Orbiting Jupiter Review 

Sypnopsis (from book depository) 

A heartbreaking story, narrated by twelve-year-old Jack, whose family is caring for fourteen-year-old Joseph. Joseph is misunderstood. He was incarcerated for trying to kill a teacher. Or so the rumours say. But Jack and his family see something others in town don’t want to. What’s more, Joseph has a daughter he’s never seen. The two boys go on a journey through the bitter Maine winter to help Joseph find his baby – no matter the cost.

This is actually a story about  a boy named Jospeh written from his foster brother Jacks point of view. The story is compelling and draws you in. I don’t know why but recently I have been drawn to sad books. The story is very emotive and touches on some serious issues without going into too much detail. Even towards the end I was holding out hope for some sort of happy ending. That didn’t happen.

While I enjoyed the story I’m not a fan of the writing style. For me it is too simplistic and I feel some of the things that happens needed more detail to be full understood. I finished the book because I really wanted to see what happens but I don’t think I will be getting any more of Schmidt as his writing style is not for me.

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