What reviewers are saying about
Girl Unmoored
by Jennifer Gooch Hummer


“Love, loss, and the coming of age of one remarkable girl blaze through this haunting debut like a shooting star you’d wish upon. It’s tough and tender, funny and smart, and it frankly took my breath away. I loved it.”

– Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You

“With stunning emotional honesty, Girl Unmoored shaves away layers of innocence to reveal the true meaning of love, and the power we have to save one another. Effortlessly funny and poignant, Jennifer Gooch Hummer’s masterful debut offers surprises until the very end. I am head over heels for this book, and will gladly scream its praises from the rafters – for sure a must-read!”
– Elise Allen, New York Times bestselling co-author of Elixir and author of Populazzi

“This book sneaks up on you. One moment you’re laughing at the quick wit and the next you can’t swallow down the lump in your throat. An intimate story of the entanglement of love and loss, Girl Unmoored breaks through the wall around your heart, giving it room to expand.”

– Susan Henderson, bestselling author of Up from the Blue

“From the shadows of loss and uncertainty to the ultimate act of forgiveness, Girl Unmoored is a uniquely rendered and quirky coming-of-age tale that will break your heart one minute and have you laughing out loud the next.”
– Beth Hoffman, New York Times bestselling author of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

“Fierce, funny, deeply eloquent, and unerringly honest, Girl Unmoored is all four courses and dessert. What a dazzling, satisfying novel!”
– Gwendolen Gross, bestselling author of The Orphan Sister

“With Girl Unmoored, Jennifer Gooch Hummer proves that love is ultimately about the F-word: family, friendship, and faith in the human heart. This novel is worth a price above rubies.”
– Adam Novak, Head, WME Story Department and author of The Non-Pro

“To borrow one of Apron’s phrases, this book rings the doorbell of my heart.”
– Gayle Brandeis, author of My Life with the Lincolns and Delta Girls

“Jennifer Gooch Hummer’s debut novel, Girl Unmoored, introduces readers to a character not easily forgotten. Apron is one of a kind. Think Scout from To Kill A Mockingbird plunked down into the year 1985, trying to deal with Cinderella’s wicked stepmother. This book is filled with hilarious misunderstandings, the poignancy of losing a parent too young, and a fresh new style.”
– Jo-Ann Mapson, author of Solomon’s Oak and Finding Casey

“Apron may be adrift, but Hummer's debut is on track.”

Publishers Weekly

“Sometimes you just luck out and find a new author that blows you away. That's what Jennifer Gooch Hummer has done with Girl Unmoored! I felt just about every emotion a person can have while reading this book. It was funny, sad, and at times, even a little weird. But I loved every minute I spent reading it and will undoubtedly read it again.”

I’d Rather Be At The Beach

“I laughed, I cried... I felt mad, I felt glad... I liked, loved and loathed, and this range of emotions was all thanks to the skilled storytelling ability of Jennifer Gooch Hummer.”

YA’s The Word

“This book made me cry, faithful readers. I actually wept - more than once!”

cupcake’s (Book) Cupboard

“Girl Unmoored will tug at your heartstrings and tickle your funny bone. As an added bonus you might even learn a few Latin phrases! This is a must read book for everyone.”

Fire and Ice

“I absolutely fell in love with this book.”

Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews

“A beautiful story of what love really means and learning to understand what you previously do not understand.”

Hooked to Books

“Please, do yourself a service. Put down whatever mish-mash you’re reading and find this book. Make sure you have a couple of tissues handy – you’re going to need them.”

Anthology of a Girl

“Jennifer Gooch Hummer is an amazing author, and I will be making sure I'm first in line for her future novels.”

Roundtable Reviews

“A tough, touching, funny and intelligent real-world-inspired story.”

A Cozy Reader’s Corner Reviews

“I laughed, I cried, I loved Girl Unmoored.”

A Novel Review

“Girl Unmoored took me completely by surprise and turned my world upside down. I can't remember the last time I was so emotionally invested in a fictional story. Hummer's profound messages of love and loss are are woven expertly in this moving tale.”

Reading Addict

“Poignant, candid, and heartbreakingly unique, Girl Unmoored is the best debut novel I've read in 2012.”

Reader Girls

“The story tugs your heartstrings, and you will sniffle alright, cry, for this lost girl. And you’ll cry for the resolution she finds, too. Pick this up. Like, yesterday.”

Drey’s Library

“I adored this book and will definitely be reading more from this author. Kudos to Hummer on a fabulous job, I definitely recommend this book.”

The Book Scoop

“Read this book. You will feel human and alive. It’s the one I’m going to be touting all year, declaring to others that this is the book we should all be trying to write. And the one we should all want to read.”

Write Meg

Girl Unmoored is a profound and touching story that had me from page one. The thought that this is Jennifer Gooch Hummer’s debut novel is amazing. I will read anything she writes in the future. But I must warn you: Have a box of tissues next to you while you read Girl Unmoored. I cried buckets during about the last quarter of the book.”

The Well Read Wife

Girl Unmoored is a perfectly balanced novel: a combination of light-hearted fun, bordering on slapstick at times, within a poignant and deeply relatable coming-of-age story. It is a thoroughly impressive debut work.”


“A story that touched my heart and left me with a huge smile on my face. Highly recommended.”

Booking Mama

“I count myself lucky to have read Girl Unmoored.”

The Bookish Babe

“I had been waiting, impatiently, to fall in love with a book this summer and I fell for this one."

This Too

“I simply can not recommend this book highly enough – for the story, for the incredibly good writing, for the adorable heroine and the cast of supporting characters... If you only read one fiction book this summer, Girl Unmoored by Jennifer Gooch Hummer would not be a bad choice.”

Seattle PI

“Beat the summer heat by escaping into the past as one girl learns the true meaning of love…and just how hard it is for some people.”


“On top of all the amazing characters, this book made me cry. In a good way, of course. Any book that can make me cry is definitely worth reading.”

Amanda’s Writings

Girl Unmoored helps moor us all.”

The Portland Press Herald