Black Mirror meets My So-Called Life in this fast-paced, timely YA thriller about separating fact from fiction-and how far we'll go to create our own version of reality.
Like any other teenager, Jess Flynn is just trying to get through her junior year without drama . . . but drama seems to keep finding her. Between a new crush on her childhood best friend, overprotective parents cramping her social life, and her younger sister's worsening health, the only constant is change-and her hometown of Swickley, which feels smaller by the day.
Swickley is getting weirder by the day, too. Half the population has been struck down by a mysterious flu. Conversations end awkwardly when Jess enters the room. And then one day, a tiny, sleek black device-with an apple logo on it-falls out of her best friend's backpack and lands at Jess's feet.
But the year is 1998, and the first iPhone won't exist for another nine years.
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It s a dark and distorted mirror of our own extremely strange times, perfect reading for anyone who wants to feel seen without necessarily needing to be looked at. Shondaland
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, #1ÿNew York Timesÿbestselling author ofÿEverything, EverythingÿandÿThe Sun Is Also a Starÿ
At once thought-provoking and hilarious,ÿThis Is Not the Jess Showÿis a timely, incisive book so masterfully-plotted you won't want to put it down. Tahereh Mafi,ÿNew York TimesÿBestselling author of the Shatter Me series andÿA Very Large Expanse of Sea
Nostalgic, romantic, thrilling, and with an exciting twist, I devouredÿThis Is Not The Jess Showÿand didn't want it to end! Sara Shepard, #1ÿNew York Timesÿbestselling author ofÿPretty Little LiarsÿandÿThe Lying Game ÿ
A thrilling and thought-provoking ride. Kirkus Reviews
This is Not the Jess Showÿgoes deep in exploring how people live their lives and create their own realities sometimes at a cost. Foreword Reviews
The fast-paced, intricate plot ramps up Jess's paranoia and frustration, both of which are vividly expressed through her first-person narrative. Booklist
A fun and thoughtful thriller; this YA novel will please fans of E. Lockhart and Kiera Cass. School Library Journal
Fast paced and thrilling. Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books
This young adult foray offers up surprising plot twists that keep you riveted and reading quickly, with the clever unfolding plot paralleling Jim Carey s The Truman Show. Mom Central
Anna Carey is the author ofÿBlackbird,ÿDeadfall, and the Eve trilogy. She lives in Los Angeles.