Karen Rae Levine
on Feb. 17, 2013 :
Beautifully constructed and powerful in their deceptive simplicity, these stories are timeless and real. They transported me back to the joys and agonies of adolescence. I loved them as a sweet reminder but I'll also recommend them to my 12-yr-old niece. They will surely resonate with girls her age. In fact, in this new generation that is exposed to "edgy" everything, I think a book like this an important reminder that something like getting your period for the first time carries some significant emotional weight. Ms. Gibbons allows us to experience the intimate ups and downs of adolescence, and then makes it okay because it's not as scary when other people know exactly how you feel. The only negative was that I wanted more!
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)
on June 4, 2012 :
In 'I Woke Up One Morning', Jennifer Kathleen Gibbons immerses us, full on, into that exciting and vulnerable turning point between girlhood and womanhood. She captures vividly what being a teenage girl can be like. Most women will relate to the characters in her three short stories. A must read for anyone who has ever been a teenage girl, had a teenage daughter, gone out with a teenage girlfriend, or sat next to a teenage girl at school.
(reviewed 26 days after purchase)
on May 11, 2012 :
I thoroughly enjoyed,I Woke Up in Love This Morning. It brought back many humorous memories. I recommend it as a "MUST READ" for every woman. Congratulations to Jennifer Kathleen Gibbons on a job well done.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
on April 22, 2012 :
Jennifer's voice is honest and full of emotion in her collection of short stories; I Woke Up in Love This Morning. The title is apt as it captures the unique and endearing qualities of what it is like to be a teenage girl with her deepest thoughts revealed through a finely crafted, polished prose. Ms. Gibbons is a name to be followed closely and I suspect more quality writing will follow from this original writers pen.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on Feb. 18, 2012 :
Jennifer Kathleen Gibbons, I Woke Up In Love This Morning, brings the emotional drama to light that comes during a girl’s young teens years. She captures every detail from the first period, cramps, to the notice of the physical change of breast in a beautiful and humorous way that every woman and young adult can relate with. It is sure to bring a tear of heartwarming love, understanding, and laughter with the amazing cycles that every girl goes through in mind, body, and spirit, during puberty.
I was delighted and comforted with it that I immediately bought copies for my granddaughter and niece. I couldn’t think of a better gift or explanation, with what truly happens to us, when we’re going through the adolescence years. Ms.Gibbons stories tell it sweetly and tenderly exactly like it is!
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)
on Jan. 26, 2012 :
Ms. Gibbons has a memory of steal! Drawing from what could only be personal experience, she beautifully outlines what it feels like to make that much talked/written about transition from girlhood to adulthood, but here she does it with poise, humor, and pathos. Ms. Gibbons does a wonderful job of evoking a time (in this case the early 70's and 80's) and a place in these vividly written young adult shorts. She captures the angst and obsession-laden young American female with aplomb and carefully illustrates what it is like to leave childhood (First period, anyone?) and enter the teen years (Crushes on celebs, y'all?), arousing feelings of sympathy, tendernous, nostalgia, sorrow, and, yes, even joy. We women and girls do suffer Ms. Gibbons reminds us, but we also emerge hopeful and strong. A really nice read, interesting, nuanced, and emotional.
(reviewed the day of purchase)