5 big Aussie stars

An Australian Gem. I was pleasantly surprised to find this book take a hold of me till the end. For a 299 page book it is has so much – murder, fear, mateship, humour, trust, infatuation, love, intolerance, ignorance, racism, pain, grief, violence, betrayal, acceptance… even sport! Although I must admit some of the cricket speak was lost on me.
For readers outside of Australia it may be a little less enjoyable as quite a bit of the language may be confusing. Unless they are aware of Aussie slang and the more pronounced accent you would find in the Australian bush it may be difficult to understand some of the dialogue and non-pc jokes. But for me, being well versed in Oz-speak, I loved the dialogue. I did find the staccato of Charlie’s inner monologue a little frustrating at times but the humour and little pots of wisdom scattered throughout the book well make up for it.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Summer, 1965.

Late one night, thirteen-year-old Charlie Bucktin is startled by a knock on his window.

His visitor is Jasper Jones. Rebellious, mixed-race and solitary, Jasper is intriguing. And he needs Charlie’s help. In the dead of night, the boys steal through town, and Charlie learns of Jasper’s horrible discovery.

Burdened by a terrible secret and the weight of a town’s suspicion, Charlie feels his world closing in.

After this summer nothing will ever be the same again.