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The Edumacation of Jay Baker

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  490 ratings  ·  122 reviews
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*Starred Review* The magic lies in the telling. Jay, a large-hearted wiseass who’s nearly impossible to dislike, has a narrative patter so deeply laced with groaner puns, pop-culture bombs, and warp-speed free associations that it’s almost a new language. It’s an argot he shares with vivacious Cam (whose real name, hilariously, is Cameo Appearance Parnell), b
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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published January 31st 2012 by Henry Holt & Company
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Heidi
May 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
“Three and a half Stars: A witty tale of a teenage boy coping with teenage and adult drama.

Jay is a freshman dealing with the typical angst that plagues teenage boys. Raging hormones, unrequited feelings for his best friend, bully problems, and all the awkwardness that comes with being a teenager. His burdens become heavier when his parents announce they are separating on a trial basis. His dad is a workaholic and not home much. Consequently, his mother started up an affair with a low life, who
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Lisa
Jan 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
Jay Baker’s got trouble, right here in River City. Trouble with a capital T, and that rhymes with B, and that stands for—better luck next time? You got that pop culture reference, right Mr. Baker? After all, the ones you fling at your readers span decades beyond the referential zingers any typical high schooler would have in his arsenal of snark. They also, alas, get in the way of the story you’re trying to tell, making readers take time out of the narrative to figure out just exactly what you’r ...more
Rob
Mar 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult-lit
3.5 stars. This one eventually won me over despite trying waaaaayyyyy too hard, coming off like Juno hopped up on blue meth. Everyone, from the titular narrator on down, is hipper than hip, speaking in a stilted, slangy patois that resembles nothing on Earth. Even the characters' names are obnoxious: Jay has a long-time crush on his best friend since childhood, Cameo "Appearance" Parnell. Never have I seen a writer working so hard; you can almost smell author Jay Clark's flop sweat.

But somehow i
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Sarah Nessler
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well again I was looking forward to reading this book since I know the author! I still need to ask him if he will sign my copy. It was a fantastic book all about issues in high school things that a lot of kids can understand on multiple levels. It is refreshing to see that this is not just a typically YA book that it is geared toward another audience other than the middle school age that most books tend to lean towards. Middle school holds many different issues but high school also holds its own ...more
The Rusty Key
Nov 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Reviewed by Rusty Key Writer: Abigail Tyson

Recommended For: Both boys and girls aged 14 and up for moderate teenage sexuality and language.

One Word Summary: Overzealous.

In young adult literature nowadays, there are not enough books geared towards boys. Of course, many include boys and the problems boys grapple with sometimes happen peripherally to the main story, but there aren’t a plethora of books written with teenage boys in mind. In The Edumacation of Jay Baker, Jay Clark strives to remedy t
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Shaleh
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pg, pg-13, teen
I went through this highschool comedy pretty fast. I wasn't particularly blown away. The humor is often pun based, not that I mind puns, but there are few other types of jokes. Situational humor was almost non-existent -- and that's my favorite kind.

I read this book for the tagline. You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll feel awkward by association. That tagline sold me. It's a good thing it did, because the cover is lackluster and the name is very stupid.

It sort of lacks plot and rambles. But that be
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Mason Christopher Smith
How would you feel if your mother was cheating on your father with your crush/bestfriend’s dad. This is the predicament that Jay Baker finds himself in in The Edumacation of Jay Baker by Jay Clark. The book tells the story of a highschool freshman who must overcome his awkward situation all while dealing with the everyday struggles of teenage life such as the class election, his teachers, and of course… girls.
The book is fairly easy to comprehend, but the author does incorporate many pop culture
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Sasha
Jay Baker is the quintessential teenage boy. He's snarky, he's hilarious, he's sarcastic - and I liked him. His family life seems to be pretty normal; however, that's just what it looks like on the outside. He's in love with his best friend and she may or may not return his feelings and then there's a potential new love interest in the new girl at school.

I really, really liked the Jay Baker. He is exactly what I think a teenage boy should sound like. Male main characters in YA are scarce and som
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Josh Herlands
Apr 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
I give this book, The Edumacation of Jay Baker, 4 out of 5 stars. Jay Clark, the author, did a fabulous job with how he wrote the story. The plot was also very intriguing. I couldn’t put it down. The book is about Jay Baker, an awkward teen who deals with issues most kids hope they never have to go through themselves. During the story, Clark would put in a lot of references to other books, movies and TV shows. There were some that I didn’t quite understand. Even though I missed some of them, the ...more
Jaila
This book is... cute. It's not worth raiding shelves for, but it's somewhat amusing. The main problem is that the book liked itself way too much. It was funny, but not exactly laugh-out-loud funny. It had a few moments. The plot was insanely predictable, but this is the kind of story carried by the humor and pop-culture references (which are way too in-your-face. Seriously, one reference was "Viva La Chicken!" in reference to Viva La Vida. It's supposed to be ridiculous, I know, but that just sc ...more
Estelle
Jun 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, young-adult, male-pov
I think Jay Clark definitely writes the books he wants to read. I feel like I'm getting a huge glimpse into his brain. Now onto the book: I didn't love this one as much as Finding Mr. Brightside, but I did like that we have this main character shielding his real feelings in piles of piles of pop culture references and jokes. Most of all, his parents relationship is a huge part of the story and I don't think I've read another YA where a parent's separation plays so much into the course of the boo ...more
Jenna
Feb 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone looking for relaxation
If you’re looking for a fun, quirky, quick read, narrated by a sarcastic teenage boy, then this book is for you.

Jay Baker, is just an ordinary 15-year old freshman, with a very sarcastic and smart humor that will make you laugh, cry, and all things in the middle. The story is actually simple, but the way he narrates and reacts to the situation is hilarious and interesting. His parents are divorcing, he’s confused with his love life. It’s actually understandable, he is young and still lacks the
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April
Mar 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
The Edumacation Of Jay Baker by Jay Clark is a young adult contemporary novel about a boy whose parents are divorcing and the effects of the divorce on him. Jay is an average freshman boy for the most part, he’s got a huge crush on his best friend Cameo Parnell, is running for student government and has an enemy, Mike Hibbert, who likes to rhyme Jay with other words.

Read the rest of my review here
Susan
Jan 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, ebook, abandoned
ugh. can I punch Jay, please? Hard? I can't stand him or his sense of humor or his infatuationn with his best friend and if Cameo had fallen for him by the end of the book I was going to scream. Best just stop.
Jake
Oct 22, 2018 rated it liked it
“Here was my chance. Rather than wait for Mike to strike, I could preempt him with a gutterball of my own-serve notice I wasn't going to let his muffin top me without a fight.” I read the realistic fiction book the Edumacation of Jay Baker by Jay Clark. It is pretty good, very surprising and funny. This book is placed in modern time and in a small town of Ohio. It's about a fifteen-year-old boy named Jay Baker and his new blog is helping him get through high school, as he faces his enemy in a s ...more
Chloe705
Jan 03, 2017 rated it liked it
*SPOILERS* "The Edumacation of Jay Baker" is a book worth remembering. In Jay Clark's rendering of a teenage boy's life, we meet Jay Baker, a high schooler who has been in love with his best friend, Cameo, for as long as he can remember. He has been there for her through the good times, like when she had a boyfriend, and the bad times, like when she didn't have a boyfriend. This period in Jay's life zoom's in on a year where his parents are getting a divorce because Jay's mom cheated on his dad ...more
Taylar
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jay Baker deals with his family life going bonkers, school and a bully there, and girl troubles. All of which add up to an entertaining teen novel. What makes it more entertaining is the style in which the author, Jay Clark, writes Jay Baker's story.

There is so much sarcasm, wit, and pop culture references that I really appreciated. There is also a lot of heart and intriguing descriptions.
Also, the chapters are very short. I don't think I found one longer than 5 or 6 pages.

And, of course, the i
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Anne
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
I think this book is meant to appeal to reluctant readers - but the way language is used (with lots of made-up words - such as beautiliciousness and manorexic- and lots of innuendos) actually makes this a book for a sophisticated reader who might not be so impressed with the subject matter.

Jay is a freshman in high school. He has a long-running feud going on with classmate Mike Hibbel, a long-standing crush on his best friend Cameo, and has just gotten the news that his parents are separating du
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704True
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Filled with humor and emotion, dealing with romance and divorce, school bullies and sarcasm, and a lot of teacher advice, this book is a great read! Highly recommended!
Amanda
3.5

Original review: http://onabookbender.com/2012/03/14/r...

It took me a little while to settle into The Edumacation of Jay Baker, but it had nothing to do with the story, and everything to do with the fact I was reading an ARC. I caught a grammar error on the first page, and it took a bit before I got over myself. Once I did get invested in the story, I devoured the book in an evening. There is a valuable story nestled in between the constant barrage of pop-culture references and other snarky b
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Beth G.
Mom and Dad were in their room with the door shut. Again. Cautiously, I pressed my ear against the wooden frame. Hakuna Matata, no Discovery Channel-like sounds could be heard. Only two mammals speaking so quickly and intensely that their voices were nearly inaudible.


Synopsis:
Jay Baker's world is starting to crumble on all fronts. He has to face his mortal-enemy-since-the-seventh-grade in a Freshman Class Presidential debate. He only decided to run for class office to impress cheerleader Cameo
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Terri
Edumacation was refreshing and unique. I enjoyed reading from a male’s perspective, as most of the YA I consume is from a female perspective. Jay’s snarky personality and quick wit reminded me of my favorite protagonists in John Green and Maureen Johnson’s novels, but with a pop-culture bent. Jay’s personality is so unique, but the author slightly diminished that by also having Cameo and his favorite teacher communicate in exactly the same style. That there would be two such people who grew up t ...more
Jess (Gone with the Words)
Feb 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Read this review on my blog! --> The Edumacation of Jay Baker

The Edumacation of Jay Baker is a bittersweet book about Jay Baker’s once-perfect family’s spiral into Divorceville.

And as if that wasn’t bad enough, Jay is also having girl troubles. AND there’s a dude at his school who won’t lay off the gay jokes. All this going on and you know what I did most while reading this book? Laugh. I laughed so. much. The best way I can describe Jay Baker is him being the boy version of the character Jun
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Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
3.5 stars

If you're looking for a good, laugh out loud read pick up Jay Clark's debut book! Jay Baker is hilarious. There were times he had me laughing out loud and other teams I felt so sorry for him, but before I could teary eyed for all he's dealing with he says something funny that makes me start laughing again. He's a typical teenager who deals with a lot, his first love, a great best friend, a broken home and a bully. Normally I'd feel horrible for Jay, I mean I did, but his snarky and down
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Angel
Oct 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
You can find this review and many more at Mermaid Vision Books!

Release Date: January 31, 2012
Publisher: Henry Holt
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 272
Format: Hardcover
Source: ARC received from Raincoast Books

Discovery: Jay Clark can thank the wonderful people at Raincoast Books for bringing this novel to my attention! As most of us YA readers know, female protagonists can take over the YA section, so it's always awesome to come across some boys.

+    Voice. Jay Baker may be dealing with some crazy dr
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Alexa
Mar 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Alexa by: Jess (Gone with the Words)
Shelves: read-in-2012
Reviewed on Alexa Loves Books.

This is the second time I've struck gold this year with a contemporary YA novel featuring a male protagonist! When I read the review Jess posted, I was instantly intrigued. And I was extremely delighted when I was given the opportunity to read this novel for myself. The Edumacation of Jay Baker was fun, entertaining and definitely a feel-good read!

The Character

Jay Baker is hilarious! I found myself laughing out loud while I was reading, and I never felt anything les
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Joy (joyous reads)
May 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Ahhh....Jay Baker. I can't believe I've put off reading you for a year. It was almost like destiny that you literally fell on my feet (my night table stack finally toppled over). Who knew being a freshman could be this much fun and gruesome at the same time? Who knew there's no such thing as "sarcasm overload"? And potty jokes inserted in literature at a moderate amount could be fodder for the seriousness of how much life sucks?

Fifteen year-old Jay Baker is about to get schooled. He falls in lov
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Courtney (Storybook Slayers)
More reviews at Rondo of a Possible World: YA Book Reviews

When I read about books that center (more or less) around divorce, a little voice in my head thinks that I will be able to compare to the character's feelings. But learning the reasons of the divorce of Jay's parents don't fit within the parameter of my life so the circles move away from each other only crossing in a few intersecting points. The emotions were definitely there for both Jay and I and truly that was how I connected with hi
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Katie
Oct 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
The Edumacation Of Jay Baker let me down. I expected too much from it instead of going in with no expectations. Readers, if you don't expect anything mind-blowing from this book, you will like it. Just go in open-minded.

Jay Baker is very much a teenage boy. He has girls, sex, food, and fart jokes on the brain. Occasionally he has thoughts about school and his dysfunctional family that is falling apart. Mainly though everything that comes out of his mouth is immature and sarcastic. He clearly use
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Lulie
Jan 01, 2013 rated it liked it
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I really liked this book. I liked Jay and his quirks, and loved (most) all of the supporting characters. He suffered from some serious teenage boy syndrome during his rival with Mike and the bad choices he made where Cameo was concerned, but he made up for it in character so that was okay.

I had a real hard time connecting with Cameo, who is mostly responsible for the loss of rating. I know the author tried to portray her as a mistake-prone girl with good in
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