Book Review

Book Review: The Book Jumper by Mechthild Glaser-3.5 Stars

Oh, what a gorgeous cover and exciting synopsis! Unfortunately, I was left slightly disappointed.

Amy and her mom (who she calls by her first name, Alexis) leave their home in Germany after some heartache and travel to Scotland where Alexis was raised and her grandmother still lives. Once there, Amy finds out her family comes from a line of book jumpers. They “jump” into books, making sure all is well within the story. They are not allowed to interfere with the plot, they are just there to check on things. I really liked the premise-I mean, how awesome does that sound, to be able to jump into your favorite stories and chat with Shere Khan from The Jungle Book or Peter Pan?!

Not long after Amy arrives on the island it becomes clear bad things are happening in the stories we all love. Main ideas that fuel the stories are being stolen-the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland, the flower from The Little Prince, and so on. Amy is determined to travel through the Margins of stories to find the thief.

Unfortunately, this story ended up not exciting me as I was left with a lot of confusion and questions, and a lack of world building.

4 thoughts on “Book Review: The Book Jumper by Mechthild Glaser-3.5 Stars”

  1. I so agree. I SNAPPED this book up off the library shelf because of its stunning cover and promising idea of a story. I didn’t even finish it (or make it half way through) before I took it back in utter disappointment. The writing and the story line and the character building and the world building were all just awful. I was legit pissed that the author wasted such a wonderful magical book idea.

  2. Halfway through…heck I dont even think I made it a quarter of the way through (sorry Im getting all annoyed again remembering my experience). I found it so unrealistic that they would let her jump for the first time – this amazing, EXTRAORDINARY POWER – without giving her the basic rules? They literally didnt tell her ANYTHING or prepare her or hype it up, or anything. I seriously couldnt get past that craziness. Everyone acted like this ability was so mundane, it just ruined the magic for me. It just isnt how people would be if they ACTUALLY possessed this mysterious, closely guarded family talent and were teaching others to do it. I think after her very first book jump is when I put it down in dismay. The author just didn’t get it. A waste. An absolute waste. (Sorry, Im still so mad!)

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