A few weeks ago, I got something awesome in the mail: Joss's book series! Today, the books finally released to the public, so here's my first post all about Joss and her first book!
Full Name: Jocelyn Elizabeth Kendrick
Who she is: An athletic girl who's always looking for new ways to soar
Where she lives: Huntington Beach, California
Favorite activities: Surfing, cheerleading and skateboarding
Best friends: Her 'Surf Sister' Sofia and Brooklyn, a girl on her cheer team
Siblings: Two older brothers, Dylan (14) and Liam (18)
Fun fact: She was born deaf in her left ear and uses a hearing aid on her right
What changes her life: Being dared to join the cheerleading team by her brother
What she discovers: Nothing can stop you from accomplishing your dreams
Great news, guys... THE ILLUSTRATIONS ARE BACK! Here's Joss's friends and family:
Sofia Goto: Joss's best friend who also enjoys surfing and skateboarding. She likes making art out of beach litter.
Mr. Kendrick: Joss's dad, who enjoys woodworking.
Mrs. Kendrick: Joss's mom, who is also a surfer.
Brooklyn Tillerman: A cheerleader at Joss's gym who she befriends.
Mila: A cheerleader at Joss's gym who judges her for being a 'surfer girl' at first, but learns to accept her.
Cassie: A girl on Joss's cheer team.
Lily: A girl on Joss's cheer team.
Murph: Joss's English bulldog, who was taught to surf and skateboard by Sofia.
Dylan: Joss's 14 year old brother who likes surfing, photography and filmmaking.
Nico: Dylan's surfer friend.
Liam; Joss's 18 year old brother who drives a Volkswagen van and works at Sofia's mom's store.
Reina: Nico's brother and Liam's girlfriend, who is also a cheerleader.
Coach Kara: Joss's cheerleading coach.
Tina Hart (not related to Anna Hart): Joss's surfing idol who organizes a video contest with the prize of surfing with her. Her motto is "Be all in, 100%", which reminds me of another motto from an anime I watch...
Mrs. Goto: Sofia's mom, who runs a surf store.
Harper: Sofia's friend from school
Now, I'm going to recap the books for you guys with the godly ILLUSTRATIONS!
SPOILERS START HERE!
We're starting at Book 1:
For reference, here's the summary (Even though it didn't do the book justice): "When the surf's up, she pops out her hearing aid, hops on her board and paddles out to the lineup. Joss is stoked to enter a surfing video contest with her friend Sofia and Murph, the surfing bulldog. If she can master a killer aerial like the frontside air and get her brother Dylan to catch it on video, maybe she'd even have a shot at winning. But Dylan throws her a curve: he dares her to try out for the cheer team. No way--Joss can't see herself as a cheerleader ... She's 100% surfer girl, and Dylan knows it! Still, if she takes him up on his dare, then maybe he'll help her with the video. It's worth a try, right?"
The book begins with Joss and Sofia surfing together, having fun. They then find out about a surfing video competition where the prize is to meet pro surfer Tina Hart, get a board signed by her, and surf with her. Joss, being a big fan of Tina, is estatic and wants to enter with Sofia.
After surfing some more and playing around with Murph, Joss and Sofia realize that their phones aren't good enough to record a video of Joss surfing for the contest- especially not enough to capture the frontside air Tina did at the age of 10 that Joss wants to copy.
At first, they ask Dylan if he can film the video of Joss surfing. Dylan refuses at first, since he and his buddy Nico are already joining the competition. But once Joss and Sofia go to her mom's SoCal Board Shop and run into Liam, Dylan and Reina, Reina suggests that Joss tries out for cheer, since she's a cheerleader too. At first, Joss refuses the idea, but Dylan then says that if Joss tries out for cheer, he'll film the video. Reluctantly, Joss agrees.
Joss attends a cheer practice in preparation for tryouts, but isn't that happy about it. (She sends Sofia a text telling her "if you don't hear from me in two hours, I was abducted by cheerleaders." Thanks, Joss, you gave me another line to use in case of a popular girl bully attack.) She notices Brooklyn, another girl from school, and a girl in the next grade over named Mila, who questions the fact that Joss is there, calling her things like "surfer girl". Joss can't really hear anything at first since the girls don't really put the fact that she's deaf into account when they talk to her, but she's then forced to tell the other girls all about that stuff, even though she's clearly annoyed. (I cried during this part, to be honest. I've had to explain my diabetes too many times to others, and I totally felt Joss's pain.) After getting everything straightened out, Joss soon learns the dance for tryouts, does a front walkover (but not a back) and realizes that she kinda likes the trampoline at the gym since she can practice surf moves on there, but still feels like she's not that into cheer.
Joss spends the rest of the few days before tryouts practicing her moves so she can get everything over with, even letting Sofia do the cheer dance with her in the sand. Finally, the day of the tryouts comes, and Joss auditions with everything she has, even though she's just seemingly doing this to win the bet with her brother. Once she gets the results, Joss makes it onto the junior team. She's thrilled since this means she won the bet, so she drafts an email to Coach Kara and explains that she won't be joining the team. Something's holding her back from hitting send, though, so she ignores the email and goes to the beach. Joss then realizes that if she tries cheerleading out, the skills she learns there might make her a better surfer and might help her learn the frontside air in time to win the video competition. She edits the email to one saying "I can't wait to join the team!" and sends it.
At the first practice, Joss is still judged by Mila for being a surfer, she still fumbles on the back walkover, and Joss is caught doing a surfing move on the trampoline. But one person's not that happy about all this cheer stuff... Sofia.