Book Review: Jasper Jones

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Nick Boomgaarden, Reporter

 

As a reader the biggest problem I’ve had, well that would have to be searching for a good book. In my opinion nothing is worse than reading half a book before realizing that it is going to remain as dull as school during the standardized tests, heart stoppingly boring. All of the invested time and the book never gets any more interesting is like a kick to the pants, but anyways I digress you see now I’m in a position to help others who have given up trying to read, because of all the times a boring book was taken, by making a recommendation of one of my favorite books I’ve read.
The story is called “Jasper Jones” written by Craig Silvey. It is a wonderfully intriguing story with all sorts of ominous questions throughout its pages. The story is set in a small town in Western Australia in 1965. The main character you follow in the story is Charlie Bucktin, a thirteen year old boy who is intelligent, socially awkward, and unathletic. His best friend is Jeffrey Lu, a younger Vietnamese kid. One day the town outcast, Jasper, goes to Charlie for help and takes him to a spot in the woods where a horrendous crime has been committed or perhaps a terrible tragedy. This mysterious story shows that sometimes it is just better not to know.

This book, this story, was the book that revived my passion for reading, and I hope it will for you too. The thing about reading is that anyone can do it irrelevant of you’re an athlete or a nerd it does not matter so don’t think that only ______ reads because everyone can and everyone should. You miss out on a lot if you don’t read, all the experiences that is written in text can paint experiences vivid enough to be felt. Stories input the importance of others, that you are not alone, that you are not the most important person in the world and in fact there are many like you, but this isn’t bad. Common ground is where the strongest friendships form and books can be everyone’s “common ground.”