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The Journals of Kara and Jason Kindle Edition

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Length: 139 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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"I was completely blown away by just how good it was...I absolutely loved it." - Sooz Book Reviews
"A brilliant novel...highly recommended" - The YA Lit Chick
"Beautifully written...captivating...I loved it!" - The Reading Diaries
"A joy to easy to get lost in..." - Book Passion For Life

About the Author

Charlie Wood lives with his wife, Kate, in Massachusetts. He enjoys baseball, movies, and comic books. This is his third novel.

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  • File Size: 417 KB
  • Print Length: 139 pages
  • Publication Date: January 16, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,483 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stellalunna on March 12, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
** I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review **

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

The Journals of Kara and Jason is a straightforward read. Written as an epistolary we learn of a budding friendship between Kara & Jason through their journal entries.

Kara is an average teenage girl who is learning how to navigate eighth grade. Her feelings of abandonment due to her best friend Stace dumping her for no apparent reason has to be balanced with her inner desire to not be socially inadequate. Luckily she meets Jason an exchange student from Iceland which is where our story begins.

Wood captures the essence of being a young teenager and all that it entails expertly which is the true strength of this book. The loveable characters were easy to relate to and while there is a fair amount of teen angst it's not overwhelming.

To a small extent the big reveal 4 years later is some what predictable but once discovered then it is a race to the finish to see what will happen.

While this book doesn't scream with innovative and unique ideas, it does present them in an amicable root for true love manner which makes it well worth the read.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mandy on April 16, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I received The Journals of Kara and Jason from the author Charlie Wood in return for an honest review. The story is about two very different 8th graders who form a unique connection changing their lives forever. Kara's been ditched by her best friend, forced to reach out and make new friends which is how she meets Jason. Jason is a foreign exchange student from Europe who's a little quiet more the observing type where everything is a new experience to him. Kara reaches out to him when she sees him sitting alone, which starts a fast friendship.

Both Kara and Jason each write daily in a journal detailing the day how they are feeling and their budding friendship. As the school year progresses, they become inseparable at school as well as hanging out together even staying up late talking on the phone. As the last football game comes around everyone is going as couple's and Kara decides she will be the one to ask Jason thinking he won't ask her. However Jason is forced to leave the night of the game before he can tell Kara what's happened leaving her in the dark as much as his host family. Though it won't be the last time Kara sees Jason as he returns to her four years later ready to risk it all and tell her what really happened.

I'm a fan of Charlie Wood I love his The Strike Trilogy so of course I was thrilled when the chance came up for his new paranormal romance. I found the Journals of Kara and Jason to be a very sweet story about two people from different worlds who conquered their difference to find love. The story is beautifully written giving a point of view from both characters. I love the cover it reminds me of the journals I used to keep as a kid as well as the notebook I use for my blog very cute.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By WickedLovely on April 24, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
**I received this book from the author, Charlie Wood, via Goodreads in exchange for an honest review**

I thought this book was amazing!

I like the back and forth journaling style its written in b/c you get alternating POV's, and I wasn't left wondering what the other character was thinking.

I like that there is no love triangle. I like that there isn't any sexual content or feelings beyond a young teen's crush and first kiss. This book is totally appropriate for my soon-to-be 13 yo daughter, and I plan to share it with her. I may even have her write a review!

I like that this isn't a true paranormal book. I love the twist, and I'd probably be a lot freaked out if somebody told me what Jason has to tell Kara, lol. At first, reading Jason's character, I was a little ticked off, b/c I couldn't figure out his mannerisms and thinking style, but with the twist, it makes perfect sense. Kara's character captured, for me, what exactly I see with my 6th grader, and the "on again, off again" friendships that preteens and teens deal with in middle/high school. I can remember those days, and my daughters are in them, so it's a relatable experience.

This is an easy, fast paced read. I would recommend that you read this book, especially if you don't normally read sci-fi. I am looking forward to the next book about Kara and Jason, and I really hope there is one! Overall a fun read!
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By Ryan Guy on January 20, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Middle school fun is usually an oxymoron. Not so, with this book. As I thought about my own middle school experiences while reading Jason's accounts of his middle school days, I could relate all too well to his awkward-teenage-boy-who-doesn't-have-a-clue-when-it-comes-to-girls persona. Jason, though, had a pretty good excuse for his awkwardness. His hilarious observations of teenage life in the United States were the highlight of the book.

Kara's middle school perspective and struggles were very genuine, too. Her best lines were found in the banter she had with her journal. The author didn't shy away from letting Kara ramble in some of her entries. This added authenticity to her character, but also slowed down the narrative. I allowed Kara her moments of catharsis and kept reading, trusting the author would pick up the pace again when things got back to Jason. I wasn't disappointed, and before I knew it I had already finished this quick and fun YA romantic comedy.

Middle-schoolers and middle-schoolers-at-heart will like this one!
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