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What if Fate were out to get you? The day David Case saves his brother's life, his whole world changes. He must hide, become an entirely new person to escape Fate . . . if he can.
This stunning, thought-provoking and darkly comic novel for teenage readers was one of the most eagerly awaited books of 2006 - now available in paperback..
Meg Rosoff has become an author whose books are favourites with many booksellers, in spite of the fact that they are classified as young adult titles; they are stylish, highly original and extremely well written, each one quite different from the next. Just in Case reminds me a little of Markus Zusak’s The Messenger, in that it has an omniscient, third person narrative, coupled with brief commentaries from all-seeing-fate, which give the story a surrealistic if not allegorical quality. Ever since the day David Case saves his small brother’s life, he has spent his time trying to outwit fate and escape life’s inevitable outcome, but in doing so, he eventually finds that he has closed his eyes to all the positive gifts life can bring. Aimed at readers 14 years and older, Rosoff’s novels are geared to readers with a philosophical bent, and an appreciation of topics with more mature subject matter; along with Before I Die by Jenny Downham, and John Boyne’s The Boy in the Striped Pyjama’s, these are the sort of books that deserve the attention of those of you who teach. I have loved every book this clever lady has written!