Rosoff, Meg. Just in case, a novel.

Author:Rosser, Claire
Position:Just in Case, a Novel - Young adult review - Book review

ROSOFF, Meg. Just in case, a novel. Penguin, Plume. 246p. c2006. 978-0-452-28937-6. $14.00. SA *

To quote the review of the hardcover in KLIATT, July 2006: Rosoff's first YA novel, How I Live Now, has been highly praised since its publication. When I reviewed it, within a few sentences I was caught up in the voice of the young narrator and her survival story. Just in Case is more complicated. A first-person voice introduces most chapters--that voice is the voice of Fate. Fate is looking at the life of David, a 15-year-old boy living in a small town outside of London. The catalyst for David's relationship with Fate is when his little brother goes to an open window and nearly falls to his death. David realizes how fragile life is, how closely doom lurks. He changes his name to Justin, trying to hide from Fate. He falls in with an older girl, Agnes, who is a photographer who sees Justin's potential as a model for "doomed youth." He is in love with her even while understanding she is using him for her own career. There are other friends, confused parents, an imaginary dog, and a climactic disaster when a plane crashes and people die all around Justin, while...

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