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The Mostly True Story of Jack (udgave 2012)

af Kelly Barnhill (Forfatter)

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Jack is practically invisible at home, but when his parents send him to Hazelwood, Iowa, to spend a summer with his odd aunt and uncle, he suddenly makes friends, is beaten up by the town bully, and is plotted against by the richest man in town.
Medlem:RichfieldUMC
Titel:The Mostly True Story of Jack
Forfattere:Kelly Barnhill (Forfatter)
Info:Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (2012), Edition: Reprint, 352 pages
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Children's fiction; adventure/suspense. Not sure which parts of the story aren't true, but it's a good title, and an exceedingly well-told story--hard to believe this is Barnhill's debut. Not sure if it will catch the eyes of the Newbery panel, but for what it's worth I like it more than I did Despereaux. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
I'm not at all sure that I have the linguistic prowess to accurately express just how much I disliked this book. It was an ambitious tale of supernatural good vs. evil that failed in just about every manner imaginable.

There are five characters who are children. None of them are developed well enough for the reader to care what happens to them. None of them behave or speak much like children, and one of them turns out not even to be a person, but some sort of supernatural tree-boy who is only three years old but has had 12 years of fake memories with a human family implanted in his tree-boy brain by a magic spell from an old man who is not his uncle. (This is one of the less confusing and more logical supernatural elements of this garbled mess of a book.) The supernatural and magic grow more and more prevalent, more and more confusing, and more and more irritating the further the reader goes into the book. By the end, it's a jumbled mish-mash of otherworldly gibberish, of which even the characters in the book simply say, "I can't explain it."

Magic and the supernatural need guidelines and rules to work. Stephen King and Neil Gaiman create elaborate worlds of supernatural that work perfectly, because they establish the rules for their worlds and then stick to them. J.K. Rowling's magic works for the same reason. There is non-stop magic through all the Harry Potter series, but all of that magic has rules which are meticulously followed. The magic and supernatural in this book seems to have no rules at all. Why did this happen? Because: Magic! Does the story make any sense? No, but that's okay, because: Magic!

The book jacket to the paperback has positive quotes from reviews in Booklist, Publisher's Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, and the Los Angeles Times. Did these critics read the same book I did? It boggles my mind that critics from legitimate sources, usually fairly trustworthy, could see this nonsense as anything more than that. Read it
at your own risk. Maybe you'll catch all the wonderful features these critics saw that all completely eluded me. ( )
  fingerpost | Jul 10, 2018 |
Thanks to dull, detached writing, this potentially suspenseful and darkly-whimsical tale has had the charm sucked out of it. ( )
  Birdo82 | Jan 16, 2017 |
A virtually invisible boy named Jack, trees, magic, a town called Hazelwood, and on the Staff Recommends shelf at the library: good signs. But no. Kelly Barnhill’s Mostly True Story of Jack was like The Dark Is Rising when all the world-saving mandalas are easily located within a single neighborhood of a Home County … because that’s the pedestrian range of a boy, not because evil forces have any reason to concentrate there. (Give me Over Sea, Under Stone or The Grey King any day). This was local magic, tied to the earth of a particular place, so the limited geography makes sense (unlike in the Cooper); the comparison is to clumsy rule-writing.

I liked the premise of magic inherent in Iowa because it reminded me of my friend Sarah Prineas’s Winterling, and also of Savvy. Flyover states: not just for corn any more. However, while Sarah’s world makes internal sense, this one, not so much. Where’d the mirror come from? Where’d the cats and parrot come from? How’d the skateboard get to be the way it is? Does Jack have to be so Christ-like? Didn’t we already do the soul thing in Amber Spyglass? Did the author pay royalties to J.K. Rowling when Lancelot carried a message (to whom, anyway, or could she just not resist?) and an object with magical properties of transportation — again, from where? — was called a “Portsmouth”? Or to Joss Whedon when Jack turned out to be Dawn Summers?

It began well, with Jack’s invisibility and Hazelwood’s insulation, but it was mishmash before the halfway mark. The most I can say for it is that the story was entire within itself, and though open to a sequel you don’t need need to read a whole damn trilogy to find out whatever. And I have to mention that it had the de rigueur “pour” for “pore” error.
  ljhliesl | May 25, 2013 |
Loved it! Nicely written, and has a new spin on the changeling idea. Barnhill has done something that is very different from your standard fantasy -- she has created a new and original mythology for Jack's town, and I really appreciate that. ( )
  Inky_Fingers | May 19, 2013 |
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