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Awards

Winner of the 2007 Carnegie Medal

Staff Pick

Meg Rosoff's books are so unique, so crafted, and so utterly beautiful, I have a hard time coming up with apt descriptions — summaries always fall short. Like her first book, How I Live Now, this novel captures the essence of young adulthood while spinning a page-turning yarn. Read it now — you won't be disappointed.
Recommended by Alexis S., Powells.com

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Publisher Comments:

Justin Case is convinced fate has it in for him.

And he's right.

After finding his younger brother teetering on the edge of his balcony, fifteen-year-old David Case realizes the fragility of life and senses impending doom. Without looking back, he changes his name to Justin and assumes a new identity, new clothing and new friends, and dares to fall in love with the seductive Agnes Day. With his imaginary dog Boy in tow, Justin struggles to fit into his new role and above all, to survive in a world where tragedy is around every corner. He's got to be prepared, just in case.

Review:

"Rosoff's (How I Live Now) intriguing, stylized novel explores the nature of fate and one teen's attempt to escape his own destiny. After witnessing his baby brother's brush with death, 15-year-old David Case becomes obsessed with his own mortality and decides to trick fate — and thus prolong his life — by changing his identity. He renames himself Justin Case, exchanges his wardrobe for thrift-shop clothes and befriends an imaginary greyhound, but his efforts to become someone else do not prove effective in quelling his fear that something horrific lies just around the corner. In the meantime, an eccentric young woman photographer discovers him and (much to the hero's horror) turns him into a poster child for 'doomed youth.' An omniscient, third-person narrative coupled with brief commentaries from all-seeing Fate give the story a surrealistic if not allegorical quality. Children seem older and wiser than their years; adults — especially Justin's mother, who is shockingly blas about the alterations in her son — are cast as nave and out of touch. Geared to mature readers with a philosophical bent and an appreciation of irony, the novel shows how, by focusing on his inevitable end, Justin Case almost misses the opportunity to enjoy the gifts fate has to offer: namely, survival, love and friendship. Ages 14-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Magical and utterly faultless." Mark Haddon, author of the The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighht-Time

Review:

"Funny, ironic, magically real." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"[T]eens will relish Rosoff's wild, unsettling, often poetic plunge into subjects of cosmic proportion, such as faith, time, free will, illusions, and the boundaries of love and sex." Booklist

About the Author

Meg Rosoff was born in Boston and worked in publishing and advertising before writing How I Live Now. She moved in 1989 from New York City to London, where she currently lives with her husband and daughter. The author lives in England.

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oLIVEgREENcRAYON, December 25, 2008 (view all comments by oLIVEgREENcRAYON)
I read a sneek peek of this book at the end of "How I Live Now", and after reading that and this review, I am dying to read "Just In Case". Just from reading the first chapter(the sneekpeek), I am completely entranced.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385746786
Subtitle:
A Trickster Tale and Spanish Alphabet Book
Author:
Rosoff, Meg
Publisher:
Wendy Lamb Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Social Issues - General
Subject:
Brothers
Subject:
England
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Publication Date:
20060808
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
Young adult
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.56x5.88x.94 in. .89 lbs.
Age Level:
14-16

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Product details 256 pages Wendy Lamb Books - English 9780385746786 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Meg Rosoff's books are so unique, so crafted, and so utterly beautiful, I have a hard time coming up with apt descriptions — summaries always fall short. Like her first book, How I Live Now, this novel captures the essence of young adulthood while spinning a page-turning yarn. Read it now — you won't be disappointed.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Rosoff's (How I Live Now) intriguing, stylized novel explores the nature of fate and one teen's attempt to escape his own destiny. After witnessing his baby brother's brush with death, 15-year-old David Case becomes obsessed with his own mortality and decides to trick fate — and thus prolong his life — by changing his identity. He renames himself Justin Case, exchanges his wardrobe for thrift-shop clothes and befriends an imaginary greyhound, but his efforts to become someone else do not prove effective in quelling his fear that something horrific lies just around the corner. In the meantime, an eccentric young woman photographer discovers him and (much to the hero's horror) turns him into a poster child for 'doomed youth.' An omniscient, third-person narrative coupled with brief commentaries from all-seeing Fate give the story a surrealistic if not allegorical quality. Children seem older and wiser than their years; adults — especially Justin's mother, who is shockingly blas about the alterations in her son — are cast as nave and out of touch. Geared to mature readers with a philosophical bent and an appreciation of irony, the novel shows how, by focusing on his inevitable end, Justin Case almost misses the opportunity to enjoy the gifts fate has to offer: namely, survival, love and friendship. Ages 14-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Magical and utterly faultless."
"Review" by , "Funny, ironic, magically real."
"Review" by , "[T]eens will relish Rosoff's wild, unsettling, often poetic plunge into subjects of cosmic proportion, such as faith, time, free will, illusions, and the boundaries of love and sex."
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