Jeremy Johnson Johnson lives a quiet, simple life of schoolwork and seclusion in a bookstore that he and his father own. Having been dubbed as “weird” by other children in his town, he doesn’t have any friends, except for the voice in his head that helps him study and claims to be the ghost of Jacob Grimm. Yes, that Grimm, of the fairytale variety. One day he is lured into a petty crime by a rambunctious young girl who has always ignored him. Suddenly, Jeremy is someone to keep an eye on; no longer the anonymous bookseller’s son. A journey into the woods, a picnic, and a deep sleep later; Jeremy finds himself in an unfortunate situation with no easy way out.
This book felt like a fairytale in every aspect. It started out as a happy-go-lucky story where all is right with the world. Then a few things happen to flip that illusion upside down, and we see that what we thought was the characters’ reality, may have just been a thin veil covering up a plethora of nightmares and villains. If you enjoy a good book with a whole lot of magic thrown in, find a comfy reading nook, snuggle in with a warm blanket, and prepare to be whisked into an alternate reality in Far Far Away.
Profanity/Language: 2 religious exclamations; 3 mild obscenities; 1 anatomical term.
Violence/Gore: A group of kids break in to a character’s house; a character drugs a beverage and serves it to children so he can kidnap them while they are “asleep”; a character starves a group of children and keeps them in captivity; a character is suspected to have abducted and killed a young boy.
Sex/Nudity: A young boy and girl kiss twice; there is a scene where a boy and girl are hinted at being attracted to each other, though nothing transpires; a boy blushes when he is seen by a teen girl while he is partly undressed, this is not necessarily a sexual scene, though it could be interpreted as one; flirting; hand-holding.
Mature Subject Matter:
Abduction, mischief, breaking and entering, abuse of minors, death of a parent, parental abandonment.
Alcohol / Drug Use:
Adults smoke; adults drink alcohol.