Review: Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt


Author: Gary D. Schmidt

Publisher: Andersen Press

Release Date: October 2015

Genre: Contemporary

Pages: 183

When Jack meets his new foster brother, he already knows three things about him:

  • Joseph almost killed a teacher
  • He was incarcerated at a place called Stone Mountain
  • He has a daughter. Her name is Jupiter. And he has never seen her.

What Jack doesn’t know, at first, is how desperate Joseph is to find his baby girl. Or how urgently he, Jack, will want to help. But the past can’t be shaken off. Even as new bonds form, old wounds reopen. The search for Jupiter demands more from Jack than he can imagine.

Okay. I suppose I’ll start this review by saying that I do not understand the hype around this book. It wasn’t chosen for Zoella’s book club and it’s been nominated for the Carnegie medal. I took this on as part of my TBR for the 24in48 readathon because I knew it was short and I was assuming I was going to enjoy it.

I wish I could say that I really liked it but it just dind’t do anything for me. I don’t really know, I was expecting some big plot twist or something special about this book but I found it was too short for me to actually connect to the characters.

“‘I’m going to find her, I’m not going to stay alone.’ 

‘You’re not alone,’ I said. ‘You’ve got me.’

He laughed, but not a happy laugh.

‘Jack, I’m a whole lifetime ahead of you.'”

I found that Jack was a very bland protagonist which is maybe why I didn’t enjoy the story as much as I was expecting too. However, there were some aspects of this story that I liked. I thought it was a really unique idea but the thought of a 13 year old father kind of creeped me out.