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Jess's Story (Backyard Witch) Paperback – May 30, 2017
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About the Author
Christine Heppermann is the author of Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty, which received five starred reviews and was named to five best of the year lists in 2014, and Ask Me How I Got Here. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Highland, New York.
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I enjoyed "Sadie's Story". Sadie was dealing with the sadness and boredom of having been left behind while her two friends went off for the summer. Ms. M. was just the edgy/funny kick-in-the-pants that Sadie needed, and the story was both amusing and rewarding. Not so much here with Jess.
The "problem" seems to be that Jess and her Mom like and are good at different things, Mom is a bit distracted by her job as a chef, and Mom's something of a micro-manager. Jess respondes with a fair amount of eye-rolling and a vaguely passive/aggressive uncooperative attitude. Without getting into a lot of griping, my bottom line was that no one was very attractive as a character, to the limited extent anyone was even developed as a character. Sadie and Maya are in the book, but all three girls are vague and interchangeable.
In this book Ms. M. is supposed to be her dry, deadpan, funny and wise self, but even this character came across as mostly distracted and artificial. Maybe it's just sophomore blues, but this book seemed a pale follow-up to "Sadie's Story". This series has been compared to "Ivy & Bean" and the "Clementine" books, and I get that. Those series are more reliably entertaining, but even they vary in appeal from book to book. So maybe you just have to expect hits and misses.
(Please note that I received a free advance will-self-destruct-in-x-days Adobe Digital copy of this book in exchange for a candid review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)