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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1448615984
  • ISBN-13: 978-1448615988
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,461,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Its hard to believe this is Scott's first book - its a solid story with a mature writing style that makes one wonder how someone was able to get inside the head of a young girl, dealing with all the issues facing older teens and 20 somethings in today's wired world - until you realize that Scott herself is in that age group. Its not easy to write a novel about one's peers (self?) without sounding like 'Dear Diary' but Scott has done it.

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!
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EyeLeash is getting five stars from me. I am fourteen years old and read this in two days. While it is sexually explicit in some areas, it is so the author can make her point across, which I'm for. Otherwise, sex in detail in a novel? Not my cup of tea, although the Gossip Girl genre is popular for girls around my age.
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.
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I will admit that this review is not an easy one to write, particularly since many will perceive it to not be in the "positive review" category.. but I feel the need to be honest. I am going to start with saying that the idea behind the novel is delightful - an inside look into the world of a teenager and her budding sexuality. The way Jade thinks is spot on with teenagers in today's world - sporadic ramblings, and honest, intimate details of her life shared.

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.
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A Review of EyeLeash/s a blog novel
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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.
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