Rated 3.57/5 based on 7 reviews
Jealousy, lust, and teenage insecurities are the lifeblood of any large school.

Loneliness can strike without warning, spreading through the cramped corridors like an epidemic.

Some people look at Jake in awe, others look at him with hatred.

Jake is just an ordinary boy who wants to be liked.

Jake wants to know why the girls never seem to notice him.

Jake is... well, he's Jake. More
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About Michael Cargill

I am a new author currently living in England.

Over the years people have often said that I should write a book so, in mid 2011, I did just that! My first few books are available for free and I hope that anyone who goes to the trouble of downloading and reading one enjoys it.

Feedback of any kind is always welcome.

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Reviews of Jake by Michael Cargill

JR Barker reviewed on April 4, 2014

I read most of this thinking; here's a nice teenage boy going through life, not much happening, just about a normal kid living his life and fluffing stuff up like any normal kid, but still it's well told.

I didn't get too bored, it was a nice story I could dip in and out of.

3/4 of the way through and things are much the same; life's looking up for Jake and I feel like I've sort of become one of the family in a strange way, but I still wasn't certain if anything was going to happen.

Then Wham.

Right at the end his world is turned flippedy upside down and it's heartbreaking.

I finished this book and couldn't do anything else but sulk for about half an hour because I was so upset.

I had to go for a walk and muck out the rabbits.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
Sheri reviewed on Aug. 10, 2013

Jake is just an ordinary boy who wants to be liked.

This sentence sums up Jake pretty well. The story of Jake is the story of a pretty ordinary teenage boy going through his ordinary day to day life. I think that is what makes this book interesting, the fact that Jake is just like the kid next door…or just like you. He has a good home, a nice life, and satisfying friendships. He is not some secret superpower waiting to be discovered – he's just Jake.

The characters are well written and believable. Jake's little brother Ben is cute. I think it is hard to write kids and make them credible, but the author is able to do it here.

Overall I enjoyed this story, though it was a bit depressing. I guess life is sometimes, though. The beginning was a bit slow for me, but as Jake's story continued things and people's lives started weaving together and created an interesting narrative.
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)
Gabby Chiera reviewed on June 10, 2013

Unfortunately I didn't like this book that much... I would have preferred for something different to happen at the end. Then again, I didn't realise this was a tragedy, So that could be my fault.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
wanda chase reviewed on April 22, 2013

Jake by Michael Cargill began as a slow read.

A peek into the life of a fifteen year old boy; some funny, some awkward, teenage moments.

Then the unexpected happens...
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Farah Hoteit reviewed on April 4, 2013

The main thought going through my head during the first 200 pages of the book (I read the epub version) was that if you want to read about someone whose life is duller than yours, then Jake is the book for you!

Basically, the first bunch of chapters are a drag through. They are over written, and quite dull. Jake has a perfect life. Jake has a perfect family. Jake has friends. Jake is childish. Jake has anxiety issues. It's all really quite frustrating and you just want something to happen because I mean, I bothered to read the book and I deserve my story! And a dull life of a standard teenage kid is anything but!

But then Jake meets Kim. And you get swept up in the perfect romance that they seem to share. They are in love as only teenagers can be, and it's all well and sweet. And personally, I'd have been content with that being my story had I known what would come next. But I didn't, and I demanded more, and more I got.

The second 200 pages of the book had me laughing and crying and riding the general emotional roller coster of the story. I lived through Jakes eyes, and what a regretful life that seemed to be. The events are a bit overblown to be honest, but the emotions in them are perfect.

The spell of bad luck that seems to follow the kid isn't a very easy pill for the reader to swallow. I mean, how crappy can your luck be for all that crap to happen to you?! Especially after the perfect life you've been leading thus far. And all over a can of beer?! Who gets that drunk over filtered beer!? And ugh I'm just pissed because the story line really got to me. (even though it didn't make a lot of sense in my mind.)

As a gentle warning, if you've ever lost someone dear to your heart, THIS IS NOT THE BOOK FOR YOU!
However, if you're struggling with alcohol problems THIS IS THE BOOK FOR YOU.

The few grammatical errors throughout the book are easily ignored once the plot thickens. If a second edition of this book is ever published, I hope those are fixed. I also hope a bunch of the useless events at the beginning of the book are canceled out. Do that, and you get yourself a pretty good book on your hands. Sad, but good.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
Victoria Zigler reviewed on March 25, 2013

This was a pretty good book. The character creation is done well, and the plot moves at a reasonable pace, though some may find the start of the book to be a little slow.

A small warning though: some of the contents of this book may not be suitable for all who fall in to the young adult audience (especially those at the lower end of the age group).
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)
carly tweddle reviewed on March 21, 2013

I think I'm in shock. I don't know what to say.

The first half of Jake is the normal day to day recount of an average teenage boy. The events are boring and everyday things with no real importance and yet not at all hard or tedious to read. I actually found the conversations between the boys and the natural progression from topic to topic fascinating, it was so realistic and despite me being 24 years old now I felt I might be sitting in my school uniform listening in.

Jake leads you into a false sense of security. I mean, nothing could happen to such a normal boy with a normal average life, right?
It hits you out of no where and suddenly it's like watching a train crash. You can see what's coming and you're powerless to stop it.

(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
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