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Zachary's mom just up and disappeared from their home in Copper Lake, Colorado. The good news is that Zachary and his dad are trying to move on, and Falls, Connecticut is just the place for a fresh start. With the help of a new friend, Rachel, and her brother Teddy, Zachary is learning about new beginnings, the power of forgiveness, and the quirky people that make life intZachary's mom just up and disappeared from their home in Copper Lake, Colorado. The good news is that Zachary and his dad are trying to move on, and Falls, Connecticut is just the place for a fresh start. With the help of a new friend, Rachel, and her brother Teddy, Zachary is learning about new beginnings, the power of forgiveness, and the quirky people that make life interesting....

Title : Rachel Spinelli Punched Me in the Face
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ISBN : 9781596435483
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 176 Pages
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Rachel Spinelli Punched Me in the Face Reviews

  • Lisa
    2019-01-22 23:02

    I sincerely enjoyed this well crafted, well rounded novel right from the get go. A cast of inventive characters had me laughing out loud one minute, and pausing to re-read a beautiful moment the next. The bit of wisdom I took from this one? - Life is full of change, so let it flow and see where this magical river takes you.Another plus - I could hand this book to any of the kids in my life without a breath of hesitation. Thank you for that!

  • Mrs.Wright
    2019-01-25 21:10

    Some parts of this story were clever and charming - and who could resist the title? (I do prefer the yellow jacket cover on mine to the one pictured here, though.) Some pros:The main character's mother leaves the family at the beginning of the book and he's dealing with the hurt of that, as is his father. Although a missing parent is often overdone in literature for this age level, I think the treatment here is natural and handled well.I believed in the community members. I like the idea of books that show all kinds of people who interact with each other - not just the ones who are your age or who happen to live in your house. Sometimes these attempt fall flat - creating eccentric neighbors and so forth, but this one adds a bit of flavour without going too much into detail about the supporting characters.I like the relationship between Zachary and his father. I also like how music is a tie between them (and also to Teddy) - and the music connection isn't fake: the writing reveals an understanding about musicians.Some cons:I wish Rachel were a bit more funny. She's set up to be big bad Rachel, and we learn the reason why, and we have a fair amount of reasons to want to like her, but she's just not as compelling as she needs to be to propel the book. If she had some major talent or ability, or her insults popped a little better, it would give her more edge. There's a little too much telling about how mean she is, so the showing falls short - her fury seems a bit pale.I'm all about sitting around and thinking about who people are and why they do what they do, and even I think the characters spend an unrealistic amount of time discussing who they are and why they do what they do. Fortunately, it's usually interesting, but it stretches believability a bit for them all to be able to articulate these insights and be willing to share them so regularly.SLIGHT SPOILER*****While the romantic feelings between Zachary and Rachel aren't overdone, I don't know that they're necessary to the story. Their friendship would be a meaningful connection by itself. Because of this bit of storyline, though, I'd recommend this more for 5th or 6th grade.

  • Lee Anne
    2019-02-12 21:13

    Loved, loved, loved this book!!!

  • Juanita
    2019-01-20 17:04

    Funny story of 14 year olds

  • Adrienne
    2019-01-21 23:10

    had a really hard time finishing this book. First off, Rachel and Zachary are supposed to 14, but they really don't sound like it. I felt like I was reading about a bunch of little kids--and the adults treat them like they're younger. For example, after they've been in town for a few months, Zachary's dad gives him and Teddy a ride, and this is what happens:"Dad pointed at the glass door that led into the police department on the right. 'I'm going there.' Then he pointed toward a set of old, wooden steps that led up to a white, wooden entryway on the left. 'You're going there.'"'Got it,' I said." (p. 75)Really? At 14, his dad has to point out to him the difference between the police station and the town hall? I would think he'd know where his dad works...There were also scenes and dialogue that just felt weird to me; I mean, I know the characters are supposed to be quirky, but still, there were things I couldn't buy a 14-year-old boy saying, like:"'You can have more than one best friend,' I told her."'How's that?'"'You can have a best boy friend, a best girl friend--'"I don't know, I just wasn't feeling it. In the end, I was disappointed. The dialogue had me shaking my head, the character development wasn't deep enough, and I couldn't really find anything about the book that I liked.

  • Melissa Wehunt
    2019-01-24 21:09

    This was actually much better than I expected. I found this story to be charming and easygoing. I can't really say I laughed out loud...but I did chuckle a few times. Pros- 1. Boy read. Good for boys...good boy narrator that is smart and clever and sweet. 2. Clever, easygoing, charming conversations. This book, like some ya's has a ton of conversation in it. But at least these conversations we're pretty entertaining to read. And to me, they sounded authentic...rather than making me feel like rolling my eyes every other page. 3. Strong, supportive father figure. That was different and appreciated. The dad in this book was awesome. In fact, all of the adults in this book, with the exception of the boys mother are portrayed very favorably. It was refreshing to say the least. 4. Lower reading level. This book should appeal to reluctant readers, readers who want to make sure they get a ocean book, and Tweens or juveniles that want to start reading teen fiction but don't want anything too advanced. Cons- 1. The cover. The cover of the edition I read wasn't that bad...but the hardcover edition was completely awful. It totally looked like a jf book rather than ya. No wonder it never checked out! This edition is better, but still not great. It just looks so juvenile. I can see why most teens wouldn't want to pick it up.

  • Ms. Yingling
    2019-02-18 15:12

    Zachary and his father live in a rusted out trailed in Colorado, but after Zachary's mother runs off to work on a cruise ship, the two decide to move to Connecticut, where Zachary's father gets a job as the local policeman. The Spinellis are new neighbors, and Zachary soon takes to Rachel, even though she is harboring a lot of anger about her developmentally delayed brother Teddy and has a habit of getting into fights. There are many interesting people in town-- Rachel's family runs a diner in town (where her mother's ashes are kept in a coffee pot), there is a local ice cream parlor run by a Polish couple, and the mayor and teachers are friendly and accessible. Teddy, Rachel and Zachary spend the summer hanging out together and getting into various scrapes. When Zachary's mother wants to come back to visit, Zachary is enjoying his life so much that he doesn't want to see her.Strengths: Nice humorous book with a romantic interest. Small size and funny cover will encourage boys to pick this up.Weaknesses: There is great character development, but the plot suffers because of it. At first, the book is one introduction to a new character after another.

  • Claire
    2019-02-13 21:18

    This quick read is jam packed with great snippets. Zachary and his dad are alone now- Mom decided to follow her dream to work a cruise ship and took off one morning. Now the men of the Beatrice family must decide what to do."What do you want?" I asked my father."I want us to be happy." he told me."That's all?""That would be enough."......"Happy would be nice," I said, "let's try it."So the duo are off to Falls, Connecticut. Zachary to high school and Dad as the police officer of the small town. As they settle into the warmhearted town with its wacky cast of characters Zachary finds friends and very, very slowly approaches the tender beginnings of coming to grips with his anger at his mother. In the meantime he befriends Teddy a boy with Trumpet playing superpowers and Rachel, Teddy's hyperprotective sister who are coping with a different kind of loss.Sweet and smooth writing about genuinely nice people.

  • Natalie
    2019-01-27 15:59

    Zachary and his dad move to Falls, Connecticut, to start over after Zachary's mom left. Zachary is looking forward to the change.Life in Falls, Connecticut is very different. First, they live in a house, not a trailer. Everyone knows everyone else. Then there's Rachel Spinelli. Rachel, her dad, and her brother Teddy live across the street. Rachel wants Zachary to know to treat her brother right. Teddy is special, but Zachary doesn't mind spending time with him and being his friend.Nothing is what he expects and even when his mom shows up does Zachary know what he's in for.A times funny, heart-wrenching, and always enjoyable, this is a realistic story of a high school freshman settling into a fresh start. Highly enjoyable.

  • Steve Shea
    2019-01-23 21:07

    This was a delightful, quick, young-at-heart read. Acampora threads the needle between literary merit that adult readers might look for and youthful brevity and directness that appeal to less-mature readers, or people who might like to enjoy a complete story in under a week. Kids who read this may start because it's got a great title, stick with it because they love the characters, and emerge from it piecing together everything they read in more complex ways. At 168 YA-formatted (about 1 1/2 line spacing, or 12 on 18), it's certainly very quick to read, but there's also the value in reading each page, with laugh-aloud scenes, tearjerkers, and real character development. In a way, it's like a stretched-out short story, focusing more on characters (and they're wonderful) than on plot.

  • Hilary
    2019-02-03 19:25

    "What do you want?" I asked my father."I want us to be happy." he told me."That's all?""That would be enough."......"Happy would be nice," I said, "let's try it."But Copper Canyon, Colorado, is a bleak place with unhappy memories. This is the town where Zachary’s mom abandoned her husband and child to pursue her dreams of travel and excitement.So the two head for Falls, Connecticut, where Zachary enters high school and his Dad becomes the police officer for the small town. Falls is populated with an eccentric cast of characters, who are quick to welcome the newcomers into their midst. Z

  • Tara
    2019-01-25 15:09

    When Zach’s mother decides to leave the family, his father decides to abandon a tired Midwestern life behind and begin again in a small Connecticut town. This is a realistic and heartwarming story of Zach’s transition into this new life. Two new friends make life meaningful for Zach – Rachel Spinelli, protective younger sister, and Teddy Spinelli, a highly functioning developmentally delayed high school trumpeteer. Rachel and Zach at times seem younger than 14, but this youngness would make them easier for upper elementary kids to relate with. Themes include death, divorce/separation, adolescence, and friendship. Grades 4-6

  • Brindi Michele
    2019-01-31 20:03

    this was great! I marked this TBR years ago bc I liked the title and needed to get a few reader's advisory books for young boys under my belt, but I kept putting it off. finally picked it up, and I'm annoyed I didn't read this sooner bc I would have been recommending this book like crazy. the writing and dialog was fantastic, and all of the characters had depth (even the minor supporting ones). Zachary 's dad was my favorite. it dealt with multiple tough issues, but did so in a very straight-forward way tweens would understand, yet did so delicately (if that makes sense) and did so well in a short number of pages. I really liked this book. a clean read for tweens.

  • Melissa
    2019-01-27 17:17

    Kind of a "glossy" approach to big changes like mom leaving and moving across the country, but you take an instant liking to Zachary as well as Rachel and her brother."Zachary’s mom just up and disappeared from their home in Copper Lake, Colorado. The good news is that Zachary and his dad are trying to move on, and Falls, Connecticut, is just the place for a fresh start. With the help of a new friend, Rachel, and her brother Teddy, Zachary is learning about new beginnings, the power of forgiveness, and the quirky people that make life interesting."

  • Kimberly
    2019-01-31 16:06

    Diverse Bodies and Brains Novel - Week 8This book was decent, in my opinion. It started off very slowly, but did eventually pick up the pace. There was a disconnect between the age the characters were stated to be and how they acted and were treated. It was a good read as it discussed the separation of the parents, mother moving away, father and son moving to a new place, and making new friends of different cultures. Overall, I liked the book but would not recommend this for higher readers in middle school.

  • Monique
    2019-01-30 17:22

    Ok book. Wasn't really something to remember though, and the language and flow of emotions was really weird some times! The second half of the book had a confusing flow of feelings. One minute he's angry at her and in his rant he compliments her. ?? That made me reread why he was angry at her in the first place and that could be understandably, yet it wasn't written very well. Also, that part with the mom, that was a flurry of different emotions that disrupted the reading flow.

  • Jenn
    2019-02-08 20:27

    This book was a bit slow to start, but once it got going I really enjoyed it. The characters were all well developed, and it touched on many issues. How to be a friend and a sibling to someone who is high functioning special needs. How to deal with the death of a parent or being abandoned by a parent. I will definitely be writing a book-talk for this one.

  • Usman
    2019-02-03 17:13

    This is a book that we can all relate to. A 13 year old boy called Zachary has just moved after his mum left him and his dad. Zachary meets this over excited boy who gets in trouble with the law quite often at first Zachary is very annoyed by him but then they find one thing they both like the trumpet and the rest is history.

  • Audrey
    2019-01-30 20:13

    I found an odd disconnect between the stated ages of the main characters (14) and the way they behaved, talked, etc. The main characters seemed a lot younger. Even the cover makes it skew younger than 14. That said, it's a fun, easy read, maybe a good choice for reluctant readers at the upper reaches of the middle-grade years.

  • Robyne
    2019-02-06 20:28

    This was a surprisingly good book about how Zachary spends his summer coping with being the new kid in a small town and with the breakdown of his family. The character Rachel does not punch him in the face til much later in the story ;)

  • KyBunnies
    2019-02-15 16:14

    ****THIS WAS A GOODREADS.COM FIRST READ CONTEST WIN!****This is a wonderful book for teenagers. A very nice clean read for the younger people. Well developed characters with a wonderful plot. The book was well written. ****THIS WAS A GOODREADS.COM FIRST READ CONTEST WIN!****

  • Sarah
    2019-02-12 21:03

    Another coming of age story. Delightful characters. Loved how the main character moved past his initial fury at his mom walking out on him and his dad. A bit simplified, perhaps, but I like it when kids are shown as resilient go-getters instead of wo-is-me victims. Recommended 11+

  • Jessica Buike
    2019-01-24 23:20

    This was a fun little novel that reminded me of the books I loved when I was a pre-teen. It contains a coming of age story with some lovable and believable characters, and touches on some serious themes in a lighthearted way.

  • Karelyn
    2019-02-05 22:08

    An endearing story with loveable characters, this book was an unexpected delight. I am definitely sharing it with my nieces and nephews. I received this book for free as a Goodreads First Read.

  • Brandielle
    2019-01-29 21:20

    A realistic but wonderfully hopeful juvenile book. I love that I now have this in my home library.

  • Aimee Tate
    2019-01-23 20:17

    I won this book in a First-Reads Goodreads giveaway.This is a really good book for middle-school aged kids. It's a nice easy read with a great story.

  • Lori Davis
    2019-01-24 16:29

    A nice story about starting a new beginning, friendship, and what it means to forgive. Paul Acampora created wonderful characters in Zachary, Teddy, and Rachel.

  • Pam
    2019-01-31 21:27

    Super cute book! Made me really want to live in that town!

  • Robin
    2019-02-15 15:09

    Dealing with a mom who abandons her family, a sister who always defends her brother and a new kid in town, I liked this one a lot. Not too many characters to keep track of and lots of humor

  • Sarah
    2019-01-24 22:14

    Cute story. I still think of YA lit as being easily categorized but I'm having a hard time placing where this book would go. I think my 11-year-old niece would like it.