The Edumacation of Jay Baker
*Starred Review* The magic lies in the telling. Jay, a large-hearted wiseass who’s nearly impossible to dislike, has a narrative patter so deeply laced with groaner puns, pop-culture bombs, and warp-speed free associations that it’s almost a new language. It’s an argot he shares with vivacious Cam (whose real name, hilariously, is Cameo Appearance Parnell), b ...more
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Jay is a freshman dealing with the typical angst that plagues teenage boys. Raging hormones, unrequited feelings for his best friend, bully problems, and all the awkwardness that comes with being a teenager. His burdens become heavier when his parents announce they are separating on a trial basis. His dad is a workaholic and not home much. Consequently, his mother started up an affair with a low life, who ...more
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Recommended For: Both boys and girls aged 14 and up for moderate teenage sexuality and language.
One Word Summary: Overzealous.
In young adult literature nowadays, there are not enough books geared towards boys. Of course, many include boys and the problems boys grapple with sometimes happen peripherally to the main story, but there aren’t a plethora of books written with teenage boys in mind. In The Edumacation of Jay Baker, Jay Clark strives to remedy t ...more
I really, really liked the Jay Baker. He is exactly what I think a teenage boy should sound like. Male main characters in YA are scarce and som ...more
Jay Baker is a freshman with a snark-o-meter that is through the roof. His life is a complicated mess of unrequited crushes, homophobic bullies and parental divorce shockers. His only allies are his sister, the Homecoming Queen (who hates everyone and everything), his best friend Cameo (one of his unrequited crushes), and his teacher, Ms. Lambert (w ...more
Jay Baker, is just an ordinary 15-year old freshman, with a very sarcastic and smart humor that will make you laugh, cry, and all things in the middle. The story is actually simple, but the way he narrates and reacts to the situation is hilarious and interesting. His parents are divorcing, he’s confused with his love life. It’s actually understandable, he is young and still lacks the ...more
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Jay has the same problems in high school like any other teenage boy. He handles these issues in a comedic and usually self-defeating tone like others might, but takes the chance to confront ...more
I have many things about t ...more
That being said, I know some readers and reviewers that were highly offende ...more
Too bad I can't recommend it to my students, but I'll highly recommend to my high school librarian friends.
As for Jay, he's a really fun and likable guy, but he's a major loner who obviously has something wrong with him. Being a loner tends to do that. Believe me, I know. I LOVE the little brother-big sister relationship! I'm the reverse situation.
And as much fun as this is to read, it's not very believable. Some of these teachers, as cool as they are, aren't real and neve ...more
I felt sorry for Jay and all his friends, whose parents were messed up in various ways, but again, it sounded like all the adults were Bad, and the kids were Good, except for Jay's dad and one teacher.
The characters were pretty two dimensional, and the attempt to dig deeper into Jay's psyche never went anywhere. My favourite character was the teacher, Ms. Lambert, who knew ho ...more
When I read about books that center (more or less) around divorce, a little voice in my head thinks that I will be able to compare to the character's feelings. But learning the reasons of the divorce of Jay's parents don't fit within the parameter of my life so the circles move away from each other only crossing in a few intersecting points. The emotions were definitely there for both Jay and I and truly that was how I connected with hi ...more
1. Do you have a Starbucks addiction? Let’s form a support group. (I’ll bring the Starbucks.)
2. Ever find yourself at CVS for 30+ minutes? Over here, I’m waving from the vitamin B12 section!
3. Did you remember your CVS ExtraCare card and/or ExtraBucks coupon? Me, neither. We'll get 'em next time, friend.
4. Do you procrastinate as much as I did at your age? It's ...more