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.
The Edumacation of Jay Baker by Jay Clark
Published by Henry Holt BfYR
Pub Date: January 31st 2012
Format: Hardcover | Source: Publisher
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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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).