Quick Book Review: Just in Case by Meg Rosoff
April 24, 2012 11 Comments
For the A-Z challenge, I needed a book with the title starting with a J. Not easy! Then I came across this book in the library. Maybe not a book I would have chosen otherwise, but isn’t a challenge for trying something different?
So, I read it and I liked it… a bit.
The story is about David Case who is fifteen years old and has a small baby brother. When he stops his brother from falling out of the window, he realises that one day, things may happen that he cannot control. He decides that Fate should not be able to get hold of him and so he changes he name (to Justin) and also his clothing and behaviour.
A girl he meets in a charity shop, Agnes, helps him dress differently (not like David, but like the new Justin) and takes pictures of him. She’s nineteen and he falls in love with her.
As Justin, David’s life becomes more interesting, but he realises that he still can’t escape Fate.
Fate has a role in the book, too. It talks with bold type face. Sometimes with Justin, sometimes to itself (or to the reader). It plays with Justin, trying to get him killed. But that is not so easy!
I liked the idea of the book: a boy changing his name and way of life to avoid Fate. However, it becomes unrealistic when he moves in with Agnes and his parents not minding at all. In fact, like in many children’s books, the parents are rather absent. They don’t play a large role in Justin’s life.
On the other hand, the whole idea of Fate having a (talking) role in a book is of course pure fantasy, so some allowances have to be made for the realism of the book. Even so, it went a little too far for me. And the book didn’t really keep my interest all the way through. At points, I had to plough through a few chapters, before I found the story interesting again.
But I liked it that in his new character, Justin was able to achieve things that David had never even tried.
I think there is the moral of the story: you can re-define yourself if you want, but you cannot escape Fate.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
I got this book: from the library
I read this in: English, the original language
Number of pages: 234
First published: 2006
Genre: fantasy, contemporary fiction, children’s fiction, YA