The One and Only Jack Chant

The One and Only Jack Chant 1

by Rosie Borella

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 26/02/2014

3/5 Rating 1 Reviews
RRP  $15.99 $13.89
Sixteen-year-old Amber never expected to find romance while working in an old people's home . but then Jack Chant is not what she expected either. He's young, exciting and enigmatic - and deeply troubled by something that happened in his past, something he can't quite remember. Gradually Amber suspects that Jack's past might be a whole lot further back in time than he realises. Is he solid flesh and blood, or just some kind of dreamy fantasy?

A sweetly romantic coming-of-age story in which Amber learns more than most teens about getting old, falling in love and letting go.
General fiction (Children's / Teenage)
Paperback / softback
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Murdoch Books
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating

3 / 5 (1 Ratings)
  • Was a good read but a little scattered for me.

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    I really wanted to like this book because the concept was so fascinating. But in a lot of areas it feel a little short for me. It was a good read. The story had a lot of Australian type lingo and mannerisms. And it covered Amber's life in the nursing home fair well. But the writing style was a little abrupt and sometimes over descriptive with words that were a little too confusing. Not to mention some of the situations that Amber found herself in and how she reacted to them were a bit unbelievable - laughing when seriousness was really needed and that sort of thing (ie. "the eye" trapped in the dementia ward. Things could have gotten a LOT worse and people should've been a bit more panicked about what was happening).

    There wasn't any real "connection" between the two main characters. The situations seemed forced at times. I could believe that Amber had fallen in love with someone in such a short amount of time because that is possible, but the story didn't help me to actually reach that conclusion. She questioned herself about what was happening, like any normal person would. But when you're faced with the facts it went beyond naivety to utter ridiculous and I found myself getting annoyed with Amber for not being a bit more level headed as she seemed to be so level headed in everything else that was going on in her life.

    I found that the ending was cut too short, like as if it was left off in the middle of a sentence. There was no closure. Was I supposed to believe that in just a few paragraphs the main character had gone from being miserable for days on end, not talking to anyone, forgiving her best friend for turning her back on her and being confused about what had happened in her life recently to being completely happy with ones self, the direction she was heading and that she wasn't completely depressed beyond repair? I couldn't. I was frustrated. The author went into too much description at times about how a horse moved but lacked in easing the reader into the end of the book. It just didn't make sense. I know it had to finish, but to jump from utter depression to completely focused in a paragraph didn't help the transition.

    I was very disappointed in this book. I really really wanted to enjoy it and at times I did. But overall, it wasn't a very memorable one for me.