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Jay's Journal

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Such a sad story. Such a sad story like Go Ask Alice, this book

Such a sad story. Such a sad story like Go Ask Alice, this book will leave on your edges of your seats as you enter the world of darkness that which we all have been taught not to fall into..

posted by Thebookwormgirl on April 21, 2012

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9 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

complete lie

this is not a true story. it is a lie made up by beatrice sparks that ruined this boy's family's life. for the true story read a place in the sun: the truth behind jay's journal by scott barrett, the brother of who this book was 'based' on. that book has his actual j...
this is not a true story. it is a lie made up by beatrice sparks that ruined this boy's family's life. for the true story read a place in the sun: the truth behind jay's journal by scott barrett, the brother of who this book was 'based' on. that book has his actual journal photocopied into it, so you can see the truth.

posted by 7532115 on February 20, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2012

    CULTS VS DRUGS.

    The back of this book says that it's about a kid who gets addicted to drugs, and his life spirals out of control. NO. This book is about cults, dark magic, the devil, and selling your soul. This book is DISTURBING. It is disgusting. It is scary. After I finished it, I got it out of my house as soon as I could.
    It starts out interesting, gets really boring, and then gets plain creepy.
    I don't know if this book is true or not, like it says, or if only parts are true, but the point is, don't read it if you think it's going to be about drugs.
    THE BACK OF THE BOOK LIES TO YOU.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 26, 2014

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    Based on how the synopsis of this book was written, I was expecting to read a book that was equal measures entrancing and heartbreaking. With this being written as journal entries, I believe I may have set my expectations a little high. The witchcraft, a subject that interests me immensely, was interwoven into the entire book, as expected, except the details and the lines were blurred. Back in 1978 which this book was published, I suppose it could have been more shocking to those who were not yet used to exposure of sensitive topics.




    After learning this book is based loosely off of the journal of a real boy, I can't help but feel for him and his family. This book wasn't a cautionary tale meant to steer lost teens away from a dangerous path, the author failed to be helpful. Instead he's depicted as some twisted teen who has veered off of a forged path and decided to go down another. This book could have been written beautifully provided it was handled with care, which it wasn't. I would say Beatrice Sparks was negligent with this story.




    What could have been amazing and provocative was monotonous and insulting to the real family of the deceased. Handled with respect, Jay's Journal could have been the book to raise awareness for those who have gone down a difficult or dangerous path. It could have taught them about possible consequences. I wish there was a message that it's possible to get out of difficult situations. I'm just thoroughly disappointed with what I read. If any readers are looking for a book they will cling to and need to finish immediately, Jay's Journal, unfortunately, is not that book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2012

    Hey ovr here read my comment

    I think this could be a very exciting book to reab

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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