Gordon Jack

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Gordon Jack always wanted to be a writer. In third grade, he put that on his “What I want to be when I grow up” list, just behind astronaut and professional dog walker. While working towards this goal, he had jobs as an advertising copywriter, English teacher, librarian, and semi-professional dog walker. The Boomerang Effect is his first novel. He lives in San Francisco with his family.

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Your Own Worst Enemy

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The Boomerang Effect

3.75 avg rating — 342 ratings — published 2016 — 5 editions
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“Just last month, he was the social pariah after he told his father we used a thousand-dollar bottle of wine to make sangria popsicles.”
Gordon Jack, The Boomerang Effect

“The envelope was embossed with the logo of my father’s law firm—Barry, Yu & Singh, an appropriate name for a ruthless pack of attorneys. Walter Yu was actually senior partner, but he settled for second billing so that the firm’s name would evoke fear in opposing counsel.”
Gordon Jack, The Boomerang Effect

“I thought I was taking a boring piece of paper and making it look cool, when in fact, I was taking something cool and making it flat and generic. It was the complicated and imperfect folds that made people interesting. The last thing we should be doing is trying to iron them out.”
Gordon Jack, The Boomerang Effect

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