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EyeLeash: A Blog Novel Paperback – June 24, 2009
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Top Customer Reviews
While some wonder about 'another coming-of-age book' this one is different, its very raw, truly honest and is not a victim of self-censoring. This is not your 'usual YA' fiction - this is for those who like their writing true and honest - without looking back!
If you are feed up with stories that contain the tired old 'kids exploring love' and 'learning to let go' you will love EyeLeash - a bold, deep, fresh and relevant novel that could be enjoyed by a book lover of any age!
Well, well recommended!
EyeLeash is just about a girl who's feeling pressured to have sex at an early age, as the only virgin remaining in her group of friends. What I think is insane is that the main character's BFF is dating a 30-year-old! And she constantly talks of her sex life with him (thankfully not in great detail). Her best friend, the virgin, is exposed to finding a used condom while visiting unannounced one afternoon before the said friend could clean up a bit. Gross!
The above paragraph will finish most of the ranting about what I felt should have been left OUT of the book. Here's what I think was cool.
1.The game Jade's crush, Novan played with his ipod. Ask your ipod a question and then hit shuffle. It could be trying to tell you something. I tried this myself.
2. Poetry mixed throughout the book. Jess C Scott can write both in verse and in a mature Judy Blume style.
3. That Novan did not show up at the hotel to sleep with Jade. It made her learn something about herself. Also, nude pics? Really?
4. The mention of virtual worlds online. Yes, this makes me a geek.
At first, I was mad while reading this because I thought the character of Jade was so much smarter than Serena Van Der Woodsen or any other slutty pop culture icon. Then I realized that she's just trying to find herself as much as all of us. Let's face it, even a smart girl, fictional or not, can make a mistake.Read more ›
There were some portions of the novel in which I genuinely laughed at the imagery - this young teenager practicing sex moves alone in her room. I thought - well, I am sure a lot of teenagers can relate! EyeLeash has the potential to be the "Are you there God? It's me, Margaret" of our new day. I remember reading "Are you there God? It's me, Margaret" as a young teenager, feeling almost embarrassed but relieved to read about the life of another teenager, going through what most teenagers go through and thinking, "Wow! It's in a book!" The shock value is there.
However - the novel falls flat on many accounts. I could understand that the novel is supposed to be someone's blog, a young person's blog - but I think it was unsafe to assume that all blogs (particularly those of a teenagers) cannot be eloquently written. At times, particularly in copy-and-paste dialogue from Jade's chat(s) with friends - many sentences lacked proper grammar and punctuation. It was as if I was reading text messages of the uneducated. I know many teenagers write like this, nowadays, but I never did - and I have a hard time relating to this new way of writing. I also felt, due to the demographics of the targeted readers, that it portrayed the wrong idea to young pre-teens and teenagers that this was an acceptable method of writing.Read more ›
Jess C Scott's novel EyeLeash/a blog novel (260 pages) chronicles the relationship between 17-year-old Jade Ashton and a young man named Novan over a period of nine months, a portentous time frame and no doubt intentional. Scott is a clever audacious writer, and though EyeLash might first appear as a typical adolescent blog, bloated with self-importance, the novel soon reveals a compelling story, complex characters and wit to spare. Its subtitle "a blog novel" is both accurate and misleading. Though it shares many characteristics of blogs (150 million of them at last count), the "blog" that Jade creates is not meant to communicate. Jade writes, "Blogging awful poetry, daily events nobody really cares about, or ceaselessly complaining/rambling on the same old things, is stupid. Now I blog too, but this is a private one. Unsearchable on Google, and password-enabled. So it's just me. I can be as boring and mundane as I like, talk to myself if everyone online has the (Away) or (Busy) sign on, and not worry about stepping on anybody's toes. Let's see what I'll record here over this year." In effect, the blog functions as setting, familiarizing the reader not with street names or land formations, but URLs, IM formats and the abbreviated lingua franca of online chatting. If you're looking for naturalistic description you won't find it here.
Blog trappings aside, EyeLeash is a descendent of the epistolary novel, popularized in the 18th Century by Samuel Richardson's novels Pamela and Clarissa, with recent examples being Beverly Cleary's Dear Dr. Henshaw and Alice Walker's The Color Purple. Epistolary novels contain letters (correspondence), but also journal/diary entries, snippets of written documents from other sources, dialogue, etc.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
this book was good but it needs a little more work and action to it because its just sort of plain... otherwise it is goodPublished on March 11, 2012 by ilovekpop
I wasn't sure what to expect from a "blog novel." EyeLeash by Jess C. Scott sure opened my eyes to a new style of writing, but I'm not sure if that is a good or bad thing. Read morePublished on August 2, 2010 by Samantha J
An excellent book. The book shows solid writing--a bold, deep, fresh and relevant book that could be enjoyed by a book lover of any age! Teenagers must read this book. Why? Read morePublished on June 27, 2010 by Stephen Richens
Being 50 something, I must say I am definitely not the target market for this book. The book is written as a combination of blogs and chatroom messages and thus not in a format... Read morePublished on June 22, 2010 by javagrma
I've never read a "Blog-Novel" before, so you are going to have to bare with me and my inexperience, but wow...what a wild ride. Read morePublished on June 14, 2010 by Misty Baker
This is the first time I read a book with no grammar-rules without all the "wrongs" annoys me. This book i written as a blog and you get a feeling that you really are reading... Read morePublished on May 31, 2010 by L.Yven
Eyeleash: A Blog Novel, is a raw and brilliantly written young adult novel written by Jess C. Scott. Read morePublished on May 29, 2010 by Kasey Marie
Jess C. Scott's debut novel is more than outstanding. It proves that there could be a useful reason for blogging. Read morePublished on May 23, 2010 by Tammy Suto
I sat down to read the first twenty pages or so of EYELEASH and ended up reading the entire novel. The blog/IM style it's written in helps keep up the pace-I had to know how... Read morePublished on May 22, 2010 by Stacey Wallace Benefiel