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The Edumacation of Jay Baker (Christy Ottaviano Books) Hardcover – January 31, 2012
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Top Customer Reviews
The Edumacation Of Jay Baker by Jay Clark is mostly a book about self-discovery. It's a book about not defining yourself by others, but by the things you are good at and care about. I'm being purposefully vague, but Jay Baker certainly has a lot to learn.
The best element of The Edumacation of Jay Baker is the humor. Reading about Jay trading barbs with Mike is laugh out loud funny. Plus, Jay is very self-deprecating which is something I appreciate in a YA character. Also, there's one character, a teacher, who is a hoot and zany and wonderful.
However, The Edumacation Of Jay Baker is not a perfect read. Jay's love interests, Cameo and Caroline, are bland and never seem very three dimensional. There is not much nuance going on with the two. Also the book is weighed down by excessive pop culture references. It felt like every other sentence contained one.
If you're looking for a young adult take on divorce with a light tough and don't mind excessive pop culture references, by all means check out The Edumacation of Jay Baker by Jay Clark.
The book is a very fast read because it's set up into small "songs". He has disc one and disc two and then each chapter has been renamed for a popular song...and his titles are extremely creative and extremely funny. I will admit he has so many pop culture references it could make you a little dizzy - and students are not going to catch them all - but he is so clever, I just loved it. As a librarian, I can recommend this for grades 9 and up because it has some crude humor, references to masturbation, and of course he's a teenage boy who thinks about sex... a lot. But if you have reluctant boy readers looking for a book, this will hit the target. And I'm sure the girls would enjoy it as well.
Three and a half stars: A witty tale of a teenage boy coping with teenage and adult drama.
What I Liked:
*This is one of those books you grab when you are in the mood for a mindless, funny read. It is a novel full of everything you expect when following a somewhat nerdy teenage boy: bathroom humor, loads of sexual references, awkwardness and plenty of hilarious antics. This is a book you can pick up and put down because the plot is simplistic and perfect for days when your mind is tired.
*I loved being in Jay's head. There are so many funny and witty comments in this book that will have you snorting and laughing out loud (seriously the type where you really do laugh, none of that fake LOL crap when you don't mean it). For whatever reason I enjoy following the ridiculous thought process of a teenage boy.Read more ›
An "undetermined period of time" seems suspicious to Jay, and although he helps move his mother into her new temporary trailer-home, he's still holding out hope that his mom and dad will work things out. In the midst of this new peril, Jay and Cameo finally decide to take their friendship to the next level. Sadly, it comes crashing down once Jay finds out that his mom has been cheating on his father with Cameo's dad. Talk about a reality show gone horribly wrong. Jay and Cameo find themselves immediately at odds with one another, and Jay begins to realize his mother isn't the perfect person he thought she was.
As Jay's mom begins regular visitations with Mr. Parnell, Jay's dad also starts bringing home his own lady friend. Now with apparently no one on his side, Jay decides to find help in some of the most unexpected places. Jay and his older sister, Abby, decide to unite forces and not be caught in the middle of their parents' spat. Jay also confides in Ms. Lambert and finds solace in his high school's lonely hallways. Finally, Jay and Caroline start practicing their tennis moves regularly.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book kept me laughing and crying and hoping the whole way through. Would recommend this to anyone with a sense of fun.Published on April 10, 2013 by Bill
Clark's book is wonderfully hilarious, witty, and insightful. "Edumacation" is a great read for teens and adults alike. Read morePublished on November 21, 2012 by Maddie
The Edumacation of Jay Baker was a delightful book and an easy read. I totally felt like I was in the head and heart of a teenage boy. Read morePublished on October 22, 2012 by Lori De Shong
The Edumacation Of Jay Baker let me down. I expected too much from it instead of going in with no expectations. Read morePublished on August 31, 2012 by Amazon Customer
I was a bit shocked at the language and content of this book, given that it is supposed to be for ages 14 and up. Read morePublished on August 31, 2012 by MissPammy
This book is...brilliant. It's, without a doubt, one of the most creative books that I have picked up in a while. Read morePublished on August 13, 2012 by Shannen
Jay writes an extremely sharp story that had me laughing out loud while shedding a few tears. Not many writers have the gift for writing dialogue that Jay does. Read morePublished on July 25, 2012 by K M R
This book is so refreshing. The snark and the humor are wonderful. I can't remember the last time I read a book that I can relate so well to!Published on June 8, 2012 by Cathleen Lykens
The typical school shenanigans are on fully display here as you follow Jay Baker through his life. There are some funny moments but the pop-culture references are so abundant that... Read morePublished on May 21, 2012 by HardyBoy64