Published: 28th July 2016
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children
Is the life of a famous rock star’s daughter all it’s cracked up to be? And what about dating your fellow band-member just as you hit the bigtime? Jessie is still getting used to being a celebrity, and the daughter of one of the world’s biggest rock stars. With her own music career on the rise, a gorgeous love interest and a fun group of friends, it seems Jessie’s glamorous LA life couldn’t get any better… But things are about to get really complicated.
Jessie is back with the third and final instalment of her life and this time, she’s starting a new school in a new country alongside her new(ish) family and everything seems to be a little bit too much for her. When Johnny (main character in Johnny Be Good + Baby Be Mine) organises a big birthday party for his teenage daughter, things don’t go according to plan as her Mum passed away this time last year, yet with her circle of British friends invading and seeing her step-Dad once more, Jessie has more than enough people to comfort her through a first mile-stone. Jessie is quickly thrown into the limelight of being Johnny Jefferson’s daughter and with being the only female singer in the band All Hype, she’s soon swamped with interviews, photo shoots and all sorts of opportunities, not to mention: keeping her relationship with Jack under wraps.
“Turning up for my first day at a new school on the back of my legendary rock-star Dad’s motorbike? Why the hell not?”
With Jessie being sixteen and her boyfriend Jack being nineteen, the topic of underage sex in America is brought into the plot quite often by Paige and I admired the fact that she was allowing it to be discussed in a Young Adult book as it doesn’t seem to be spoken of that often. As the narrative progresses, Jessie settles deeper into her new lifestyle; shopping with teenage celebrities, having thousands of social media followers, doing an encore at a gig with the band, sneaking out to clubs and even meeting her Dad’s ex-girlfriend. But Paige also adds normal teenage issues such as boys, embarrassing Dad’s and a curfew to Jessie’s life and I’m really glad she did as it’s not always glitz and glam.
“He strokes my hair as I cry, his fingertips running across my temples. His hands are warm, but I think of Mum, anyway, wondering what she’d make of Jack, if she’d like him.”
Overall, I absolutely loved All About The Hype but that’s no surprise as Paige Toon can do no wrong when it comes to writing books. Her characters are always filled to the brim with different personalities, her descriptions of both England and LA are wonderful and her plot is ridiculously addictive. I’ve loved reading about Johnny and Jessie’s crazy lives over the past five books and it’s quite sad to see their story come to an end. Perhaps in the future, Paige will surprise us all and bring them back – never say never.
Also, if you pick up a copy, have a look at what readers say about Paige’s books (before the story begins) and if you spot Emma Lou Book Blog – that’s me (well, the old blog!).