Review: The Edumacation of Jay Baker by Jay Clark

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Review: The Edumacation of Jay Baker by Jay ClarkThe Edumacation of Jay Baker by Jay Clark
Published by Henry Holt BfYR
Pub Date: January 31st 2012
Pages: 272
Format: Hardcover | Source: Publisher
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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3.5 Stars

A few "sexy" bullet points about Jay:
- He is in love with a cheerleader named Cameo "Appearance" Parnell.
- He is forever losing "Love-15" to tennis-playing goddess Caroline Richardson.
- He rocks a touché array of pop-culture references, jokes, and puns.
- His family-life cookie is about to crumble.

Live vicariously through Jay as he faces off against his mortal enemy, gets awkward around his dream girl(s), loses his marbles in a Bermudian love triangle, watches his parents' relationship implode, and, finally, learns to get real and be himself(ish).

The Edumacation of Jay Baker is a bittersweet book about Jay Baker’s once-perfect family’s spiral into Divorceville.

And as if that wasn’t bad enough, Jay is also having girl troubles. AND there’s a dude at his school who won’t lay off the gay jokes. All this going on and you know what I did most while reading this book? Laugh. I laughed so. much. The best way I can describe Jay Baker is him being the boy version of the character Juno, of the movie by the same name (because you didn’t already know what Juno I was talking about). He is so smart, so damn witty and clever. I loved him (in a brotherly way, of course). I loved waiting to see what ridiculousness he would say or think next. This book wasn’t all fun and games though. There were moments where I really felt so badly for Jay and Abby, their mom and dad. Watching their family fall apart was not easy on any of them.

There are some characters in this book who makes some highly douchey moves. I started out really disliking them, but by the end of this book, Jay Clark has redeemed them somehow, thus causing me to not hate them anymore. I like redeemable characters. :) Except Keith. Still hate that dude.

I did, however, have SO much love for Ms. Lambert. Total girl crush! I wish all teachers were like her. She knew how to reach these kids, when to step in, and when to let go. I also have a crush on Jay Baker’s dad. Weirddddd…..

I must also tell you about the awesomeness of the chapter titles, which are not called chapters but tracks….

“Don’t You Remember You Told Me You’d Feed Me Pizza?”

“You Ain’t Nothing but a Hoochie Mama, I Guess”

“I Kissed a Girl and She Wasn’t That Crazy About It”

“Every Melrose Place Has Its Thorn”

“I’m Like a Jaybird, I’ll Only Blog Away”

And if by any chance you’re confused as to which song Jay Clark is so cleverly referring to, he has an actual “Playah-list” that tells you what he’s talking about at the end of the book. :)

Actually, if I could, I’d pull all kinds of quotes from this book and show them to you. But really, opening it to any page will find you a passage that will make you smile, if not outright laugh.

I look forward to many more books from Jay Clark. Especially if they will be as enjoyable as this one.

 

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30 Responses to “Review: The Edumacation of Jay Baker by Jay Clark”

  1. SarahPalo

    Sounds like a very fun book! I need this kind of books badly in my life to  relieve stress and all. The chapter titles were pretty cool, too. I’d surely watch out for this when it comes out on our local bookstore. Great review!

  2. cariblogs

    I love the cover and it sounds like a great book. I had never heard of it but I have added it to my to read now.  Thanks!

  3. forloveandbooks

    This definitely sounds like it needs to be on my “Must Read” pile! I am intrigued by the awesomeness of this teacher! I think we all need a good teacher in our lives… And I can’t get over the whole Camaeo “appearance” name! LOL!

    -Jac @ For Love and Books

  4. Courtney Buettner

    Great review! I really want to read this now! I enjoyed your review and was already leaning towards reading it, but then when I read the chapter titles- that sealed the deal for me.

  5. Jacinda @ Reading Housewives

    YAY it’s funny! I guess I could have guessed it would be funny by the cover, lol. 

    HOOCHIE MAMA! OMG! I’m laughing so hard! 

  6. Missie Bee

    The male Juno? SOLD!!!! I’ve actually met book characters like Jay before, and they never fail to make me laugh as they learn about life.

    They say that John Green is the most quotable author, but it sounds like Clark gives him a run for his money.

  7. Lisa Schensted

    I SO want to read this! I wish it were getting more buzz, but thank you for reviewing it and giving it a major shoutout! 

  8. elena

    oh I didn’t know this book would be that much fun!! I like redeemable characters too and I love the idea of puns on the chapter titles. I live for puns. Definitely going to put it on my TBR, thank you so much for the review! It made me smile. :D 

  9. April Books & Wine

    I can’t wait to read my copy of Jay Baker after this! I somehow did not realize it was about divorce, or really that that had played a role. ALSO laughing is totally my favorite. Consider me PSYCHED!

  10. Jay Clark

    Wow, I knew Jess was the best thing since sliced bread, but I didn’t know her readers were a slice off the ol’ loaf…or something. In other words, this blog rocks! Thanks, everyone, for your interest in being edumacated. Your degree is just 288 pages away (and 20 of those are filler!). ;) 

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