You Have Got To Read Jasper Jones

24 September 2017

Everyone- stop what you're reading (or tell me what you're reading because I need more books to read) and read Jasper Jones. It is the best book I've read in a long time. I feel like every summer I find a book that I'm just so in awe of. Last year it was 'The Girls', this year it's 'Jasper Jones'. A very easy, enjoyable read and is so far from your typical coming of age book. I don't even know if this is a coming of age book. It's just a brilliant book to be honest!

please excuse my gremlin hands

I am going to go into more detail. I find a lot of the time I read a book from a younger perspective, in this case Charlie who is thirteen years old I believe, the author just doesn't get the narrative right? I don't know how to explain. Like their style is either extremely young and trying too hard to seem relevant and hip (although Silvey did set it in 1965 so I guess that helps) or they just seem way too sophisticated to be young! But I think it's just so well written, I loved the way Charlie spoke with his best pal Jeffrey and found it funny and just the change with when he was with Jasper trying to seem older but still falling into his childhood mind. The book was funny, it was also dark and I liked the characters, which is very important. They're just all written so well and I love the way Jasper talks. I don't know what it was about this book, but I just really enjoyed it. Also I didn't guess the ending, which to be fair I rarely do. Looking back at it, I think why I enjoyed it so much is because so many different topics were touched upon like racism friendship etc yet it all just fit together so well.

I realise I haven't included a description, which would help prove to you you guys should read it. Also it has become a film but I haven't watched the film yet mainly because I am too obsessed with the book. Well, obsessed may be bit far, but I just really really love it.

(I'm no author I just copy and pasted some of it from Goodreads)


Rebellious, 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 discovery.

With 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 Lu.


So yeah- if you need an entertaining book I 10/10 recommend this book, and I rarely give a 10/10 rating. 




8 comments

  1. I’ve never heard of this book before but ngl the guy on the front cover has sold it to me already! X

    Kate// itskaterose.com

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    1. It's such a good book!! Really well written- it's not mind blowing or epiphany inducing or anything but its a blooming good book! x

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  2. this does sound pretty great, you really sell it. Im desperate for a quick read (drowned by historical books for my personal statement) and this sounds like it ticks the box.
    I'm lovin all the book posts!!!
    http://kaatielouu.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Ohh this definitely ticks the box, it's not quick per se but very easy to read and super enjoyable

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  3. Haven't heard of this before, but looks and sounds like a great read! I'm finallyy reading To Kill A Mockingbird atm, so I'll pick up this book next! x
    www.lexiealexandra.com

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    1. Oh but see TKAM is such a good book and I feel like you'll still be in awe by it and then you won't appreciate this book as much as you should. It is a great book, but it's no To Kill A Mockingbird, if that makes sense

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  4. Ooo I'm in need of a new book rn!! Currently reading The Autobiography of Red by Anne Carson which I would recommend - coming of age story as well but very surreal and poetic and tied in to greek mythology.

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    1. I've never heard of t but I love a coming of age story and greek mythology and am trying to get more into poetry- sounds like exactly what I need!

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