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Looking for JJ Paperback – 18 Feb 2005
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"Dark, chilling and clever."--Celia Rees, author of"The Wish House"and"Blood Sinister""Compassionate, unsensational and unflinching."--"The Guardian "(London)"A skillful tale. . . . The ethical issues and solid, suspenseful storytelling provide many discussion possibilities."--"Booklist""A sympathetic look at someone who has done the unspeakable and now has to live with the results."--"KLIATT"
A gripping and emotionally searing novel from a talented author, Looking for JJ explores the circumstances and motives behind the murder of a child - by her friend. Six years later, JJ has now been released, and has a new identity. But is there any way that she can lead a "normal" life?
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My 13 yo son, for who it was purchased, found it a bit too mundane, he called it "a book with no story-line". My take is that it's, indeed, a life story with now frills. But behind the unsensational nature of everyday descriptions is a true drama of an unfortunate little girl's fate. There is a lot to think about: life choices that some people make and their consequences, that others are not aware of, how difficult it is to put wrongs to rights and the strength to continue to live no matter what. It is about how we, as a society, sometimes swayed by the superficial facts in the media, are hastily judgemental, when forgiveness would be more appropriate. Will continue to discuss.
I have recently re-read this and it definitely didn't disappoint the second time round.
It can be a little tricky to get into but once it gets going its a real page turner!
Recommend for teens and young adults!
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