Goodbye Jamie Boyd
from the book...
Anna and Jamie are inseparable, the brother and sister team who face the world, their family and school together. Their love for each other is bigger than anything else they know and stronger than any ordinary bond. It is Jamie who challenges Anna throughout her life; Jamie who drives her to do things and makes her grow up, Jamie who dares her to jump off Ben Hall's Rock, smoke weed and drive fast round Carrot Wash Bend. When Anna Boyd kills her brother, what follows next is a revelation to all, most especially to Anna.
A powerful verse novel from one of Australia's acclaimed storytellers.
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“Before I killed him, my big brother was my best friend”. You can’t help but want to read on with a beginning like that. But as you delve further into the lives of Jamie and Anna, you begin to realise that things are not always what they seem.
Written in verse novel form, this book is about mental illness, a topic which deserves attention because of the little understanding that many of us have about it. Without searching for explanations or solutions, we are simply presented with a time in one person’s ordinary life of family, friends and school. As the layers unfold, what seemed ordinary begins to feel increasingly not quite right until finally, the truth is revealed.
This book is clever and intriguing in the way that we are drawn into sharing another person’s reality without suspecting how flawed that reality is. Even when the truth is known, there is more than one possible interpretation which makes it all the more interesting.
I would recommend this book to any reader, young adult or older, who enjoys good writing on an important topic. It could also be effective as part of a class study of health issues.
Irene, Canberra, Australia