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Jimi & Me Paperback – April 1, 2007
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About the Author
Jaime Adoff is the author of the critically acclaimed The Song Shoots Out of My Mouth and Names Will Never Hurt Me. The son of the late Newbery Medal-winning author Virginia Hamilton and renowned poet Arnold Adoff, he lives in Ohio.
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JIMI AND ME is a fantastic read. Jaime Adoff has an uncanny ability to capture the thoughts, feelings and melodrama of early teens and put them into his characters. I felt as if Keith was someone I could have went to school with, and I am certain that young adult readers, especially boys will be able to relate to him. Adoff has a unique writing style that is a blend of poetry and prose. He tells a profound story, with such an economy for words, that you can't help but appreciate his ability as a writer. JIMI AND ME is poignant and at times humorous, but at its core it is a truthful account about growing beyond pain and hurt.
Reviewed by Stacey Seay
of The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers
My favorite component of this book was the style that it was written in. It was poetically composed and fun to read. The author used a lot of figurative language to shake up the vocabulary. Keith's hippie style also showed in the text because it was very laid back for most of the story. The style made this book exciting to read because it wasn't like most novels.
Keith made a extraordinary main character. He seemed unlike a lot of characters in stories like this. Most characters seem to either have horrible or perfect lives but Keith's life was like a roller coaster, it had good moments and bad moments that worked themselves out in time. If I was an author, I would want to write about a character like Keith.
The problems that Keith faced in this book can relate to almost anyone. Many families all over the world face finical difficulties, and Keith's was no exception. He also had to deal with heart ache and bullies, just like every other teenager. Keith seemed like someone I could just sit down with and have a long talk with about life; the good, the bad, and the ugly.
I would recommend Jimi & Me to anyone that likes to read about real life problems. If you want to read about wizards, knights, or aliens then this isn't you're book. Jaime Adoff did an outstanding job and he deserves every award that he received for this book.
The format of the book is interesting, written as if in song lyrics. Because of this, it can sometimes be hard to understand exactly where, when, or who is in the scene. This makes it hard to choose a specific scene that was my favorite, but the whole book because of the format, keeps you reading, and it is enjoyable.
I definetly recommend this book. It is a quick read, and pages are very short, due to the "songs" they are written in. The more you read into the book, the more Jimi Hendrix lyrics you will find. A great choice for any Hendrix fan. The story of Keith can easily be linked to many other people's personal stories as well, so all around, this is a great book.