not a dead end book
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I enjoyed this book, but it wasn't my favorite YA read of 2011. I'm a super fan of Gary Schmidt's "The Wednesday Wars" and "Okay For Now," and this reminded of those at times. Particulary "Okay For Now," both being historical and the main character befriends a charasmatic elderly lady. I preferred "Okay For Now" over this one, for the narrator's sense of heart and wit, but Jack is still a fun voice to read. I liked that it was an "entirely true and the wildly fictional" account of Jack's childhood. I loved the scenes of he and the elderly neighbor composing obituaries together.