The Edumacation of Jay Baker
Title: The Edumacation of Jay Baker
Author: Jay Clark
Publisher: Square Fish
Number of Pages: 288 (paperback)
Advertised Age Level: Ages 14-17
Age and Grade of Main Character(s): 15 – 9th grade
Language: some profanity, use of the “F” word, name-calling
Sex: kissing, main character references masturbation and physical affects of attraction, joking references to teen pregnancy
Drug/Alcohol Use: one character’s parent is an alcoholic, references to smoking marijuana
Violence: bullying, two characters get into a minor fight
Social Issues: dysfunctional family, first love, bullying, divorce, parental adultery, unrequited love
Suggested Movie Grade: PG-13
Premise: Jay Baker is your typical freshman nerd. He’s in love with his best friend, Cameo, but she’s always in love with some meat head or another. His former best friend has become his biggest enemy. And his growing feelings for new girl Caroline are returned even as she remains distant and mysterious. If all of his school problems weren’t enough, Jay’s parents have just decided to get a trial separation, but as Jay learns more about their mistakes, he fears they’re headed for the dreaded D-Bomb. Jay observes his life with a lot of hip social references and a jaded but ultimately hopeful outlook.
Potential Points of Concern:
Jay’s former best friend, Mike, constantly bullies Jay, calling him names and threatening him physically. The two get into a fight.
Caroline’s mother is an alcoholic.
Cameo’s parents are dysfunctional, her mother addicted to pills.
Jay’s mother has an affair, and his parents separate.
Age Appropriateness: 13 +