Just in Case Paperback – June 7, 2007
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- Item Weight : 8.5 ounces
- Paperback : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780141318066
- ISBN-13 : 978-0141318066
- Dimensions : 5.08 x 0.71 x 7.8 inches
- ASIN : 0141318066
- Publisher : Penguin Books; New Ed edition (June 7, 2007)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #9,829,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The running dialogue between Justin and Fate can be quite disturbing at times with its intensity, but it helps you see how Justin's mind works. And Rosoff seems to understand that depression/anxiety/borderline schizophrenia can make the mind a dark place to dwell, especially for a teenage who is beginning to deal with it for the first time.
The most exciting aspect of this book actually comes from the cast of supporting characters who all wait in the shadows of Justin's mind to lead him on new paths. With an imaginary dog that the most unexpected people seem to be able to see and an older girl whom Justin thinks is his lucky charm, Justin builds a life that is far from normal, but this book goes on to make you question what normal is in an entirely different way than any other book.
Regardless of how you describe the story, you'll find yourself quickly immersed in the life and times of Justin Case. A teen on the verge of sixteen, David Case is irrevocably changed on the day he saves his baby brother from falling out of an open window. For those of us who are privy to his story, we would see two lucky brothers, one narrowly avoiding a long fall to his death, and one heroic for his quick thinking. For David, though, this break isn't a lucky one. No, this is just one more example of how Fate has it in for him. How can he get away, escape, allude Fate, trick it? He begins by changing his name to Justin, follows it up by becoming even more quiet and withdrawn than he originally was, and finishes it up with a new way of dressing, walking, and talking.
When Justin meets Agnes, she immediately takes him under her wing--and uses him for her own purposes, although Justin doesn't realize it at first. Justin is too busy dodging Fate, avoiding certain death, worrying about the ways that Fate can trick him into an early grave. As Justin survives day to day, with the help of Boy, his imaginary dog, and Peter, his not imaginary friend and fellow runner, Justin is unable to see that Fate is still following him, hot on his heels.
JUST IN CASE is the story of David, who becomes Justin, who melds into a boy that simply wants to make his own choices in life, rather than having it mapped out for him in advance. It's the story of Agnes, who wants to fix Justin, but in the end doesn't even truly understand the ways in which he's broken. It's the story of Charlie, an abnormally bright child who wishes his brother could forgive himself. It is, most of all, the story of Fate, and Fate's wicked sense of humor.
Although it's hard to put JUST IN CASE neatly into a category, I can highly recommend it nevertheless. Once I started this story, I was unable to put it down until the very last word--and even then I was still entranced by Justin Case and his battle with Fate. This book is definitely one worth reading.