Jay's Journal is the book I chose for my February selection of the Just For Fun 2012 Reading Challenge. You can click here to see my complete list on Goodreads.
ISBN #: 978-1442419933
Page Count: 230
Publisher: Simon Pulse
(Taken from back cover)
Jay thought he could handle anything. The first time he took drugs was for fun. But what started as an escape quickly spiraled into a haze of addiction. That was just the beginning of the dangerous path that ultimately led Jay to take his own life.
I never knew there was a companion diary to Go Ask Alice until I went to Books-A-Million and saw Jay's Journal sitting beside Go Ask Alice on the bookshelf. I was curious, so I purchased Jay's Journal the same day I bought Go Ask Alice.
Let's make some quick comparisons between Go Ask Alice and Jay's Journal...
Some of the similarities:
- Both books were copies of a troubled teenager's diary
- Both teenagers lived in the 1970s
- Both teenagers committed suicide
- Both claimed to want to turn from their troubled existences, but neither had the willpower to make the changes
- Both converted others to their lifestyle and then regretted doing so later on
Some of the differences:
- Jay's Journal is written by a teenage boy, whereas Go Ask Alice was written by a teenage girl (obvious, right?)
- Alice was mainly involved in drugs, whereas Jay dabbled in a little bit of drugs (unknown to him) but his main addiction was the occult.
- Alice ran away from home, Jay did not
I did like that Jay's Journal covered a different addiction than Go Ask Alice. The occult is a very serious activity to participate in. Often times, it isn't taken seriously enough. While the occult is not talked about as prevalently nowadays (at least from what I see), it is still an ever present danger to people.
The majority of this book sounded more realistic than Go Ask Alice did to me, but there were still parts that I felt like someone took literary liberties with. There are excerpts that just do not sound like something a teenage boy would say ... even in a private journal. Then there were several passages where the dates of the entries just didn't jive for me.
So, overall, I liked this book better than Go Ask Alice, but not enough to recommend it be read by others.