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.
Now in paperback, with an excerpt from the explosive and thrilling conclusion, This Is Not the Real World!
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Thank you Netgalley and Quirk Books for giving me the opportunity to read and review This Is Not the Jess Show by Anna Carey.
When I tell you that this book was amazing, outstanding, spell-taking, and breathtaking all at once. I was enchanted and excited by the book, and as each chapter passed, I got more attracted to the world and the plot!
Honestly, this is the most imaginative book I have read and I am so glad to have had the opportunity to read it because it is everything and anything you could ever want in a book!
Jess Flynn is trying to survive high school in Swikley, 1998. Her home town, one that grew smaller everyday.
One day during a peaceful night in Swickley, Jess discovers a device with an apple logo. As more cracks appear in her world, she cannot help but feel curious. She faces two choices ; can she live the rest of her life knowing it’s a lie, or should she risk everything for the truth?
This is a YA mystery and thriller that will keep you hooked and keep the reader guessing all the way till the end.
Honestly this reminds me so much of WandaVision by marvel and I absolutely loved that because it's my favorite show!
As for the characters, at first I thought that Jess was boring, but as the cracks appeared, you could really see the vicious part of Jess, one who would fight for her life no matter what, and I came to love the character by the end!
As for her sister Sarah, I loved her as well. The sisterly connection was so fun and cute to read about and it was just so nice seeing how Jess took care of her sister!
Loved this book and it honestly exceeded my expectations!
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!
Tw: chronic illness, gaslighting, child death, emotional abuse, car accident, animal death, confinement, gun violence, terminal illness
Jess has a pretty typical life for a girl in the 90s and she is trying to get through her junior year without any drama, but weird things keep happening around her and what is that sleek black device with an apple logo on it that fell out of her best friend's backpack? Jess will soon learn there is a very fine line between reality and fiction.
I LOVED this book and I'm still obsessed with it. The 90s are a special time period for me, so I absolutely loved all the 90s references and I was shocked with all the twists and turns this book has.
The writing is smooth and will suck you in from page one, the characters are well rounded and I loved the fast paced rhytm,
If you are a fan of YA contemporary with tons of 90s references, this book is definitely for you!
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read an early copy.