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.
Having only recently discovered Paige Toon I managed to read her entire backlist in a week early on in December and have been excitedly awaiting her first YA offering since then.
Put simply I loved The Accidental Life of Jessie Jefferson for several reasons. Firstly I adored Jessie as a character. I loved her teenagerness especially towards the start of the book and I loved seeing how she adapted to all the changes to her world that occurred once she found out Johnny Jefferson was her father. I just thought the way she was written as this bolshy teen who was terrified underneath all that bluster was awesomely well done because it made her feel real.
I also loved this book because it gave me a chance to see more of Meg and Johnny from Johnny Be Good and Baby Be Mine. I love that Paige's books allow to catch up with characters from her previous books as they pop in and out of the story either in a big way like in this book with Johnny and Meg but also via the mentions of Joseph Strike.
The story itself follows Jessie as she finds out about Johnny being her father and goes on to meet him and find out more about the world that he lives in. I loved seeing how she starts to slot into his world but also how it gave her more appreciation of what she had left behind with her stepfather in England. I literally cannot wait to find out more in her next book.