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Hoping to grab your attention, I would like to start this review by saying that Craig Silvey is up there with Markus Zusak in awesomeness This is a rare book, which I can pick up, open any page and feel certain that single page or even a paragraph will make me feel something and satisfy me It is a rare book in that upon finishing it I had to run out to a bookstore and buy myself my own copy There is a tangible air around my copy, and every time I open it, the air thickens and fills me with something I cannot describe I usually don t talk much about plots in my review because I personally don t like to know much about them before reading a book However, I just have to with this book.The story starts on a very hot night in 1965 when a thirteen year old boy, Charlie, hears a knock on his window It s Jasper Jones, a boy with a bad reputation who is blamed for everything that goes wrong in their small town, Corrigan He needs help, and what Jasper Jones shows Charlie that night changes everything It marks the end of innocence for Charlie This book is about the mystery around what Charlie sees that night, but it s also Charlie s coming of age story faced with the reality, a big, scary and unfair world He is an honest and very observant narrator, and it gives a surprising amount of layers and depth to the story.Charlie starts out as a boy who is terrified of insects or talking to a girl he likes His best friend, Jeffery, and Charlie love fooling around, engaging in hilarious dialogues, every one of which turned out to be meaningful to a plot, which surprised me because they are just so funny and you d think that s good enough for their purpose Honestly, you could read this book for their dialogues I ve never laughed so hard reading the characters dialogues.With the secret now he holds with Jasper, he starts to see things with his eyes open wider His own family issues Unfairness in Corrigan Jeffrey s hard life despite his happy go lucky demeanour Unlike Charlie, Jeffrey s eyes are wide open toward the unfair world in Corrigan That s Jeffery s strength And that s why he serves as a role model to Charlie in a subtle way So much happens, and Charlie becomes stronger and mature view spoiler to a point where he knows what to say to Eliza at the very end How about that for growing up cries He used to quote Jeffrey Remember not knowing what to say, Charlie asked Eliza THE question rather accidentally D hide spoiler 5 At the end of this book, the author thanked, among others, librarians and booksellers who never get the credit they deserve for supporting books I would like to thank the librarians of the Goodreads Aussie Readers group for their inventive reading challenges which send readers to book lists and genres we might never have discovered That was how I found Jasper Jones Thank you I saw it was an award winner, but somehow I didn t expect it to appeal to me I was wrong It really is like hearing Holden Caulfield from The Catcher in the Rye if Holden were a 13 year old Aussie asked to participate in a dark undertaking.Jasper is not the main character, Charles is, but Jasper is a football hero with a mystique so appealing that Charles is easily flattered into getting involved in Jasper s desperate attempt to escape being blamed for something he didn t do or did he Jasper is also a half caste outsider except during football games with a drunken father, so he s basically had to raise himself, which seems very liberating to conventional Charles.Charles s best mate is the small, clever Jeffrey Lu, a Vietnamese cricket tragic who is laughed at by everyone but whose wit appeals to Charles, a budding writer and bit of a nerd Charles is torn With Jasper, the town delinquent, he tries to seem cool and grown up, joining him smoking and drinking some foul liquor, mostly to try to escape the horror of what they ve done together Their relationship is secret and their interaction is only at night, with Charles sneaking out his bedroom window.Jeffrey is the comic sidekick who bounces back from bullying and is determined to be included in the side for cricket, a hopeless dream in a bigoted small town He knows nothing about the Jasper situation, so he and Charles banter back and forth as usual, swapping wisecracks and sharing in jokes, comparing the talents of super heroes It s very real and happily distracting for Charles Jeffrey salutes meChuck, I bid you a jew And I owe your revoir,I say, and watch him leave But Charles is tongue tied around Eliza, his crush He recalls Mark Twain, one of his literary heroes advising that it s better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt Then, as he and Eliza become a bit close, he gets braverYou have very nice dimples,I offerYou know, on your cheeks thereAnd I point, sharply, at her jaw, as though she requires me to chart exactly where her dimples reside I am an idiot My wit, which flowed briefly, has ebbed The tide has dried My mouth is parched and unwieldy and useless He goes on to say how clever Mark Twain is and can do almost anything with words But not even Mark Twain could describe just how soft a girl s lips are when they re pressed against your own This young lad has a lot to contend with, and the intrigue of the story and the situation Charles and Jasper have come embroiled in makes for compelling reading I thought it was terrific. Pdf ☫ Jasper Jones ☤ Late On A Hot Summer Night In , Charlie Bucktin, A Precocious And Bookish Boy Of Thirteen, Is Startled By An Urgent Knock On The Window Of His Sleep Out His Visitor Is Jasper Jones, An Outcast In The Regional Mining Town Of CorriganRebellious, Mixed Race And Solitary, Jasper Is A Distant Figure Of Danger And Intrigue For Charlie So When Jasper Begs For His Help, Charlie Eagerly Steals Into The Night By His Side, Terribly Afraid But Desperate To Impress Jasper Takes Him To His Secret Glade In The Bush, And It S Here That Charlie Bears Witness To Jasper S Horrible DiscoveryWith His Secret Like A Brick In His Belly, Charlie Is Pushed And Pulled By A Town Closing In On Itself In Fear And Suspicion As He Locks Horns With His Tempestuous Mother Falls Nervously In Love And Battles To Keep A Lid On His Zealous Best Friend, Jeffrey LuAnd In Vainly Attempting To Restore The Parts That Have Been Shaken Loose, Charlie Learns To Discern The Truth From The Myth, And Why White Lies Creep Like A CurseIn The Simmering Summer Where Everything Changes, Charlie Learns Why The Truth Of Things Is So Hard To Know, And Even Harder To Hold In His Heart 3.75 Good book with a little drama This is so quintessentially Australian, a real coming of age tale This book transports us back in time to a small country town in Western Australia during a scorching hot summer set in 1965 The story starts when two boys who have no involvement with each other prior, one a quiet bookish boy and the other a town outcast head into the night and there they find a grisly discovery, this is where the story unfolds The boys begin an unlikely friendship trying to solve the mystery they encountered The book delves into small town prejudices, racism and even has a sweet love story in the mix During the course of trying to solve the mystery many truths come to light, showing the effects of small town mentalities and the aftermath of narrow minded hostilities There s a lot to love about this story it has a lot of heart I loved the boyhood banter and it is clear that this author lends itself to many of the literary greats as an influence in writing this, with many references of Mark Twain, Harper Lee and Capote to name a few I can see how this has been hailed the Aussie version of To Kill a Mockingbird, although it has its own voice, a great story told with its own Australian slant I began this book without knowing a movie of it is in the works so I m happy that there will be a movie version out sometime in 2017. And here we have another favourite that did not do it for me.I don t know why books set in small Australian towns are so freaking dull I mean, there s a murder mystery How do you turn that into boring In this case, tell the story from a 13 year old boy s POV, and make him a philosophical little snot Don t forget to throw in a ton of Aussie slang, and have the dialogue spelt incorrectly to convey a typical Aussie yobbo accent, just for good measure.What a yawn fest.The plot Town pariah, 14 year old Jasper Jones, comes to nerd Charlie s window one night with a secret Charlie gets drawn in and suddenly finds himself questioning everything in FKN EXISTENCE Instead of learning of the mystery surrounding The Body, we get to hear about the racism directed towards Charlie s best friend, Jeffrey, and his Vietnamese family, and how bitchy Charlie s mum is, and how useless his dad is, and how PERRRRTTY Eliza is and smells Yeah buddy, that s not weird at all Also, poor Jasper And cricket Don t forget cricket.It s another one of those novels where there is basically no action Unless you like cricket I myself had no fkn clue what was happening in those scenes do I look like the kind of person who follows cricket Honestly There is way too much talking and thinking and Charlie is selfish and petulant and, sure, a typical Aussie teenager really, but he was just really painful to read Turns out I really don t care for being in the mind of a teenage boy Go figure.There are so many themes that it s kind of hard to get a grip on what the point is I mean, obviously racism is a big thing, but this is evident in the treatment of Jeffrey and his family, rather than Jasper s being half aboriginal Tbh, there s like one line regarding the latter and it made very little impact on the story It seemed to me Jasper was an outcast because of his behaviour, and his home life, than his ancestry I guess to me it felt like this book just bit off too many themes Then neatly wraps them all together at the end and you re just supposed to magically understand all the Big Ideas that have been thrown at you willy nilly in the past 400 odd pages Meanwhile my mind is still trying to figure out why Jasper is never referred to by just his first name.I get that this is a book beyond the story that this is about ideas, and small people standing up to big people, and small minds in small towns, and injustice, etc etc I GET IT But it is BORING to read about if nothing is actually happening Charlie just asks himself a bunch of questions for pages at a time and it doesn t progress anything It s just monotonous and dull and it bored me so much.Even the ending took its sweet ass time.Did not work for me I was wise to avoid it for so long I read this as book 5 of my dymocks52challenge refined You can read here. I m going to be in a tiny mining town in Western Australia in a couple of weeks, and as I was casting around my shelves looking for something relevant to read, I stumbled on this, which amazingly is set in a tiny mining town in Western Australia It s signed by the author and inscribed Dear Warwick, keep writing and there s a bookmark in it from Annie s Books in Peregian Beach, Queensland I have absolutely no memory of acquiring it.Hmm Anyway, it turns out to be an engaging little coming of age tale set in the mid 1960s It opens with a classic beautiful girl found dead scene and includes the usual roster of high school bullies, teen romance, small town mystery, corrupt authorities and contemporary politics, all bolstered with some nice descriptions of the surrounding landscape and its flora lots of jarrahs and honkynuts, paperbarks and snottygobbles.Although the story is really very charming, I found myself slightly frustrated The prose has a young adult feel the writing is a bit light I wanted everything to be denser and complicated somehow Occasionally he s downright clunky I should turn my face and look away It s not for me to share But I m eerily adhered This is torrid to watch.There are many references to Southern Gothic literature, which Silvey clearly thinks makes a good analogue for the rural Australian scene and it does although seven references to Atticus Fitch makes your claims to be the Australian To Kill A Mockingbird as it was obediently labelled by The Monthly, among others a bit too obvious here we have the same mysterious house nearby whose inhabitant is known only by name, the same noble and honest father, the same race relations issues with Vietnamese substituted for African American.I liked the narrator s reflection, after his first taste of cigarettes and whisky, on how he had been let down by his literary heroes This shit is poison And I realise I ve been betrayed by the two vices that fiction promised me I d adore Sal Paradise held up bottles of booze like a housewife in a detergent commercial Holden Caulfield reached for his cigarettes like an act of faith Even Huckleberry Finn tapped on his pipe with relief and satisfaction I can t trust anything If sex turns out to be this bad, I m never reading again.I found it a bit light overall, but if you just want a good read you should enjoy it a lot It would make a great movie. This book was so odd to me and I didn t know how to rate it, ultimately deciding on a 1.5 that I m rounding down, as explained below I honestly was surprised, after reading the book and writing this review, to click on the book s main page and discover that not only is it very highly rated, but it has also been nominated for and won numerous awards The basic premise which, when summarized in the library catalog, was what encouraged me to read the book in the first place is interesting two teenagers discover something horrible one night in a town in Australia during the Vietnam War, then have to deal with the aftermath There s a lot of potential with the theme of the children in a town all being discontented and disconnected from the supposedly unified town culture the children hold all of the town s secrets and experience life there very differently than the adults do Not a revolutionary idea, but a promising theme that is universal and recognizable, yet also has a lot of opportunity for an author to put a unique spin on it However, while Silvey tries AWFULLY hard probably too hard , the unique spin never takes off After the establishment of the basic premise, the plot, characters, and setting are sorely underdeveloped The 1st person narrator, Charlie, is currently reading Mark Twain and other Southern American writers his father is an English teacher , and frequently alludes to Huck Finn and especially To Kill a Mockingbird in a very heavy handed way The problem is, in a book that s partly built on suspense and a whodunit premise, none of the plot twists developments toward the end of the book are AT ALL surprising if you ve read TKAM there are direct and obvious parallels There s a way to do this that might have seemed clever and self reflexive, but in this particular case it doesn t seem intentional it s just a rip off I do consider the notion that the book is supposed to be Charlie himself novelizing the events, which explains some of the pretentious writing discussed below , but that doesn t excuse the events themselves from mirroring TKAM s to the extent that they do Then, given that Jasper Jones is the Huck Finn equivalent here, it doesn t work that he s a completely secondary character who doesn t actually appear that often in the book I guess you could potentially argue that Jasper Jim, while Charlie Huck, but Charlie is so CLEARLY not Huck Finn like in any way that I couldn t really go for that interpretation Huck Finn wouldn t be terribly interesting as a character either if we only saw him in snippets We never have any context for understanding Jasper as a character and understanding why he s such a pariah in the town, other than what Charlie tells us, because we never actually SEE Jasper interact with anyone in the town, other than Charlie, basically We never get a satisfactory explanation of why Jasper chooses Charlie to help him at the beginning it seems that they didn t even know each other that well before Jasper turns up at Charlie s window The whole thing just seems badly contrived Meanwhile, Charlie is a bizarrely passive protagonist after a vivid opening chapter introducing the central conflict, virtually no plot advancement occurs in the first 1 2 2 3 of the book because Charlie doesn t do anything about it He thinks about it, but only in a very internalized way you d think he d look at EVERYONE in a different way following the events of the first chapter, but he doesn t Other than a trip to the library and some internal monologue, it s as if the entire inciting event didn t even happen, based on Charlie s first half storyline Part of the reason why the characters are so amorphous is that I also had no sense whatsoever of what the town, Corrigan, is like, yet Silvey tries to define his characters, especially Charlie, by their opposition to the town culture Part of this might be my lack of understanding of Australian geography and culture, but the town was very thinly portrayed and I felt like I was left filling in a lot of gaps with assumptions, whereas a book like this really requires specifics Think of how powerfully you feel the South in TKAM and Huck Finn, through description, secondary characters, and minor plot events I m thinking right now of the rabid dog incident in TKAM the same cannot be said of Corrigan here too much is left vague The fact that the story takes place during the Vietnam War is only significant for the storyline of Jeffrey, Charlie s best friend, who is simultaneously the best and worst character in the book The best because he is one of the only characters who actually has a distinctive, and often funny, voice, but the worst because he suffers desperately from Silvey s chronic overwriting syndrome Part of the book s pacing problem is because Silvey indulges in pages long dialogue between Charlie and Jeffrey and even Charlie and Jasper s dialogue is also overly long and repetitive, both in the opening and chapter and subsequently that does not advance plot, character, or theme, and by the end of the book it just gets tiresome It s like B movie teenage boy speak sometimes Charlie s narration is also irritatingly affected, frequently overusing short sentences for dramatic effect and I think to embody some notion of an authentic male teenage voice, and again, I get the idea that this is Charlie s novel and he is writing it the way pretentious booky teenage boys might write it, but ultimately it only annoyed me and gave me reader whip lash from all the herky jerkiness of his voice There s only so much of bad, aspiring to be literary teenage writing you can take, and at this saturation level, it transcends the original conceit and just becomes bad writing, period There s a point where it s not Charlie overdoing it any, it s Silvey overdoing it, and it s much less forgivable coming from an adult author versus a fictional teenage character Finally, I don t support the author psychology school of interpretation, but if I did, I d say Silvey has some major Freudian mommy issues, because all of the mothers in this book especially Charlie s are absolutely horrible, vile caricatures with no redeeming qualities whatsoever Ultimately, this may have been what bothered me most of all, convinced me that the book s other shortcomings really are due to shoddy composition and development, and caused me to round down, versus up, on the 1.5 star rating. A time in which racism as well as social exclusion are high Jasper Jones ist a story with complex strands and aspects, each one of which can fill a novel, all of which seem to overwhelm the book, but sometimes they are torn to the brink of inspiration, but do not come to one Solution.However, I wonder whether I can view this book as a pure youth book Because background knowledge is complex.The writing style is light and easy The dialogues partly funny, but also bitter. I guess when you finish a book that you absolutely loved and you sit down, notebook fill of coherent notes, to start writing a review it s easy to start using clich s I find this is especially true when it comes to those Australian authors.You ve heard it before, haven t you Is there something in the water Down Under Well, I don t think there is Nope, not at all You don t see me reverting to those tired and ridiculous clich s, do you My suggestion as to why these Aussie authors are so ridiculously good There s something in the shrimps that they put on all those barbies.In all seriousness though, this book is good Great Cracking Brilliant All the superlatives you can think of I don t really want to talk too much about the plot because this book is a mystery, both in plot and character But right from the beginning, so full of suspense and unease, to the breathless thisiswhathappened ending, I was completely captivated.The characters are brilliant, especially Jasper Jones although I so desperately wanted of him Although saying that, I m a bit torn in this aspect because I adored him when he was on the page and I loved the interactions between him and Charlie but I loved the mystery and intrigue around the character even Misunderstood and with a heart of pure gold Jasper Jones is the kind of boy who you d want to go on adventures with Sure you d come back from those adventures slightly sunburnt and dishevelled with random insects in your hair, scraped knees and faced with the inevitable grounding from your parents but it would always be with it Simply put, I loved him and my heart ached for him.Also, I had lots and lots of time for Eliza Such a little sweetheart.I also loved how multi faceted this book was If I told you just what the basic plot of this story was which I m not going to I would probably be missing about 75% of what this book actually covered History, racism, Australian culture, prejudice, the subtle interactions between families, the damage of secrets and rumours and cricket yeah, I could have probably have done without the cricket aspect of things Cricket, to me, is a game we were forced to play in PE at high school when it was too sunny for bench ball Mr Silvey perfectly balances all of these issues without being overly clunky and preachy.A little bit unrelated and possibly a little thematic spoilery, I often wonder how the context in which you read a book effects how you feel about it It was a complete coincidence that I read this book the weekend when this had been in the news once I had no idea what this book was about before I picked it up so it was quite daunting to read a book that, although set in the 60s, felt so current It s difficult to put into words how that whole story affected and still continues to affect the British public so it was strange to read this book with that very much in my mind they also have a brief mention in this book I know I would have found Jasper Jones moving if I had read it a few months ago but would it have affected as much as it did I don t know but it certainly left an impression on me and proved to be a great deal topical than I thought it was going to be.One of my favourite things about Australian YA books is the sense of place that the authors create and Jasper Jones is no exception It takes a lot to be transported from a clammy, rainy town in Greater Manchester to the bone dry, dusty, desolate Western Australian town but for the few hours it took me to read this book, I honestly was.The scene, the story, the writing and the characters combined with the wonderfully cinematic and satisfactory ending where all those story threads that you so desperately want to have been tied up into a lovely bow are still dancing in the Australian breeze and you wouldn t want it any other way this book was glorious and definitely not a book that has been puffed up by the hype.At the end of the day, this book was what would happen if you took a copy of Jellicoe Road and Brown Skin Blue and smushed them together making loud kissing noises I m not sure if you re going to get a higher recommendation than that from me.You can read this review and lots of other fun things on my blog,Wear the Old Coat.Pre review.STORY TIME Don t worry, it includes pictures When I saw all the cool kids were reading this I, being a marginally less cool kid, wanted to get involved.But disaster struck when I went to buy a copy and I was shocked and appalled well not really that you couldn t buy the copy with the bloke having a brew on the cover.I wanted that cover Sure the other covers are fine but it was too late, I had already fallen in love.So I threw a huge wobbly and whinged and moaned and glared at inanimate objects Step in the ever so lovely Rey, who offered to send me a copy of Double J with the awesome Aussie cover.And the parcel came today.I almost didn t want to open it because look at the beauty And it got better Remember when you were a kid and you played pass the parcel and there was always that one stupid kid who the music always seemed to stop on and they got all the sweets and the packet of stencils or a colouring book or whatever TODAY I WAS THAT KID And as it s a law to take a picture of your copy of Jasper Jones and seeing as I don t live in paradise Australia and I don t have beautiful golden beaches at my disposal and the thought of sitting in a blustery, rainy, possibly snowy Mancunian park and taking a picture was just too depressingI took a picture of it with my new teapot.Rey, I love you.And I must read this book soon.