Thursday, June 28

The Journeys of John and Julia: Partial Book Review

The Journeys of John and Julia
Gerber Rigler
June 29th 2012
Young Adult | Contemporary

Official Blurb -

The Journeys of John and Julia begin.
The Twenty-Two are watching.
Reality is about to change.

It all starts when Julia’s parents totally mess with her summer. First Julia’s dad takes off to start a whole new family. Then Julia’s mom yanks Julia from cheerleader camp to spend the summer with her grandmother in the land of no signal, no mall, no best friend Kellie. Julia’s only hope for human contact is geeky John Freeman, who is six months younger than she and about a million years behind her idea of cool.

If only Julia knew that her mom plans to dump her at Grandma’s not just for the summer, but for a whole year. If only Julia knew that a collective of wondrous beings called The Twenty- Two are watching over her and trying to make contact. If only Julia knew that they could tell Julia every thought she never knew she had and bend her reality in any way they choose. And that she’d be with John Freeman when it happened. He’d think that was way cool.

And that is just the beginning. For this seemingly mismatched pair have cracked open the door to another reality. And their enemy-to-be, the beyond evil Niem Vidalgo Oten, is about to enter the picture.
At first I found the language was interesting. It made me smile at the circles it went in even reminded me a bit of Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. Before long however it began to feel repetative and unnecessary. Plus it was leaving me confused. When I finally met Julia I was disgusted. I really couldn't stand her character and couldn't agree less with the idea that she was so super special and in need of extra help. What made her so much more special than any other ordinary kid? The combination of the confusion and my dislike of Julia caused me to put this book down.