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Jasper Jones

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2011

    Interesting read- better than expected.

    Didn't know what to expect from this read but the title and the book jacket was interesting. The novel involves a character named Charlie who is befriended by Jasper and his twisted life. Jasper feels a murder has been committed and Jasper is afraid he will be the prime suspect if he comes forward to the police and he needs Charlies help. Jasper reputation in town is not the best but Charlie is not sure he can trust him either. Charlie is not sure what to do with the information he is entrusted with, it is almost too much for the simple life he has been living. Charlie tangles with emotions which would be typical for anyone keeping a dark secret but he is also experiencing his first crush, Charlie is a character that you can totally relate to. Jasper's family life gets more twisted as the story progresses and other characters are introduced in the book. Things Jasper did not even know are finally coming to the surface. The town comes together to solve the mystery but then people form biases that shake the town up. Who really killed Laura and why? The first 25 pages were a slow read but after that, I couldn't put the book down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2013

    A great and easy read. It is a 'coming of age' story that has al

    A great and easy read. It is a 'coming of age' story that has all the elements which make you want to keep turning pages. It will make you laugh, but maybe not cry, even though you feel like you know Charlie as well as you know yourself. Highly recommended. 

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  • Posted May 15, 2011

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    Slightly Disappointing

    This book was recommended to me by fellow Australians (I live in the US) and I anticipated reading it greatly. I loved the overall story but felt it got bogged down in weird details such as the game of cricket, super heroes, and a fourteen year old that seems to have the most amazing insights into classic American literature (I read "To Kill a Mockingbird" at school in Australia at the age of 16, and more recently as an adult living the US and as a result viewed it totally differently). The characters are interesting but seem largely implausible to me. I think more could have been made of the complex relationship between the Aboriginal and white people of Australia. Jasper Jones is half-aboriginal and the second most important character in the book, but this seems irrelevant to the overall storyline, despite the fact he is having a romantic relationship with a caucasian girl. The overt racism depicted occurs is directed at Asians due to the Vietnam war taking place at the time. I really didn't get the "Australian feel" in this book apart from some of the slang. I liked the way the misuse of some words carried through the book. I think I smiled every time I read "cheeses" for "Jesus".

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  • Posted April 17, 2011

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    An incredible read by a debut author

    Charlie Bucktin is sweating. It is the extreme heat of summertime and he can barely breathe. But when a stone is thrown against his window, and he sees Jasper Jones outside, Charlie will soon regret leaving the comfort of his own room. Because, quite frankly, following Jasper Jones into the woods makes things a whole lot worse. Charlie and Jasper live in a small town called Corrigan. Corrigan is known for two things. Most of the adults are employed by the mine, and the whole town centers itself on sports. Everyone in town vies to be the fastest and/or the quickest - that's what gives them their status among all the rest. Charlie is a "bookish" child. Not the quickest nor the fastest, Charlie entertains himself by being extremely good in school with his best friend Jeffrey Lu, who is the son of Vietnamese parents who gets teased constantly. But always, and I mean always, has a joke to tell and a smile on his face. Charlie also spends a great deal of time mooning over Eliza Wishart, who is another "brain" in the town of Corrigan who Charlie can't help but fantasize over. Jasper Jones is the "bad boy" in town. Some call him a thief, some a liar, and Jasper has achieved that angry reputation over time. With a deceased mother and a "no good" father, Jasper is used by the townspeople as a "blueprint" of how their own children should never end up. So for the cool guy with the bad rep to show up in the middle of the night at Charlie's house is absolutely amazing. Charlie feels a thrill, whether he likes it or not, because he can't believe that Jasper wants anything to do with him, let alone asking Charlie to come with him - into the night - to see something Charlie would have rather not seen. As they walk through the sweltering darkness, they stop near the house of Mad Jack Lionel. This is a man who is surrounded by the gossip and rumors of how he brought about the death of a young woman long ago. Kids in Corrigan raise themselves up the "cool" ladder by retrieving things from Mad Jack's house; like stealing a peach off the tree that sits right beside Mad Jack's broken-down, frightening-looking cottage. Mad Jack never goes outside anymore - it's like he's a monstrous ghost living on the outskirts of town. But Jasper Jones has seen the "monster" and he needs to find out - with Charlie's help - if he has anything to do with the horror that's about to be unveiled to Charlie. Not only does this author do an amazing job of using literary classics such as The Catcher in the Rye, and To Kill a Mockingbird as elements for his story, the novel delves into the subjects of injustice, racism, and the power of young love. Jasper Jones is a complex story of passion, desire, and horror mixed together - a perfect recipe for the ever-growing Young Adult world. This book has won the Australian Indie Book of the Year award. Quill Says: An incredible read by a debut author who the world is, most definitely, going to hear a lot more from in the future.

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