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Jernigan by David Gates
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Aug 30, 2007

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Recommended for: Anyone who is willing to settle for a Catcher in the Rye wannabe
Read in August, 2007

I am rounding Jernigan's rating down to a two and a half. This book rises and falls on its narrator and main character, Jernigan. Though the author was hoping to create an adult version of Holden from Catcher in the Rye, he did not succeed. Jernigan lacked whatever makes a reader sympathize with Holden. For most of the book, I found myself wishing that Jernigan would attempt the suicide that I was sure was inevitable so I could stop reading or at least get a new narrator.

With that extensive disclaimer, my enjoyment of the book did increase the more I read. But that maybe because the plot had some far-fetched twists at the end that I found simultaneously ridiculous and compelling.
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