“If Jack’s In Love” by Stephen Wetta is a very pleasant surprise. This first novel by Wetta is set in the late 1960’s, the summer when Jack turns 13. Something terrible has happened in Jack’s small town–a popular boy has gone missing–as Jack’s older brother is the only suspect. To make matters worse, Jack is in love with the missing boy’s younger sister. Jack’s father is in between jobs, again, and his homely mother forced to work at the local dime store.
The book takes us into the mind of young Jack as he struggles with the prejudice he faces due to his family name. The reader finds themselves both frustrated and frightened for Jack throughout the story, as he pushes back against the injustices faced by his family and the social issues facing the community.