Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine PatersonJacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson

Jacob Have I Loved

byKatherine Paterson

Paperback | September 2, 2003

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The remarkable Newbery-winning classic about a painful sibling rivalry, and one sister’s struggle to make her own way.  

Sara Louise Bradshaw is sick and tired of her beautiful twin Caroline. Ever since they were born, Caroline has been the pretty one, the talented one, the better sister. Even now, Caroline seems to take everything: Louise's friends, their parents' love, her dreams for the future.

For once in her life, Louise wants to be the special one. But in order to do that, she must first figure out who she is . . . and find a way to make a place for herself outside her sister's shadow.

Katherine Paterson was born in China, where she spent part of her childhood. After her education in China and the American South, she spent four years in Japan, the setting for her first three novels. Ms. Paterson has received numerous awards for her writing, including National Book Awards for The Master Puppeteer and The Great Gilly H...
Title:Jacob Have I LovedFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.53 inPublished:September 2, 2003Publisher:HarperCollins

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0064403688

ISBN - 13:9780064403689

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Growing up I first read this book when I was a teenager, and I remember feeling angry that Louise was always overshadowed by her twin sister. It seemed very unfair that she was always second-place for everyone. I re-read it as an adult, and the meaning of the book has changed for me. Now it speaks about the very difficult journey through adolescence that Louise has to make, and the uncertainty she feels about who she is and wants to be. It's a journey where she discovers herself as an individual, not her twin's shadow. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-07-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Maddening I read this about 4 years ago, when I was about 13 years old and I still remember feeling so mad and empty after finishing this book for one of my classes. I didn't get why our heroine had to have everything taken away from her by her sister, her more beautiful and more talented sister. I'm thinking of reading it again now that I'm about to graduate since many of the reviews I've been seeing lately is how different this book speaks to them after years have passed.
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very well done! Ahhhhh...Where to start? Well I just finished the book like five minutes ago, and I would have to say I'm very impressed! I got it for a novel study, and thought it was sort of....boring at the beginning. Louise always looked at the cup half empty than half full, but having a perfect twin isn't really easy either. I was surprised at how much I like it though, despite the sometimes pesamistic attitude she had, I loved it! the ending made me cry and I liked how it related to the bible. A wonderful novel!
Date published: 2003-12-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Slower than a turtle frozen in time This book is honestly dry. In fact, after reading this book, my whole grade nine english class, along with our teacher, petitioned the english department to remove the book from the curriculum. The book just proved that realism is not necessarily good.
Date published: 2003-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An AWESOME book for all!!!! I thought that I would NEVER read a good book than my teacher suggested this one to me!! I will ALWAYS thank her for that!! The book tells a story about real life and everybody loves a book with the main character is not PERFECT! Everybody has their flaws! This book really tells that! - darah
Date published: 2003-06-07

From Our Editors

Being a twin isn't always as much fun as it's cracked up to be. With wry humour, Sara Louise recalls her turbulent adolescence on Rass Island -- and her intense jealousy of her own twin sister. Strong characterization and memorable external and internal action mark this superbly crafted novel of a quest for self-knowledge.

Editorial Reviews

"A novel of special brilliance." (New York Times Book Review)