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The Quest for Juice

(Paranoia #1)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  78 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Oscar has always lived a life of quiet paranoia, but now everything is changing. Suddenly, the bus is frequently late, his housekeys won't fit in the lock, and someone has taken his juice, which was the one thing holding his life together. He strikes back against the people behind it all, but when he strikes too hard an innocent man ends up dead, and Oscar ends up in jail, ...more
Published November 25th 2013 by Jonathan-David Jackson (first published June 10th 2013)
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Stephanie (Stepping out of the Page)
Though I've been very firm with myself lately and told myself to restrict my acceptance of books for review, there are certain books that are going to make me give in - The Quest for Juice is a book that I simply couldn't resist and accepted as soon as I read the idea behind it. If you know me, you'll know that I'm interested in anything and everything mental-health related and so when I was offered a book about a paranoid schizophrenic in a mental institution, how could I say no?

I have to admit
Zoe's Human
Dec 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jonathan-David Jackson owes me 1.5 hours of sleep, a bathroom cleaning, and a thorough sweeping and mopping of my kitchen floor as these are the things I was meant to be doing instead of reading "just one more chapter."

This is an excellently paced book with no wasted text. I had several laugh out loud moments and my jaws are actually a touch achy from the almost constant grin that was plastered on my face. While the humor is far more American and the genre is different, I find myself nonetheless
Benjamin Jackson
The Quest for Juice

I've read the book twice and I plan on reading it several more times. The last time I read it, it seemed to come alive to me and I really enjoyed the characters, (especially that hedgehog!) they seemed to fit together nicely within the narrative.
It would be nice if he would get to it and write the second one already! I expect he will have the second one published sometime around Christmas and present myself with a signed hardback special edition containing our childhood photo
Leigh Moir
Dec 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book and found it very funny. I love Mr Hodge,however it was slightly scary, particularly near the end. Despite that, this is a brilliant book and I can't wait for the second one.
Jonathan-David Jackson
Sep 30, 2016 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
This was actually a pretty interesting book. It's been three years since I wrote it, so I figured I'd read it and see how it is after all this time.

I felt sympathetic to the main character, Oscar, even early on when he's actually killing people and beating others into a coma for no good reason. Maybe that's because in some ways I wrote him like myself, or like people I know. (I'm not saying I did write him like myself or people I know, none of us are murderers. I'm just saying maybe we have a ce
Dec 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oscar Well is something else. He is absolutely certain that someone is following him, that “they” are plotting against him. They have stolen his juice, they have tampered with his house key. He is so fearful that he even suspects his very own mother of being in on this plot of deceit against him. He hides in the clothes dryer to avoid her.

Oscar is certifiably insane, no joke about it. Indeed, he is committed to an institution after following a man who he believes is in on this ring…and something
Patricia Hamill
Quirky, dark and funny.

Oscar Wells suspects 'they' are up to no good in his town. All of his extensive research, documented meticulously on a wall in his house, points towards a dark conspiracy. First, it's little things, like his key not quite fitting and having to jiggle it to open his door. But when his favorite Sunshine Juice is replaced by Sunlight OJ, "now with 50% more real orange pulp," they've gone too far. From there Oscar spirals into a paranoid breakdown that lands him first in jail
Sadie Forsythe
The Quest for Juice could best be described as quirky, in a somewhat dark sort of way. It is unquestionably a fun read, with lots of twists, turns and uncertainty about what is real and imagined. The writing is very readable and it's fairly well edited. I think I noticed one or two mistakes, hardly anything in the grand scheme of things.

I did find the end notes distracting, though most of them were quite funny. So, it kind of balanced out. By the end, things started to get just a little ridic
Oct 14, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Good self-published book with a bit of intrigue and a lot of development. I'm going to pass this onto others who would like to review :)
Jun 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the best book ever.
Elizabeth Sullivan

I mean, I don't really mind pulp, but I get it. So that was one heck of a ride! I can honestly say the ending caught me off guard. I laughed quite a few times, and for the most part it was a pretty easy read, though, the stint in the mental institution dragged on longer then I felt it needed to. Other then that though, it was pretty great.
Jul 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Wendy by: Goodreads Giveaways
Shelves: mystery
At first I thought "The Quest for Juice" which I won from Goodreads Giveaways was a dark, strange and simple story about a paranoid man,Oscar Well who vexed by an obsessive delusion kills a stranger and is sent to the Maple Ridge Psychiatric Hospital for treatment. But this novel goes beyond a simple, straightforward story, it slowly and deliberately draws the reader under its spell as Oscar Well uncovers a sinister plot by a terrorist organization whose leader is head of the psychiatric sanator ...more
J.D. Turner
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story started so well and just kept picking up the pace, although, things did slow down during the last half of part one and into the beginning of part 2, it almost seemed like it was stalling, especially with the clunky dialogue and repetitive narration. Though it didn't seem to bother me as it was so fascinating to read.
The subtle humour in the book was what I enjoyed the most. Oscar's obsession with eyebrows and the conversation in the shower with Winslow are a couple of examples of the m
Jul 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hysterical. Seriously. I was intrigrued that the author chose his protagonist to have a mental illness, escpecially paranoid schizophrenia. This is easily an area the author could have taken the illness and made a mockery of it but didnt. Instead the author makes you think... what if there was a reason for their paranoia and we kept dismissing it? What if they weren't paranoid about the right things?

It is hard to talk about the book without giving up too much and ruining the novel for the reader
It all started because Oscar’s favorite juice has disappeared and unfortunately for him, it doesn’t end there. Yes, his one friend notices that he has stopped taking his anti-psychotic meds, but that is not of any importance when the people out there are messing everything up as part of a grander scheme. It is up to Oscar to uncover this hidden organization and reveal their plans, before the whole world is lost. Sadly his mission is waylaid when he lands himself in the mental institution.

Told fr
Jul 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First off, this book is very funny, very clever, and extremely engaging.

I laughed out loud, often, especially at the Pratchett-esque footnotes that run through the story. What is better than the humour, however, is the depth of character found in Oscar Wells. I couldn't help but like him, and so when events in the story started to turn sour I also couldn't help but root for Oscar and cheer him on. It is the charm of Oscar that keeps you reading, keeps you wanting Oscar to be helped, or rescued,
Mandy White
Jun 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a real mind-bender. At first, I was both fascinated and disturbed as I found myself drawn into the mind of a paranoid schizophrenic. I experienced all the little nuances of the character's paranoia along with him; he was so convinced it was real that I would have been convinced as well, had his beliefs not been so outlandish.

Finally he gets treatment for his condition, and that's where the story takes a really messed-up turn. I can't really say more without spoilers, but I will just say
Ben Campbell
May 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Schizophrenics
Recommended to Ben by: Goodreads
I apologize to Jonathan-David Jackson, I had to update this review because I meant to give "Juice" 5 stars instead of 3. What can I say, I'm paranoid.

What fun what frolic. Paranoia - paranoia - paranoia. Funny - funny - funny...; well, anyway, whatever, how come, that's that, whenever, so what, over there, that's it, hey, wild crazy, bad news, bent, cast an eyeball, chrome plated, cranked, fake out, go ape, goopy, Illuminations, nowhere, pooper, radioactive, square, wazoo; that about does it. Go
Jo-Ann Murphy
Jun 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had trouble putting down this fast paced book. Is he crazy? Is it paranoia? Maybe he should be paranoid? What is going on?

I moved back and forth wondering what was real and what was delusion and whether or not there was reality behind the delusion as I read my way through this intriguing mystery. In the beginning, I wondered if we would ever get to the point of this book because the paranoia seemed to go on and on. But there is substance underneath and the story materializes from the delusion.
Colleen Ray
This started out as an entertaning, humorous read, but lost it's shine for me at about the 60% mark. I slogged through till the end, but found the last third of the book pretty repetitive. I think I just got tired of the "everybody's watching me" schtick.

On the plus side, this author's work is well structured and edited, and has the flavor of Terry Pratchett and Christopher Moore. Definitely one to add to my watch list, but I'll most likely skip the others in this trilogy.
Benjamin Y.
Jun 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: complete
Excellently written to keep the reader intensely focused on the story and the next thing the reader knows, the end has been reached! It's a joyous read, an exciting and thrilling journey! I wonder where someone can acquire such thoughts that I thought myself to only have!? I was overjoyed to travel alongside each character through the story, each circumstance was a thrilling delight! Drama, love, action, it can be named and found within!
Don't delay, enjoy this read today!
Deandre Gideon
Book is interesting

Not a bad read. It gives a little insight on how a paranoid person acts.
I would recommend this book
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A fun quirky bit of brain candy.
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Jonathan-David Jackson was born in Gastonia, North Carolina, at 3 in the morning on May 14, 1987. At first, he could not walk, talk, or indeed use the toilet. After a year of intensive training in NC, he moved his family to Kingsport, Tennessee, where he finally overcame those early disabilities. Soon, he was walking and talking as good as anyone, and perhaps better. Walking and talking wasn't goo ...more

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