The Snowball Effect

The Snowball Effect Lainey Pike can tell you everything you need to know about the people in her family just by letting you know how they died Her reckless stepfather drove his motorcycle off the highway and caused the b

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Lainey Pike can tell you everything you need to know about the people in her family just by letting you know how they died Her reckless stepfather drove his motorcycle off the highway and caused the biggest traffic jam in years Her long suffering grandmother lived through cancer and a heart attack before finally succumbing to a stroke And Lainey s mother well, Lainey sLainey Pike can tell you everything you need to know about the people in her family just by letting you know how they died Her reckless stepfather drove his motorcycle off the highway and caused the biggest traffic jam in years Her long suffering grandmother lived through cancer and a heart attack before finally succumbing to a stroke And Lainey s mother well, Lainey s mother hanged herself in the basement just days after Lainey s high school graduation Now Lainey s five year old brother is an orphan and her estranged older sister is moving back home to be his guardian Meanwhile, Lainey s boyfriend is thinking about having a family of their own, and her best friends are always asking the wrong sorts of questions and giving advice Lainey doesn t want to hear As she tries to pull away from everything familiar, Lainey meets an intriguing new guy who, through a series of Slurpees, burgers, and snowballs, helps her to make peace with a parent she never understood.
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  • Cara says:

    I'm having a hard time thinking of the right words to put down to describe my experience in reading this book, but I'm going to tryLainey is named after a soap opera character and the weirdness doesn't stop there. Her mother decided to kill herself just after she graduates, and the death isn't the first she has had to deal with. At first Lainey doesn't deal with the death as most people would expect. She carries a strong resentment towards her mother. Since the news of her mother's death her est [...]

  • Angela says:

    A complex novel about family and death.Lainey's family is unconventional - she hardly knows her older sister, Vallery, as she spent most of her life living with her dad. Her younger brother, Collin, is adopted and has behavioral issues ranging from being on the autism spectrum to ADHD. The three are thrust together to make a new family after their mother kills herself in the basement laundry room.Lainey is angry and confused - about lots of things. How to feel about her mother and her siblings. [...]

  • Princess Bookie says:

    My Thoughts: YES! YES! YES! Its been a little while that I read a book that I absolutely loved. I had seen a few buddies reading this a few months ago, and knew I had to give it a chance from their words on . I'm so happy I did. It was a great book. We meet Lainey who is 18 but has her whole life ahead of her. She gets thrown into a world of responsibility. Her mother takes her own life which leaves her 5 year old brother and a sister she never knew. We also meet her perfect boyfriend. I really [...]

  • Georgiann Hennelly says:

    Lainey Pike is more adult than most soon to be eighteen year olds. She works and takes care of her adopted brother. Lainey can tell you all you want to know about her family just by letting you know how they died.This story touched me emotionally in parts it was painful to readso that i had to take time away and read it in slow pieces. But i am glad i did finish reading it. Her mother kills herself which leaves Lainey with a five year old brother and an older siter she never knew. We also meet h [...]

  • Maicie says:

    Teen FictionLainey has just graduated from high school. Her mother commits suicide leaving her with her five-year-old adopted brother. Her older sister, whom she hasn't seen for years, is moving back to help put the family back together again.A simple, sweet and charming story.

  • Sarah says:

    The Snowball Effect by Holly Nicole Hoxter is one of the few books I have read this year that fits the teens I serve almost to a T. I live in a socioeconomically poor area, a city with a high teenage pregnancy rate, and a fairly high rate of teens of drop out of high school or never go to college. They will find that this book fits their lives much better than many of the books I have enjoyed this year.Synopsis: Lainey Pike can tell you everything you need to know about the people in her family [...]

  • Sara Grochowski says:

    Title: The Snowball EffectAuthor: Holly Nicole HoxterPublisher: HarperCollinsDate Published: March 23, 2010Genre: Young AdultMain Themes: Death, Family, Love, Emotional ProblemsPages: 356Plot (from back cover of ARC): "Lainey Pike can tell you everything you need to now about the people in her lfamily just by letting you know how they died. Her reckless stepfather drove his motorcycle off the highway and caused the biggest traffic jam in years. Her long-suffering grandmother lived through cancer [...]

  • Jennifer Wardrip says:

    Reviewed by Samantha Clanton aka "Harlequin Twilight" for TeensReadTooHave you ever read a story where it felt like you were actually part of the characters lives? THE SNOWBALL EFFECT is one of those kinds of stories, and Lainey Pike is one of those kinds of characters.Eighteen-year-old Lainey is your somewhat typical jaded teenage girl, except she has bigger issues to deal with. Her stepfather died in a motorcycle crash, her grandmother died shortly after that, and her mother fully lost it and [...]

  • Samantha says:

    Have you ever read a story where it felt like you were actually part of the characters lives? The Snowball Effect is one of those kinds of stories, and Lainey Pike is one of those kinds of characters.Eighteen year old Lainey is your somewhat typical jaded teenage girl, except she has bigger issues to deal with. Her stepfather died in a motorcycle crash, her grandmother died shortly after that, and her mother fully lost it and hanged herself in their basement…two days after her high school grad [...]

  • Liviania says:

    I won this copy forever ago, and thus needed to reread it before writing this review. It took me a little while longer to read it this time. Almost always, I pay more attention to detail and how things fit together the second time, whereas the first time I'm racing along because I must know what happens next.What I really admire about Holly Nicole Hoxter is the way she makes Lainey Pike's grief so true while still making Lainey an appealing character. Lainey's goals in life are quite different t [...]

  • Ashley says:

    Originally reviewed on my blog, Books from Bleh to Basically Amazing. The Snowball Effect by Holly Nicole Hoxter had a lot of potential. There was a lot to the story that I liked. I actually really loved reading about where the title came from, kind of the idea that you can't dwell on the past, can't try to go back to what it was, because your perception of the past is always changing and because you are always changing, you aren't going to be effected in the same way again.But overall, this boo [...]

  • Nick Davis says:

    The Snowball Effect by Holly Nicole Hoxter, was an interesting novel. I was gifted this book way back during my birthday and it took me a month to get to it, and a month of slow reading to finish it. It’s not that long a novel, just the last couple of months got extraordinarily busy for me.The novel follows the life of Lainey St James, a 17 year girl who recently lost her Mother, who had committed suicide, yeah I know charming premises but hang in there. Up to now, and the mostly through the f [...]

  • Arya says:

    The Snowball Effect by Holly Nicole Hoxter 2 of 5 stars.Lainey Pike can tell you everything you need to know about the people in her family just by letting you know how they died. Her reckless stepfather drove his motorcycle off the highway and caused the biggest traffic jam in years. Her long-suffering grandmother lived through cancer and a heart attack before finally succumbing to a stroke. And Lainey's mother--well, Lainey's mother hanged herself in the basement just days after Lainey's high [...]

  • Jenny / Wondrous Reads says:

    From just reading the above summary, The Snowball Effect probably sounds like quite a depressing book about death, suicide and other such depressing parts of life. While it does touch on the deaths of Lainey's immediate family members, it's more about surviving what life throws at you, and appreciating what, and who, you have left.Hoxter's writing is engaging and easy to become engrossed in, though it's her characters that are the true stars of the story. After Lainey's mum dies, older sister Va [...]

  • Lauren says:

    I seriously just LOVED The Snowball Effect so much that I feel that there's not a good enough word out there to express just how much I enjoyed it.I'm not exactly sure why I specifically liked it so much. Since, there was a few flaws to it such as how the story kind of jumped around a lot. Though, by the end all the flaws came together with the perfections and formed a fabulously told story. One of my favorite parts of The Snowball Effect was how unique yet real it was. I mean who hasn't lost a [...]

  • Judy (Geeky Reading) says:

    ~3.5/5I was warned when I started this that it was heavy on the grief. And honestly, I didn’t quite feel that.Grief, and dealing with it, was definitely a main focus in the book. But it wasn’t really that Lainey was depressed, or even that she felt numb. I mean, I think she felt a little numb, but she mostly seemed to focus that into anger. And, honestly, I wasn’t convinced that she didn’t act like that on a normal basis, although maybe it was worse with grief.Lainey was very bitchy. She [...]

  • Steph Su says:

    THE SNOWBALL EFFECT is an endearing debut novel that explores the different types of enduring—and finite—relationships that are necessary in life. Its wonderful characters are hindered by a plot that seems to move around in circles with no satisfying closure, but on the whole it is an enjoyable read with a unique moral.Lainey is a relatable, though not always likable, protagonist. Her no-nonsense narration flows smoothly and never feels forced in the shadow of all the tragedy and hardships t [...]

  • Czarina says:

    This was a pretty fun read. Well, except for the beginning, which was a bit sad and depressing. Lainey was also a bitch at the beginning, I mean, hey, she lost a lot of people in the span of one year, that was pretty understandable, but it got on my nerves sometimes. But at least she improved later on. She was pretty fun but a bit confusing with all her undecidedness. (is that even a word? Undecidedness. It seems weird.)I liked Vallery. She's like the cool sister I always wanted but never had. M [...]

  • Erica says:

    4.5 starsHow I loved this book! It was a really great story and a quick read. The story was so believable, despite all the crazy things that happened to poor Lainey. Despite the serious tone of parts of the book, it had a light feel to it and parts were filled with humor.The Snowball Effect was fairly predictable, but that was part of its charm. I loved the basis of the plot. As tragic as it is, it provides for a wonderfully written story and how one girl copes with it. The first few pages, I wa [...]

  • Lenore Appelhans says:

    18 year old Lainey Pike is reeling from three recent deaths in her family including her mother’s suicide. Unsure about what to do with her future, Lainey pushes away her long-term boyfriend and high school friends, immersing herself in the care of her troubled 5 year old brother with her estranged older sister and hanging out with "slurpee guy".I think Lainey’s voice is done extraordinarily well. As someone who experienced a similar spate of deaths in the family when I was 19, I can vouch fo [...]

  • Stephanie says:

    (I was lucky enough to win an ARC of this from Holly.) This book reminded me of a darker version of a Sarah Dessen novel, and some parts of it were so painful to read that I had to take time away and read the novel in slow bitesbut I am so glad I did.Lainey Pike's family is truly broken. Her dad's out of the picture, her stepdad died recently, and her mother, who always suffered from depression, has just committed suicide in the family's basement, just after Lainey's high school graduation. Now [...]

  • Jodi says:

    Well, about 2 pages into the Snowball Effect, I felt pretty depressed. It seemed as if the author was going to kill off everybody in the first chapter. The main character, Lainey, had a pretty crappy thing going for her - and she wasn't afraid to let the world know it. That got pretty annoying. Her little brother and older sister were characters that I found super-annoying and thought of them as having little to no substance - just kind of thrown into the story to help it along. Ugh. The charact [...]

  • Precious says:

    Read the complete review here.Hoxter presented a different angle with which to view life. All the flavours of life are mixed together to come up with this perfect recipe. Sad and tragic, Lainey had the attention her sister desired and lost the love and caring that her little brother had. Her imperfection and her troubled state led her to pour all her anger on Riley, the perfect boyfriend. I guess, when you are perfect, your own imperfection is your own perfection. The inability to do nothing wro [...]

  • Joséphine (Word Revel) says:

    After I was done reading and thought about what I had gained from reading this book, I couldn't pin-point anything. A few days on, still, nothing. Maybe it's about how we should treasure the time we have with our loved ones because we never know what will happen next. Though for that, I felt Lainey was a little too flippant. She seemed detached when referring to the suicide of her mother. Perhaps the author meant to portray her stage of denial. It bothered me though that from the start to finish [...]

  • Jodi Papazian says:

    Well, about 2 pages into the Snowball Effect, I felt pretty depressed. It seemed as if the author was going to kill off everybody in the first chapter.The main character, Lainey, had a pretty crappy thing going for her - and she wasn't afraid to let the world know it. That got pretty annoying. Her little brother and older sister were characters that I found super-annoying and thought of them as having little to no substance - just kind of thrown into the story to help it along. Ugh. The characte [...]

  • Nina says:

    Have you ever read a book that made you so sad you just want to put the book away for a couple of days and read it later. This book does that to me. It’s all about loss, grieving and coping.Lainey is a character that I started to like, even care for and then she treats her boyfriend like crap and that totally pissed me off. I understood her sadness, her angriness and her abandonment issues, but the way she treated Riley was a bit harsh. I liked the supporting character, the sister. She was not [...]

  • Cristina says:

    If I could give it 3 1/2 stars I would. I wasn't quite sure how I felt about this book at first. It starts on a horribly depressing note and and then is accompanied by the slightly aggravating personality of Lainey, the protagonist. Don't get me wrong, she's been through a lot of shit in a very short period of time, so some of her actions are understandable but after awhile she was just being a "bitch."Other than that, the story was actually enjoyable, with a few moments of boring narration. All [...]

  • Paige Kinnaird says:

    "The grass is not always greener on the other side" would the the clique to describe this book by Holly Nicole Hoxter. The main character, Lainey Pike has suffered a great loss when her mother dies and instead of relying on her support network to ease her feelings of abandonment and disillusionment, she shuns those who would offer her support. As a grown up who experienced the loss of a parent at the age of 12, I personally understand what one experiences when a parent is lost. The plot structur [...]

  • Phoebe says:

    Lainey Pike is more adult than most YA protagonists I've met. On the cusp of eighteen, she works instead of going to school. She takes care of her behavior-issue-plagued adopted brother and doesn't expect a thing from her father. She helps friends (who are expecting a baby) dumpster-dive to find furniture for their new apartment. Her forever-boyfriend sleeps over and no one cares. When she finds out her mother hanged herself in the basement, the first thing she says is, "Well, this isn't exactly [...]

  • Remi D. says:

    mehThis book was ok. For, some reason i was compelled to write a review for it, so here it goes. The snowball Effect is about a girl whose mother just committed suicide and left her with a little brother and a sister that she hasn't talked to in years. An just like any novel worth reading, a love story. Maybe its just because i have a thing against love triangles, but the only thing that this love triangle did was frustrate me. I didn't like the main character either (and we all know that you ha [...]

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