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The Compulsive Reader: Jenny Green's Killer Junior Year by Amy Belasen and Jacob Osborn

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Jenny Green's Killer Junior Year by Amy Belasen and Jacob Osborn


Jenny Green has had a horrid sophomore year. After some humiliating internet blog posts and being dumped for another girl, she begs her father to send her to boarding school in Canada where she hopes to make a fresh start. But then she gets spurned by one guy too many, prompting her to go on a killing spree to exact revenge.

Jenny Green's Killer Junior Year is a startling book. The basic principle of the novel—killing ex-boyfriends for revenge—is handled with a cavalier attitude, but instead of being amusing, it is troubling. The book is full of humor as Jenny makes light of the lavish and ridiculous lifestyles she and her friends live, but overall, the book really isn't too funny when you think about it. Jenny is a very three dimensional character and Belasen and Osborn do an excellent job and crafting an appropriately complicated plot, but many readers may not appreciate the dark message it sends. Instead of being darkly funny, Jenny is disturbing and the way she gets away with everything is disconcerting.

7 comments:

Diana Dang said...

Yep, it's pretty disturbing. Especially how it attempts to be funny about it.

SarahChristine said...

this book doesnt sound like something i would consider funny with how it sounds like the whole book is about killing.

Bookworm said...

Yikes...this just looks creepy, not funny!

Amelia said...

I'm glad I wasn't alone in feeling this book was creepy! Jenny's 'voice' made me think of one of my coworkers, and I had to put it down around page 75 because I couldn't stop wondering if the girl I work with is like that, in her own head. Talk about creepy!

Mariah said...

I know it was so disturbing that I had to put it down because I was seriously freaked out!

BookChic said...

Whenever this book comes up, I feel like I'm the only one who enjoyed it, lol. It's not the best book ever, but it wasn't completely horrible, in my opinion. *shrugs* I dunno, maybe I just like dark humor more than other people.

Great review!

Beth F said...

Hummm. I don't think this one would be for me.