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The Odds

The Odds [Kindle Edition]

Amy Kinzer
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Odds of dying in a plane crash: 1 in 20,000.
Odds of dying in a motor vehicle accident: 1 in 256.
Odds of living a normal life for Ethan Sorenson: impossible.

Fifteen-year-old Ethan Sorenson lives life on the periphery… and it’s not intentional. A scholarship student at the prestigious Evergreen Preparatory Academy in Seattle, all Ethan wants is to fit in with his prep-school classmates. But Ethan’s divorced mother – a senior actuary at Northwest Life Insurance who calculates insurance risks – is convinced he is going to die. The most mundane moments pose a risk of death according to Ethan’s mother. Life is even worse for Ethan’s four-year-old brother who still wears clothes with snaps and rides in a stroller.

When Ethan befriends the school’s star baseball player he gets a chance to break into Evergreen’s elite social circle. He sneaks out at night, he goes to parties attended by his love interest, and his new friend teaches him to drive. But then his crush starts dating someone else and his mom calls the cops when she finds his bed empty in the middle of the night. Desperate to escape his mother’s strange rules, Ethan kidnaps his brother and goes to Oregon on a search for his dad. But Ethan’s father’s not in Oregon. Instead he uncovers a family secret that explains his mother’s odd behavior, finds out the truth about the disappearance of a childhood neighbor, and gets a chance to repair his family before it’s too late.

From Publishers Weekly

Ethan, a painfully overprotected teenager and the narrator of this winning story, is a sophomore in high school. His father has been gone for three years. His mother is an actuary for an insurance company, calculating the risk of various mortal accidents. She then imposes her resulting paranoia on Ethan and his brother, only letting them out of the house for study group and not letting Ethan get his driver’s license. Finally, fed-up with watching parties from his bedroom window and being ridiculed by his peers, Ethan starts to take control of his life. Ethan’s voice is strong, consistent, and clear, and the author has done a good job in setting up a plot full of hooks: the mystery of Ethan's next-door neighbor; a strange man Ethan keeps running into; the reason for Ethan's dad's departure and why Ethan hasn't heard from him; and, of course, there’s the girl he has a crush on. It's refreshing to encounter a YA novel that is a realistic account of a teenager's life that still feels unique and compelling to the end. (This book was reviewed as part of the 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 346 KB
  • Print Length: 231 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #136,775 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay 30 Aug 2013
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great book and had me really gripped, but the ending was shocking! it just stopped, as if there was nothing more to write about/author ran out of energy and couldnt be bothered to finish it. didnt even seem like a cliff hanger
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected ending 8 July 2013
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The ending is very unexpected but leaves you feeling happy too!
Food book until the very end!
Quite sad In parts
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3.0 out of 5 stars The ending 21 April 2014
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This book has been very intriguing and I really enjoyed it, but I'm disappointed in the ending. The ending of the books seems very lazy like the writer didn't know how to finish it, there were also a few grammar mistakes in the book that I noticed which I don't know if they were the writers fault or the publisher or whoever transfers the books etc.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Review on The Odds 31 Jan 2014
By bethany
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I liked the book because it was really interesting and I felt sad for Ethan and really connected with him. I was sad that he didn't end up with Hardy because he really liked her but I am glad his mum got better and his brother will have a better life now. I didn't give it 5 out of 5 because I thought it was going to be more of an adventure story but they didn't travel very far, although he did lead a very adventurous life, trying to sneak out of the house every night. I really enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, addictive 4 Jan 2014
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I finished this book in a matter of days, I haven't been physically able to put it down. absolutely brilliant.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing happens 31 Dec 2013
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At the beginning of the novel I thought it was really good and interesting, but once he and Gavin ran away it got boring. I thought more would happen with 'the boogeyman' and his dads death was never explained by Ethans mum.. I didn't feel the ark in the story, especially at the end. I gave it a three stars because it was slow and ended with what seemed not an ending.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 28 Dec 2013
By Bronagh
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This is an amazing book with brilliant gripping story. I couldn't put the book down, It is a must read!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book 29 April 2013
By aimee
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I really enjoyed this one. I thought it was a brilliant storyline and that's why I have given 4 stars.
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