Career Day by Barry Lyga

Welcome to Saturday Shorts, where we feature short stories and novellas. Though this novella is much shorter than Lucky Day, it doesn’t pack any less of a punch.

Career DayTitle: Career Day
Author: Barry Lyga
SeriesJasper Dent Book 0.5
Publish Date: July 28th 2014
Genre:  Young Adult Thriller
Source: Purchased

Publisher’s DescriptionJasper has a problem, and everyone knows it: His father is Billy Dent, world-famous serial killer. Even though Dear Old Dad is in jail, Jasper still feels like everyone is watching him, like everyone thinks he’s dangerous.

Even he thinks he’s dangerous. Sometimes.

His best — and only — friend Howie is always ready with a joke or a goofy nickname, but Jasper needs more. Maybe that new girl in town, Connie, is what he’s been looking for…

Possible spoilers beyond this point.

Kat_Mandu_100Kat Mandu says…

What do you want to be when you grow up? This question sticks with Jasper as he struggles with a homework assignment after Career Day that focuses on his life. Chilled by his father’s legacy, Jasper realizes he doesn’t exactly know what he wants – he just wants to be safe.

badge5v4There is a bit of humor in this, brought up by naturally Howie, who gives the dark short story moments of hilarity. And Jasper’s first encounters – and first kiss – with Connie are recollected to give a nice introduction to her character. Not to mention his nickname “Jazz” is invented in this.

Fun, short read with great story telling.

The Jasper Dent series is the focus of the current read-along.  

Our reviews in this series…

Other reviews…

If you like this book…

… you might like How to Lead A Life of Crime by Kirsten Miller, The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, or Don’t Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon.


About Kat Mandu

I'm an urban fantasy and young-adult paranormal writer. I love to cook, rock out to music, and read as much as I can get my hands on. Always believe in your dreams and pursue them no matter what the cost. If you believe in it, it's worth every chance you take.

Posted on December 5, 2015, in Review and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

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