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Orbiting JupiterWhen Jack meets his new foster brother he already knows three things about himJoseph almost killed a teacherHe was incarcerated at a place called Stone MountainHe has a daughter Her. 4 12 stars My god this book was so sadI'm not a book crier Not really When I say a book made me cry I usually mean that tears filled my eyes but that's all This book though I got pretty close a few times and then in the penultimate chapter I just lost it I actually felt my face crumple and my nose was stingingNow I've painted you that beautiful picture of my breakdown I'm going to try to review this book It's not easy I've loved Schmidt's other YAMiddle Grade contemporary novels Okay for Now and The Wednesday Wars each had a sadness to it but not uite like this one Orbiting Jupiter is uiet and simple for the most part which makes it all the devastating when the blows come And come they do Schmidt has a way of effortlessly drawing out emotions in every scene without ever making you feel like you're being manipulated This uiet sadness is effective than any drama I could readThe story is narrated by Jack the 12 year old son of foster parents When 14 year old Joseph joins their family his life is changed in many ways and not all of them are good It actually tells two stories on the one hand it's about the power of friendship and sob having someone's back on the other it's about Joseph's backstory I'm not sure which one elicited the greatest emotional response from meIt made me sad and even angry at times Joseph we soon learn is a 14 year old parent to a baby called Jupiter Both naive and mature all he wants is to be with his baby and love her You understand why being with Joseph is not in Jupiter's best interests whilst also being heartbroken for him Especially after learning of his abusive loveless upbringingThe author's decision to narrate from Jack's POV gives the novel even strength We are not clouded by Joseph's blind love for his baby but we do also see how powerless children are We feel their frustrations and sadnessAs we reached the novel's climax I thought I had mixed feelings about the way it was ending but that last part completely won me over I recommend this to everyone who enjoys contemporary YAMiddle GradeThe characters are young but it has as much depth as any YA bookBlog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube | Pinterest

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FREE DOWNLOAD í Orbiting Jupiter ´ When Jack meets his new foster brother he already knows three things about himJoseph almost killed a teacherHe was incarcerated at a place called Stone MountainHe has a daughter Her name is Jupiter And he has never seen herWhat Jack doesn’t know at first is how desperate Joseph is to find his baby girlOr how urgName is Jupiter And he has never seen herWhat Jack doesn’t know at first is how desperate Joseph is to find his baby girlOr how urgently he Jack will want to helpBut the past can. If there is a benevolent all powerful God then why does He allow evil to persist This is the uestion that this short book made me ponderI once saw an interview with Neil deGrasse Tyson in which he expressed that the existence of a God that is both omnipotent benevolent is in itself contradictory to the existence of evil in the world God must therefore be one or the other; He must either be all powerful with a capacity for allowing evil or he must be all benevolent without the ability to intercept evil From a logical standpoint I can identify with this line of thinking Being confronted with the sad and often unfair presence of tragedy always inspires me to contemplate the existence of God But don't let me give you a false impression this isn't a book that deeply focuses on the existence of GodThis is a book for those of us out there with parents who failed to love their child than themselves with teachers who failed to see the seeds destruction blooming in the hearts of their students with friends who failed to see the need for empathy But beneath the surface of all that pain there is an everpresent hopeThis is a book about the depth permanence of loveThis is a book about the generational cycle of brokennessThis is a book about what it means to be selflessThough it was heartbreaking I'm very glad I read Orbiting Jupiter It's a short novel packing a heavy punch and I'd recommend it to anyone who likes to read

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’t be shaken off Even as new bonds form old wounds reopen The search for Jupiter demands from Jack than he can imagineThis tender heartbreaking novel is Gary D Schmidt at his best. “He really could have been any other eighth grade kid at Eastham Middle School Except he had a daughter” How do I even write this review I love books in case you hadn't noticed I dedicate so much of my time to reading because I am constantly searching for those exciting stories with living breathing characters Yet out of all the novels I've read only one I've ever come across has made me cryI sniffled at the end of Allegiant and A Monster Calls but the book that really did it for me was The Fault in Our Stars For the longest time that was the only book that was able to make me cryNow there are two What can I say This book broke me It ripped my cold emotionless heart right in two Schmidt delivered a powerful and original story that played on all of my emotionsFrom the first chapter when Jack and his sweet farming family were introduced to the addition of Joseph's character a fourteen year old who was in juvenile prison I was totally absorbed in the story My pulse raced when Joseph got in a fistfight I was angry when teachers were unfair to him because of his background and it warmed my heart when Jack's family treated him so kindlyI never stopped wanting Joseph to see his daughter Jupiter whom he's never met before It broke my heart when he told Jack about his abusive father and Maddie With all of these emotions combined into an amazing story no wonder it made me cryThe writing and plot weren't complicated and there were only about 180 pages—what I would call a ridiculously short novel But I think some of the simplest stories can be the most effective Orbiting Jupiter provided an emotional punch but not in a cheap manipulative way It was subtle and raw I loved Joseph and his uiet inner struggles that were so obvious I loved Jack's compassion and the boys' relationship that grew into something stronger than friendship They had each other's back “I can’t see Jupiter” Joseph said “The moon’s too bright And I don’t know where she is”