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Jack is a teenager who wants nothing more than to be normal - even if being normal means having divorced parents and a rather strange best friend. But when Jack's father takes him out in a rowboat on Lake Watchmayoyo and tells his son that he's gay, nothing will ever be normal again.
Paperback, 221 pages
Published 2004 by Granta (first published 1989)
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Nick Davies
Jul 18, 2016 Nick Davies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite this short novel not having the most eventful plot - it's essentially the story of a teenage boy growing up in America and coping with various aspects of entering adulthood following the break-up of his parents' marriage when his father comes out as gay - this was a quietly impressive and enjoyable tale. A.M. Homes is an intelligent and oft beautiful writer - she has written some very challenging and unusual stuff, this is less so (most of the themes are fairly universal as far as growin ...more
May 31, 2012 Nelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books to which, if it were possible to give more than 5 stars on GR, I'd definitely give more than 5 stars. There wasn't a single thing about this book that I didn't like. From the narrator, to the writing style, to the exceptional humor and family drama, it was spectacularly executed and I can see this novel becoming a topic of discussion in high school English classes once being prejudiced towards people who are gay is just as socially unacceptable as being racist is today ...more
Mircalla64 (free Liu Xiaobo)
"che razza di imbecille è uno che si alza in piedi nella palestra di una scuola superiore e dice a venti ragazzi che se non uccidono sono finocchi? E poi ci si domanda com'è che uno cresce e va in giro a sparare alla gente e roba simile"

Jack ha una famiglia diversa da quella del suo migliore amico, intanto i suoi sono divorziati e poi, come se non bastasse, suo padre a un certo punto gli confessa la sua omosessualità

ora, che un padre faccia una cosa del genere ci può anche stare, ma che poi dec
Mar 20, 2008 Mary added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all readers
Title&auther: Jack by A.M. HOMES
ISBN #: 9780679732211

*this need grammer corrections. still need to talk to Nourok: JUST A NOTE TO ALL =D

In the beginng, i thought think book was going to be a biography of this kid name Jack, but as i started to read this phenomenal book, my thought has utterly changed my thought to it. I just can't let go of this book.
The protangonist, Jack, learned to accept peoples differences. The meaning of being gay. He faces the fact that his parents are d
Apr 18, 2016 Sergsab rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Conocer a Jack ha sido una pasada. Del mismo modo que dar con Homes y su particular don de dar voz a personajes de este tipo. Capaz de analizar desde el más absoluto rechazo las circunstancias que le ha tocado vivir.

Y es que Jack, un chico de quince años que un día despierta y debe aceptar que su padre es homosexual, es el personaje más entrañable con el que voy a encontrarme este año. Lo sé. Y entiéndase el término entrañable como la capacidad de entender a medias el mundo como sólo un chico q
Jul 25, 2012 orsodimondo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: americana
Sono arrivato al quarto romanzo di AM Homes ed è la prima volta che la trovo usare il registro della leggerezza e dell’ironia: qui ci sono situazioni comiche, divertenti, perfino esilaranti. Siccome è l’opera dell’esordio, mi viene da pensare che Homes abbia poi preferito abbandonare il tono leggero.
Comunque, il risultato non migliora granché: continuo a trovarla scrittrice che non riesce mai a raggiungere il risultato (alto) che si propone. E continuo a trovarla scrittri
Steve Griffin
Sep 07, 2014 Steve Griffin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best coming of age novels. Jack's initial mortification at his dad's coming out is soon compounded by everyone at school finding out, and not helped by the anodyne wisdom of the adults around him. But his parents' separation is just a springboard to greater worries about joining the 'complicated, boring' world of society. Jack is sure there's an alternative, but he's shooting in the dark. Will he make it?
Sep 14, 2015 Lee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A.M. Homes is a magnificent writer. She captures people & their lives so perfectly, reading her novels feels like you're looking through a kitchen window, spying on a family. I wish I could write like this!!
Susan Strickland
Jun 23, 2016 Susan Strickland rated it really liked it
It's like she was trying to write a Judy Blume book. Which isn't to say I didn't like it. I like Judy Blume books.
Andrew Marshall
Sep 10, 2015 Andrew Marshall rated it really liked it
Jack is on the verge of being a teenager and discovering the opposite sex so the last thing he needs is for his parents to split up and for his dad to row into the middle of a lake and tell him he is in love with another man. This book is funny. Jack's friend Max who always manages to offend everybody about everything is great comic creation. Even though this is a.m. homes début novel, she creates such a compelling and believable hero that we enter into the mind of a teenage boy and are with him ...more
Nov 13, 2012 Lindsey rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, book-club, 2012
I read Jack for my book club this month, and I read it after I just finished The Chocolate War. So, adolescence is on the brain.

A.M. Homes created such a real and honest character in Jack. I loved growing with him through this book, but those hard learned lessons of growing up still ached while reading it through Jack's perspective.

Nacala Sf
Nov 28, 2014 Nacala Sf rated it did not like it
In "Jack" by A.M. Homes, a boy's world is turned upside down when his father tells him that he is gay. Jack struggles to deal with his father's truth. I think this book could illustrate Jack's feelings and actions better to really draw the reader in.

Jack wants an uncomplicated life and his dad makes that impossible. Jack doubts his sexuality, his feelings, and himself. Jack is in a place in his life where he doesn't know who he is. He feels like his dad is being forced on him. By the end of the
Nov 21, 2014 Benjamin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gay-fiction
Jack is in his fifteenth year, an only child and a keen basketball player, when his father, who separated from his mother s few years ago, takes him out on a lake in a boat to announce to Jack that he is gay. Jack's immediate reaction, aside from revulsion, is to grab himself the first girl he can, and so prove that he is not like his father. But that is just the beginnings of Jack's troubles that will plague him up to his sixteenth birthday.

Jack relates his own account, and he tells his storey
Aug 29, 2015 Nuru rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I remember towards the end of my teenage years being caught up in the idea of straddling both childhood & adulthood and how you feel removed from both, but are also reluctant to give up the interesting mental space which it allows you to occupy.
Turns out Jack is all about that, with a lot more articulation & exploration of what that entails. To do all that and incorporate a teenager coming to terms with a parent coming out. Pretty special book.

Would recommend for anyone who enjoyed Iain
Aug 08, 2015 Holly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Jack was A.M. Homes first novel, written when she was 19 and published in 1989 when she was 27 or 28. Jack is a single child who finds out, long after his father moves out and his mother gets a new boyfriend, that his father is gay.

This is young adult fiction, even though it doesn't state as such on my Vintage Contemporaries copy. Some of the blurbs compare it to Catcher in the Rye, which seems a stretch to me. This, of course, is a coming-of-age story -- Jack grows up and figures out that not e
Luca Magagni
Nov 17, 2014 Luca Magagni rated it liked it
I liked it, especially the first part, with all the implications and consequences of the disclosure on the 15y-boy's life at home and at school.

From a stylistic point of view, its rapidity and the quick alternation of scenarios (home, friend's family, father's home, car, playground, school and starting again....) without a clear separation (when we are leaving one and entering the following), generates a sense of fusion of the whole bunch of experiences and, at the same time, a sense of feeling
3.5 Fifteen can be tough, even tougher when it's the (approximately) early-ish '80s and parents are coming out as gay yet bigotry remains entrenched as suburban institution. The first-person narrative took me a bit to settle into, not quite as out-of-the-gate smooth in this debut as what I'm familiar with from some later work, but it's a fine vehicle for exploring tumult and acceptance... and, Amy and I being contemporaries, I especially took pleasure in her clearly drawing from our shared alma ...more
Aug 05, 2016 Ada rated it really liked it
Oct 29, 2010 Giselle rated it really liked it
Jack by A.M Homes is about at 15 year old boy going on 16 who has a wierd best friend and he finds out his dad is gay. Jack is very shocked about this information that he finds out and he tries to keep it a secret. This book also is a coming-of-age story that talks about the many different changes in Jack's life.

I think the message of this book is that you should accept everyone especially your parents if they have hurt you in some ways because when Jack first found out his dad was gay he was ve
Jun 10, 2011 Amy rated it it was ok
Shelves: 11th-grade-books
Different qualities make up each different person. Qualities include stuff that others do not appreciate. People that discriminates another race will not go well with the protagonist, Jack in the book.

Jack's father is gay, and he has to accept taunts and teases from people at school. Jack also experiences attacks that he witnesses himself of people beating up others who are not straight. Jack also goes out with a girl whose father is gay which led to the connection between the families. If I wer
Ariel Uppstrom
Mar 10, 2012 Ariel Uppstrom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was wonderful! It was so reminiscent of "Cather in the Rye" and real life situations that I immediately fell in love and read it in one day.

The story follows a young adult named Jack whose parents divorced when he was young. His mother is now primarily involved with one man, and his father doesn't seem to settle down. Then one day, his father takes him on a rowboat ride and in the middle of the lake, tells Jack that he's gay (the father, not Jack). Jack is thrown for a loop and has to
Sep 06, 2011 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book that makes me have a really strong feeling. “Jack”, written by A.M. Homes is a fantastic book to read. It is about a boy who is around 15 to 16 years old, who studies in high school, and who is an unlucky boy needs to face a huge problem in his life. His parents are divorce, but that’s a very common event that we will see in the modern day. However, that’s not the end, Jack’s father told him that he is gay, which makes Jack feels impossible, and does not know what to do. He needs ...more
Simay Yildiz

A.M. Homes's first novel Jack is the third book I've read by the author. I've added her to my "favorite authors" list after the second one, and I'm very excited to read the rest of her work. She's brave and very crafty with her use of language and emotions. She focuses on characters that are trying to discover themselves as well as those around them. She's very skilled in observing and analyzing human behavior, which is very obvious in her catching the little thing
Anthony Guo
Jun 01, 2011 Anthony Guo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jack, by A.M. Homes, is a great book about the protagonist, Jack, who realizes his father was gay. And this is actually really serious because it changed Jack's life. In his society, having a father that was not straight results into immediate taunting and teasing in Jack's school.
This is a serious cause in our society also. I can connect this to our world, where people are fighting for gays. People seriously would attack others just because they are gay, and this is proven through the news w
Oct 31, 2010 Miguel rated it really liked it
Jack is a book written by A.M. Homes, which is the author for "The Catcher in the Rye" too. I haven't read The Catcher in the Rye but so far, most of my friends recommended it to me.

Now about this book, Jack is a typical teenager who goes to high school with his friend, Max. His life is quite normal. Divorced Parents aren't what you call exactly normal, but his life was about to change when his father invited him to the lake. Now when I said this, it probably doesn't sound as significant, but i
Nov 26, 2012 Kendal rated it liked it
I read this book for my book club and I was really excited to read it. From the synopsis, Jack sounded so relevant to what kids are facing today. However, I was a little bit disappointed. Besides Jack, I had a difficult time liking the characters. Jack's mom, dad, and best friend are, at best, tolerable and, at worst, self-absorbed.

Jack is a really sweet kid and the only child of divorced parents. At first he is only dealing with his parents' bitter divorce. His mother is extremely angry and hi
Mar 24, 2008 Hua rated it really liked it
Jack, 1990, 240pp., $12.95
A.M. Homes ISBN 978-0679732211

“Max, shut up,” I said “It’s not something I dreamed. It’s not a game. My father’s a faggot. He took me out on the lake, he rented a rowboat, and out there, in the middle of the goddamned lake, he told me he’s queer.” Hopeless, Jack wants a normal life like his friend max. One loving brother and two normal parents is what he considered a loving family. But now he knows that his dad is gay and he can’t change it. He is stressed through out
Yet another coming of age book, which I seem to be reading a lot these days. Jack is a very plain and simple book, nothing really special, but it has a nice and endearing message about accepting homosexuality.

Jack focuses on a teenage boy whose whole life appears to change when his father takes him out on a rowboat and admits that he is gay. The book then dives into exploring how Jack's mentality and entire life appears to be affected by this revelation. Personally, I found all of this to be ov
Apr 10, 2011 Jack rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jack, A Teenage boy who's family breaks apart(though he now lives with his mom), and many things start to happen in his life. In the beginning, as there family breaks apart Jack the main character finds out that his father is Homosexual and he becomes sad because of the truth of his dad, as he is Homosexual. This book was interesting in a way as it showed how a person's life can change just by finding out the truth of something. We can understand in the book that Jack feels very sad, as many thi ...more
A pretty accurate portrait of a teenager for the main character whose father tells him that he is gay. I found Jack to be a realistic portrayal because he's hilarious, unsure/insecure, but yet has a handle on most things in his life. He's trying to figure out all this shit that just gets dumped on him and the events in the story unfold like this is really somebody's life. A good and quick read.
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A.M. Homes (first name Amy) is the author of the novels, This Book Will Save Your Life, Music For Torching, The End of Alice, In a Country of Mothers, and Jack, as well as the short-story collections, Things You Should Know and The Safety of Objects, the travel memoir, Los Angeles: People, Places and The Castle on the Hill, and the artist's book Appendix A: An Elaboration on the Novel the End of A ...more
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