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- Print Length: 224 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: March 8, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00BR8KHUW
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,069,061 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a story of Jake, a normal teenage boy trying to live a normal teenage life. He deals with insecurity, learns to appreciate family, and learns to love...
Then some very unexpected things happen to him, and he must learn to cope, or not.
This book is both funny and sad, hopeful and tragic.
There were only a few things that I didn't like about the book. The author had me very confused as to Jake's actual age. Sometimes I felt that he was perhaps a middle school kid, reading some of the character's thought processes. The first half of the book was slow going, for me at least. And, I know this is just me, but I live in the US, so some of the British slang and mannerisms were unnerving. I like to understand what I am reading, so I found myself looking alot of things up, so I would know what they meant.
I was upset that Jake's parents acted so irresponsibly, Dad in particular. I know the drinking age in the UK is 18, but it is still reprehensible for a parent to tell his 15 yo son that it is ok to "have a beer or two" while babysitting! And then Jake blames himself, and very few people correct him, and NO ONE gets him any psychological counseling.
I liked that we are told all the mundane, boring bits, so that we know Jake's life is a normal one. A typical teenage boy. Then you're hit with a twist so big, you may feel a bit like you've been sucker-punched. The author has written all of the characters so well, and so complex, you will feel as if you are in the story with them.
Overall, I think the book was well written, and would recommend it to my kids. But if you don't like disturbing content, you should probably skip it, as this book covers a fair amount of tragedy.
Thank You to Michael Cargill for allowing me to read and review his book.
The ordinary day-to-day descriptions of Jake's life could be seen as being slightly repetitive, but for me it was a master-stroke and Jake's whole existence had an undercurrent of impending tragedy. But, there are lots of small smiles to be raised in the book, especially in Jake's relationship with his brother, Ben, which is genuinely tender and achingly touching. Jake's relationships with his family and friends are all too real and believable. This is perhaps what makes the last quarter of the book all the more shocking and tragic.
Be warned, this isn't an uplifting read, but it is written with real skill and feeling. I was incredibly moved by Jake's story and it is well worth a look.
This sentence sums up Jake pretty well. The story of Jake is the story of a pretty ordinary teenage boy going through his ordinary day to day life. I think that is what makes this book interesting, the fact that Jake is just like the kid next door...or just like you. He has a good home, a nice life, and satisfying friendships. He is not some secret superpower waiting to be discovered - he's just Jake.
The characters are well written and believable. Jake's little brother Ben is cute. I think it is hard to write kids and make them credible, but the author is able to do it here.
Overall I enjoyed this story, though it was a bit depressing. I guess life is sometimes, though. The beginning was a bit slow for me, but as Jake's story continued things and people's lives started weaving together and created an interesting narrative.
I think that this is the first time that I am so unsettled by a book that I don't know what to say, and that is not a good thing. The first hundred or so pages could have been told in less than 30, it was just way too repetitive, and I was 1 chapter away from making it a did-not-finish book. In all those pages we were introduced to Jake, his family, and friends at school. It was all about his regular everyday activity, his train rides to school, his activity at school, his train ride home, and what he does when he gets home, it was just too much for me and I really found it hard to keep going.
Then we get to the second part of the book, and I have to warm you that if you have lost someone close to you, or are someone who suffers with depression, this is not a book that I would recommend at all!
Now I did enjoy Jake's interaction with his younger brother Ben, he is an adorable child, and I found myself laughing out loud at him as I have nephews, and I could picture them doing the same things he did, and it is very funny. I can imagine that it is not very easy to write from the perspective of a 2(ish) year old, and Michael did an excellent job with it.
We did not know for most of the book how old Jake really was, and for the majority of it, I really thought that he was younger, like somewhere between 8-11 just by the wording that the author used, and he seemed so very naive in certain circumstances, that I could not imagine him being any older than that, so when we finally did learn that he was 15, I was kindive shocked to be honest.
The other part of the book that I enjoyed was Jake's relationship with Kim, first loves, and first relationships are always so exciting, the holding hands for the first time and being so nervous if you are doing it right, or going too fast for the other person, all of it was very well written. The way that they would bicker back and forth playfully was really good as well, it shows a comfort in a relationship that is sometimes hard to find.
I am not sure how I feel about Jake's parents, there are a couple things that really bugged me, but then overall, they seemed very open with their children, able to crack jokes and know that Jake and Ben will not take it to heart. Also they are genuinely happy for Jake when he brings Kim home to meet them, a little in shock at first as Jake had told them nothing about her previously, but still happy for him.
Overall I am going to give this book a 2/5, and the 2 stars comes from the actual vivid writing style, not the story at all. I am not sure what I was expecting from this book, but based on the synopsis it was nothing like what I was thinking. I am not sure what genre I would even put this under, is there a young adult/contemporary/tragedy?
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