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Jimi & Me

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  121 ratings  ·  34 reviews
An electrifying novel about love, loss, and the power of music

After his father is murdered, Keith and his mother try desperately to pick up the pieces of their lives. But his father s death has left them devastated-both emotionally and financially. Forced to leave Brooklyn and move in with his aunt, Keith urgently clings to every last reminder of his dad, discovering comfo
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Jump At The Sun
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Keith's life WAS pretty perfect. His dad is a pretty big music producer in Brooklyn, New York, so Keith gets to be around music all the time. He especially likes listening to Jimi Hendrix. Then one day, Keith's father goes to get a Diet Coke and is shot. This turn the family upside down, so Keith and his mom have to move to a small little town in Ohio that is not very accepting of this biracial family. While dealing with his father's death, his new school and surroundings, normal 8th grade stuff ...more
Aiden (he's a freshman now) told me about this book three years ago and I finally got to it! It's a narrative poem so it's another quick read. It was pretty good. This boy's dad unexpectedly dies and they have to move to an unwelcoming small town in Ohio from big time NYC. The main character is bi-racial (white mom/black dad) which doesn't sit well at his new school. So if dealing with that isn't enough...he soon learns a secret about his dad's life that makes things even more difficult!
Ariel Russell
• Genre in which book belongs and intended age range

The genre in which this book belongs is historical fiction. The intended age range is 4th grade through 7th grade.

• Simple one or two sentence summary

A young man’s Dad dies and he discovers comfort in the music of Jimi Hendrix.

• Curriculum connection

Ask students what comforts them in a time of need? Start writing journals within the classroom that allow students to express themselves and do they have an someone important that they look up to?
Austin Evans
I think that this book was excellent. It is about a teenage boy who goes through a tragedy and then has to relocate to a small town. He faced a lot of trouble in this town and in his new school. His family isn't doing well and he tries to make everything better while keeping himself together. The story has an amazing plot that made me want to read more. I finished the book in two days because I had to find out the end. The ending was spectacular and I would definitely recommend this to a friend. ...more
Bethany Miller
2.5 stars

When Keith's father, a producer who works in the music business, is shot and killed, Keith and his mother are left with nothing. All of the family's savings are gone, and they are forced to move from Brooklyn to live with his father's sister Berny in a small town in Ohio. Keith, who is biracial and wears his hair in an afro and clothes from the 1970s, definitely stands out at his new school. But his style and his love of Jimi Hendrix - his father's favorite musician - make him feel clo
After his record producer father is murdered, Keith and his mother try desperately to pick up the pieces of their lives. But his father’s death has left them devastated --- both emotionally and financially. Forced to leave Brooklyn and move to a small “hick” Ohio town with his aunt, Keith urgently clings to every last reminder of his dad, discovering comfort in his own music and that of the late legend --- and his father’s idol --- Jimi Hendrix. Small town life is not the same—he has to fight of ...more
A unique story, written in verse. Exploratory and interesting, but the more sophisticated aspects of the story feel rushed, especially in the climactic scene.
This book is about a boy named Keith James who's father passes away.After,Keith's father's death he is forced to move from Big-City Brooklyn,New York to Hollow Falls,Ohio.Kieth is bi-racial which means he is half White(Mom)/half African American(Dad).So when you move of course your going to have to go to a new school and beong bi-racial doesn't really fly at his "New School".When Keith thought things couln't get worse he discovered something from his father's past that is so unbearable Kieth jus ...more
Nov 19, 2008 Gineiris rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone unless you don't like books that make you feel depressed sometimes
This is a really great story told in such a great way! It was interesting, filled with emotion, and has you hanging on every word. At times, it makes you feel like there is no hope but then it reveals something new. I could really relate to the main character's love of music and feeling of not fitting in with the times, like you belong in a different decade (the 6o's! same as him!). There is a big twist that changes everthing you thing is going to happen. It's a surprise! Completely satisfying!
Mikaela R
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Jennifer Nydahl
Genre: Poetry
Copyright: 2005

This is a verse novel- a novel written in prose. I found the format intriguing. I thought that the plot dragged on from time to time. It is a very heavy read. A young kid's father is murdered and the reader is taken inside the kid's thoughts on a journey through the grieving process. It might be cathartic, or it might be a downer. It probably depends on the mood you are in while reading it.
Jun 06, 2012 Litany is currently reading it
Chapter 1: This chapter has focused on Keath's feelings toward moving, and his thoughts toward death. The father made most of the familys money, so they have to move or somthing. His mother is very sad. Keath has guilt because he thinks he could have saved his dad from dying. He feels his dad is giving him wisdom from beyond the grave. talking and quoting from both of thier favorite singer - Jimi hendricks.

Chapter 2:
This was a YA book written in free verse. It was easy to read. I loved the writing style. Keith's father, a record producer, goes to the corner store to buy a Diet Coke and he is killed in a robbery. After his death, Keith's life is turned upside down. He has to move from New York City to the midwest. In the aftermath of his father's death, Keith and his mother find out that his father had some huge secrets.
My first experience of reading a verse novel. It was great, both the writing and story. I enjoyed this story of a young boy (middle school) who loses his father and has to move to another city and state, plus start a new school, and deal with the father's death, as well as secrets his father was keeping. C. 2005, Genre-poetry
Andrew Cornish
I think that this book is very good and it can relate to many musicians. It is about a boy growing up without his father and in a neighborhood with all people of a different race. The only thing that he has is his MP3 player and Jimi Hendrix playing to sooth his pain and misery.
Jacqueline Higginbotham
I was not sure I liked this at first, but it took a few twists near the end. The author is part of our Aldine Teen Lit Fest. I picked him up from the airport last night and he is too funnny and too sweet! I wannot wait to hear him speak to the kids today.
Heather Johnston
I thought this was an awesome book! A very power story of a son's grieving and then surprise when he finds out his dad was not the hero he thought he was. It was also the only verse novel I have ever read.

CO: 2005

Genre: Poetry
i was very entertained with this book and enjoy poetry. loved the author's poetry writing style. though i found it a bit annoying how the main character always mentioned in every chapter after he met v how mesmerizing and "sexy she was"
This book was awesome and I love the fact that it is a verse novel and is written like a 300 page poem. Please note: You have to have a pretty creative mind to focus on a verse novel. It took me 1 day to read.
Matt Lehotzky
This was an excellent book. A very easy and quick read. It was set up as a bunch of poems that tell a story from a 13 year olds perspective on death, inter-racial marriage, new school, first love, love hate and more.
Sep 26, 2008 Strawberry is currently reading it
this book is about a boy and his life and how it started off tragic and it ended with a good bang and also it shows what he wants dosent want and what he thinks and knows about his life
Read the book in about four hours.
This book made me sad, shocked, and even made me grow a attachment with the main character. Within the first few words.
The book is a pile of art.
This book was aswsome. This boy had a father who was a star. But when he finds out some interesting things about his father he finds out he doesnt really know his father.
May 28, 2008 Jessicat rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Jimi lovers & young adults
Shelves: ya
Jimi is more than just Hendrix... He is hope, poetry, youth, son, brother, father... and in this cleverly crafted book Jimi is alive.
Great book if you like books written in poetry form (which I do) and Jimi Hendrix (who I don't know a lot about except for 'Purple Haze').
This was all written in poetry which is different, but told a good story. The plot kept unfolding as you read through the book.
Bram Kyer
Awesome book about an African American boy who moves to ohio, is not popular but stays living by listining to Jimi Hendrix.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
A racially mixed boy discovers that his father has a whole separate family, including a son, in another place. Novel in verse.
Wonderfully written in free verse; captures the mood of the main character. Great ending.
This book has pissed me off, & lightened my heart at the same time. Must read.
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Jaime Adoff was born in New York City but grew up in Yellow Springs, Ohio. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from Central State University in Ohio, where he studied drums and percussion. Moving to New York City in 1990, he attended the Manhattan School of Music and studied drums and voice. Jaime then went on to pursue a career in songwriting and fronted his own rock band for eight years. He r ...more
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