Anonymity Jones, James Roy

| 18 July , 2010 | Reply

Tina Gamble

Has your father jumped ship and taken off on a mid-life crisis?

Is there something not quite right about your mother\’s new man?

Did your sister just leave for a Europe-bound trip, with no definite intentions to return?

Have your friends all started dating new boys, spending less and less time with you?

And do you have, perhaps, a slight – very slight – crush on your cute, young art teacher?

Anonymity\’s world is about to come crashing down. But as her friends and family pull further and further away, it\’s time for Anonymity to make a decision.

Does she hang on, get out, or get even?

James Roy\’s new novel Anonymity Jones is a story about a girl struggling to make sense of the world and people that surround her. It is a fast and relatively light read that can easily be devoured in one sitting.

This story started off well, and to tell you the truth, I think there is a lot of potential here. But I couldn\’t help but feel, some of the subjects were taken a little too lightly, and would have made for a more relatable and understandable read if Roy delved a bit deeper into the issues, and some of the characters.

It seemed that Anonymity spent a lot of the time taking care of the adults around her, as their lives all fell apart and for the most part, this story portrayed adults as people you couldn\’t trust. Every adult in this story let her down, or failed her in some way – they were all too self-involved in their own worlds.

And without giving anything away – the ending left me feeling like there were things still left to be resolved. It is an easy read, and at times entertaining, but I didn\’t feel like I got a whole lot from this book, nor do I think the characters showed enough growth to make me sympathetic.

Having said that, it is just my opinion and I\’m sure there will be plenty of people who will enjoy this novel. It was a good start and there is a definite potential for growth. I\’m interested to see what Roy does next and I would not rule out reading any of his other novels.

Anonymity Jones is a swift read all about life, people and growing up.

Available now: Random House RRP$17.95


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