Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Orbiting Jupiter was a really good book about boys and loss.
Summary from Goodreads:
Jack, 12, tells the gripping story of Joseph, 14, who joins his family as a foster child. Damaged in prison, Joseph wants nothing more than to find his baby daughter, Jupiter, whom he has never seen. When Joseph has begun to believe he’ll have a future, he is confronted by demons from his past that force a tragic sacrifice.
I really liked Jack. He was so innocent and sweet. Joseph was a bit of a rougher character. He was scarred by childhood memories. He was really kind inside, but had lost the one person who loved him.
I liked how this book wasn't all happy go lucky. There were some people who disliked Joseph, and there were also family troubles. Joseph's dad was abusive, and wanted to take Joseph from Jack's family.
One of the best aspects of this books was the backstory of Joseph and Jupiter. Joseph fell in love in Jupiter when he was young. They were seeing each other secretely, like Romeo and Juliet. Almost a year later, Joseph is told that he has a son but that his girlfriend died during labor. Joseph just wants Jupiter for his own.
I'm really having a hard time describing this book properly, so just read it! It is a typically good Gary Schmidt book that won't disappoint.
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