In the book, Jason’s Why, by Beth Goobie, all Jason hears is that he’s a problem. Jason gets shipped off to a group home. There, Jason gets fed a lot and goes to school.
In the book, Jason’s Why, by Beth Goobie, all Jason hears is that he’s a problem. Jason gets shipped off to a group home. There, Jason gets fed a lot and goes to school. However, some things about this house scare him. He doesn’t know the people there and so he doesn’t know if they will hit him. When a boy in the home acts up, Jason sees his first restraint. Basically, it’s when an adult sits on you and hold down your arms and legs so you can’t hurt yourself or others. While Jason is at the group home, he learns some new things about his mom and himself.
I liked Jason’s Why. From the way it was written, I could see what was going on in Jason’s mind. It put me in the main character’s shoes and I really felt the emotions Jason was feeling. It was heart-breaking to read that when Jason saw people moving quickly, he thought he was going to be hit. Even when he was restrained, he was afraid of being slapped. Jason never wanted the door to be blocked because then his escape route was threatened. All of these thoughts were the result of being abused by his dad and sometimes by his mom. I could really feel the emotion surging through the book which made it even harder to put down.
I would recommend this book to seven year olds and up. It had no concerning language or really intense events that would make it unsuitable for this age. Even though it goes into the abuse, the detail and talk of the topic is fairly minor. The length of the book is 75 pages so it would be a book you could most likely read in a day or less.
If you are looking for a thoughtful book to read, you may want to check this book out.