This Is Not the Jess Show
by Anna Carey
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Pub Date 02 Feb 2021 | Archive Date 07 Feb 2022
The year is 1998: Titanic just won six Oscars, boy bands are dominating MTV’s airwaves, and like any other teenager Jess Flynn is just trying to survive high school. Between a crush on her childhood best friend, overprotective parents, and her sister’s worsening health, the only constant is her hometown of Swickley, which feels smaller by the day.
Jess is resigned to her small-town life, until the day she discovers a mysterious device with an apple logo, causing her to question everything and everyone she’s ever known. As more cracks appear in Jess’s world, she faces a choice: can she live the rest of her life knowing it’s a lie, or should she risk everything for the truth?
A fast-paced, mind-bending YA thriller packed with ’90s pop culture references and perfect for fans of Riverdale, This Is Not the Jess Show will keep readers guessing until the very end.
And don't miss the explosive and thrilling conclusion, This Is Not the Real World!
“I read this in a single, compulsive sitting. A fantastically smart, funny, and thoughtful thriller about how our devices manipulate and exploit our closest relationships.” –Nicola Yoon, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Everything, Everything and The Sun Is Also a Star
“Nostalgic, romantic, thrilling, and with an exciting twist, I devoured THIS IS NOT THE JESS SHOW and didn't want it to end!” –Sara Shepard, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Pretty Little Liars and The Lying Game
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Average rating from 196 members
This compelling book was impossible to put down and left me fascinated and drawn in until the very end. Jess is living an average life in the 1998 in her small suburban town. She is grappling with her sister being in hospice which makes her even more on edge. One day, one of her best friends drops something out of her bag: an iPhone. From there, her life begins to spiral out of a control as finds out nothing is as it seems.
I read this book in one setting. I was fascinated with all the hints that were dropped in the beginning. Once more of the plot was revealed, I kept wanting to see what would happen next. I got very invested in both the world and the characters. I highly recommend this book.
This went from weird to slightly frightening to downright disturbing in the best possible way. Try to avoid reviews though - finding out is half the fun.
Wow wow wow wow wow.
I apparently missed that this is a duology, so it was a bit of a surprise when I got to the end and realized it wasn't over.
But like.... such a great story! I love Jess, and the world building is PHENOMENAL and I can't wait to read more!!!
Full review to come as we get closer to the publication date, since I read this super early (like, the second I got it early).
But jsyk, this isn't a "round it up" 5 stars or a "someone will love this book even if it isn't me" 5 stars- it's a "holy cow I can't believe that was such an AMAZING story!!!" 5 stars. And I'm already looking forward to rereading it before I read the sequel. And possibly before then.