I have a book I wanted to share with you today called Me On The Floor Bleeding written by Jenny Jagerfeld.
High school outsider Maja would never hurt herself on purpose as her dad, teachers, and classmates seem to believe. Can't a person saw off the tip of her thumb without everyone starting to worry? That is, everyone except Maja's mum, who seems to have disappeared from the face of earth.
Crashing a neighbor's party, Maja meets twenty-year-old Justin Case, a super-verbal car mechanic with pink pants, who makes her forget everything about absent mothers and sawn-off thumbs, at least temporarily. But then Maja hacks into her father's e-mail account and reads an e-mail that hurts more than all the electric saws in the world.
In this funny and clever coming-of-age novel, seventeen-year-old Maja describes each moment with such bare-bones honesty that one can't help but be drawn into her world. Wise beyond her years yet still surprisingly naïve, her story is entertaining and enlightening, at turns both hilarious and bittersweet.
I guess because this book is about a very young and very wild teenager, I got lost quite a bit and didn't understand what they were saying. Not sure if I said that right, it wasn't the language that confused me, it was the way they meant it, I think.
For one thing, her mother works in a mental hospital as a nurse, so there was that to contend with and she herself acted a little batty, so I wasn't sure if it was actually her that was plum crazy or the daughter or both.
The father has his own issues and it seemed like no one cared about this young girl in the way that they should have. I can't imagine any teenager that I know that would cut off the tip of their thumb for no reason while handling a saw and then she doesn't understand why people are acting strange about it?
It was hard for me to figure out if she did it intentionally or not because she joked about it and didn't take it as seriously as I would have, but then again, kids are more resilient. I think I would have had a heart attack if any part of my body was laying on the floor after being cut off with a saw!
Anyway, I bet this book would be more in line with someone of the younger age because they probably would understand it better. After all, I am definitely not 17 and I never had any of the kind of thoughts that this girl was having. I guess I was considered boring but I will take that any day of the week!
About the Author:
Jenny Jägerfeld is a professional psychologist with experience of adult and young adult psychiatric care. She has also studied literature, philosophy and sexology, and has had a variety of weird jobs such as video teacher, karaoke waitress in Spain and putting the tags on clothes in a second hand shop in Berling. She also has a yellow belt in karate and a diving certificate.
She made her literary debut in 2006 with Hål i huvudet (A hole in the head), and already her second novel, Me on the Floor, Bleeding was rewarded with the prestigious August Prize for Best Youth Novel in Sweden. Me on the Floor Bleeding is released in ten different countries. Jägerfelds third novel Jag är ju så jävla easy going (I am just sooo easy going) was released in October 2013 in Sweden and immediately got brilliant reviews.
Jenny Jägerfeld also works with consulting young adults in a long-running psychology program on Swedish national TV and appears often in radio, newspapers and magazines. Me on the Floor, Bleeding is her first novel translated into English.
Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you.