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Jojo's Amazing Adventure Paperback – 14 Sep 2012
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This is a book which invites you to read between the lines as well as on them, and despite its relatively small number of words, it makes up for it with sheer hyperactivity, ideas, concepts and charm. It doesn't follow a central storyline as such, but rather tiptoes round the ideas of a central theme of making sense of life, whilst going off on tangents seemly at will!
It's quite a hard book to review, for its inspirations and the amount of different topics covered in such short a space is vast. Robinson's writing style is frenetic and colorful, much like the book's artwork, however the sporadic structure may be off-putting at first for some. But do persevere, as Robinson's dialogue is smart, witty, and genuinely funny, if a little hard to make sense of at times. It is also remarkably interesting in that his style appears to be cryptic, candid and honest whilst still retaining a hint of genuine mystery as to what the whole thing is about!
Especially given the low kindle price I would definitely advise at least giving this a go if you are even remotely intrigued. If the normal kind of format for literature has you bored, I promise you won't regret giving this a read.
You have one main character and a multitude of short stories (anywhere between a sentence to a few paragraphs long). The main premise is that the main character JoJo, sometimes Jo or Joe, can be the MC in every story, while being good in some and bad in others.
At first I thought this could be a great kids book, but then I read a few of the shorts that were a little darker. I think kids of a certain age, would love this book. Maybe 8+ and those of us who like to pretend we're adults. I do think, however, that if you're looking for a story to span the entire length of the book, you won't get it. This is a toe dipping book - you dip into one story and then dip into another one. There's no submerging here.
Personally, the chapter 'The Beginning' was my favourite, after the introduction, which was completely inspiring.