05 February 2011

Jasper Jones ~ Craig Silvey

Lots of kudos, lots of accolades, lots of awards .... but ...
If only they had promoted it as Young Adult Fiction!

It is great storytelling with some wonderful repartee and smart dialogue between characters. The plot and the mood do justice to the prejudices of time and place. It is suspenseful and believable.

So what’s my problem? The reading level is Young Adult. The vocab is limited; the writing is overblown in places; the story superficial : All this would be “forgivable” if I was reading it as Young Adult/Teen rather than as the Indie Book of the Year or Miles Franklin Winner