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Book Title: Jackie by Josie|
Date of issue: February 1st 1997
ISBN 13: 9780684830773
The author of the book: Caroline Preston
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 7.27 MB
Edition: Scribner Book Company
Read full description of the books Jackie by Josie:Ok, it's a first novel, so noted. But as mentioned before, I've read a number of first novels which were way more polished and much better, "The Help", "To Kill a Mockingbird", "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone", "A Rather Lovely Inheritance", to name a few. You've probably never heard of the last. I definitely recommend it, C A Belmond. A mystery-romance, of sorts, stumbled on the series accidentally back in my day of buying everything I could on clearance when Borders went under a few years ago. Oh wait, another really good one I read recently, "The Language of Flowers" by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. Highly recommend that one as well.
Back to Josie though. I did give it an honest effort, as it wasn't nearly the worst thing I've read, and I liked that it took place near me. But I can't understand why it was written in third person, when it was entirely from Josie's perspective. The [thought] progression of the novel made little sense to me, it was a rather disjointed story. I have no problem with flashbacks, but this would spend ages on one day, flash back to the past, then suddenly it's like a month later and I'm super confused.
I read it in like two weeks, but couldn't remember stuff that later felt like it should be significant, like what happened to Peter's father, and the buildup of certain relationships. Not that it mattered, but I was curious if Peter was a different race, as she seemed to spend a lot of time calling Henry and Peter's skin brown, versus her own pale white skin and blonde hair.
Also, Josie's like around 30, I believe, another one of those things I can't even remember, but she acts like she's stuck in some arrested development. The way she meddles, and her immaturity and how she's quick to jump to conclusions and hate other people, but could use a little help herself. You obviously want a flawed character, but I found her overly irritating. She hates someone, she loves him, she can't forgive him and is nasty and then back again to happiness.
I would rate this 1.5, if I could, but I can't, so it went down, though I usually round up. I have a skewed mental rating system, where like 60% of things go into 3 stars because for me it encompasses a wide range of pretty good/enjoyable/well enough done/run of the mill of the genres I enjoy; but at the same time I'm skeptical of books given fewer than 3.75 stars if they have hundreds or thousands of ratings on Goodreads.
Basically, despite the intriguing title and inside flap bit, I give "Jackie by Josie" a "Don't Bother". But I trudged through, as it had (almost) redeeming bits, or at least I thought so until the ridiculous cop-out climax/resolution and the final chapter, which should have been an epilogue.
Read information about the authorAs a girl growing up in Lake Forest, Illinois, Caroline Preston used to pore through her grandmother’s and mother’s scrapbooks and started collecting antique scrapbooks when she was in high school. She attended Dartmouth College and received a master’s in American Civilization from Brown University. Inspired by her interest in manuscripts and ephemera, she worked as an archivist at the Peabody/Essex Museum and Harvard’s Houghton Library.
Preston is the author of three previous novels. Jackie by Josie, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, was drawn from her (brief) researching stint for a Jackie O. biography. Gatsby’s Girl chronicles F. Scott Fitzgerald’s first girlfriend who was the model for Daisy Buchanan.
In The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt, she has drawn from her own collection of vintage ephemera to create a novel in the unique form of a 1920’s scrapbook.
She lives with her husband, the writer Christopher Tilghman, in Charlottesville, Virginia and has three mostly grown-up sons.
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