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To JayKae: Life Stinx
     

To JayKae: Life Stinx

by Jean Davies Okimoto
 
No duh! Not only are Jason's parents divorced--his mother acts like he has the plague and his father thinks shouting is the ultimate motivational tool--but his best friend has moved to California. It gets worse: his father decides to remarry and it turns out his stepbrother is Mr. High School All-American. Jason finds solace in a chatroom when he strikes up

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No duh! Not only are Jason's parents divorced--his mother acts like he has the plague and his father thinks shouting is the ultimate motivational tool--but his best friend has moved to California. It gets worse: his father decides to remarry and it turns out his stepbrother is Mr. High School All-American. Jason finds solace in a chatroom when he strikes up romance with cyberpal. She wants a picture...of his stepbrother. Oops.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA
Jason Kovak has some serious problems. One of his best friends has died, another has moved to California, his divorced father is remarrying, and his new stepbrother is a Leonardo DiCaprio lookalike and star athlete. The only good thing in Jason's life, besides his dog Fred, is Surfsupl0, the girl he has just met in an Internet chat room. She is impressed with Jason, especially after seeing his photo. Now Jason is in trouble: it is not his picture, and he is not who he says he is. Jason is pretending to be his handsome, talented stepbrother, Josh. Jason must decide if he should tell Surfsupl0 who he really is or just continue lying. Will she still like him when she finds out about the real Jason Kovak? Readers will laugh and sympathize with Jason as he struggles to make sense of his life, coping with his critical father, the death of his elderly friend, Bertha Jane, and his new job at the Columbia City Unitarian Universalist Congregation. The breezy and conversational firstperson narrative, interspersed with Internet chat room conversations and Jason's interior monologues, will attract and hold even the most reluctant readers. Although this title is a sequel to Jason's Women (Atlantic Monthly Press, 1986), it is not necessary to have read the first book to enjoy the hilarious adventures of this likeable protagonist. VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P M J (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 1999, Tor, Ages 12 to 15, 188p, $18.95. Reviewer: Jamie S. Hansen
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-A humorous sequel to Jason's Women (Little, Brown, 1986). Nothing seems to be going right in Jason Kovak's world. His best friend has moved to California, his divorced father is about to remarry, and he is not thrilled with his prospective stepmother. Even worse is her son Josh, who is everything Jason isn't: athletic, handsome, and popular, especially with the girls. The only bright moment in Jason's life comes when he meets Allison, a surfer from Hawaii, in cyberspace. Jason really connects with this girl. They get to know one another online, but when she asks for his picture, he sends her one of Josh instead. Finally, Jason decides to be honest with her, and he realizes that he should have told the truth all along. Okimoto has crafted a charming, sensitive coming-of-age story that deftly captures the awkwardness of adolescence. Many teens will identify with the boy's self-doubt and his struggle to be comfortable with himself. This is one of those rare novels that will appeal equally to boys and girls. It's a lot of fun, but it also has heart.-Edward Sullivan, New York Public Library Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780613337793
Publisher:
Demco Media
Publication date:
11/28/2000
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Jean Davies Okimoto is the author of many award-winning books for young people, including The Eclipse of Moonbeam Dawson, Take A Chance, Gramps! and Jason's Women. She is the recipient of the ALA "Best Books for Young Adults" Award, the IRA/CBC Young Adults' Choice and the Parents' Choice awards. 

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