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This review is from: Jasper Jones (Paperback)
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This is an amazing book. In many ways it bears a resemblance to To Kill a Mockingbird and Catcher in the Rye but in so many other ways it is unique and not easy to find comparisons. Not having read much Australian literature I don't have much to go on but I can tell you this novel is extremely well-written and carries you along effortlessly. As in all good writing it catches you right from the start and brings you quickly into a relationship with the characters. There is a seriousness about the work and a pointed commentary on 1960s Australian culture but in so many ways it is timeless and could easily be set in our time. Obviously, the main character may not be entirely believable if compared to 13 year olds today so some give and take is required but it is still a very good book. It would fit effortlessly into any curriculum today. Young adults, especially young men, should find the story relevant to their lives, even today. There is enough moral quandary for decent and entertainaing discussion. And even if you don't like cricket or sport the description of Jeffrey Lu's saving the home side from a terrible defeat is wonderfully written. As a comtemporary piece of fiction that spans the age groups of possible readers this one is excellent. Adults and young adults from 13 or 14 will be thoroughly engrossed in this book. You will be wise to read it before the film comes out - as the film rights have already been secured and you will want to know the story before you see it on the screen.