Monday 27 July 2015

The Accidental Life of Jessie Jefferson by Paige Toon

Meet Jessie, the daughter of Johnny Jefferson, as featured in 'Johnny Be Good' and 'Baby Be Mine'. Her 15th birthday turned out to be the worst day of her life when her mum was killed in a freak accident on her way to pick up her cake. Even when there was still no sign of her over two hours later, and her friends started to arrive at her house, it never occurred to her that she wouldn't be coming back. That was six months ago. Her mum died without telling her who her real dad was. Jessie thought she had taken the secret of her father's identity with her forever. But she didn't.

My first Paige Toon was a fairly light, fluffy contemporary; some tough issues like dealing with the death of a loved one and getting used to being in someone else's family.

Jessie had a typical tough girl act, sneaking out and drinking, to cover her hurt after her mum's death. But after her step dad finally reveals the truth of her father, she jets off to LA to get to know Johnny and his new family. An incredibly awkward situation which obviously takes some getting used to but I think everyone did the best they could. Jessie wasn't a jerk about it, she just wanted to be part of the family, and Johnny and Meg might have thought she would be disruptive but all just needed to get to know one another. 

From dealing with paparazzi to suddenly having two younger brothers, Jessie goes through an extreme character development. Her budding relationship with her father was incredibly sweet and good for both of them, you could tell. All in all, it was fun and cute and I can't wait to see what happens to Jessie next.  

Published 17th January 2014 by Simon and Schuster. 

No comments:

Post a Comment