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Jasper Jones

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  6,837 ratings  ·  1,046 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, Cha...more
Paperback, 397 pages
Published 2010 by Allen & Unwin (first published March 31st 2009)
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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...more
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...more
Shirley Marr
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...more
Troy


The Here and Now

“Jasper Jones” begins badly;

“…the thick heat seems to seep in and keep in my sleepout.”

And a barely a sentence later;

“…the slim slats of my single window.”

The unbearable assonance of the first phrase presumably represents the heat? The thirteen year-old protagonist’s literary pretensions? Or maybe it is an attack on language itself? And surely two of the adjectives in the second could be jettisoned without any loss of meaning, avoiding garish alliteration?

In fairness to Silvey, h...more
Choco
Nov 20, 2011 Choco rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Choco by: Mel
Shelves: signed, 0-loved
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
Maree
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...more
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...more
Summer {is puntastic}
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 like...more
Emily
Jasper Jones readalong in celebration of it being chosen as an honour book for the Printz award *throws confetti*

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Eddie
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
Hinch
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...more
Kandise
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...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...more
Belle
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...more
lisa
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...more
Wendy F
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...more
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...more
HG
I decided to read Jasper Jones as it has caused some controversy at a local school where it has been book-listed as a Year 10 text replacing Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. Whether the issue is the content or that it has replaced the much loved (and book-listed forever) Mockingbird depends on who you talk to. Like all novels it depends on what the reader brings to the novel and as far as a class text goes, how it is approached and what is used in conjunction with it.
It is interesting that wi...more
Angie (Vampires and Tofu)
There have been many books I have thought of as 5 star books for various reasons...they were fun to read, they were entertaining, the descriptions were vivid and they played like a movie in my head. And then there are those magical books that come along only ever once in awhile that make you realize you need a 6 star rating system because they just shine above and beyond.

That's Jasper Jones.

The story is told by Charlie, who gets a surprise visit from Jasper Jones one night and becomes involved i...more
Patricia
Of the grim/tense category that all these Mock Printz books seem to be, this falls into "tense." I found the writing for this novel very uneven. For example, the story goes along and I'm populating the pictures in my head based on the book and then suddenly it seems that it's the 1960s. Insert record needle scratching off record. What? Really? Huh. This happened several times: the mother seemed to be a normal book mother and then suddenly she wasn't, the love interest had a too-convenient part t...more
Pei Pei
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...more
Beaverton City Library Teens
We've all made bad decisions at one point or another. Charlie, the narrator of this novel, makes a particularly bad one when he decides to help outcast Jasper Jones avoid a probable false murder rap by hiding the dead body of a young girl. The year is 1968, and Charlie lives in a small-minded mining town in Australia with his dysfunctional parents. His only friend is Vietnamese immigrant Jeffrey, who faces problems of his own in the form of racist harassment.
I enjoyed the mystery aspect of Jasp...more
Wendy
Sep 28, 2011 Wendy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: if you like strong characters
Wow...this book was good. That's my initial thought.

Review to follow later.

~~~~~ 'slight' to 'flat out ruin it for you' spoilers to follow. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~`

Ok, so it really gets 4 stars....

Things I loved about this book:

1. The banter between Charlie and Jeffrey is hilarious. The author must have had a friend like this at that age. I lol'd many times.

2. Charlie's inner dialogue with himself. Also, I lol'd a lot.

3. Charlie's deathly fear of insects and his reactions. Especially with th...more
Dan Pullinger
(An edited version of this review appeared in the February edition of Bellbottom Media.)


I was hoping to review something by Peter Carey, or maybe Patrick White this month, something brimming with suppressed and twisted sexual dysfunction, something to make me feel perhaps a little less disturbed. But no, Nooooo, Maggie said I had to review Jasper Jones, (Craig Silvey – Allen & Unwin 2009), a book I’d never heard of.
So I read it.
Why had I never heard of this book? Why hasn’t a movie been mad...more
Trinity
Feb 27, 2012 Trinity marked it as started-then-got-distracted  ·  review of another edition
I'm struggling to finish this book because it's too awesome (how is that a thing?) It's doing my head in.
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Lisa
The plot is inane and completely unconvincing, and nearly 300 pages of what passes for adolescent wit is beyond tedious. http://anzlitlovers.wordpress.com/201...
Jessica
Dark, so very dark, and yet... enjoyable. Silvey's careful use of language brought this book to life for me. I found the characters' motivations frustrating throughout most of the book, but that was his intention. People don't make good choices. So many phrases and images have stayed with me from this book. Very similar in tone to Where Things Come Back.

Full disclosure: I attended the Printz Awards where I saw Silvey speak. The next day, on a plane for home, there he was! We hollered out his nam...more
Holly Frabizio
Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey is like no other young adult novel that I have read in the past. It is full of complicated situations and unique characters. Set in Australia during the Vietnam War, the book is an intimate look at life in the small town of Corrigan, Australia. Charlie Buctin is startled one night by a visit to his bedroom window by the town malcontent, Jasper Jones. Jasper is "bad news" according to most of the adults in the community but Charlie can't help but be drawn to him. Perh...more
Warren-Newport Public Library
This book is amazing. It made me laugh and cry and think and rage. It covers really tough topics - racism, injustice, hypocrisy, jealousy, abuse - but it does so beautifully. It also manages to be a sweet love story and has one of the best friend stories I've read in ages. I got a major kick out of Jeffrey and Charlie's conversations on the audio version.

"I forgot. My dad is cooking dinner tonight because my stupid ma won't come out of their bedroom. Cheeses Christ, it's going to be a nightmare...more
J
This one is tricky, because there's a lot of good and a lot of bad in this book. Let's start with the good: teen boys find a dead body in the woods (always interesting and already you have to read to the end to find out what happened); hero Charlie is a likeable enough character who has a mad crush on the pretty girl whose sister is the aforementioned dead body; an Australian setting, which is fresh; and some funny repartee with his best friend Jeremy that, though it really sounds too mature for...more
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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...more
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Sorry means you feel the pulse of other people's pain as well as your own, and saying it means you take a share of it. And so it binds us together, makes us trodden and sodden as one another. Sorry is a lot of things. It's a hole refilled. A debt repaid. Sorry is the wake of misdeed. It's the crippling ripple of consequence. Sorry is sadness, just as knowing is sadness. Sorry is sometimes self-pity. But Sorry, really, is not about you. It's theirs to take or leave.

Sorry means you leave yourself open, to embrace or to ridicule or to revenge. Sorry is a question that begs forgiveness, because the metronome of a good heart won't settle until things are set right and true. Sorry doesn't take things back, but it pushes things forward. It bridges the gap. Sorry is a sacrament. It's an offering. A gift.”
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