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Jasper Jones

4.03  ·  Rating Details  ·  13,911 Ratings  ·  1,686 Reviews
Late on a hot summer night in 1965, Charlie Bucktin, a precocious and bookish boy of thirteen, is startled by an urgent knock on the window of his sleep-out. His visitor is Jasper Jones, an outcast in the regional mining town of Corrigan. Rebellious, mixed-race and solitary, Jasper is a distant figure of danger and intrigue for Charlie. So when Jasper begs for his help, Ch ...more
Paperback, 299 pages
Published March 31st 2009 by Allen & Unwin
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Grace Sankey the in textual referencing is amazing. Such as his reference to "one flew over the cuckoos nest" as it is a novel on escape prison and overcoming a…morethe in textual referencing is amazing. Such as his reference to "one flew over the cuckoos nest" as it is a novel on escape prison and overcoming a female Tyrant, relating to Charlie's grounding and his mother. (less)
Matthew Turner If you liked this book, I strongly recommend The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. I loved both books, but The Curious Incident was, in…moreIf you liked this book, I strongly recommend The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. I loved both books, but The Curious Incident was, in my opinion, even better than Jasper Jones.(less)
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Reynje
This review is so overdue it’s.. not even funny anymore.

Actually, it wasn’t funny to begin with so there goes my witty opening. Things can only go down from here, really. I warn you.

If I was a liar, I’d say I had left this review space to lie fallow so long because I was taking my time to process and analyse the novel, to think Deep and Meaningful Thoughts, and draft a serious and critical review.

But the honest truth is (a) I can procrastinate like nobody’s business and, (b) I actually found
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Jo
I guess when you finish a book that you absolutely loved and you sit down, notebook fill of coherent notes, to start writing a review it’s easy to start using clichés. I find this is especially true when it comes to those Australian authors.
You’ve heard it before, haven’t you?
Is there something in the water Down Under?
Well, I don’t think there is. Nope, not at all. You don’t see me reverting to those tired and ridiculous clichés, do you?
My suggestion as to why these Aussie authors are so ridicul
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Shirley Marr
Mar 06, 2012 Shirley Marr rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aussie-ya
I'm jumping on a plane tonight to go on holidays for 2 weeks (so farewell for 2 weeks, will you die without me?), so before I go, this is going to be a quick and dirty review! I hope I'm not being disrespectful and anyway, I am sure given all the time in the world, my words will still come out like jdjfoehehmskslks, so please pardon me!

Jasper Jones is the the "bad boy" of a small rural town in Western Australia, who comes and knocks on the window of shy and ordinary Charlie Bucktin one night. Ch
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Warwick
I'm going to be in a tiny mining town in Western Australia in a couple of weeks, and as I was casting around my shelves looking for something relevant to read, I stumbled on this, which amazingly is set in a tiny mining town in Western Australia. It's signed by the author and inscribed ‘Dear Warwick, keep writing!’ and there's a bookmark in it from Annie's Books in Peregian Beach, Queensland. I have absolutely no memory of acquiring it….

Hmm. Anyway, it turns out to be an engaging little coming-o
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Choco
Nov 20, 2011 Choco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Choco by: Mel
Shelves: 0-loved, signed
Hoping to grab your attention, I would like to start this review by saying that Craig Silvey is up there with Markus Zusak in awesomeness. This is a rare book, which I can pick up, open any page and feel certain that single page or even a paragraph will make me feel something and satisfy me. It is a rare book in that upon finishing it I had to run out to a bookstore and buy myself my own copy. There is a tangible air around my copy, and every time I open it, the air thickens and fills me with so ...more
PattyMacDotComma
At the end of this book, the author thanked, among others, librarians and booksellers who never get the credit they deserve for supporting books. I would like to thank the librarians of the Goodreads Aussie Readers group for their inventive reading challenges which send readers to book lists and genres we might never have discovered. That was how I found Jasper Jones. Thank you.!

I saw it was an award-winner, but somehow I didn’t expect it to appeal to me. I was wrong. It really is like hearing H
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Molly
Sorry. Sorry is a question that begs forgiveness, because the metronome of a good heart won’t settle until things are set right and true.”

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Rating, 4.5 ... aww hell, 5

This one was on my TBR forever. Why? I mean, if you want to read a good YA book, you can hardly go wrong with an Aussie author.Melina Marchetta, Cath Crowley, Shirley Marr, Kirsty Eagar, Vikki Wakefield, Jaclyn Moriarty, to name a few, had never let me down. Why did I avoided this highly praised book. ... Hmph, I just noticed somet
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Michelle
So finally my review of Jasper Jones is done! Ta da:

This novel was so complex and delicate, picking away at the prejudices of one small town and charting Charlie’s coming-of-age in a way that reminds me of a flower blooming. At it’s heart this is a story that lingers long after the final page has been read.

Set in a small country town in Western Australia during the 1960’s the story begins with a visit from the mysterious Jasper Jones. The outlaw of the small town, Jasper startles our young prot
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Councillor
Although “Jasper Jones” easily reaches its position among the Top 10 of my all-time-favourite books, I have delayed writing this review for such a long time that there’s no way for me to find a new alibi once again. Craig Silvey has earned each praise he could possibly receive, for he has managed to take his reader on a journey as complex and thrilling as only a few authors are usually able to. At least in my case.

The novel focuses on different, yet convincingly established subjects like discrim
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Angela M
May 10, 2014 Angela M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While this story can be described as coming of age story, 13 year old Charlie Bucktin is already wise beyond his years in many ways. Some of Charlie's decisions may be rash but his motives are always above reproach. Charlie befriends Jasper Jones, a mixed race boy whose reputation as a trouble maker, thief and who is blamed for anything else bad that happens in Corrigan is based more on prejudice than truth. Charlie recognizing that Jasper would not be treated fairly, decides to help him keep a ...more
☼♄Jülie
Jasper Jones

Creative writing at its best.
Profound, Provocative and Perceptive!
Craig Silvey, you have a brilliant mind!

Do not start this book with any preconceived ideas of what it is about and you will be rewarded with a tour de force...like nothing you would have expected.
It is not a book to be picked apart for it's accomplishments in literary exactness, but rather, lauded for its remarkable ingenuity and presentation. Because life is like that, it doesn't always go by the rules. This is story
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Aleeeeeza
Before I begin this review, I'd just like to state that I haven't written a review in almost two months, so if I suck, cut me some slack, 'kay? Righto, then. Moving on!

You know how sometimes you're going through a personal struggle in life, and then you read a book in which the main character--in this case Charlie--is facing the very same dilemma, and going through it with him/her somehow makes it a bit easier for you? That's what happened with Jasper Jones and me, folks.

So what is this struggle
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Summer ✿
More like 3.5 stars.

"I don't understand a thing about this world: about people, and why they do the things they do. The more I find out, the more I uncover, the more I know, the less I understand.


Many are boldly making the claim that this is the Australian To Kill A Mockingbird. I don't think I agree with this, in the sense that it didn't affect me as much as the latter did. The similarities are there, nonetheless. It shows the cruel world from an innocent 13-year-old's point of view, much lik
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Pei Pei
Aug 23, 2012 Pei Pei rated it did not like it
This book was so odd to me and I didn't know how to rate it, ultimately deciding on a 1.5 that I'm rounding down, as explained below. I honestly was surprised, after reading the book and writing this review, to click on the book's main page and discover that not only is it very highly rated, but it has also been nominated for and won numerous awards.

The basic premise (which, when summarized in the library catalog, was what encouraged me to read the book in the first place) is interesting: two t
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Eddie
Jun 06, 2012 Eddie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Holy motherf**ker! I keep coming across some good ass books as of late! YA no less! It makes me kinda sad to see that only so few people have read this book compared to the likes of the "best-sellers" out there! This book reminded me a lot of one of my other favorite books, The Solitude of Prime Numbers. Craig Silvery was a master of drawing me in deep with his writing and beautifully handled characters and subject matter—suicide. I don't know what to say in reviews about books that I truly enjo ...more
Brenda
What a wonderfully touching coming of age novel this is! I loved it, the tension, the nervous flush of young love, the injustice of the times....

It was hot, summer in Australia is like that, and December 1965 was no exception. The heat was cloying, there was no getting away from it, and the nights were the hardest...not much sleep for anyone. Late one night 13 year old Charlie Bucktin was lying on his bed in his sleep-out, reading...his absolute favourite past-time. Since his father had given hi
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Diane
Jan 22, 2015 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have a particular fondness for coming of age novels. Although, I had to keep reminding myself that this kid was 13. I know I was fairly naive growing up, so maybe I am not a good judge. However, it certainly seemed as though Charlie's age should have been closer to 15 (except when he was goofing around with his friend, Jeffrey).

Parts of the story were a bit over the top. For example, it seemed completely random that Jasper Jones chose Charlie's window to knock on even though they had never ta
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Emily
Jasper Jones readalong in celebration of it being chosen as an honour book for the Printz award *throws confetti*

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Kandise
Aug 11, 2012 Kandise rated it it was amazing
Wait. So, Country bumpkin ass Australian's exist? Really? Mind. Blown.

Who else's mind kept picturing the kids off of 'Stand By Me'? Anyone?...No?...Yes?

This one made it to my favorites for many many reasons. The first paragraph slaps you smack dab in the middle of Shenanigans. Unfortunately, these aren't the shenanigans that have you sighing, shaking your head while flicking your wrist and saying "oh Char and Jas, you little rascals!" It's far more sinister...

One thing that really stood out is
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Keertana
Rating: 3.5 - 4 Stars (3.75 Stars?)

Despite all the 5 Star reviews of Jasper Jones clogging up the blogosphere, Silvey's novel isn't quite worth all the hype it has garnered. Granted, it is beautifully written with realistic dialogue, complex relationships, and a plot line that is equal parts bitter and sweet. Moreover, its prose is stunning, quiet and reflective without dragging the novel down. Within the pages of Jasper Jones lurks a shocking small town secret, an achingly sweet first love, and
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cris
Ojalá lo hubiera leído con quince años, sería uno de mis libros favoritos. Muy recomendable para cualquier amante de la juvenil realista.
Hinch
Oct 10, 2010 Hinch rated it it was amazing
I was recently passing through a small country town when I was arrested by the dust jacket of a book in a shop window. It was titled Jasper Jones, and the subtext declared "An Australian To Kill A Mockingbird". Having now read the novel, I can say that it's surely one of the finest to have been written in recent years.

The narrator of the story, Charlie Bucktin, a shy, bookish boy, is alerted late one evening by an urgent tapping on his bedroom window. It is Jasper Jones. He is an outcast. Myster
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lisa
Apr 29, 2010 lisa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2010, arc
i think it's only fitting to post a review of a wonderful book on the day of its release, although unfortunately, it is not being released in the U.S. at this time. *sniffle* but, seriously, if you are somewhere that is lucky enough to be able to purchase this book (like the UK), do it and do it now!

the opening chapter will lead you to believe that this book is dark and almost depressing, when the young Jasper Jones turns to Charlie Bucktin in an act of desperation after discovering the body of
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Daniel Jon Kershaw
Feb 16, 2012 Daniel Jon Kershaw rated it it was ok
I think we, as Australians, are so desperate for the next Winton or Carey that we will applaud anything that comes out. This is dubbed 'an Australian To Kill a Mockingbird', which is total bollocks. To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the finest books ever to be published, this is a badly edited and exposition-jammed piece of fiction that contains a few promising ideas. I recently read a Winton, and the difference in quality between the two is evident.

There were times when I was reading this that I
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Jenna
This review also appears on my blog.

Jasper Jones is the resident outcast in the small town of Corrigan. His name is the first on everybody's lips when anything goes wrong. So when, one hot summer night, something goes very, very wrong, Jasper desperately searches out help - and comes across the light in the window of our protagonist, Charlie. With one impulsive action, Charlie is pulled into a mystery that will turn his world upside down and the reader is pulled into a story that stays long afte
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RitaSkeeter
One the things Craig Silvey has done particularly well in this book is to recreate a past time period. I could easily believe this book had been written in 1960's Australia, so well does he capture the 'strine', the attitudes, and a sense place. Something I really liked was the capturing of Australian dialect. Some of the phrases I remember hearing from older generations when I was younger but had forgotten until I read them again in this book. It awakened that sense of nostalgia for a lost Aust ...more
Paula Weston
Feb 03, 2015 Paula Weston rated it it was amazing
Shelves: literary
Anyone who thinks “coming of age” stories are just for the young adult market should take a read of Craig Silvey’s excellent Jasper Jones.

It’s a gripping, well-written story about small-mindedness in a country town, that’s at turns sad, disturbing, funny and inspiring.

Set in Western Australia in 1965, it’s told through the eyes of teenager Charlie Bucktin. One stifling summer night, the town outcast – Jasper Jones – comes to his window and asks for his help. Charlie follows him into the bush, an
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Wendy F
Feb 26, 2015 Wendy F rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I liked about Jasper Jones:

Jeffery and Charlie had such a great friendship. Their conversations were funny, and you could still feel how much they cared for each other. It was a good healthy relationship between two friends on equal footing. (And Charlie likes Batman, that makes him my awesome!) I actually felt like this friendship was the number one best part of this story. And, with Jeffery being Vietnamese, this is where you get the fallout of the war that's going on behind the scenes of
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E. Chainey (Bookowski)
Jasper Jones.
Kitabın adı bu, Jasper Jones.
Ama sadece Jasper'ın trajedisinden ibaret değil bu kitap.
İlk gençlik yılları sancıları, ailevi sorunlar, suistimal (abuse) içeren ama aynı zamanda insanı gülümsetmeyi başarabilen bir kitap bu.
Film hakları alınmış yazıyor kitabın arkasında, umarım bir TV filmi olur da izlerim.
Biraz fazla uzatılmış, biraz daha az uzun olsa 5 yıldızı verirdim; yer yer sıkıldım çünkü.
...Jasper Jones, senin gibi çocuklar olduğu için hem seviniyorum, hem de üzülüyorum...
Jorge Cienfuegos
Dec 28, 2015 Jorge Cienfuegos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Librazo. Tiene sus cositas que no me han convencido, pero aun así. Qué pena no haberlo pillado más joven, porque leer esto a los catorce años tiene que ser una gozada.
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Craig Silvey is an Australian novelist and musician. Silvey grew up on an orchard at Dwellingup in the south-west of Western Australia. He currently lives in Fremantle.

His debut novel, Rhubarb, was published by Fremantle Arts Centre Press in 2004. In 2005 Silvey was named as one of The Sydney Morning Herald's Best Young Novelists. Rhubarb was selected as the inaugural book for the 'One Book' serie
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