J. A. P. Chronicles

J. A. P. Chronicles

by Isabel Rose
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J. A. P. Chronicles by Isabel Rose

Sex and the City meets Jane Austen in a wickedly funny, razor-sharp novel about the fortunes and misfortunes, expectations and regrets of seven women who shared long-ago summers at an elite Jewish girls’ camp.

Anyone who’s ever wondered what happened to the girls in the exclusive cliques of adolescence will delight in The J.A.P. Chronicles. With the wry wit and keen eye and ear of a latter-day Jane Austen, Isabel Rose (herself a scion of a prominent New York family) provides the ultimate insider’s look at the glamorous upper-crust society that even Carrie Bradshaw would give her Jimmy Choos to join.

When seven former bunkmates at Willow Lake Camp reunite for the camp’s one hundredth anniversary, the event brings more than just a revival of the old camp spirit. Ali Cohen, an Oscar-nominated filmmaker and former camp outcast, plans to make a documentary about her former bunkmates. The ugly duckling turned successful self-made swan secretly hopes that that her teenage tormentors will have grown into adult losers.

As each woman steps into focus, however, it becomes clear that it is not quite that simple. Sure, Arden can’t keep a job (even as a nanny!), Jessica is stuck in regional theater, and Dafna has lost both her job and her $20,000 per month stipend from her father. But Laura is apparently flourishing as a Los Angeles superagent, and Beth has found happiness by throwing over her dull but successful fiancé for her wedding photographer. Even Wendy, golden girl turned Short Hills housewife, has managed to skirt around old regrets and long-stifled urges—until seeing an old acquaintance stirs them up again.

Funny, smart, and ultimately moving, The J.A.P. Chronicles opens a whole new perspective on the girls from the “best families” and on the money, culture, and expectations that define their lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385515849
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 05/17/2005
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 1,023,209
File size: 384 KB

About the Author

ISABEL ROSE is a summa cum laude graduate of Yale and received an MFA in fiction from Bennington College. She has written several screenplays, and she cowrote the 2003 release Anything But Love, in which she also starred. Rose also entertains regularly on the New York City night club circuit with her nine-piece band. She is currently making her debut CD and is working on her second novel. For more information, go to www.IsabelRose.com.

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J. A. P. Chronicles 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Avid_Reader_PA More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. I didn't find it vulgar or offensive. It was a funny "grown-up" mean girls book!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to agree with the other reviewers about this book being vulgar and offensive. It 'looked' excellent and had the potential to be so but began to fall apart mid-way with a lot of unnecessary junk that could have easily been left out. The general concept the writer had was great and could have been an excellent novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
FANTASTIC!! Great read that you wont put down! The characters are wonderful!
Guest More than 1 year ago
By just reading the 'about the author' in the back of the book, it would be easy to hate Isabel Rose. Not only is she lovely, but she is clearly intelligent (yale...?!) and a singer! I was slightly hoping that her writing abilities were less that admirable, but I was proven wrong. The JAP Chronicles is a realistic and very detailed view into the lives of very real women. Rose does not skimp on details and the book is impossible to put down. You will feel the pain and truthfullness of the characters. READ this book
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was expecting some lightweight nothing reading, and instead what I found was a well written story that reinforces the notion that there is much more to people than what can be seen on the surface, and that as wonderful as some people's lives appear, appearances often mask underlying pain. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book LOOKS better than it really is. It is raunchy, and even offensive. Some of those girls are really twisted! I Stopped reading it a little more than half way, I couldn't take it anymore!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was pretty much expecting this book to be a light, airy, fluffy deal, but it brought of some discussion of very serious issues such as sexuality, hazing, and molestation. This book tells the story of girls that have grown up after attending an elite Jewish girls sleepaway camp and their coming back to it for a reunion. The old group outcast is slated to make a movie about the camp for its anniversary, and she discovers secrets about all her old bunk mates. It was very interesting, but I'm not totally sure if I liked it or not. I would definitley say I have mixed emotions.
Guest More than 1 year ago
From the cover, I was expecting a light, fun, and funny book. As it turns out, The J.A.P. Chronicles was dark, depressing, insulting, and at times, vulgar and disgusting. The book seems to make light of issues such as gang rape, molestation, hazing, neglect, and abuse. From personal experiences, I do not believe that this book portrays at all what 'jappy' sleep away camps are really like or what happens to 'jappy girls' when they get older. How others could say that this is a 'quick, easy, and feel good book' is beyond me. I agree with another reviewer who wrote, 'You can't help feeling at the end that you are glad it is over, and that you were somehow tricked into reading it. Not a feel good novel.' I would not recommend this book to anyone that I know. It was truly a total disappointment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this was one of the best books i've read this summer so far. it was interesting to read about how the wealthier girls of society live.. i never went to camp, i dont live on the upper east side and ive never been to the Hamptons...typical JAP stereotypes :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I finished this fantastic book in day by the pool! It has it all: great characters, witty dialogue and fun and believable situations. I highly recommend this winsome and cafefree book for anyone looking for pure escapism from summertime blues.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was looking forward to reading this book, having grown up with J.A.P.s. I was hoping for a story about how the J.A.P.s were when they were younger, and how they changed as adults. Despite the author's writing about so-called 'defining moments' of the characters, none of them except one seemed to grow out of their self-centered, shallow ways. Their characters just grew more and more annoying as the book went on. Save your money and buy a book with more substance.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sweetly sour but fun and lively, ¿The JAP Chronicles¿ is an excellent novel that will fill your days and nights with sinfully good humor. Seven bunkmates at an elite (and I do mean elite) summer camp are filmed years later in adulthood by the subject of their childhood torments who has grown up to be a documentary film maker. We delight in the fall from grace of each of the seven higher-than-thous. ¿The JAP Chronicles¿ is a welcome recommendation that I enjoyed to the same degree as ¿The Twins of Tribeca¿, ¿My Fractured Life¿, and ¿The Starter Wife.¿
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a Jewish woman I can completely relate to this book and the characters in it. These women are ones who I have grown up with, gone to camp with, and attended school with. People are not always as they appear on the surface and this book demonstrates that point. For any girl who is confident enough to call herself a 'Jap' this is the book for you!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Seven diverse women, formerly bunkmates at summer camp years ago, gather at a camp reunion being filmed for a documentary by one of the women. The filmaker, Ali Cohen, has been harboring a deep pain relating to a horrible incident that had occurred at the camp involving two of these bunkmates. Secretly, Ali plots to gain revenge on her main tormentor by exposing that woman's darkest secret on film. Ultimately, however, redemption and forgiveness reign and Ali and most of the bunkmates find a new happiness with themselves and with each other. And all of this is incrediubly FUNNY. Author Isabel Rose paints great comic portraits of her seven JAPs, creating side-splitting humor by placing them in situations they are woefully ill-equipped to handle. But handle them they do, and in the process, they achieve the growth and gratification they have long sought but never really knew how to find. Rose makes us laugh by lampooning the JAPs' materialistic world in which nothing is everything and everything is nothing -- then shatters that world and shows us how their basic human longings drive them to discover what really matters in their lives. A very rewarding book. Uproariously funny, very very sexy, pretty darn poignant, and an ending that will draw some tears.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I started this book expecting a fun read. I got that and much more, a very funny, very surprising, utterly engrossing story, more Mary McCarthy than Helen Fielding. A sometimes scathing, always witty, and ultimately very moving look at a 'group' in a period in time and their struggles with love, marriage, children and identity.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Why anyone would care about the disgusting superficiality of these characters and their self-imposed problems of priviledge is beyond me. As a Jewish woman, I find the representation here abhorant. What's more, the writing is lazy and mean spirited, the pace is grindingly slow, and there is no pay off or satisfaction in the ending¿if you can get that far.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Though a decade has passed since the magnificent seven were bunk mates at prestigious Willow Lake Camp, one of the them award winning filmmaker Ali Cohen has been invited back to film the hundredth anniversary celebration. She was the outsider treated poorly and tortured constantly by her six Jewish American princess bunk mates. In spite of her success, Ali remains haunted by what they did to her so she proposes a documentary on the pivotal moments in the lives of the antagonistic six hoping that God has punished each one of them. Not long after the reunion, Ali concludes there is a God. Dafna no longer has daddy's twenty thousand dollars a month allowance, a job or a spouse. Beth is planning her marriage but desires the photographer not the groom. Arden resides more in rehab than in her home. Jessica is a wannabe actress unable to break out of regional summer stock. Laura is a successful talent agent, but struggles with a lump on her breast. Finally public enemy number one Wendy, wife and mother, hides her affair with a woman. Ali is ready to expose the seven deadly sinners. --- THE J.A.P. CHRONICLES is an interesting relationship drama that enables the audience to see how bullying can hurt a person years after the events have occurred; people do not let go. The characters seem real and unique as Isabel Rose insures her ensemble has differing personalities that each retains throughout the tale. Though seemingly heavenly retribution to each sinner darkens the tale with overkill that takes away from the reality, fans of insightful character studies will enjoy this strong story.--- Harriet Klausner