Harvard professor Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call while on business in ParisRead Review
Late on a hot summer night at the tail end of 1965, Charlie Bucktin, a percocious and bookish boy of thirteen, is startled by an urgent knock on the window of his sleepout. His visitor is Jasper Jones, an outcast in the mining town of Corrigan. Rebellious, mixed-race and solitary, Jasper is a distant figure of danger and intrigue for Charlie. So when Jasper begs for his help, Charlie steals into the night by his side, terrified but desperate to impress. Jasper takes him through town to his secret glade in the bush, and it's here that Charlie bears witness to Jasper's horrible discovery.
Carrying the secret like a brick in his belly, Charlie is harried by a suspicious town tightening in fear. In the simmering summer where everything changes, locks horns with his tempestous mother, falls nervously in love, and battles to keep a lid on his zealous best friend, Jeffrey Lu. And in vainly attempting to restore the parts that have been shaken loose, Charlie learns to discern the truth of things is so hard to know, and even harder to hold in his heart.
A very good Australian read, would recommend. Great plot, characters and an intriguing story with a brilliant and unexpected ending.
'Jasper Jones' is about an unlikely relationship between two boys - Charlie and Jasper - in a small town in Australia.
It's an unlikely relationship because they come from such different backgrounds - families, values, views on issues. what they consider issues and their approach to life. I don't think what Charlie and Jasper had was a friendship. They clearly respect each other and trust each other but I think their relationship is lacking some finalising characteristic for them to be friends.
I really like Charlie as a character; he has an interesting way of describing the events that take place. I also really admire his opinion on others. His opinion is very personal.
I'd definitely recommend this but I'd like to warn future readers to not expect much crime-solving and murder-mysteries. 'Jasper Jones' is more about the life of Charlie and the events that are unfolding around him :-)