Looking for Jack Kerouac by Barbara Shoup (Review)


I received a free copy from the publishers via Edelweiss.

Looking for Jack Kerouac begins with Paul finding Kerouac’s book, On The Road, and finding an instant connection with it. It becomes his favourite book. After high school, when life doesn’t turn out as planned, Paul finds himself in a place in his life he doesn’t really want to be. When he meets the charismatic and opinionated Duke who is also a lover of Kerouac’s work, Paul finds himself on a road-trip to St. Petersburg, Florida to look for Jack Kerouac. Paul finds much more than Jack Kerouac though, he finds himself.

Looking for Jack Kerouac is a great coming of age, YA historical realistic fiction. One of my favourite things that I enjoyed about Looking for Jack Kerouac is that it had some great and memorable characters (my favourite was Ginny).

The reason that this is getting 3 stars instead of 4 is because I found it difficult to connect with Paul (the protagonist), but others may have no problem especially if they are dealing with some difficult choices and not knowing what to do with their life.

The writing is easy to read and captures your attention from the beginning. It’s also only a small book so you fly through it.

I would recommend to fans of realistic fiction and coming of age novels because Looking for Jack Kerouac is a great one. I would also recommend if you’re a fan of the 60s because Looking for Jack Kerouac definitely has a genuine 60s feel to it.

RATING: ★★★☆☆

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