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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (3 Aug 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141380780
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141380780
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 2.4 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,045,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A modern Catcher in the Rye' (hardback) -- The Times

'A modern Catcher in the Rye'- this text refers to the hardcover
edition -- The Times

'A vibrant, questioning and unpredictable read' (hardback) -- Guardian

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to the hardcover edition -- Guardian

'Dramatic and absorbing' (hardback) -- Red

'Dramatic and absorbing'- this text refers to the hardcover
edition
-- Red

'Similar in spirit to Donnie Darko, this is a quirky, original follow-up to How I Live Now' (hardback) -- Heat

'Similar in spirit to Donnie Darko, this is a quirky, original
follow-up to How I Live Now'- this text refers to the hardcover edition -- Heat

'This is a brilliant, haunting novel' (hardback) -- Telegraph

'This is a brilliant, haunting novel' - this text refers to the
hardcover edition -- Telegraph --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Meg Rosoff was born in Boston, USA. A brand new author to Puffin, Meg only started writing a year ago. She has worked in publishing, public relations and most recently advertising but thinks the best job in the world would be head gardener for Regents Park. Meg lives in Highbury, North London.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Hannah W on 20 Feb 2007
Format: Hardcover
Yes, it's supposedly a teenage book, and at 22 I am not a teenager. After reading 'How I Live Now' as part of a Children's Literature course in my final year of university and enjoying it greatly however I could not resist finding out what the pages of Meg Rosoff's latest book contained.

'Just In Case' is not an easy book to describe - the plot centres on the teenage David Case, who changes his name to Justin Case, attempts to change his image (helped along by a slightly older photographer who he comes to have feelings for) and becomes obsessed by fate and how long he is destined to live - to say anymore would spoil the plot.

The strength of the book lies in its delivery - the narrative occupies a unique, almost dream-like space that is rare in essentially realist fiction - this is believable, readable, surrealism. It isn't the masterpiece that 'How I Live Now' is, but readers of that particular tome will not be disappointed here, providing they can overlook the slightly "emo" teen angst that develops in some parts of the book.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A. Lancaster on 25 Sep 2006
Format: Hardcover
After not overly loving How I Live Now I went into Just in Case with a bit of trepidation but came out the other end absolutely loving it.

OK, so you have to suspend belief for some of the book but the writing is just right, with the precise amount of humour mixed in with all the worries of a teenage boy growing up and finding out about himself and about the real world and his part in it.

David's moment of realisation happens when he saves his brothers life and it suddenly becomes clear to him that he has to escape from fate otherwise he could end up falling victim to its pursuing clutches. In what could be seen as 'shirking' from responsibility, as I'm sure most teenage boys try to do as much as they can (I once was also included, and probably still am in this) David changes his name and tries a number of different ways to hide from fate.

All-in-all a great read that will have you thinking for a long-time afterwards
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Oct 2006
Format: Hardcover
Now that I've finished reading JUST IN CASE and it's time for me to write my review, I'm having a hard time thinking of how to describe it. I've had the pleasure of reading HOW I LIVE NOW, Ms. Rosoff's Michael L. Printz award-winning book, so I began reading JUST IN CASE with high expectations. I wasn't disappointed, not in the least, and have high hopes for the awards this book will garner over the coming year. It's just that, now that I need to put it in words, it's difficult to describe just who, exactly, the main character in this story is--David Case, now known as Justin, or Fate? I guess the book could be summed up, quite easily, by the words (actually, by the alphabet blocks) of eighteen-month-old Charlie Case: "JUST IN CASE WHAT?" Or, possibly, by the photograph of Agnes, the style-maven with the pink hair, entitled "ANTHEM FOR DOOMED YOUTH."

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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By carys-louise on 3 Feb 2007
Format: Hardcover
The pressure that is put on an author to follow up a highly-acclaimed

book--and How I Live Now, despite what some people might say, is that--is

no doubt immense; but somehow, Meg Rossof has managed it.

And she's managed it--whisper it--WELL.

As a teenager, it's refreshing to find a writing voice of this clarity, such

a talented writer of prose instead of predictable plots and endless stale dialogue.

Just In Case makes for an engaging read, a plot full of twists and turns, and a protagonist

whose sanity seems to balance on a knife edge. Despite this, some of the puns can

wear a little thin, and upon the first read very little of the book actually makes sense,

if you can approach it with an open mind, you'll soon be dazzled by its brilliance.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Atkinson on 1 Feb 2008
Format: Paperback
Meg Rosoff's first book set a high standard in almost day-to-day magic and whimsy, with added extreme emotional trauma. "Just in Case" continues the trend with just as much magic (preternaturally loquacious babies, Fate as one of the characters, and an imaginary dog that other people can see) but dialled-down emotional trauma. "How I live Now" thrust the heroine into World War Three; "Just in Case" deals with the more mundane life of an ordinary teenage boy, with twin obsessions of how to avoid fate when you're sure he's out to get you, and, of course, sex. The sexual content (mild, but definitely present) makes it more suitable for the teen market than younger readers. Recommended.
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