Jamey Mandel is an average teenager with average problems. He’s got a great girlfriend, Tina, of whom he’s very fond. All that changes suddenly when Tina decides to break up with him because he won’t have sex with her. Angry and hurt, Jamey ends up in a fight at school. Suspended for several days, he comes back to find that Tina has already moved on and is dating a guy he can’t stand, Grey.
Frustrated by circumstances, Jamey turns to his friends, Jebbie and V.J. for companionship. He does his best to ignore Tina, but she has other ideas. For some reason, she starts calling him, trying to be friends. She wants him to listen to her, but he refuses. He even starts to date Amanda, a friend of Tina’s.
Cluing In is a wonderful YA novel written by Jo Ramsey. It deals with tough issues like teenage pregnancy, abortion and suicide. Ramsey deals with these openly, showing the raw underside left after a relationship ends and another turns sour. She voices various opinions without being judgmental.
As always, Ramsey’s characters come alive on the pages. She has a talent for finding the unique voice of everyone – especially Jamey. She shows his anger and frustration with loss of someone he cares about, as well as his growth and acceptance of the changes in his life.
Cluing In is a wonderful book for anyone 16+. This is an excellent novel, wonderfully written in language that teens can relate to. I highly recommend this book.
Five Golden Acorns
© 2012 Dellani Oakes