This Is Not The Jess Show by Anna Carey

The Trueman shows meets a 90s YA book, I cannot explain this and more clearly.

Jess believes she is a normal teenager, living in the 90s where people still listen to music on CDs and the dial up internet means if your Mom is on the phone you can’t get online. Things have been strange with her two best friends and everybody is pushing her to date a guy she doesn’t really like, when actually the boy she does like is right there. But the hardest thing in Jess’ life is that her sister Sarah is dying.

But when half of the towns population seems to have disappeared and a strange device with an apple logo on falls out of her friends bag, Jess starts to wonder whether there’s more going on than meets the eye. Her curiosity and confusion is heightened when her sister is admitted to hospital and things just don’t seem to add up.

This book was super easy to read and I did enjoy it. However, it did feel a little bit like a rewritten version of the Truman show with jus the added twist of the different decade, although I’m presuming the Truman show probably wasn’t totally original either. I don’t know, it was okay, I’ll probably read the sequel just out of curiosity when it’s released but it didn’t knock my socks off.

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