The Accidental Life of Jessie Jefferson by Paige Toon

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Blurb:

 Meet Jessie, small-town girl turned wild child…

When her mum dies, Jessie thinks any hope of finding her real dad is gone. As she goes off the rails, her step dad makes a shocking announcement: her father is legendary rock-star and former hell-raiser, Johnny Jefferson. Now the daughter of a superstar, Jessie is suddenly sucked into the LA lifestyle – paparazzi, parties and hot guitar wielding boys included!

But Jessie’s still reeling from her mother’s death and the truth about Johnny. Can he live up to her expectations and help her move on?

One thing’s for sure, Jessie’s tiny little world has just got a whole lot bigger…

 

The Accidental Life of Jessie Jefferson was my first Paige Toon book and I really enjoyed it. So much so that I need to read the Johnny Jefferson books just so I can see what he was like before he settled down.

Anyway. Digressing.

Jessie’s mum has died and she’s going off the rails. Her stepdad, Stuart, can’t cope with it all and after a heated argument he tells Jessie who her real dad is. Rock-star Johnny Jefferson.

At first no one believes it, but when she does a paternity test and it comes back positive, her life is about to change.

She’s off to LA to meet her famous father but she’s having trouble fitting in. Firstly, Johnny doesn’t know how to handle a 15-year-old daughter, his wife Meg is a little hostile towards her and her heart is beating fast for the bad boy rocker, Jack.

All in all life isn’t going great. And she only has a week until she has to go back home and the Jefferson’s go on holiday. But that’s not nearly enough time for her to get to know her new family.

Then suddenly she’s staying longer, getting to know her family, her new friends, Jack and herself. But deep down she still misses her mum and can’t get over her death. Is Johnny good enough to help her forget? Or will she leave this life behind and go back to her stepdad Stuart and her life in England?

As I said this was my first Paige Toon book and I really enjoyed it. It was a great summer read (even though I read it in December!)

Jessie is coming to terms with the death of her mother and then suddenly she’s thrust into the lime light in LA. Jessie is a wild child. Well at least she was back at home. Partying, drinking, smoking, despite only being 15 (the teenage life in England!). When Jessie is thrust into the LA life with her father, she doesn’t know how to act. She dresses wrongly on their first meet, which causes Meg, Johnny’s wife, to have an instant dislike to her. In fact, Meg doesn’t want her there at all and Jessie overhears the conversation she has with Johnny about her and she feels more alone than ever. Then enters hot rocker boy Jack into her life and she’s suddenly in the land of lust. But she has a guy she likes back at home too, so it’s a case of ‘while on holiday!’

Her little brothers Barney and Phoenix are so cute!

Jessie doesn’t like the fact that she’s being passed off as the nanny to the Jefferson’s kids. She wants to be known as Johnny’s daughter, to finally belong somewhere but do they want her to be a-part of her family?

Johnny is a rock-star and former hell raiser. He’s covered in tattoos, has battled his alcohol and drug demons and has finally settled down. Now Jessie is in his life and he’s not quite sure on what to do. He’s used to having his two little boys, not a 15-year-old teenager. He’s trying his hardest to find a balance between Meg and Jessie but he knows one of them will get hurt feelings. Johnny finds common ground with Jessie and eventually they start bonding. Which turns into a heart to heart. Johnny is pretty cool as far as dad’s go. He’d be awesome to have as a dad, even if he is a little strict at times. He does care for Jessie, you can tell from the third day she’s been there he wants her to be a part of his life. I really need to read Johnny’s books!

Jack… bad boy Jack… *SWOON* Oh wow that guy is hot and I’m sorry but I’d chose him over Tom. He’s fun and unpredictable and yeah he is a womaniser and can’t really commit to girls but… who cares! He’s a hot rocker bad boy who seems to really like Jessie. He is in an on/off relationship with the lead singer of his band, Eve, but you can tell he really doesn’t want to be with her.

Tom is the guy back at home and yeah he is fit and the hottest boy in school but I don’t know. He lacks the excitement that Jessie needs I think. He’s not really a wild child. He doesn’t rock out and all that. He is a lovely guy though who does care for Jessie.

Meg is Johnny’s wife and at first you could tell the major hostility she has towards Jessie but Johnny manages to bring her around and towards the end of the book she has changed her mind about Jessie and thinks of her as one of the family.

The other characters in book, Jessie’s friends at home, her stepdad Stuart and her new LA friends, all bring it together too and Jessie finds it hard to find the balance between them. She loves her old friends but her new friends are exciting.

Overall I really did enjoy this book. It was read in a day so that’s a testament to how much I enjoyed it. I like Paige’s writing style. Its summery, it makes you think that maybe your related to a famous rock star somewhere haha. I like that Paige wrote the book in England… well to begin with and that some of the characters were English. Sometimes reading about American things can get a bit boring. Its where every YA book, well any book really, is mainly based in so it was refreshing to read about things I knew and expressions and words that I was already familiar with, instead of asking my American friends “What does this mean?” haha

I will definitely pick up more Paige Toon books after this one. I usually don’t like Chick-Lit type books but I feel as though I’d really enjoy her books and get easily sucked in.

Not everything in this book is about the jet set lifestyle. It has some heart-warming scenes and scenes that make you laugh and cry. It’s a brilliant book. A real summer read. (Or read it in the winter if you want :P)

 

5 out of 5 stars

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