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3.53 of 5 stars 3.53  ·  rating details  ·  418 ratings  ·  108 reviews
A few "sexy" bullet points about Jay:
- He is in love with a cheerleader named Cameo "Appearance" Parnell
- He is forever losing "Love-15" to tennis-playing goddess Caroline Richardson
- He rocks a touche array of pop-culture references, jokes, and puns
- His family-life cookie is about to crumble.

Live vicariously through Jay as he faces off against his mortal enemy, gets
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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published January 31st 2012 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Heidi
“Three and a half Stars: A witty tale of a teenage boy coping with teenage and adult drama.

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
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Lisa
Jay Baker’s got trouble, right here in River City. Trouble with a capital T, and that rhymes with B, and that stands for—better luck next time? You got that pop culture reference, right Mr. Baker? After all, the ones you fling at your readers span decades beyond the referential zingers any typical high schooler would have in his arsenal of snark. They also, alas, get in the way of the story you’re trying to tell, making readers take time out of the narrative to figure out just exactly what you’r ...more
Rob
3.5 stars. This one eventually won me over despite trying waaaaayyyyy too hard, coming off like Juno hopped up on blue meth. Everyone, from the titular narrator on down, is hipper than hip, speaking in a stilted, slangy patois that resembles nothing on Earth. Even the characters' names are obnoxious: Jay has a long-time crush on his best friend since childhood, Cameo "Appearance" Parnell. Never have I seen a writer working so hard; you can almost smell author Jay Clark's flop sweat.

But somehow i
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Reviewed by Rusty Key Writer: Abigail Tyson

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
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Jaila
This book is... cute. It's not worth raiding shelves for, but it's somewhat amusing. The main problem is that the book liked itself way too much. It was funny, but not exactly laugh-out-loud funny. It had a few moments. The plot was insanely predictable, but this is the kind of story carried by the humor and pop-culture references (which are way too in-your-face. Seriously, one reference was "Viva La Chicken!" in reference to Viva La Vida. It's supposed to be ridiculous, I know, but that just sc ...more
Josh Herlands
I give this book, The Edumacation of Jay Baker, 4 out of 5 stars. Jay Clark, the author, did a fabulous job with how he wrote the story. The plot was also very intriguing. I couldn’t put it down. The book is about Jay Baker, an awkward teen who deals with issues most kids hope they never have to go through themselves. During the story, Clark would put in a lot of references to other books, movies and TV shows. There were some that I didn’t quite understand. Even though I missed some of them, the ...more
Sasha
Jay Baker is the quintessential teenage boy. He's snarky, he's hilarious, he's sarcastic - and I liked him. His family life seems to be pretty normal; however, that's just what it looks like on the outside. He's in love with his best friend and she may or may not return his feelings and then there's a potential new love interest in the new girl at school.

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
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Dracolibris
Irreverent yet relevant, poignant and sarcastic, witty and in your face, this book had a little bit of everything, and then some snark added on top.

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
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Jenna
May 21, 2012 Jenna rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone looking for relaxation
If you’re looking for a fun, quirky, quick read, narrated by a sarcastic teenage boy, then this book is for you.

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
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April
The Edumacation Of Jay Baker by Jay Clark is a young adult contemporary novel about a boy whose parents are divorcing and the effects of the divorce on him. Jay is an average freshman boy for the most part, he’s got a huge crush on his best friend Cameo Parnell, is running for student government and has an enemy, Mike Hibbert, who likes to rhyme Jay with other words.

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Kevin
The Edumacation of Jay Baker is a book about a teeanager named Jay. Jay is a freshmen in high school, he is far from being a popular kid. While he deals with his lack of popularity her also tries to win over the two girls of his dreams, one being his best friend, Cameo, and the other being a girl from the school, Caroline. As Jay deals with his life at school his life at home is falling apart. His mother and father's relationship is pretty much over and his sister and close to exploding due to ...more
Jamal
Feb 26, 2014 Jamal added it
The Edumacation Of Jay Baker, written by Jay Clark is the book I have been reading for the past couple of weeks. The book is about a boy named Jay, he is a normal teen who goes through what i would call normal high school issues. But his whole world turns upside down when he finds out his parents are getting a divorce. At that his mom was cheating with his best friend/crush's father the whole time. All in all this book is a good drama, but also is hilarious and witty.
I have many things about t
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Allie Burke
This is another one of those books that came out in the fad of light, funny YA books told from the teenage boy's side of things. There isn't really anything necessarily wrong with it (okay one thing but I'll talk about that later), but it's just very okay. It doesn't bring anything necessarily valuable or overly funny to the YA Table; it's kind of funny and tells the story you've read a million times. It was pretty good.

That being said, I know some readers and reviewers that were highly offende
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Merrie
I read this for work -- I'm going to review it for young readers. I liked it. It was a refreshing break from the Twilight and Hunger Games rip-offs. I also very much liked that while the main character isn't popular and is a bit moody, it wasn't as mopey and dark as many teen books. It was actually a lot of fun -- especially as a fan of pop culture. This book is littered with creative pop culture references, which makes it a fun read, even though it's about broken hearts and divorce.
Anthony Le
The Edumacation of Jay Baker is a young adult, realistic fiction teen comedy written by Jay Clark. This book is about freshman Jay Baker who is going through troubles with school, relationships, and family. In this book the main character Jay encounters many problems such as dealing with secrets from some of his closest friends, family, and bullies. My favorite character had to be Jay because of his funny remarks and quotes and his relatable feelings as a teenager. I can relate to many of the ch ...more
Danie P.
I really loved the dialog in this book very snappy/pop culture oriented. Jay Baker loves his best friend Cameo, but also likes Caroline a cute tennis player. He constently is trading insults with a football player who calls him gay because Jay calls him pregnant. His parents are having a trial seperation and his mom might be at fault.
Melissa
Jay's a little too slick to be believable as a nerdy teenage boy but that's my only complaint. It's a fun and funny read, while also dealing with a serious subject - the ramifications of the parents' separation from the point of view of the kids. Oh, and of course, getting the girl...
Heidi Rikard
Laugh out loud funny. Great book for guys...this author is up there with Sherman Alexie. Would love to see him speak live to see if he's as witty in person as he is on paper.
Too bad I can't recommend it to my students, but I'll highly recommend to my high school librarian friends.
Susan
ugh. can I punch Jay, please? Hard? I can't stand him or his sense of humor or his infatuationn with his best friend and if Cameo had fallen for him by the end of the book I was going to scream. Best just stop.
Carrie
I had high hopes for this book. Primarily, I hoped it would be a GREAT book to recommend to my male students. It did not live up to my expectations... largely because of the writing style. This book is TOO full of puns, cultural references, and other lame attempts at lingual humor - so much so that it was forced and, quite frankly, confusing!!! There were MANY lines that I didn't understand, and others that I barely did; I KNOW my students will be confused and the humor will be absolutely lost. ...more
Greg
Reading into this, the first thing you are going to notice is all the references. Seriously, the author went a little over board!

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
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Marybeth Taylor
A hilarious, excellently-written, pun-filled "coming of age" story. Creative characters and stunning plot, I would for sure recommend it!
Pontiki
This young adult book had some fun humour, but really, no one talks in these glib ways consistently, it's too much work.

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
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Sadie
I love witty language usage and "pun" heavy humor, but Jay Clark over played his hand with these particular literary techniques. I did enjoy the protagonist- Jay's- transformation of perspective regarding relationships and how knowing all the facts changes one's perspective even when it comes to the people you love. As a teacher I also appreciated Jay's relationship with Ms. Lambert because it revealed something that I don't know that everyone realizes- every day, educators provide a great deal ...more
Chryssa
I'm still laughing at the author's jokes. I felt like I was back in high school. Great Job!
Brian Kell
One of the fastest, funniest, quick witted books I've ever read. Really enjoyed it.
Benjamin Zabin
I LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!
So funny and very easy to relate too. A MUST READ!
Courtney (Storybook Slayers)
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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
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Katie
The Edumacation Of Jay Baker let me down. I expected too much from it instead of going in with no expectations. Readers, if you don't expect anything mind-blowing from this book, you will like it. Just go in open-minded.

Jay Baker is very much a teenage boy. He has girls, sex, food, and fart jokes on the brain. Occasionally he has thoughts about school and his dysfunctional family that is falling apart. Mainly though everything that comes out of his mouth is immature and sarcastic. He clearly use
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Alexa
Nov 13, 2014 Alexa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Alexa by: Jess (Gone with the Words)
Reviewed on Alexa Loves Books.

This is the second time I've struck gold this year with a contemporary YA novel featuring a male protagonist! When I read the review Jess posted, I was instantly intrigued. And I was extremely delighted when I was given the opportunity to read this novel for myself. The Edumacation of Jay Baker was fun, entertaining and definitely a feel-good read!

The Character

Jay Baker is hilarious! I found myself laughing out loud while I was reading, and I never felt anything les
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Official bio

Jay Clark is the author of Finding Mr. Brightside, which author Jerry Spinelli (Stargirl) calls “one of my favorite YA books ever,” and The Edumacation of Jay Baker, which Booklist praised in a starred review.

In my own words - 15 random factoids

1. When at home and walking into an empty room, I have a tendency to begin singing loudly — a self-protective mechanism whereby I think a pote
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