about me, so keep reading you bookish babes!

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