I knew I wasn’t going to like this book when I saw the cover art, and my forebodings were confirmed as soon as I read the first few lines. By the obligatory first 50 pages I was completely convinced I had wasted my $24.95 and I had to force myself to finish it by taking it on a day trip to the Gold Coast with nothing else to read on the plane.
The plot is inane and completely unconvincing, and nearly 300 pages of what passes for adolescent wit is beyond tedious.
Heaven only knows how it made its way onto the Miles Franklin shortlist…
So it doesn’t need any more publicity from me – and I’d rather read another book than spend any more of my time on it.
Update (the next day, see comments below)
Here’s the link to my good friend Sue’s much more generous review.
This post is constantly visited – mostly by young readers looking for some help with a school assignment if their badly-spelled insults are anything to go by. (Read my review and comments policy, be polite, and I’ll publish your outraged remarks instead of deleting them. I may even take the time to fix your spelling and punctuation mistakes for you, if you express the reasons why you love this book and why you think I’m wrong, without being rude.)
Anyway, to help you with your assignment, here’s a review from someone else who didn’t like the book, and he explains why not, in detail. Hint: The best essays, the ones that get the highest marks, are the ones that are original, and look at things from different points-of-view.
Author: Craig Silvey
Title: Jasper Jones
Publisher; Allen and Unwin 2009
Source: Personal Library, purchased from Readings $24.95
Fishpond: Jasper Jones