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…
So, with my writing I’m a pretty structured person, which is something I’m going to bring to these reviews. Now, I don’t know about you, but when I’m tossing up whether to buy a book or not, there’s generally three key things I want to know.
Plot pacing and resolution:
So let’s break it down. Also gifs! (Because who doesn’t like gifs?)
First up, this is the second book in a spin-off series. It’s probably a good idea to start right at the beginning, but if you just go with the one before this you shouldn’t have any issues.
This is an area Paige Toon always nails. Stuck in a love-triangle between her high school sweetheart, Tom, and LA rocker, Jack, Jessie has to make–in my eyes– a pretty big choice. Both guys have their pros and cons (though so far I think I’m a tom girl). Toon does a great job of making both relationship interesting and dynamic.
Plot pacing and resolution:
This is a really fun book. As the illegitimate child of a rock legend, Jessie tries to keep her life relatively normal. Until people find out who she really is. And let’s face it, it’s what we were all waiting for. When the media found out who she was I was expecting a bit more, actually. It was initially intense, as expected, but once she fleed to Johnny’s mansion the paps became little more than an annoyance. Things progressed quickly and once she headed to LA, book two became a load more reminiscent of book one. It events were a little predictable but I wouldn’t have wanted things to unfold any differently. Being the second book in a series, there’s no definite ending though, so heads up!
I LOVE JESSIE JEFFERSON! Just putting it out there. She’s a fun character who is obviously destined for some pretty big things but at the same time she’s incredibly flawed and vulnerable. I also love how the key relationship in this book isn’t between Jessie and either of the boys, but between her and Johnny. The moments between them, and the moments where she is remembering her mum, were standouts in the book in really sweet and emotional ways.
There was one part of this book that really bummed me out.
For some reason in YA it seems to be a common theme that when the MC cheats on their significant other, it is explained away and rationalised. Why does this happen? I get the cheating thing–to be clear, I don’t like it–but if it’s true to your character then go for it. But please, please don’t justify it as being okay.
For that reason, and that reason alone, the book gets a four from me.
Overall, it was an enjoyable read. Toon writes complexities into all her characters that makes you fall in love with them. Definitely great if you’re after something fun, sweet, and that will remind you those dreams of stardom you once had, are better kept as dreams!