On loss .. and life … and love .. from a teenage boy

TITLE = JARVIS 24
AUTHOR = DAVID METZENTHEN
GENRE = IDENTITY, GROWING UP

When Marc Jarvis (No 24 on his school footy team) goes on work experience at a nearby used-car yard, he gets more than he bargained for. He not only learns new sales skills he also meets new friends. Most importantly, he falls head over heels in love, with the amazingly talented, Electra. Marc is a self-confessed worrier and he constantly loses things – including the people he loves. Is he destined to lose Electra, too?? One of the charming aspects about this novel is the light touch with which it is written – despite several deaths and broken hearts, there is lots and lots to laugh about in this wonderful book. From Marc’s amusing commentary about his life to his crazy best mate (and footy buddy) – even the fight scenes are funny!. Another delightful feature of this book is the sensitive way in which a central gay character, Mikey, is treated; he has fled unhappy circumstances at home but is he prepared to be helped by those around him? Both Marc and the reader learn a lot from Mikey about the hardships and the joy of being gay.David Metzenthen has created yet another truly entertaining novel. Don’t read this book on the train or the bus if you don’t want to lol in public! But do read it if you are at all interested in footy, friendship, love and loss …in other words, life as a teenage boy.
Read an interview with the author and find out his inspiration for this story.

NOTE: this book was a deserving winner of the 2010 CBCA Book of the Year (Older Readers)

Highly Recommended (dma) *****

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