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Jacob Smith is Incredibly Average Paperback – September 14, 2012
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Top Customer Reviews
Enter Jacob Smith—a twelve, almost thirteen-year-old boy. In the grand scheme of things, he isn’t anything special. He gets average grades, does average in sports, is average in height and intelligence. He’s even statistically average when it comes to the number of siblings in an American household. Normally, we wouldn’t think anything of this. Average people aren’t normally capable of anything extraordinary. But what if an alien species was able to use that to their advantage—to ‘harness’ the average in order to potentially take over the human race? That is the challenge Jacob Smith faces in Jacob Smith is Incredibly Average, and the driving point of its plot.
As a mid-grade/young-adult novel, Jacob Smith is Incredibly Average nails every aspect that the genre requires. It’s easy to read, its pace is fast and the plot doesn’t meander, and it features likable characters and scenarios everyone can relate to. Where the novel truly stands out is as a science-fiction piece. The wonder presented in the novel is slow to creep in, but once it does, it hits you full force. But unlike many sci-fi novels (where, even in YA, the reader can become confused and overwhelmed,) Jacob Smith makes sure to introduce the fantastical aspect of its narrative slowly and simply. Aliens are usually described in minute detail.Read more ›
I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is a fan of anything of the young aduld action adventure genre, such as books along the lines of The Lightning Thief, or even Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.
I also think this book would make a great movie, and I can actually imagine it being a major motion picture someday. Fun stuff!
I would recommend this book for fans of the Percy Jackson, and the Pendragon series.
Well, this book has a great hook, it has a strong narrative, and it has some very impressive set pieces - but what sets it apart is the appeal and authenticity of the central characters.
The angle is that Jacob Smith is the most normal kid around; he is literally as well as figuratively "average". For reasons that become clear as the plot develops, (no SPOILERS here), his averageness is sort of the aspect of Jacob Smith that makes the whole alien invasion shebang work.
You'd think that developing an "average" character would not be a hard assignment. But as I thought about it I realized that outrageous characters - super geniuses, mega-geeks, video game freaks, emo girls, mondo nerds, "bad" boys, skaters, greasers, bullies, and so on - are easier, because they are so recognizable and it's so easy to just put the parts together. But how do you write an "average" hero who can command and hold the reader's attention? Well, Erin Hayes has done that.
Jacob has a loyal if a bit quirky best friend, Max, whose occasional cracks keep him grounded. Jacob's sister has gone goth out of middle kid rebellion, but she is fond of Jacob and rallies 'round when the going gets tough. Jacob's parents aren't perfect, but they aren't cartoonishly over the top. Jacob's worries are normal; his thought processes seem authentic. His attitude and style seem realistic.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fabulous characters make it worth the time. Great book for preteen or teen and fun read for adults to unwind.Published 1 month ago by I like books
It's nice to read a book that is not loaded with sex and so much violence that some feel is necessary to include to make a book seem exciting. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Mamahony1
What a great book for all of us average Joe's...or Jacobs!
We all feel so incredibly boring and average. We long for adventure...that's why we love to read. Read more
Totally fun sci-fi for kids! Thirteen year old Jacob Smith is average. He can't make the football team, can't beat his best friend at video games is bad at math and makes mostly... Read morePublished on June 14, 2014 by David's Wife
This is a fun and entertaining novel set in the present with a believable and likable hero. The premise is that Earth is being invaded by a group of aliens who find the most... Read morePublished on April 7, 2014 by Lisa Tobleman
This was a fun book to read. Erin Hayes tells an engaging story about an average boy, his best friend and his not so average life. Read morePublished on March 31, 2014 by Kevin Mckinney
Very relatable story!! I loved it! Jacob Smith is indeed very average and special at the same time. I like the twin sister Thea as well, she's the kind of sister every body would... Read morePublished on October 18, 2012 by mydaffodils