Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
Genre: Autobiographical fiction /Realistic fiction
What did you like about the book? This book is labeled “autobiographical fiction” – hmmmnnn…. Just what does that mean? Does it mean that the insanely dangerous and death-defying exploits that Jack manages to successfully partake in are not really real? They can’t be real. Jack is fourteen and has just moved yet again. Seven schools in six years or is it six schools in seven years? Jack is smart and lost and rebellious. He needs friends and decides that 18-year-old Gary, the questionable delinquent from next door, is perfect. The story is fast-moving, funny sometimes and completely riveting.
Anything you did not like about this book? I cannot help wondering just how much of the story is true…
To whom would you recommend this book? Recommend to those who read any of Jack Gantos “Jack” books or A Hole in My Life – and also to teens that might like/need to see how one can transform a troubled eccentric childhood into one of success. Gary Paulsen’s autobiography, “Eastern Sun, Winter Moon” would accompany this one very well.
Who should buy this book? Public and high school libraries
Where would you shelve it? YA fiction or biography
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Moderator, Youth Services Book Review
Date of review: 5/29/2017