Jack (Vintage Contemporaries Series)
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Jack (Vintage Contemporaries Series)

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by A.M. Homes

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In Jack, A. M. Homes gives us a teenager who wants nothing more than to be normal—even if being normal means having divorced parents and a rather strange best friend. But when Jack’s father takes him out in a rowboat on Lake Watchmayoyo and tells his son he’s gay, nothing will ever be normal again. Out of Jack’s struggle to redefine


In Jack, A. M. Homes gives us a teenager who wants nothing more than to be normal—even if being normal means having divorced parents and a rather strange best friend. But when Jack’s father takes him out in a rowboat on Lake Watchmayoyo and tells his son he’s gay, nothing will ever be normal again. Out of Jack’s struggle to redefine what “family” means, A. M. Homes crafts a novel of enormous humor, charm, and resonance, the most convincing, funny, and insightful novel about adolescence since The Catcher in the Rye.

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“A moving novel, and a very refreshing one. Jack is such an engaging, attractive human being, it’s a pleasure to believe in him.” —David Foster Wallace

“The engaging, doggedly funny [Jack] is likable from the first paragraph, a good kid caught in circumstances too much for him. And in the particulars of those circumstances, A. M. Homes touches upon something unique. Ms. Homes handles the big subjects subtly, deftly and with an appealing lack of melodrama.”—The New York Times Book Review

“A. M. Homes has created a most endearing teenager, and an intensely real world around him .... A fine book.”—Hilma Wolitzer

Crescent Dragonwagon
Ms. Homes handles the big subjects and adolescent passions subtly. . . even the minor characters have dimension and draw our sympathy. . . Without pat answers, A. M. Homes has given us a good youngster who in the end convincingly grows larger than his circumstances - as all of us, good and otherwise, must do on that arduous journey to adulthood. -- New York Times
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Jack is almost 16 as the story opens, struggling to keep life normal in the wake of his parents' divorce some years earlier. During a weekend outing, Jack's father admits to being a homosexual, throwing Jack's psyche and social life for a loop. Homes `` perfectly captures the feelings, actions and even the speech cadences of a typical adolescent American male,'' commended PW. Author tour. (Sept.)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
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Vintage Contemporaries
Edition description:
1st Vintage contemporaries ed
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5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)
810L (what's this?)

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Jack (Vintage Contemporaries Series) 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jack was an interesting story from the start. It truly showed that it takes time to heal, homophobias and all. It came quite a shocker at the end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very reminiscent of Catcher in the Rye. I recommend this book to anyone who seems to have troubles dealing with family problems, or anyone just looking for a can't-put-it-down, makes-you-think-about-your-own-life, laughable easy read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this story so much i just makes me want to read it and read again. This is real life stuff that could be happening to somebody. The part of the book that i liked the best is when jack was out on the basketball court and he was just forgeting about all his problems.I think this book is a good book and not alone sould girls read it to try to understand guys, but i think everybody should because its a good book. While I was reading this i could of swore that A.M Homes was fallowing some guy and writing what was going on in his life, its that real...
Guest More than 1 year ago
The novel, Jack, written by A.M. Homes was very humorous, intelligent, and an interesting view of a teenagers life. I found the book easy to read, yet it should be read by mature audiences. Jack the main characteris faced with waht he thinks is the absolute worst thing a teenager could face. his father has left the family and eventually reveals an important aspect of his life to Jack. This affects not just Jack and his father, but Jacks life, friends and family. I highly reccomend this book to anybody who can not put a book down because the want to know what happens next. The story keeps you going and waiting for more. Some points in the book make you feel as if you are side by side with Jack trying to help him understand or just comfort him. One time when he is with his father at his apartment building, Jack feels uncomfortable yet does not want to let his dad know. After a short while his father and him engage in conversation, concerning what his dad has told him. Jack always feels uncomfortable and like his life is sometimes unreal. Once again, like many other times in the book, Jacks and his fathers conversation is kept very short. Through out the book, although it is serious, humor will sometimes pop up and make you laugh out loud. The scenes are so realistic that you could see them happening to yourself or others that it amuses you. Jack and his friends are out bowling with their fathers, and one particular character, Max, is the comedian of the group, and makes jokes and, snyde remarks about everything. When Jack seems down, somebody is always there to give him a little push. His mother particularly tries constantly to push and help him, but Jack still can not talk about his frustrations. Jack is a wonderfulbook that i feel many should read, although some context is vulgar it shows what growing up is all about, and almost makes it a reality. This novel may help one to understand one's life. It is very truthful, powerful, and a must have for your personal library.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Have been amazed while reading local newspaper wherein Jack has been banned from Cascade Middle School Lbrary. Only one person complained yet the book was removed. Do not understand how this could occur in the USA? Had one person from same area complain about Jack and Jill a few years ago and it received top headlines. This is the most ridiculous event we have observed in this primitive locale. How can one person's opinion deprive everyone else from the opportunity to read this outstanding book
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book. Jack is so incredibly honest about everything, it brings such a great view to the story. He is open with his feelings, but they are hidden under large amounts of sarcasm. It's a story of a teenager going through the usual angst, but then another problem is dumped on him, and it's his way of dealing with it. I especially enojyed his best friend Max and Max's little brother. Email me if you have any questions or anything else about this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jack is a very realistic book portraying an adolesent teenage boy. Homes actually portrays him as a human being, unlike some authors who make their characters super-human making it hard to follow the story.