Published: 30th July 2015
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children
Life as the undercover daughter of a rock god isn’t going to be easy. How will Jessie adjust to her old boring life again after spending her summer living it up with her dad in LA? With tough decisions ahead (and not just choosing between two hot boys), can she cope juggling her two very different lives? Summer may be over, but Jessie’s story is just beginning…
Thank you to Simon & Schuster for kindly sending me a review copy. You can read my review of The Accidental Life Of Jessie Jefferson (#1) here.
The second instalment of Jessie’s story opens with a frightening prologue set in the future; she desperately wants to escape from being known as Johnny’s daughter, but why? Trouble quickly occurs before leaving the reader hanging, wondering what will happen next. We’re then brought into the present day where Jessie is back in England, during her final year at school and trying to decide whether to date Tom or wait for Jack..
“What are you, my Dad now?”
You just know at some point that Jessie’s cover will be blown but what I was most looking forward to was how the people at school would react. Would the girls who gave her bitchy looks suddenly pretend to be her new BFF? I thought the progression of the narrative was paced to perfection (standard for a Paige Toon book) and she wrote the outcome with such unique detail. The whole fiasco about the truth being revealed taught Jessie an awful lot: be careful who you trust. At the age of fifteen, we’re very quick to think we can trust people who are secretly talking about you and I’m really pleased that Paige included this as it’s a little tip for her younger readers to be wise about who they call ‘friends.’
“People turn to gape, mouths drop open, conversations are cut short – and then the whispering starts, the commenting, the pointing.”
Within 50% of the plot so much has happened and I just wondered in anticipation where Paige would take Jessie and her roller coaster story to next.. Hello sunshine!! The transition from England to LA is really smooth and with little description reminders dotted around, I found myself to be incredibly settled in the world of the Jefferson family. There’s a strong element of a love triangle throughout the entire narrative; Jack vs. Tom – who will win Jessie’s heart? Personally, I thought Tom was one to watch and not in a good way; you know when you just get a dodgy feeling about someone? That. I’m not sure if it’s the way Paige wrote his character but something wasn’t clicking with him. Jack on the other hand, readers know him from The Accidental Life Of Jessie Jefferson (#1) and I just loved him. He’s the person who makes Jessie tick and he brings out the best in her – LOVE THAT.
“Double Trouble. You’re going to get that a lot, you realise. You and I look crazily alike.”
Music plays a huge part in Johnny’s life – it’s the main reason why he’s famous so when your Dad is a well known rock star, what do you do? You sing of course and this was absolute bliss. Seriously SO happy that Paige included this in the plot as I’ve been waiting for the two of them to collaborate together. A million times, yes! As readers steer near the end of the narrative, things become emotional for Jessie – does she stay or does she go? Who is really going to be waiting for her at home when she’s got this amazing life in LA?
“Tomorrow is a new year – and a new beginning.”
Paige has proven for the second time that she can write Young Adult Fiction just as brilliantly as she can with Chick Lit. Jessie’s voice remained strong throughout the entire narrative, taking us with her on her roller coaster journey and making some heavy life decisions. I managed to read the book within 8 hours: it was that good, I just didn’t want to put it down. I’m really looking forward to seeing where Paige takes Jessie next as her bond with Johnny is just beautiful. I adore reading about their father and daughter relationship. Once again, Paige Toon has left with me a book hangover. I’ll forgive her though..