Rosie Loves Jack

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BY Julia Thum | 0 Comment(s)
  • August 28, 2018

Rosie loves Jack. Jack loves Rosie. So when they're split up, Rosie will do anything to find the boy who makes the sun shine in her head. Even run away from home.

Even cross London and travel to Brighton alone, though the trains are cancelled and the snow is falling. Even though any girl might find that hard, let alone a girl with Down's syndrome. See the world through new eyes in this one-in-a-million story about fighting for the freedoms that we often take for granted: independence, tolerance and love.

My Thoughts

I thought I knew a little bit about teenagers with special needs but this extraordinary book has completely changed my perspective. It is an important story and Rosie's incredibly powerful voice has been echoing around my mind ever since I put the book down. I hope she stays there for many years to come - I imagine she will. 

The story itself is a real edge of your seat page turner. It tackles some very dark issues, skilfully skips over a lot of sensitive matter and takes you on a tear jerking, laugh out loud funny journey to the very last page.

I believe Rosie Loves Jack  is targeted at young adults, but my 13 and 14 year olds couldn't put it down, I loved it and a friend of mine gave it to his 70 (ish) year old Mum and apparently it passed her test too.

Huge congratulation are due to Mel Darbon - you deserve your book to be an enormous success.


My copy of Rosie Loves Jack will go a local school library as part of the fabulous BookBuddy initiative. If you are a teacher, or a prolific reader with books to spare, do check it out and help to share the joy of reading.

Treat yourself and get a copy of Rosie Loves Jack here (launch date 06/09/18):-

Local Library

Local Bookshop

Buy online here

You can listen to my BBC Berkshire review of Rosie Loves Jack here




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