Thursday, April 9, 2020

BLOG TOUR: Jack Kerouac is Dead to Me by Gae Polisner

I am really excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for Jack Kerouac is Dead to Me by Gae Polisner. I received a free copy for honest review from the publisher. I was so happy when I got the email from Wednesday Books for this tour. Wednesday Books has become one of my favorite publishing imprints. I'm not saying that just to brown nose or suck up, I just really like the stuff they come out with and publish. Thank you so much to Wednesday Books and Gae Polisner for letting me be a part of this fun tour!

Title: Jack Kerouac is Dead to Me
Author: Gae Polisner
Published by: Wednesday Books
Released: April 7, 2020
Source: Review Copy from Publisher

Synopsis: Fifteen-year-old JL Markham's life used to be filled with carnival nights and hot summer days spent giggling with her forever best friend Aubrey about their families and boys. Together, they were unstoppable. But they aren't the friends they once were.
With JL's father gone on long term business, and her mother suffering from dissociative disorder, JL takes solace in the in the tropical butterflies she raises, and in her new, older boyfriend, Max Gordon. Max may be rough on the outside, but he has the soul of a poet (something Aubrey will never understand). Only, Max is about to graduate, and he's going to hit the road - with or without JL.
JL can't bear being left behind again. But what if devoting herself to Max not only means betraying her parents, but permanently losing the love of her best friend? What becomes of loyalty, when no one is loyal to you? (Synopsis from Goodreads)

My Thoughts: This book is very bittersweet. It's a novel that's kind of about self discovery. It's written mostly in letter form from JL to her best friend Aubrey. JL is a very lonely soul. Her dad is never home because he's always out of town for work. Her mother is very depressed and develops a dissociative disorder, which puts her child on the backburner. JL has a best friend Aubrey, but they've been growing apart too. The only person that JL can really cling to is her older boyfriend Max, who is about to graduate and hit the road. JL wants to go with him, but is that really the best idea for a 15 year old girl?
JL's life is so sad. I really felt sorry for her. She just doesn't have that love and support that her parents are supposed to give her. She's also 15, which means she can make really dumb decisions. Max is kind of a dumb decision.
JL does have a really interesting hobby of raising tropical butterflies which I really enjoyed.
I'm not sure how I exactly feel about this book. I really enjoyed the writing and I was immersed in the story. I just wish things had turned out differently. I also don't know how I feel about the ending.
I enjoyed by time reading Jack Kerouac is Dead to Me. I liked the way it was told and written. It was a story that made me sad at times. I'm glad I got to read it.


Please note that, although I originally tried to assign star-ratings to my book reviews (and, thus, you will see some of my favorite books with stars), I have stopped doing so. A 3-star review, for example, can mean such different things to readers and reviewers, some rarely give more, so 3 means pretty great, to others 3 is barely mediocre. Because of this, it feels arbitrary and capricious to assign them, and I'd rather merely provide (in some cases) my brief thoughts on the book (unless I really can't help myself in giving it 5-stars, which usually means I wish there were lots more to give. . .). But for the most part, I'm only going to add the word recommended.

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Thank you for stopping by my Blog Tour stop for Jack Kerouac is Dead to Me by Gae Polisner. Thanks so much to Wednesday Books and Gae Polisner for letting me be a part of this fun tour!

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