Book Review- The Book Jumper



The Book Jumper by Mechthid Glaser
Published by Feiwel and Friends on January 3, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 373

Amy Lennox doesn’t know quite what to expect when she and her mother pick up and leave Germany for Scotland, heading to her mother’s childhood home of Lennox House on the island of Stormsay. Amy’s grandmother, Lady Mairead, insists that Amy must read while she resides at Lennox House-but not in the usual way. It turns out that Amy is a book jumper, able to leap into a story and interact with the world inside. As thrilling as Amy’s new power is, it also brings danger: someone is stealing from the books she visits, and that person may be after her life. Teaming up with fellow book jumper, Will, Amy vows to get to the bottom of the thefts-at whatever cost.

I was so excited to read this book. SO EXCITED. Which means that when it wasn’t everything I hoped, I was SO DISAPPOINTED.

First off, The Book Jumper really put the YOUNG in Young Adult. I honestly think this is closer to an MG book than a YA one. Amy’s voice was so young in this book, to the point where it was kind of ridiculous. I had a hard time believing her–or any other the other child-characters–were older than ten. And don’t even get me started on Alexis, Amy’s mom. She acted like she was fifteen, if even that.

Second of all, the way the whole book jumping thing happened was just weird. The idea was good, but it just was NOT pulled off well. I was kind of rolling my eyes at the way the book characters regarded the jumpers…and the whole reason for book jumping was just kind of weird. I had a really hard time getting on board with it. Actually I’m still not really on board with it.

Thirdly, Amy was one of those characters who was just SO CLUMSY it was painful. I cannot tell you how much this trope gets on my nerves. Its not realistic. I mean sure, some people are totally klutzes (myself included), but NOBODY, not even my awkward and incredibly clumsy self, is THAT BAD. Its a way to drive the plot forward and try to make it more interesting, but it just comes off as annoying and unrealistic.

I think I would have enjoyed this book a lot more if I was younger. I really think this should be an MG book, and think that MG readers will love it. But if you are looking for an epic adventure following people jumping into books, I’m sad to report that this book is not everything it promises. Leave this to the preteens people.

I am going to give The Book Jumper two out of five hearts.

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12 thoughts on “Book Review- The Book Jumper

  1. I actually put this on my TBR a while back and it’s a shame to see a bad review on it, haha. Everybody has his/her own opinion of course, but I’ll probably be thinking twice before actually picking up this book.
    The whole concept of book jumping just sounded amazing – every bookworm would think so – but as you said, it’s something that has to be executed well if it’s to be a good book.
    Too bad you didn’t enjoy it! [And fingers crossed that if and when I eventually pick it up, I’ll be less disappointed than you are right now..]

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    • Yeah, I was really disappointed by this one. But at the same time, a lot of people have loved it, so if you do end up picking up a copy I hope you can see something in it that I wasn’t able to!

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  2. AGH this is such a disappointment!! 😭 I really wanted this one for the cover/premise but like the youngness of it would not work for me at all I don’t think. And the super-clumsy trope is kind of grating on the nerves. Aghhh.🙈 I hope your next read is better!

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  3. This book hadn’t come across my radar, so as I was reading the description, I was thrilled! I LOVE this idea. Then I read the review… bummer….

    Incidentally, have you checked out the Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde? Fforde uses the idea of entering books as well, and I’ve really enjoyed the series. He does have a tongue-in-cheek way of writing and there’s alternate universes involved, so either of those could be a turnoff to some, but I’d recommend checking out the first book “The Eyre Affair”. 🙂

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