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Meet Jessie, the daughter of Johnny Jefferson, as featured in Johnny Be Good and Baby Be Mine… My fifteenth birthday was the worst day of my life, and it’s inconceivable to think that any single day in my future will ever be as bad. My mum was killed in a freak accident on her way to pick up my cake. Even when there was still no sign of her after two hours later, and my friends started to arrive at our house, it never occurred to me that she wouldn’t be coming back. That was six months ago. My mum died without telling me who my real dad was. And for a while I hated her for it. I thought she’s taken the secret of my father’s identity with her forever. But she didn’t. Holy hell, she didn’t. Because three weeks ago I found out the truth. And I’m still reeling from the shock of it. My dad is none other than Johnny Jefferson, mega famous rock star and one-time serial womaniser. And now I’m on my way to LA to meet him and his family. My tiny little world has just got a whole lot bigger…
It may come as no surprise that I’ve read another book by Paige Toon. I just really love her writing, and when I found out she was bringing out a Young Adult series, I was incredibly intrigued. Paige is a fantastic writer. I can’t speak highly enough of her books. I’ve said before, but I’ll say it again, her writing is a bit deeper than your average chick-lit. She’s also a rare author in which all of her books link in some way even if they’re not specifically in the same series. I LOVE this. It makes characters so familiar and like we’re living in Paige’s and her character’s world.
I really enjoyed The Accidental Life of Jessie Jefferson. It was lovely to catch up with Johnny and Meg again. I will say, you don’t necessarily need to have read Johnny Be Good, Baby Be Mine and Johnny’s Girl to enjoy this book, but it does enhance your reading experience if you have read them.
The Accidental Life of Jessie Jefferson centres around teenager Jessie, a wild girl, who has been acting out since the death of her mother. She feels she doesn’t belong with her stepfather. Jessie wants to find out who her real dad is. Her stepfather Stu, decides to tell her who her father is as Jessie’s behaviour spirals out of control. Jessie finds out that her father is Johnny Jefferson, a rock star based in LA. Jessie flies out to LA to meet her real dad and his family. She finds out she has half brothers and begins to get to know them. Jessie is flung into a world of A-List parties, shopping, nice cars and of course…boys!
Jessie isn’t a character that I immediately warmed to. She comes across as very bratty, but with incredibly good reason. She’s feeling pain and guilt over her mother’s death and is taking it out on the people closest to her. I didn’t like the way she treated her stepfather, but I could understand why she was feeling such pain. She felt like an orphan. She wanted to know her real father, which is completely understandable. I really loved that Stu was happy enough to let her go, no matter how much he cared for her.
I honestly think one of the best things about Paige Toon’s books are the characters. She writes such wonderful characters that feel really believable. You can empathise with them, you can laugh with them. They feel like people you know. They’re just so real.
Overall, I loved watching how Jessie adapted to LA life and life with her new members of family. I think Jessie developed beautifully as a character, and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series to continue her story. I also really liked her interactions with her dad and Meg. Johnny and Meg are one of my favourite fictional couples, so it was great to see how they reacted to having a teenage daughter sprung upon them.
I am highly anticipating the next book in this series. Paige Toon has done a great job with her first Young Adult book!
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