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ARC Review: Jack Kerouac is Dead to Me, by Gae Polisner

Updated: Apr 21, 2020

Jack Kerouac is Dead to Me, Gae Polisner

Pub. Date: April 7, 2020


*This Advanced Reader’s E-copy was provided through NetGalley and Wednesday Books, free of charge.*

TW: sexual content

With a title like Jack Kerouac is Dead to Me, I expected a journey of sorts with an actual ending - perhaps related somehow to Jack Kerouac. Gae Polisner’s fifth young adult novel by that name doesn’t deliver on any of it’s promise. I couldn’t even bring myself to write a full-length review. I only finished it because I kept telling myself, “There has to be more. This can’t be it.”

Jack Kerouac is Dead to Me should have an alternate title, as suggested by my boyfriend: "The Plot is Dead to Me." The “plot” is non-existent and shouldn't masquerade as one. The only good thing I have to say about the book is the portrayal of sexual content, which is done in a mature and responsible manner (and also reads nicely). However, I don't want to recommend a book based solely on sexual content. The purpose of Jack Kerouac is not to make someone desire sexual intercourse, but rather to tell a story about a fifteen year old girl and her journey to happiness and I feel that this book failed in that objective.

If you want to read literally anything else besides Jack Kerouac is Dead to Me, I would recommend these upcoming 2020 debuts:

  • Tweet Cute, by Emma Lord

  • The Feminist Agenda of Jemima Kincaid, by Kate Hattemer

  • Camp Spirit, by Axelle Lenoir (coming out April 14th, 2020)

Do you agree with this review? Do you disagree with my opinions about Jack Kerouac? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

~ Chloe

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