Jay's Journal

Jay s Journal Jay was a sweet bright high school student who cared about his grades and his friends He had ambitions He was happy And he thought he could handle anything He was wrong When Jay falls in with a crowd

  • Title: Jay's Journal
  • Author: Beatrice Sparks
  • ISBN: 9780671735593
  • Page: 465
  • Format: Paperback
  • Jay was a sweet, bright high school student who cared about his grades and his friends He had ambitions He was happy And he thought he could handle anything.He was wrong.When Jay falls in with a crowd that s dabbling in drugs and the occult, he finds himself in over his head and doing things he never thought possible Fascinated by the dark arts and in love with a dangeJay was a sweet, bright high school student who cared about his grades and his friends He had ambitions He was happy And he thought he could handle anything.He was wrong.When Jay falls in with a crowd that s dabbling in drugs and the occult, he finds himself in over his head and doing things he never thought possible Fascinated by the dark arts and in love with a dangerous girl, Jay falls deeper and deeper into a life he no longer recognizesd sees no way out.

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    1. I probably should add a "Mormon Propaganda" shelf for this book.Alden Barrett was a sensitive young man, a leader on his high school debate team, a poet (his own poetry is on his headstone) with a genius level IQ who suffered from depression and committed suicide at the age of 16. He was also politically left-leaning and against the Vietnam War, unforgiveable in a small Utah town. Since that wasn't interesting enough for Beatrice Sparks, she took excerpts from only 21 of Alden's 226 journal entr [...]

    2. There is a possibility -- and not a faint one -- that this is the stupidest book ever written. To begin with, as with all Ms. Sparks' books, she did not "edit" the book; unless there happened to be some central office in Pueblo, Colorado or somewhere, teaching all the teenagers of the day to write in precisely the same voice with precisely the same stylistic tics, she wrote it herself, as any seventh-grader (as I was when I read this book) can glean from a three-second comparison of this one to [...]

    3. This book was based on the journals of Alden Barrett, a teenager who killed himself at 16 1/2. The following information is more interesting than the book itself."Two years later, his grieving parents contacted a psychologist in Provo, Dr. Beatrice Sparks, editor of the allegedly "real-life" journal 'Go Ask Alice,' who told them she would edit and publish Alden's journal as a warning to other teenagers suffering from depression. The book's publication in 1979, as 'Jay's Journal,' shocked his fam [...]

    4. I'd wanted to read this since I first heard about it--Go Ask Alice, now with more SATANISM!--but it was awful. Unlike GAA, this one has an actual kid's journal behind it--but the real one had nothing about the occult in it. Sparks took a much sadder, more valuable story about depression and instead has the devil make him do it.It doesn't even have the vague readability/camp value of Go Ask Alice. It's just sad. Especially sad is that I'm certain the editor/author really believes in occult powers [...]

    5. Oh Beatrice, if only Go Ask Alice wasn't soooooo goooooood. But your "editing" of Jay's Journal, quite frankly, SUCKED ASS. Plus now I'm scared that just by having read the book I am also a devil worshipper, and I can't turn out the lights because of the little trolls Jay kept whining about are coming to take my soul too. I'm a little lost lamb. baaa.

    6. Lemme just get one thing straight to some people out here. The main chracter, Jay, WAS NOT ADDICTED TO DRUGS.Sure he was a user during some moments of his life, but he was not addicted I am going to talk about some things that happened, o occures, or came up, or annoyed me from this book. This is a lesson. Not a review, but a lesson.First thing to know. Do NOT immatate the rituals done in this book. If you do(and you're human) than you are just CRAZY. Completely insane. If you ever decide to do [...]

    7. I read this when I was in high-school and remember being so engrossed in the story I could barely put it down. It's a favorite with many of my students (once they get past the initial girlfriend plot and into the second witchcraft one). I feel as though I need to read it again to update my initial reaction. Especially knowing that most of the story is fabricated.

    8. I have loved all of these Anonymous books, so when I saw all the bad reviews of this one I was sure everyone was wrong and I was going to love it. Oh. Oh man. Was I ever the wrong one. Let me just tell you that this is the diary of a 15/16 year old boy who writes like this: "Tomorrow during lunch period Mom's going to pick me up and take me to the bank, then to pick upmycar! MY CAR! It's like saying MY WORLD! It's a clean little critter. Green as a little fat toad and just as cute!" Now I don't [...]

    9. I read this book in high school, I am pretty sure more than once. I just glanced through other's reviews of it, and it appears that if you read it in high school, you think it's awesome, and if you read it as an adult, you think it's totally stupid. So maybe my 4 star rating should be only for teenagers. Which none of my friends are. Man, I'm old.It was about a Mormon kid (I recall that it never ever once specifically says he was Mormon, but man oh man, I sure seem to remember a bazillion refere [...]

    10. This one is hilariously bad. An obvious work of fiction, Jay's Journal describes the downward spiral of a teenage drug addict/Satanist who descends into madness & finally kills himself. Published in the late '70s, when an unfounded fear of Satanism was plaguing middle-class Americans, the book played off these concerns & became almost as successful as editor/Mormon youth counselor Beatrice Sparks' other "diary," Go Ask Alice. The real Jay, Alden Barrett had committed suicide, but there's [...]

    11. Color me angry. I bought this book a year ago at Barnes & Noble from the YA section. Its description on the back of the book sounded interesting, if flamboyant: this is the journal of a boy who got in over his head with drugs and the occult before killing himself. All right, I'm interested.So today, 23 February 2014, I finally picked it up to read. I was moving along quite quickly, being that the journal format leaves a lot of white space on the pages. But I stopped at page 100, ready to put [...]

    12. Jay’s Journal is one of several heavy-handed adolescent cautionary tales by the questionably "Dr." Beatrice Sparks who purports to have encountered this factual information as part of her field work and to have edited and assembled it in order to benefit the reader. According to his supposed diary, Jay is a naturally-gifted, well-intentioned high school student who is led astray after “falling in with the wrong crowd.” Fascinated, Jay finds himself spiraling deeper and deeper into a world [...]

    13. Enter the world of Jay, a 16 year old high school student who starts out with high ambitions- he is on the debate team and is asked to speak at countless events for his school. He thinks he's got everything under control with the help of his best friends Brad and Dell. But of course, Jays life soon spirals downward into a world of drugs and an obsession with the occult. We already know Jay doesn't make it out alive- that is clear from the back of the book. The question is, how do days of A's and [...]

    14. “Jays Journal”, the author is Anonymous although it is edited by Beatrice Sparks, it is a book about a depressed teenage boy who becomes involved in drugs and satanic rituals. He soon starts to believe that he is being haunted by a ghost named Raul. This book is an biography and is based on “true” events. Jay is going through a lot and with all of this happening in his life it eventually drives him to kill himself. It's a pretty heavy book. And I can't say that I recommend it to anyone. [...]

    15. Though this was an interesting read, I found myself more often than not wishing that the book would hurry up and end. I guess this one just wasn't meant for me.

    16. I wondered on multiple occasions while reading Jay’s Journal if it was true – if it was actually written by a teenager between ages 14 and 16-and-a-half. My skepticism did not stem from the story itself, but from how well some of the entries were written, and by the depth and profundity of several passages. If this is a real journal from a teenager (and there is a lot of evidence suggesting that it is) then that young man had an unusual gift of verbal intelligence. Jay’s Journal is peppere [...]

    17. This purported journal presents as a first person account of a teenaged boy’s growing involvement with the occult, which leads to horrifying supernatural events and ultimately to the boy’s suicide. Through the course of the book, high school student Jay meets a new girlfriend, Tina, who introduces him to occult practices such as levitating small objects, performing rituals that insure success in school, putting voodoo curses on people that actually work, and joining a coven. In time, Jay bec [...]

    18. Witchcraft. Drugs. Alcohol. Depression. These were some of the things the main character had to deal with throughout his journey. A journey, which was recorded in his personal diary and then edited by author, Beatrice Sparks.In the book "Jay’s Journal", the author tells the story of a teenage boy who suffers from depression, which leads him to drug abuse and the practice of witchcraft. Jay, the main character is a very intelligent young man who not only is in the debate team but enjoys writing [...]

    19. I honestly hated this book so much that I would rate it 0.5 stars. I guess the theme of this book is insolence because in this book, fifteen year old Jay talks about how much his life sucks and how he regrets all the terrible things her has done such as stealing drugs for his girlfriend from his father's pharmacy and how he is obsessed with drugs. He commits suicide at age 16 because he "was tired of all the hassles and didn't want to do anything that living people do". Every time he is always d [...]

    20. I choose this book because a worker at Barnes and Noble suggested it to me when I asked for a good book. It is an anonymous journal written by a teenage genius who struggles with depression, drugs, and gets involved with witchcraft, which eventually leads him to kill himself. My favorite quote is at the very end when he says, "I don't want to be sad or lonely or depressed anymore, and I don't want to eat, drink, eliminate, breathe, talk, sleep, move, feel, or love anymore", because even though i [...]

    21. I liked this book a lot. It had a a lot of insight on Jay's life, while he experimented with witchcraft and drugs. Along with Go Ask Alice, it really shows how drugs and other influences can affect your mind and relationships. True story or not, I do think it was a great book overall and I am excited to read other books like this such as Lucy In The Sky. I recommend this book for all people who are curious to see the life of Jay, and hopefully everyone finishes the book with the realization of h [...]

    22. i read this book with my teenage son. he was so into it, he read it in less than 3 hours and did not leave the couch until he was done. i really loved it as well- it was a great lesson for us all that a child does not tell you everything and that they can easily go down the wrong road even if they started off as happy children.

    23. I liked how the author wrote the protagonist's feelings and thoughts (maybe because the diary is real). At some points, the plot seemed very dramatic or slow but it gained speed immediately. It's interesting how the plot goes, I don't think its traditional (at least it doesn't feel like that).At some points, the book felt overdramatic or unrealistic that's the only thing I would criticize but I liked it overall.

    24. I don't know whether to rate this as a good book or not. well written, yes, for being diary style. Was the message good? Yes absolutely but the tragedy of it all. My heart was shattered while I read everything this young man went through. Slowly introduced to things some may find as innocent. Taking a pill here and there, getting high, playing with an ouija board. yet throughout all of it, his entries reflect the Holy Spirit trying to warn him. He wasn't spiritually strong enough to battle this [...]

    25. A friend asked me what I thought of this book earlier today and I didn't know what to say. I still don't. I included a link below with some interesting info about Beatrice Sparks and this book. I didn't like it and I didn't hate it. I started out thinking it was fairly believable but that was soon flying out the window. I was thinking at first that maybe it was real and just fleshed out by Sparks. I'm not a boy and I'm damn near middle aged (not admitting to middle age just yet) so I can't be su [...]

    26. Beatrice Sparks is by far one of my favorite authors/editors. A large majority of the books that she has edited are non-fiction, actual accounts of anonymous troubled teenagers’ diaries, when they are faced with different situations over the span of a few years. Sparks’ is best known for her book “Go Ask Alice”, and in comparison, “Jay’s Journal” is her second best book. The plot is very easy to follow, and if you are willing to believe the events written by the anonymous teens, i [...]

    27. I find this book completely absurd. First of all, let's start with the diary part. I recently find out that this book isn't a diary at all but instead, it is just a mere book written by a psychologist who interview with numerous troubled teenagers. Even before I realize its origin, the protagonist's words doesn't sound like an actual diary keeper would say. Just some mere imaginative words where you can find in every teenage novels nowadays.Secondly, Jay is a dimwit. He has no common sense at al [...]

    28. this book is honestly OKAY. it's not anything special but its not like a horrible book i mean what really bothers me is this is even like in general, like people that complain about how much their lives suck but they don't do crap about it, they just do stuff stupid to themselves to be seen as cool. One thing i like about this book is that it really shows the inside thoughts of a druggies head and shows why people do things not matter how stupid those reasons are. Like this kid just complains ab [...]

    29. I came into the book expecting some crazy Satanic experiences, not an annoying 16 year old's egotistical rambling. However, I suppose that I should have expected it, as this book is marketed as the "real journal" of an actual teenager that killed himself. Sadly, I couldn't get into the story and stopped around page 100. I couldn't care less about Jay and his interests, he took himself far too seriously to be entertaining. I suppose that I'd be more interested in his story if I was living in the [...]

    30. So only a few entries in here are from the real Jay. Everything else is made up, but so crazy!I didn't feel at all that Jay was depressed enough to take his own life. He got in moods and then came back out of them. He seemed to love everything about his life.I feel like this read took a while to actually get good.The real reason why he killed himself was not because he was depressed. It was truly because of another force. Especially after both his friends all of a sudden die after they so badly [...]

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