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Living with Jackie Chan by Jo Knowles. 384 p. Candlewick Press, September 10, 2013. 9780763662806.
Publisher synopsis: This isn't how Josh expected to spend senior year. He thought he'd be hanging out with his best friends, Dave and Caleb, driving around , partying, just like always. But here he is, miles from home-new school, new life, living with his Jackie-Can-obsessed uncle, Larry, and trying to forget. But Josh can't forget. So many things bring back memories of last year and the night that changed everything. Every day the pain, the shame, and the just not knowing are never far from his thoughts. Why is he such a lose? How could he have done what he did? He finds some moments of peace when he practices karate with Stella, the girl upstairs and his one real friend. As they move together through the katas, Josh feels connected in a way he has never felt before. He wonders if they could be more than friends, but Stella's jealous boyfriend will make sure that doesn't happen. And maybe it doesn't matter. If Stella knew the truth, would she still think he was a True Karate Man? Readers first met Josh in Jumping Off Swings which told the story of four high school students and how one pregnancy changed all of their lives. In this companion book, they follow Josh as he tries to come to terms with what happened and find a way to forgive.
I read Jumping Off Swings before I started blogging, so I have no written record of it but recall it positively. Perhaps I will find some time between now and September to reread it.