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Book: This is Not the Jess Show
Author: Anna Carey
Book Series: This is Not the Jess Show Book 1
Recommended For…: Truman show fans, Black Mirror fans, sci-fi, ya
Publication Date: February 2, 2021
Genre: YA Thriller/Sci-Fi
Recommended Age: 16+ (alcohol consumption, death, animal violence mentioned, running away)
Publisher: Quirk Books
Synopsis: 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.
Review: Oh my goodness I fell in love with this book! It was amazing! I didn’t know I needed a YA book based on The Truman Show but dang if I didn’t! I devoured this book within an hour and a half and couldn’t put it down! The book was perfectly paced, the characters were expertly developed, and the world building was amazing! The details! THE DETAILS WERE SO GOOD AND SO FUN TO PICK UP ON! I can’t wait for the second book!
My only complaint is that it went outside the tv show, but I’m liking where it’s going.
Verdict: I need more!