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Just in Case (2006)

by Meg Rosoff

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"He was strong. Invincible.
Bring on your worst, he said to fate."

"Indeed." (p.97)

David Case is this young adolescent who struggles with what all young adolescents struggle with. As he is grappling to come to terms with the human condition, of which fear and uncertainty is a substantial part, David reinvents an alternative reality, in which he exists as Justin Case (just-in case), hoping to evade or escape fate.

"Fate" appears as a smug commentator, dialogue printed in bold typeface, throwing in comments and observations, and even engages the main character in dialogue.

The most original twist, obviously, at the end of the book, that Fate has its eye on you, too!

I guess kids must be very young to enjoy a novel like this. Who likes not being taken seriously? ( )
  edwinbcn | Jul 15, 2013 |
The latest from Rosoff, who gave us the astonishing and wonderful How I Live Now, is both disturbing and amusing. The young protagonist, Justin, may be dealing with a mental illness or may in fact be the pawn of a personified Fate who interjects narrative bits every now and then. Hypnotic, engaging, and well-written. ( )
  satyridae | Apr 5, 2013 |
WHAT A HORRIBLE BOOK TO SPEND TIME ON. THE OPENING SUCKS.THE STORY SUCKS.THE ENDING SUCKS.SO FRIGGIN' AWFUL.JUSTIN COULD DIE FOR ALL I CARE.maybe i'll bash review this later. ( )
  scarletsparks | Mar 26, 2012 |
re-read for midtermthis is a very rare incident. i actually enjoyed it the second time around. and i noticed that the writing is exceptionally beautiful which is something i had failed to see the first time. of course i still didnt like justin or any of the characters. kudos to the writing alone. i enjoyed it more than i had expected to. ( )
  scarletsparks | Mar 26, 2012 |
Meh. Wasn't a fan of "Catcher in the Rye." Not a fan of this. Just cause this guy knows he's crazy doesn't make it any better. ( )
  ABookVacation | Nov 12, 2011 |
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The day David Case saves his brother's life, his whole world changes. Suddenly every moment is fizzing with what ifs, and it's up to David to outwit fate. Or try to.

He changes his name and the way he looks. He leaves home and finds himself caught up in a series of strange and extraordinary misadventures. He even falls in love.

But is David really in control of his life? And if he isn't - who is?
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385746784, Hardcover)

Justin Case is convinced fate has 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.

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Convinced that fate is out to get him, fifteen-year-old David Case assumes a new identity in the hope of avoiding what he believes is certain doom.

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