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Jack is a teenager who wants nothing more than to be normal - even if being normal means having divorced parents and a rather strange best friend. But when Jack's father takes him out in a rowboat on Lake Watchmayoyo and tells his son that he's gay, nothing will ever be normal again....

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  • Orsodimondo
    2019-03-26 17:47

    HE TAKES ONE TO KNOW ONESono arrivato al quarto romanzo di A.M.Homes ed è la prima volta che la trovo usare il registro della leggerezza e dell’ironia: qui ci sono situazioni comiche, divertenti, perfino esilaranti. Siccome è l’opera dell’esordio, mi viene da pensare che Homes abbia poi preferito abbandonare il tono leggero, se ne sia pentita, non l'abbia sentito congeniale.Comunque, il risultato non migliora granché: continuo a trovarla scrittrice che non riesce mai a raggiungere il risultato (alto) che si propone. E continuo a trovarla scrittrice che si è nutrita di troppo cinema, soprattutto di quello hollywoodiano medio: anche in questo romanzo tante uscite e situazioni sembrano riprese da opere della settima arte.Stockard Channing e Ron Silver, madre e padre, nel tv movie ‘Jack’ del 2004Questa volta siamo di fronte all’adolescenza, tema al calor bianco che invece A.M.Homes preferisce smorzare fino a mostrarsi quasi rassicurante (non solo per via dell'happy ending): Jack, il protagonista io narrante non riesce purtroppo mai a liberarsi dell’ingombrante presenza dell’autrice, spesso a parlare è chiaramente Homes e non il sedicenne Jack, che infatti risulta troppo maturo, adulto e consapevole per la sua età bella e dannata.Quando mai un sedicenne riesce a far innamorare di sé una delle ragazze più belle della scuola, una coetanea compagna di classe, ma non altrettanto riflessiva e matura? Quando mai le ragazze sembrano più piccole dei coetanei maschi? Perché Maggie s’innamora di Jack, a prescindere dal fatto che lui è il protagonista con tanto di nome in copertina (titoli di testa)? E Jack invece di fare i salti dalla gioia, rimane cool, sempre un po’ timido, ma comunque posato, controlla bene l’adrenalina, resta ragionevole, non emotivamente strafatto! Ma quando mai! Maggie non sembra essere nella vita di Jack quel ciclone che verrebbe da supporre, non contribuisce a cambiarlo e farlo crescere, non quanto è logico presumere.E quando mai un sedicenne avrebbe voglia di dire al suo migliore amico che si sarebbe risolto tutto, quando mai un sedicenne pensa …per quanto mi riguarda nessuno è mai troppo grande per niente? La sua vita sembra sconvolta dall’oggi al domani: il padre lascia moglie e figlio, si scopre gay e lo confessa, va a vivere col suo fidanzato. Ma Jack non sembra perdersi d’animo più di tanto: rimane Jack il Fulmine, il campione della squadra di basket della scuola; riesce ad arginare il bullismo dei compagni confinandolo allo sfottò di un paio di giorni; vive brividi erotici magnifici.’Restless-L’amore che resta’, del 2011, film che ho amato molto, come quasi tutti quelli di Gus Van Sant, regista che all’adolescenza ha dedicato più di un lavoro, tra cui almeno un capolavoro, ‘Elephant’Forse perché in questi giorni sono sotto l’effetto di Jesse, l’adolescente in cura dal dottor Paul Weston i mercoledì di ‘In Treatment 3’, e non si potrebbe immaginare coetaneo più diverso da Jack, un sedicenne che al contrario di Jack, is headed for a world of pain, forse perché sento molto più credibili gli adolescenti belli e dannati cari a Gus Van Sant (Elephant, Paranoid Park, Restless), forse perché ho un figlio di sedici anni, forse per questo e altro, Jack mi ha divertito, ma non convinto. Naturalmente, lo scontatissimo paragone con Il giovane Holden che la bandella azzarda è perso in partenza: ma è perso anche quello col romanzo di Cameron, Un giorno questo dolore ti sarà utile, anche in questo caso mi pare che A.M.Homes rimanga diversi passi indietro.I miei sedici anni me li sentivo tutti. A volte me ne sentivo quaranta.’My Own Private Idaho-Belli e dannati’, 1991. A distanza di due anni dall’incredibile esordio ‘Drugstore Cowboy’, Gus Van Sant mi lasciò stupefatto anche con questo

  • Nelly
    2019-04-15 18:35

    This is one of those books to which, if it were possible to give more than 5 stars on GR, I'd definitely give more than 5 stars. There wasn't a single thing about this book that I didn't like. From the narrator, to the writing style, to the exceptional humor and family drama, it was spectacularly executed and I can see this novel becoming a topic of discussion in high school English classes once being prejudiced towards people who are gay is just as socially unacceptable as being racist is today.While the central story is of a father coming out to his teenage son, this is not a piece of LGBT literature. This is a coming of age novel, and being such a novel it brings up many interesting and important points to inspire us into being better human beings and understanding ourselves and/or our children better. This book was written in 1989, which surprised me since it's just as relevant today as nearly a quarter of a century ago. The challenges Jack faces - through his parents' divorce, through adjusting to new family members entering his life, through learning to deal with life's harsh realities - are timeless and well explored, with insight and lighthearted humor.This is the second novel by A,M. Homes that I've read and, I gotta say, she is an extremely talented author. In Jack, she committed herself to her teenage narrator incredibly well and I never once saw the adult woman that Homes is as I was reading the voice of teenage Jack as he told his story. That is a skill that many authors these days either lack or overlook, but it's SO important to not see the author in the telling of the story. That's like seeing the set as you're watching a movie. It ruins it.I'd recommend this book to everyone. It's not very long, it's a YA novel, so it reads with ease, and I don't see any reason why every person I know wouldn't enjoy it on one level or another.

  • Nick Davies
    2019-04-15 10:35

    Despite this short novel not having the most eventful plot - it's essentially the story of a teenage boy growing up in America and coping with various aspects of entering adulthood following the break-up of his parents' marriage when his father comes out as gay - this was a quietly impressive and enjoyable tale. A.M. Homes is an intelligent and oft beautiful writer - she has written some very challenging and unusual stuff, this is less so (most of the themes are fairly universal as far as growing up in concerned) and it made for a decent read as a consequence. I did however feel slightly like the ending tailed off, and it did feel a bit soapy with how things worked out, but I'm glad I picked this up in a charity shop in Bala, Wales.

  • Mary
    2019-04-14 11:38

    Title&auther: Jack by A.M. HOMESISBN #: 9780679732211Febuary20.008*this need grammer corrections. still need to talk to Nourok: JUST A NOTE TO ALL =DIn the beginng, i thought think book was going to be a biography of this kid name Jack, but as i started to read this phenomenal book, my thought has utterly changed my thought to it. I just can't let go of this book. The protangonist, Jack, learned to accept peoples differences. The meaning of being gay. He faces the fact that his parents are divorced and his dad is gay. That's really hard for Jack to accept after all his 14 years of life. There are times when Jack doesn't want to hear anymore or experience anymore truths in the world. Even though Jack's parents are divorced, he always wanted a normal teenage life like everybody else but until one day, his father break him the news that he is gay.This electrifying book tells about the tall high and lows of what goes around in Jack's life. It is astonishing; you will never know what obstacles Jack goes through. The main obstacles are really rough for Jack. "Jack, by A.M. HOMES" was very appealing and so much more. It can make you feel an unusual way for every element. It can surprise you in any point of the book or make you feel sorry for the protagonist.For those people that haven't pick up this book yet, please do because it's a very modern day life story&conflict. It will not bore you out! "Jack" is a unique book. The end is very pleasing. Put aside your other books that you're reading because Jack is frantically saying "Pick me!"

  • Lenore Beadsman64
    2019-04-05 12:38

    "che razza di imbecille è uno che si alza in piedi nella palestra di una scuola superiore e dice a venti ragazzi che se non uccidono sono finocchi? E poi ci si domanda com'è che uno cresce e va in giro a sparare alla gente e roba simile"Jack ha una famiglia diversa da quella del suo migliore amico, intanto i suoi sono divorziati e poi, come se non bastasse, suo padre a un certo punto gli confessa la sua omosessualità ora, che un padre faccia una cosa del genere ci può anche stare, ma che poi decida di portare suddetto figlio fuori insieme con il suo compagno, il migliore amico del figlio e due suoi (del padre) amici gay, con la figlia di uno dei due che, incidentalmente, è pure a scuola con Jack e il suo migliore amico, che non sospettava nulla???No, dico, equivale a mettere un cartello a scuola con su scritto "il papà di Jack è gay"e sono sicura che a scuola il termine usato sarebbe meno carino...in ogni caso, assurdità a parte, è un buon romanzo di esordio, con qualche ripetizione di troppo, ma con un protagonista assai più convincente dei suoi genitorips. poi Jack scopre che la famiglia del suo migliore amico sta messa peggio della sua e diventa grande, così di colpo...

  • Lee
    2019-04-13 15:45

    A.M. Homes is a magnificent writer. She captures people & their lives so perfectly, reading her novels feels like you're looking through a kitchen window, spying on a family. I wish I could write like this!!

  • Lyndon't
    2019-04-13 14:31

    Our protagonist Jack is a teen in the 1980's America where being gay is more of a taboo than anything else, which, surprisingly/unfortunately, has not changed much in society in general. Much to the devastation/disgust? of Jack, he was confronted with his worst nightmare when, one fine day, out in the middle of nowhere, his father confesses to him that he is gay. This, after the mess that he has already gone through after his parent's divorce, is too much for him. What will people think about him? He'll be the subject of gossip and ridicule if word goes out, he might be labelled as 'queer' himself. It's an absolute nightmare for a teenager to be dealing with, more so in a prejudiced society.How would you react if your father is gay? How would you feel, if, after all these years, your father isn't exactly living the life he wanted to live and you just happen to be in it without a choice? On the other hand, can you blame a father who, despite social pressure, braved it to be true to what he really is? As a mother, how would you deal with the situation in the best interest of everybody?The best thing about any piece of literature I guess, is how it connects to the reader, which for me is determined by how it reflects reality. Jack came out in 1989 (two years or so after I was born) and it is all too relevant and resonant now. Reflect reality it does. I felt with and for the characters. That is why we read...This book raises a lot of what-if's and questions that really still affect us all and for that, bravo, Ms. Homes! You're such a wonderful writer!

  • Steve Griffin
    2019-04-14 16:39

    One of the best coming of age novels. Jack's initial mortification at his dad's coming out is soon compounded by everyone at school finding out, and not helped by the anodyne wisdom of the adults around him. But his parents' separation is just a springboard to greater worries about joining the 'complicated, boring' world of society. Jack is sure there's an alternative, but he's shooting in the dark. Will he make it?

  • Lindsey
    2019-03-26 18:24

    I read Jack for my book club this month, and I read it after I just finished The Chocolate War. So, adolescence is on the brain.A.M. Homes created such a real and honest character in Jack. I loved growing with him through this book, but those hard learned lessons of growing up still ached while reading it through Jack's perspective.

  • Susan Strickland
    2019-03-26 10:22

    It's like she was trying to write a Judy Blume book. Which isn't to say I didn't like it. I like Judy Blume books.

  • Yooperprof
    2019-03-27 14:30

    Engaging and sensitive YA novel about a typical suburban 15-year old male whose life is temporarily disrupted when his divorced father "comes out" to him as gay. At first the title character Jack is bewildered, taunted at school, dismayed, and upset, but gradually his mood improves as realizes that his Dad is still the same person he always had been.Interesting document of the 1980s, when A.M. Homes wrote this book fresh from her own teen years. (It was her first novel.) I was a little put off by the occasional casual slurs given by the first person narrator directed against Native Americans and the disabled, but it's accurate enough in regard to the book's time and place.

  • Els
    2019-04-21 17:21

    Mooie debuutroman uit 1998 - coming of age van Jack, 16 jarige US teenager die in een 'echt' gezin leeft temidden van jeugdpuistjes, gescheiden ouders, prille verliefdheid en fysieke en mentale kwetsuren. Het boek leest vlot en ik vond het op het net gecatalogeerd als 'jeugdroman'. Effectief, een laag of een paar lagen missen wel degelijk om er een vijfsterren roman van te maken. Nochtans, A.M.Homes heeft het in zich - zoals later zou blijken. Fijne lichte tussendoor lectuur dus die evenwel bijzonder hartverwarmend is.

  • Sharron Wildig
    2019-04-08 17:38

    Cleverly and sensitively written with just the right amount of humour. Jack is a growing lad with his own growing pains, when some news from his parent throws him into a spin. He copes well trying to come to terms with this new situation and again I can't say more than that. Not enough meat on the bones for me, but as I always say about this author, you have to read it.

  • Clare Walker
    2019-04-15 18:30

    Loved this. Beautiful writing.

  • Kendal
    2019-04-11 18:31

    I read this book for my book club and I was really excited to read it. From the synopsis, Jack sounded so relevant to what kids are facing today. However, I was a little bit disappointed. Besides Jack, I had a difficult time liking the characters. Jack's mom, dad, and best friend are, at best, tolerable and, at worst, self-absorbed. Jack is a really sweet kid and the only child of divorced parents. At first he is only dealing with his parents' bitter divorce. His mother is extremely angry and his father seems very distant. Jack is having a hard time making sense of everyone's emotions, especially his own. After some time after their divorce, his dad decides that Jack is old enough to know the truth; that he is gay and that's why he left. Jack's anger is heart-breaking and made me very sad. When this book was published, in 1989, life was very different. AIDS was still a deadly disease without hope of a cure. Bitterness and hatred toward gays was at its peak. All of the hatred and anger of the book really depressed me. I guess, I want a world where divorce is more of an issue than homosexuality. It shouldn't be that big of a deal when someone admits that he/she is gay. I tried to put myself in a fifteen-year-old's shoes and see how I would react to my father admitting that he is gay. I would hope that I would be accepting and wanted nothing more than his happiness. But, in the real world, I don't think that really happens. It seems so many people feel anger and, even shame; not love and acceptance. The kids at Jack's school are just plain vicisous, including his best friend, Max. They write nasty things on his locker and call him horrible names. It really makes you cringe when you read it. However, I found it amazing that Jake is so resilient to handle everything. Ms. Homes made him a very strong and loving character. In the end, he discovers that his family life could be a lot worse and his parents are really not that bad. In the end, things are still unresolved and a lot of pent-up anger faces Jack and his mom. However, they seem to be going down the road of acceptance.

  • Simay Yildiz
    2019-04-12 16:43

    http://zimlicious.blogspot.com/A.M. Homes's first novel Jack is the third book I've read by the author. I've added her to my "favorite authors" list after the second one, and I'm very excited to read the rest of her work. She's brave and very crafty with her use of language and emotions. She focuses on characters that are trying to discover themselves as well as those around them. She's very skilled in observing and analyzing human behavior, which is very obvious in her catching the little things the naked eye (and heart, really) would never take notice of. Jack, written in 1989, made me wish YA authors today wrote books like this one. I'm a fan of the paranormal YA novels mostly, but this is something completely different. Jack is a 15-year-old kid, who's also the narrator of the book. When you think about the YA books today, you might instantly be irritated when you see his age, but don't be-- Homes's writing will make you feel for him even if you don't like him. And the story is about Jack's efforts to find himself and discover those around him after his parents split.After his parents are separated, Jack's father one day reveals to him that he's gay. His mother starts working in real estate after the separation and living with a man called Michael. Jack only wants to live a 'normal' life like any other kid, or adult, would. Especially after his father leaves, Jack spends a lot of time at his friend's Max's house. In Jack's eyes, Max's is a 'normal' family. But he does realize later that they too have their problems, and there's no such thing as a perfect family.'At first, Jack hates her father being gay, and the kids at school making fun of him because of that doesn't make it any easier. These parts for me were quite tough to read, and I wanted to yell things like "what's wrong with you, kid?!" in his face. The sadder part is that it's 23 years later now and not much has changed when it comes to these things.Jack really got that feeling of J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye. I think that especially those who like Catcher in the Rye will enjoy Jack.

  • Natasja
    2019-03-21 16:45

    Ik lees Homes echt heel graag. En rekening houdend met haar leeftijd toen ze Jack schreef (19 jaar !!), kan ik alleen nog maar meer bewondering voor haar hebben. Homes schrijft heel Amerikaans, haar verhalen zijn echt doordrenkt van de Noord-Amerikaanse cultuur en gewoontes, maar voor mij werkt dit perfect - ik bén er precies. Het thema van puberen en jezelf ontdekken, is natuurlijk universeel, en ook dat vat ze zo goed. Heel eenvoudig, weinig drama, gewoon het voortkabbelend leven van een 15-jarige jongen met zijn pieken en dalen, die probeert zichzelf, zijn omgeving en zijn ouders - die zelf uiteraard hun eigen problemen hebben - iet of wat te begrijpen en alles wat rondom hem gebeurt een plaats te geven.

  • Hua
    2019-04-10 18:26

    Jack, 1990, 240pp., $12.95A.M. Homes ISBN 978-0679732211 “Max, shut up,” I said “It’s not something I dreamed. It’s not a game. My father’s a faggot. He took me out on the lake, he rented a rowboat, and out there, in the middle of the goddamned lake, he told me he’s queer.” Hopeless, Jack wants a normal life like his friend max. One loving brother and two normal parents is what he considered a loving family. But now he knows that his dad is gay and he can’t change it. He is stressed through out this book because he can’t overcome the fact that his dad is gay. At first I thought this was a really boring book because of the title Jack. But after I read the summary of the book, the idea that Jack’s dad is gay caught my attention. I think it was really amazing knowing about how Jack feels having a gay father. This is also an interesting book because it has an adventure unlike superman adventures. It has self vs. self conflict. This attracts readers, shocking and thoughtful. Happy, depressed, the book contained moods. Sometimes I laughed, sometimes I cried as the readers’ emotion changed. Two themes I think appear a lot are fate and love. Some things cannot be changed by human power, but thoughts can be changed by love. I recommend this book to the people who want to know more about teenagers because this book talks about the inner thought of teenager. This book, surprising and significative will speechless.

  • Anna
    2019-04-17 13:20

    Yet another coming of age book, which I seem to be reading a lot these days. Jack is a very plain and simple book, nothing really special, but it has a nice and endearing message about accepting homosexuality. Jack focuses on a teenage boy whose whole life appears to change when his father takes him out on a rowboat and admits that he is gay. The book then dives into exploring how Jack's mentality and entire life appears to be affected by this revelation. Personally, I found all of this to be overly dramatic. It isn't Jack who is gay, it's his father, so why should Jack be so affected at school or around his friends? People go so far as to write "faggot" on his locker, showing the extent of homophobia in this community. A teenage story would be nothing without a boy gets the impossible girl situation, right? Here, Jack is drawn to some popular girl (forgot her name) by the fact that both of their fathers are gay. I find these types of subplots, in which a boy always gets some pretty and popular girl and discovers she has inner complexities and some deep secret (or vice versa) to be quite annoying and fake. We all know that this would never happen in real life, so why replicate it in books and movies? The style of writing is very regular and nothing to really speak about. Overall, the book is a nice, satisfying read.

  • Karen
    2019-03-31 15:30

    This is a book that makes me have a really strong feeling. “Jack”, written by A.M. Homes is a fantastic book to read. It is about a boy who is around 15 to 16 years old, who studies in high school, and who is an unlucky boy needs to face a huge problem in his life. His parents are divorce, but that’s a very common event that we will see in the modern day. However, that’s not the end, Jack’s father told him that he is gay, which makes Jack feels impossible, and does not know what to do. He needs to face a lots when he just a teenager, what will others say to him, how can he handle it, and how can he accepts that his father is gay. He also have a best friend called Max, who has family problem likes Jack. However, I think Jack should accept his father is being gay, because he can not change the fact. If he can not change it, he should face it, and accept it.I think the author is a very good writer, because she knows how to hook the readers in the book, and makes them keep reading it. For example, when Jack’s father told him that he is gay on the boat, it hooks me in the book, because I started to predict what will happen next. Therefore, it reminds me that in Writing Arts, I’m learning how to write essay that can hook people in too, but that’s not easy to do.

  • Benjamin
    2019-04-21 10:41

    Jack is in his fifteenth year, an only child and a keen basketball player, when his father, who separated from his mother s few years ago, takes him out on a lake in a boat to announce to Jack that he is gay. Jack's immediate reaction, aside from revulsion, is to grab himself the first girl he can, and so prove that he is not like his father. But that is just the beginnings of Jack's troubles that will plague him up to his sixteenth birthday.Jack relates his own account, and he tells his storey not sparing himself himself in the process. Within the first page one is already won over to Jack, he is a thoroughly likeable young man, and very funny too in his narration. The relatively few characters are well drawn, notable is Jack's long standing friend Max, the complete opposite to Jack, insensitive and something of a glutton, but their friendship is built on solid ground.This is a delightful story, and frequently very funny, but there are moments of drama too. As the story draws to its conclusion with Jack's sixteenth birthday he has figured a few things out, and seems well set for the future. "Jack" is a most enjoyable and positive read.

  • Ariel Uppstrom
    2019-04-14 12:37

    This book was wonderful! It was so reminiscent of "Cather in the Rye" and real life situations that I immediately fell in love and read it in one day. The story follows a young adult named Jack whose parents divorced when he was young. His mother is now primarily involved with one man, and his father doesn't seem to settle down. Then one day, his father takes him on a rowboat ride and in the middle of the lake, tells Jack that he's gay (the father, not Jack). Jack is thrown for a loop and has to deal with all the consequences. The story deals with the prejudice that young adults experience when it is discovered that their parent is gay. It also deals with Jack simply growing up and discovering himself. It is hilarious at times and truly raw and real at others.What impressed me the most about this book is that it was written in 1989. That totally threw me. It's probably one of the oldest young adult texts dealing with this issue and it was amazingly done! I would highly recommend this to young adults, parents, and anyone interested in the Holden Caulfield style voice.

  • Amy
    2019-03-23 18:20

    Different qualities make up each different person. Qualities include stuff that others do not appreciate. People that discriminates another race will not go well with the protagonist, Jack in the book.Jack's father is gay, and he has to accept taunts and teases from people at school. Jack also experiences attacks that he witnesses himself of people beating up others who are not straight. Jack also goes out with a girl whose father is gay which led to the connection between the families. If I were in Jack's position, I'd feel closer with the girl that he is dating because we have relationships to what our family is going through. This shows that people are always connected in some way. I really like this book because it showed me the side of someone whose experience being teased or taunted just because of his father. It gave me experience of how some people react to certain things. Although this book has taught me certain experiences, it is not a book I enjoyed reading. I would recommend this book to someone who is not afraid of a bit of drama.

  • Miguel
    2019-04-15 11:22

    Jack is a book written by A.M. Homes, which is the author for "The Catcher in the Rye" too. I haven't read The Catcher in the Rye but so far, most of my friends recommended it to me. Now about this book, Jack is a typical teenager who goes to high school with his friend, Max. His life is quite normal. Divorced Parents aren't what you call exactly normal, but his life was about to change when his father invited him to the lake. Now when I said this, it probably doesn't sound as significant, but it's probably one of the most important settings in the book. In the lake, his father tells him he's gay. A.M. Homes tells us how he goes on with his life. From my review, it may also sound like just a normal book, but I believe that this book has a message. You'd know what I mean when you read the book. :)I rated this book with four stars since I can relate to it with Jack's career in high school, driving education and much more! Just like I said, I haven't read any of A.M. Homes' book, but by reading one of her wonderful works, I'd probably read another one by her!

  • Anthony Guo
    2019-04-02 11:21

    Jack, by A.M. Homes, is a great book about the protagonist, Jack, who realizes his father was gay. And this is actually really serious because it changed Jack's life. In his society, having a father that was not straight results into immediate taunting and teasing in Jack's school.This is a serious cause in our society also. I can connect this to our world, where people are fighting for gays. People seriously would attack others just because they are gay, and this is proven through the news when some people jumped a gay person. Connecting back to book, even if Jack completely changed his opinions, his life goes on. Every bad thing that happens in this world, there are always good things that happen along with it. One example from the text is that Jack goes out with a girl whose father is also gay. This shows that people are always connected in some way. I really like this book because it showed me the side of someone whose experience being teased or taunted just because of his father. It gave me experience of how some people react to certain things.

  • Giselle
    2019-04-11 11:26

    Jack by A.M Homes is about at 15 year old boy going on 16 who has a wierd best friend and he finds out his dad is gay. Jack is very shocked about this information that he finds out and he tries to keep it a secret. This book also is a coming-of-age story that talks about the many different changes in Jack's life.I think the message of this book is that you should accept everyone especially your parents if they have hurt you in some ways because when Jack first found out his dad was gay he was very upset. He was calling him queer and calling him a lot of mean things. But, gradually Jack began to accept him more and more because of what he was. What I got from this book is that even if you are mad at somebody you should always forgive them.How I felt about this book was that I thought it was a great book but some parts dragged on and on and in some parts Jack reminded me of a girl not a boy. This book relates to me because just like Jack I'm coming into age and i am still tying to find myself.

  • Jack
    2019-03-27 13:29

    Jack, A Teenage boy who's family breaks apart(though he now lives with his mom), and many things start to happen in his life. In the beginning, as there family breaks apart Jack the main character finds out that his father is Homosexual and he becomes sad because of the truth of his dad, as he is Homosexual. This book was interesting in a way as it showed how a person's life can change just by finding out the truth of something. We can understand in the book that Jack feels very sad, as many things start to reveal when his family breaks apart. In my opinion , I would also feel very sad if I were to find out something that is shocking or just plain sad. This book also made me realize that things can be tough sometimes, but you just have to move on, as you still have a huge future ahead of you. The TRUTH is something we try to avoid, but sometimes we just can't avoid the Truth, the truth lies within our lives.

  • Ellen
    2019-04-19 14:22

    The blurb on the back cover compares this book to Catcher in the Rye, and it's a good comparison in many ways. A colleague recommended this book to me as a possible novel to teach concerning the theme of marriage. Unfortunately, I don't think the book is enough of a challenge for second-year A-level students. However, I thoroughly enjoyed it.Told from teenage Jack's perspective, the novel is set in the '80s, at a time when parents coming out as gay was seen as far more radical than it is today in many parts of the world. Jack's parents divorce, and it's not until later that Jack's father comes out to him -- towards the very beginning of the book. What we're left with is Jack coming to terms with this fact in 1980s suburbia. Perhaps less about the theme of marriage, this book works more with the theme of family -- and I wish I'd read the book when it was first published in 1989.

  • Andrew Marshall
    2019-03-31 13:37

    Jack is on the verge of being a teenager and discovering the opposite sex so the last thing he needs is for his parents to split up and for his dad to row into the middle of a lake and tell him he is in love with another man. This book is funny. Jack's friend Max who always manages to offend everybody about everything is great comic creation. Even though this is a.m. homes début novel, she creates such a compelling and believable hero that we enter into the mind of a teenage boy and are with him every step of the way. If you're a parent going through a divorce, this will both amuse and inspire because it shows the depths of the ties of families - even when stretched to what seems breaking point, how new partners can be an addition to children's lives and how what looks like a perfect family, from the outside, is not always what it seems.

  • Sergsab
    2019-04-04 17:19

    Conocer a Jack ha sido una pasada. Del mismo modo que dar con Homes y su particular don de dar voz a personajes de este tipo. Capaz de analizar desde el más absoluto rechazo las circunstancias que le ha tocado vivir. Y es que Jack, un chico de quince años que un día despierta y debe aceptar que su padre es homosexual, es el personaje más entrañable con el que voy a encontrarme este año. Lo sé. Y entiéndase el término entrañable como la capacidad de entender a medias el mundo como sólo un chico quince años puede hacerlo. El mundo de los adultos, incomprensible para los propios adultos, se decodifica en esta novela con un humor propio de aquellos que dan palos de ciegos. Un intento necesario y absurdo de interactuar sin el más mínimo acierto con una realidad que sufre hafefobia y contra la cual no deja de chocar todo el tiempo.