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Image of itemThe Book Jumper by Mechthild Gläser
Publication Date: January 3rd 2017 by Feiwel & Friends

Review by Cassey

*Library staff received an advanced reader copy through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review*

 

Originally written in German, The Book Jumper’s English publication reminded me of the novel Inkheart by Cornelia Funke. While they both deal with book characters coming into being, the similarities end there. The Book Jumper has a very unique idea, and one that I think every bibliophile dreams of — traveling to any literary world, meeting the characters, and exploring the impossible. However, The Book Jumper calls into question whether this is a good idea or not. “Book Jumpers” have the ability to leap into various books and help them with their plots and various characters. The characters in the book have free will and it is the responsibility of the Jumper to keep the characters to their original plots to ensure the story doesn’t change.

This book would definitely be classified as a mystery. There were so many characters to suspect that I really didn’t know who to trust. I really enjoyed the twists and turns throughout the ending of the novel. However there were some plot holes or issues that weren’t fully explained for the benefit of the reader. Why does a Book Jumper only have the ability until the age of 25? Especially towards the ending of the novel, it doesn’t give the reader any feedback from some previous turmoil.

The main themes of this book are really what make it shine. “Literature and its ideas are sacred” along with “Not all fairy tales (or life for that matter) end happily”. Any avid reader can relate to these themes and they sell The Book Jumper’s plot lines.

Glaser does do a great job of describing the book jumps and how they work, along with the classic characters themselves. I wish she had spent more time working on Amy as her lead character. While I appreciate Amy’s dry humor and her realistic insecurities, I wish we could have seen her blossom into the strong heroine of her own story.

All in all, I did think this book was a very fine novel, but I felt like some questions weren’t answered by the last page or that the characters didn’t have the depth I needed to emotionally invest in them. Its ideas and themes were great and most likely why I enjoyed it at all. I just wish I could have jumped into this book and pushed it to the amazing novel it could have been.