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.