Tuesday, February 2, 2021

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

Title: This is Not the Jess Show
Series: This is Not the Jess Show #1
Author: Anna Carey
Genre: Mystery; Thriller; Young Adult
Publication Date: February 2, 2021
Publisher: Quirk Books

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.

But the year is 1998, and the first iPhone won’t exist for another nine years.

*A Thank you to Netgalley for allowing me to read this. This is my honest and unbiased review*


Hello Fellow Readers,

Spoiler Alert! I really liked this book. While I wouldn't really call this book a thriller, it still had me hooked enough to read it in one day. Jess is a good character, a junior in high school just trying to come to terms on her crush on her Best Friend Tyler and spend time with her ill little sister. Her seemingly normal life is shattered however, when she starts to pick up on clues that not everything is what it seems.

At first, the pacing was slow and I was worried but the pacing eventually did pick up. As a main character Jess was, once again, great. She acted exactly like I figured a teenager in her shoes would react while also having a resilience that had her take actions, not just sit and let things happen. I also really liked Kipp and was pleasantly surprised at how he was.

Carey built a interesting would one I hope to learn more of, because I have so many questions. The ending did leave me a bit unsatisfied at how open ended and quick it was. If this was to be a standalone I think I would have been angry with how it ended but since I heard there will at least be a second book, so now I understand why it ended the way that it did. I will definitely be reading that second book

Overall, a very interesting plot that was written well.

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