Saturday, January 23, 2021

Book Review: This Is Not the Jess Show by Anna Carey

Goodreads Summary

Black Mirror meets My So-Called Life in this fast-paced, timely YA thriller about separating fact from fiction--and how far we'll go to create our own version of reality.

Like any other teenager, Jess Flynn is just trying to get through her junior year without drama ... but drama seems to keep finding her. Between a new crush on her childhood best friend, overprotective parents cramping her social life, and her younger sister's worsening health, the only constant is change--and her hometown of Swickley, which feels smaller by the day.

Swickley is getting weirder by the day, too. Half the population has been struck down by a mysterious flu. Conversations end awkwardly when Jess enters the room. And then one day, a tiny, sleek black device--with an apple logo on it--falls out of her best friend's backpack and lands at Jess's feet.

Flo's Review

What fun this book was! It's been awhile since I've had that, "I need to go to bed...okay, I'll read one more chapter. Just one more," and then actually read 3 or 4 more before grudgingly putting the book down. This book surprised me from about 25% in. I knew the premise, but I didn't know what Anna Carey was going to do with the plot, and it was interesting to see how the story unfolded.

This is a hard review to write, because I want to keep it spoiler-free, and as you can tell from the summary, pretty much anything I say might be considered a spoiler - LOL. But I will say that the action was non-stop, the pacing was very well done, and -- as I said before -- it surprised me. I loved the concept and was throughly entertained throughout.

This Is Not the Jess Show publishes February 2nd from Quirk Books, and I think you should pick it up.

Thank you to Quirk for providing me with an advance reader's copy in exchange for my honest review.

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