Posted by Emilie Morscheck on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 Under: Reviews
The writing style of Jasper Jones was great but the plot could have easily been finished in 150 pages just because it is so lacking in content. As much as I loved the witty dialogue between Charlie and Jeffery it wasn't enough to make me love the book and it grew very annoying towards the end and repetitive.
Big spoiler here: this book is so predictable. As soon as Charlie mentions Eliza and how different she looks you instantly know that she knows something/had something to do with it. Also that the story was building up to such a high point, you think there is some real mystery behind the murder and that is what pulls you through.
I almost wanted to drop the book as soon as I read Eliza's explanation but I had to finish the book for school. It seemed so pointless and a massive waste of my time.
As good as the analogy of Charlie's worries being like a brick in his belly were at the beginning I felt that Silvey used this far too much throughout the novel and it quickly lost its effect.
I can understand why some people loved this book, it had a good representation of what it would have been like to live in a country town, in Australia in the 60s, but I will definitely not go to the trouble of reading it again.