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Just in Case

3.22  ·  Rating Details ·  3,125 Ratings  ·  356 Reviews
C'est en sauvant de justesse la vie de son petit frère, bien déterminé à essayer de voler en se jetant du balcon, que David Case, 15 ans, réalise à quel point la vie est fragile. Persuadé que la mort le guette à chaque coin de rue, David décide de tout changer : il devient Justin. Mais quand le destin vous poursuit, il ne suffit pas de se transformer en quelqu'un d'autre p ...more
Hardcover, 227 pages
Published August 8th 2006 by Penguin
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Most often, young adult fiction leaves me quite cold. I read it for professional reasons, make suggestions regarding suitability for class reading, and put it aside again. Every once in a while, though, I come across beautifully crafted novels, containing the human condition in the making, made accessible to a younger reading audience without diluting content and message.

Just In Case is such a case. Pun intended as it is part of the story, as well. Justin Case, the main character, all of a sudde
Naban (hiatus)
I don't get this book. I don't get the point or the message the author was trying to convey, if any. All it had going for it were series of confusing events which were left unexplained and a depressed main character in his teenage years, something we've read about over and over again. Once all my crazy theories turned out to be wrong, I couldn't take this book seriously.

David Case's baby brother almost falls out of the window and that somehow leads him to believe that Fate is out to get him. (N
Aug 23, 2008 Emma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to like this. I really did. I loved "How I Live Now", thought it one of the best written and innovative young adult books for a generation. And indeed, I did love the first third of this second novel. I felt the same sense of heady exhilaration at the sheer audacity and exuberance of Rosoff's prose.

But then I began to falter. Or rather the story did. First I noticed the frequent changes of viewpoint. Writers are recommended to stick to just one viewpoint per scene for a reason - to do o
Nov 06, 2007 Meaghan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
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May 06, 2008 Haley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I give this book a high review because it is different. I don't mean different in that flashy "oh my god this book changed my life" sort of way. No, this book is different in that it is unexpected. It is not altogether an incredibly happy book nor is in extremely depressing. Just In Case embodies the the full fledged confusion, angst and self centered mindset of the teenage adolescent and multiplies it by pi. This book both stretches the imagination and ties you firmly into a state of reality ...more
YES. This is what actual YA literature looks like. This is what actually goes through the mind of an actual person who is actually grappling with life and adolescence and shit
Jennifer Wardrip
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Now that I've finished reading JUST IN CASE and it's time for me to write my review, I'm having a hard time thinking of how to describe it. I've had the pleasure of reading HOW I LIVE NOW, Ms. Rosoff's Michael L. Printz award-winning book, so I began reading JUST IN CASE with high expectations. I wasn't disappointed, not in the least, and have high hopes for the awards this book will garner over the coming year. It's just that, now that I need to put it in word
Blodeuedd Finland
Jun 05, 2010 Blodeuedd Finland rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, ya
I liked this book, but then I am drawn to weird books that do not make much sense, and this one is no exception.

It starts at once. David Case rescues his brother, who get annoyed. His brother tells him (well thinks it) what he wanted to do, of course out of the 1 year olds mouth nonsense comes out. Through out the book we can hear the baby's clever thoughts, and he is sure wondering why no one gets him.

David is dead sure that Fate is out after him, and he has a lot of gloomy thoughts. So he chan
May 05, 2008 Janelle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: complete-garbage
This was probably one of the strangest books I have ever read. I didn't think it was as good as I thought it would be. Actually, to be honest I didn't even finish it! I made it to chapter thirty then just decided that I wasn't interested in reading it. It was pretty confusing because it switched from one persons thoughts to another, and even the little baby brother had thoughts. Also, there was almost no dialogue! So, even though I really hate stopping in the middle of a book, I could just not c ...more
Meg Rosoff, the author of Just in Case wrote a ground breaking novel, with a complex plot through the intriguing believable mind of a teen age boy. Meg Rosoff won the Carnegie Medal in 2007 for the novel Just in Case. I found very similar plot lines and themes between Just in Case, The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger and A&P by John Updike. Each of these novels uses the theme of coming of age. I would defiantly recommend Just in Case to fellow readers because it is very much a classic, a ...more
Margaret Sophia
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Oct 13, 2007 Kathryn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
David Case wants a life that is just like everyone else's, but Fate just can't seem to leave him alone. In an attempt to outwit Fate, David changes his name to Justin, takes on a new persona and begins to run, quite literally, from what Fate has in store for him next. From causing bicycle accidents to being the target of a plane crash to a deadly disease that nearly kills him, Justin learns that it is not Fate that determines his future but the choices he makes and the people he surrounds himsel ...more
May 09, 2016 2balik rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
okudugum en çarpıcı gençlik hikayesi. "just-in case" kaderinden kacabilecek mi? veya sorgulamalardan?
ismi pek duyulmamis bir kitapta neler gizliymis megerse :)
bazı yerler yuzeysel gecilmis gibi gelse de ergenlik dönemi çalkantilarini oldukca derinden incelemis yazar.
dorothea en sevdigim karakter oldu, keske daha yakindan taniyabilseydim
Sep 26, 2012 MallyReads rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

This is a terrible book.

Be aware, people, this may ruin the book for you - but hey, I'm only trying to warn you to not read this book, no matter what.

This book starts off with David Case's younger little brother trying to throw himself out of a window because he believes he can fly. This is believable, as young children obviously don't understand much.

What isn't believable is that a: the child talks, like full fluent English. Oh no, he doesn't actually say the words out loud, its more
May 30, 2014 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an interesting coming of age story that starts with a bang: a depressive teen's baby brother almost falls out a window on his watch. He realized how his life could have been shattered and decides he is doomed, and needs to reinvent himself to hide from Fate. Fate is an actual character - there's no hiding. The baby brother is remarkably intelligent - we are privy to his thoughts, which then comically come out in babyish blurts that give no hint of the sweet, brilliant boy within. The dep ...more
Kristina Čechová
Jul 21, 2011 Kristina Čechová rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2006
Když od knihy neočekáváte příliš, dopadne to tak, jak u tohoto výtisku. Při čtení prvních stránek jsem se opravdu cítila jako Alenka v říši divů... řekla jsem si však, že to nevzdám, jelikož ta myšlenka "rozmlouvání s vlastním osudem" se mi velmi líbila. V polovině knihy začalo všechno dávat smysl a šel z toho až mráz po zádech. V mysli se mi náhle začaly vynořovat řady teenagerů, kteří mohou být vlastně stejně bezradní a ztracení v sobě samých, jako hlavní postava - patnáctiletý Justin. Kdo z n ...more
Annika Samuelsson
A book for book meatings, a book that have many aspects you can discuss.
Dec 30, 2011 Kürbis rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Well, I usually find at least an enjoyable or worthy part of books that I don't like. However, "Just In Case" is not the case. I tried to think about what I like about this book, even a tiny-ti-nee one, surprisingly there are none!!!

I don't see the gist of the story. OK, I know that our lives are full of inconstancy and danger but this is the very bad way to convey this message. I think the theme could be carried out in a more interesting story. I happen to hate all the characters in the book w
Mar 31, 2013 Oana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The story of David Case, who is babysitting his younger brother when he (the younger baby brother) nearly falls out of a window and dies.
David goes paranoid, and tries to outsmart fate by changing his name, and clothes, etc to stay hidden from fate. (Nothing weird about that, is there?)

I didn't really enjoy it. I hated David (or Justin, as he names himself) for being such an over-the-top dramatic weirdo essentially.
He plays with an imaginary dog, obsesses over a girl much older than him who do
Dec 17, 2010 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Favorite. Book. Ever!
I just adore this book! I love Rosoff's style, her characters, her theme, her story!
The story follows a British teen as he grows up. He believes that Fate is out to get him (he is. we hear from Fate occasionally) and decides to hide by changing his identity. However, poor Justin is doomed to play an unwelcome game with Fate.
The book uses something that I've heard referred to as 'magical realism'. I'm not sure if that's an accurate description, but Rosoff's use of the fantast
Aug 22, 2007 Marisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: boybooks, ya
Read this one several months ago. I was hoping for big things after How I live Now. This book was good, quite funny at times, but not even on the same level.

A kid name, I don't know, maybe Aaron Case or something, gets completely and totally preoccupied with fate/predestination and all the terrible things that could happen to him. So, he decides to adopt the name Justin Case (get it, Just In Case, har) and completely change his public identity in the hopes of outwitting fate. Cute premise, but t
Wai Lam  Chan
Just in case is a novel about a teenage boy who changes his identity when he believes that fate is after him. One thing that had intrigued me was the doggedness of David’s character and how he was convinced that he was vulnerable to disaster at any moment. Although, the notion of fate being after him was quite unbelievable and surreal, the voice of fate and the behaviors and thoughts of Justin solidified the idea. Overall, I enjoyed this book because it was an interesting and unpredictable read.
Apr 04, 2015 Chloe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
it was an intriguing read, knowing how one incident changes the life of a fifteen year old boy. he changes his name, changes his personality. But, he slowly began to feel badly about himself, feeling like he was the cause of all mishaps and bad luck. I liked how the storyline described his thoughts and how his presences makes an effect on others, but I think it was a draggy story with not much of an "oomph" feeling to be given 4/5 stars.
Mateus Bandeira
Dec 08, 2016 Mateus Bandeira rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm still trying to figure out how I feel about this. It is beautifully crafted, extremely well written, and had really realistic characters (tho some of them - like the main character - are really hard to swallow). An interesting deliberation on life/death/identity in Young Adult novel, and, to be honest, one of the best YA books I've ever read.
Apr 22, 2012 Vendea rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Nenuťte mě číst to znova. Ač se jedná o zajímavý nápad, imaginární pes tomu nasadil korunu, jméno psa rovněž. Neříkám, že kniha nemá potenciál, ale po prvních 10 stranách mi kniha bohužel už neseděla.
Dec 13, 2008 Elizabeth marked it as half-read  ·  review of another edition
I read the first chapter, and it really gave me a lot to think about... But I've heard its not very clean, so, as much as I would like to, I'm not going to read it.
Dec 08, 2007 Carrie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Well, I think I've learned that I really don't like Meg Rosoff.
Shani Bedolla
Aug 18, 2014 Shani Bedolla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Its very interesting at the beggining and at the middle but in my opinion the ending was really bad.I like the way justin had unexpected things happen to him and it was unexpected that he got ill.
Oct 11, 2014 Mahnoor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read it and liked it! So dark vintage.
Daelyn Bentley-Gottel
Want to give your 15 year old an existential crisis? Then by all means, pick up this book and give it a whirl. Rosoff takes a whole new spin on the "coming of age" story and focuses on the darker aspects of being coming a teenager, mainly love and mortality. It's a quick read, but it makes you feel distinctly uncomfortable and disturbed at times, which, I think, a good book should.

Note: don't read it on a plane. I did, and I regretted it.
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Meg Rosoff was born in Boston and had three or four careers in publishing and advertising before she moved to London in 1989, where she lives now with her husband and daughter. Formerly a Young Adult author, Meg has earned numerous prizes including the highest American and British honors for YA fiction: the Michael L. Printz Award and the Carnegie Medal.
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“Fate is trying to kill me. I miss my dog. What's a doctor going to say? You're not ill, you're mad as a muffin? They'll either lock me up or tell me to get a grip and no one will believe the truth anyway.” 11 likes
“I'm sorry I started all this by trying to fly and I'd take it back if I could but I can't, so please think of it from my point of view: if you die I will have a dead brother and it will be me instead of you who suffers.
Justin thought of his brother on that warm summer day, standing up on the windowsill holding both their futures, light and changeable as air, in his outstretched arms.
Of course, Justin thought, I'm part of his fate just as he's part of mine. I hadn't considered it from his point of view. Or from the point of view of the universe, either. It's just a playing field crammed full of cause and effect, billions of dominoes, each knocking over billions more, setting off trillions of actions every second. A butterfly flaps its wings in Africa and my brother in Luton thinks he can fly.
The child nodded. A piano might fall on your head, he said, but it also might not. And in the meantime you never know. Something nice might happen.”
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