The One and Only Jack Chant

Rosie Borella

The One and Only Jack Chant
Allen & Unwin
26 February 2014

The One and Only Jack Chant

Rosie Borella

Sixteen-year-old Amber never expected to find romance while working in an old people’s home…but then Jack Chant is not what she expected either. He’s young, exciting and enigmatic - and deeply troubled by something that happened in his past, something he can’t quite remember.

Gradually Amber suspects that Jack’s past might be a whole lot further back in time than he realises. Is he solid flesh and blood, or just some kind of dreamy fantasy?

A sweetly romantic coming-of-age story in which Amber learns more than most teens about getting old, falling in love and letting go.


After completing her last year of high school, Amber takes a job as a carer in an old people’s home. A country girl, she has remained in her hometown to work while her best friend has moved away for university. Amber quickly becomes familiar with her new job – she’s compassionate and hardworking, befriending co-workers and bonding with residents.

When a mysterious boy named Jack Chant begins to appear around the nursing home and her family’s farm property, Amber is charmed, but impossible and often troubling things always seem to happen in his presence. Jack’s past is revealed as the novel progresses, giving Amber the clues she needs to understand who he really is. This is a mysterious and compassionate novel exploring life and death, friendship and community.

Kim Gruschow

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