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The Accidental Life of Jessie Jefferson

(Jessie Jefferson #1)

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The first YA fiction novel, from the bestselling adult author Paige Toon.
Meet Jessie, the daughter of Johnny Jefferson, as featured in Johnny Be Good and Baby Be Mine…
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.
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ebook, 336 pages
Published January 30th 2014 by Simon Schuster Children's UK (first published January 17th 2014)
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DJ
This was a cute little YA novel (if a little heavier on the 'Y' than I'm generally into).

Jesse is a 15 year old English girl living with her step dad, Stuart, after her mothers recent & sudden death. Jesse thinks that she will never find out who her birth father is now that her mother has passed away as she never told her, but one day she thinks to ask if Stuart knows. He does, and reveals it is none other than legendary rock star Johnny Jefferson - so off she goes to LA to meet her new dad.

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Sophie
Jul 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I hadn't really heard much about this book, until it's sequel, I Knew You Were Trouble, was released in August. Once I read the synopsis, however, I immediately knew this would be a book I'd like. In The Accidental Life of Jessie Jefferson, Jessie, who just lost her mother in a freak accident before her 15th birthday, has been spiralling out of control. During one of her many arguments with her step-father, Stu, she finally discovers who her biological father is - rock star Johnny Jefferson. To ...more
Nina
Jul 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2020
*** Book #3 for The Reading Rush: Read a book with a cover that matches the color of your birth stone (Peridot) ***

Anyone who takes a look at my Read-Shelf will very easily be able to tell that Paige Toon is one of my favorite authors. I absolutely adore her writing and I'm always looking forward to her new releases. However, I had yet to read one of her young adult novels and I'm very happy I finally found time to change that. The Accidental Life of Jessie Jefferson was a very fun read and onc
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Megan Readinginthesunshine
Sep 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I am such a superfan of Paige Toon and her adult novels, I have loved each and every single one and I always eagerly await her new novels. This is Paige’s first Young Adult book and I was so excited to read it.

Jessie Jefferson has had the worst time of her life. Her mum recently died, and she has no idea who her real father is, as her mum kept it secret all of her life and died without telling her, leaving her with her stepdad Stu. But when Jessie discovers the truth about her real father, she i
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Marina
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
No no no!!! It’s finished!!! I immidiately ordered book 2 and 3 but have to wait for them to arrive...... aaarrrggghh!!
I loved the books about Meg and Johnny so when I stared reading this one, I was immidiately in love with it! Nothing like a good Paige Toon to warm the ❤️
Hannah
Jessie Pickerill gets the shock of her life when step dad Stu reveals who her birth dad is. The funny thing is the revelation makes Jessie realise how much Stu cares about her.

Jessie goes to LA visiting her birth father and becomes Jessie Jefferson. In the end fitting in quite well after initial up and downs with Meg. I could see both sides to how they were feeling. Jessie ends up living two lives you could say having the best of both worlds reminding me of the Hannah Montana song by Miley Cyru
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Hanmae
Sep 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
There are certainly fun parts but Jessie was an annoying character most of the time which kept me from fully enjoying this book.
Charnell (Reviews from a Bookworm)
This was such a fun read. Deals with loss really well as well. More a 4.5. Full review to come.
Jessica (Jess Hearts Books)
3.5 stars

Jessie is a teenage wild child who’s been acting out ever since her mum’s unexpected death on Jessie’s fifteenth birthday. I have to be honest and say that Jessie didn’t make a good first impression with me – in fact I thought she was a bit of a brat with the way she treated people. But my advice is to stick with her folks! It soon becomes apparent that it’s all just a tough girl act to mask the pain and guilt she feels over her mum’s death and the fear that she doesn’t really belong to
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Rachel Gilbey
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was a bit apprehensive about starting this book as I don't tend to read Young Adult books, however since I absolutely love Paige Toon's adult books and enjoyed all the books so far that have featured Johnny Jefferson, I knew sooner or later I would read this. And having heard that there is a sequel to this due out later this year, I decided to make sure I had read this.

So glad that I did, as this book provides all of Paige Toon's trademark warmth and humour, and turns them into an incredibly e
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Cat
Feb 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I bought this book knowing full well that I would love it! How could I not? Paige Toon is my favourite author after all.
It was really exciting to find out how Meg and Johnny were. Paige Toon did not disappoint with this one. It was a BRILLIANT introduction to her new YA series.
I'm not sure who interested me more, Jack or Tom? I do however know that Lissa is a bitch!
I like Agnes and It'll be interesting to see how Jessie's relationship with all of these new people expands. It'll also be interes
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Luise
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was surprisingly better that I expected it to be. It was actually really fun to read it.

The only way too unrealistic thing was Johnny's excessively detailed knowledge about a groupie after 16 years filled with a lot of alcohol, drugs and even more random women. How they met, how their "relationship" started, their intimate gestures etc.
Very convenient that Jessie's mom was THE ONE groupie back in the days. Totally makes sense. Not really.

But ok, I tried to ignore this matter and enjoy the a
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Tilly
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
A nice easy read which is what I needed at the moment 😊
Isabell
Oct 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I was excited about this book release ever since Paige announced she is going to write a Young Adult book about Jessie Jefferson, the unkown daughter of rock superstar Johnny Jefferson.

I have to admit, I was not quite sure what to expect of it in the first place. When I saw the cover and the titel of the book I was quite shocked because it's so different to her ch
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Simona
Sep 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was over the moon when this book arrived even two day before publication day. I was waiting for it since I finished Johnny's Girl and I sensed some real trouble there.

Well, first of all, this is Paige's first YA novel and I was so curious to find out whether the style was much different to her chick-lit books. This is the forth book in the Johnny Jefferson series, I recommed you to read the books in the following order: Johnny Be Good, Baby Be Mine, Johnny's Girl, The Accidental Life of Jessie
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Samantha
Aug 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
I love Paige Toon, as soon as I discovered her I knew that she was going to quickly become one of my favourite authors. On hearing that she was going to be writing YA I was excited but also a tad nervous, she writes chick lit so wonderfully and I was worried that I was going to be disappointed with this.

Paige Toon began by really interesting me with this story line, it was a continuation from one of her adult novels, this is something that I think really makes Toon stand out as an author, she m
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Kim
Feb 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, 2014, a-z-2014
This is a YA book that takes the Johnny Be Good series in a different direction. It looks as though this will be a series in it's own right. I really enjoyed following Jessie's journey throughout the book- after she discovers who her real father in after her mum dies in a freak accident on her birthday.
Daisy Delfin

Pages: 337
My rating: 3
Read other books by this author in the future: yes
MC’s: Jessica, Tom, Jack

At the beginning I really did not like Jessie. She was a mean bitch. She treated her Stepdad Stu and her best friend Libby really bad. But on the other hand all this acting out is understandable, if you just lost your mom and you don’t know who your bio Dad is and think that you will never find out, because this secret died with her mum. So Jessie’s bad habits (smoking, drinking, slipping out of the h
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Danielle Frost
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
really enjoyed this, the start the main character was such a brat, but I'm glad shes grown up quite a bit throughout the book
4.5 stars
Juliet
Jul 24, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
friends loan each other bad books
Isabelle
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was really stupid and yet I have found myself loving it
Emma
Apr 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2020
4 stars, I’m going to write a review on the last book of the series. But I liked book 1
Leah
May 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-read-2014
It was very exciting when Paige Toon revealed she was going to become a two-book-a-year author. This is the news I want every author to reveal, especially one that's such a great author as Paige. The even more delightful news is that her new series is not only about Johnny Jefferson's illegitimate daughter, Jessie, but it's a Young Adult novel, a genre I absolutely adore - almost as much as I adore Chick Lit! The Accidental Life of Jessie Jefferson is the first novel in the series, with a second ...more
loveandstolenkisses
Jan 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Jessica´s world changed very suddenly – her mom died in a horrible accident 6 months ago.

Jessica is 15 years old, and feeling very alone. Even though she has her stepdad Stuart, (who she has known all of her life) she fear that he will get rid of her because she´s not his. She loses contact to her friend Libby, who very fast find herself a new best friend. It hurts. It hurts a lot.
A lot of things has changed for Jessica.

She doesn´t know how to react, and people that knew her before the accident
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Kayleigh {K-Books}
Sep 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
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There are no words to describe just how excited I was to hear about this book when it was first announced. I am a huge fan of Paige Toon's books, having read every single one of her adult books. My favourites are her first two novels, one of which was Johnny Be Good. I absolutely adore reading about Johnny and Meg and so to have a YA series as a spin off of their books I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. I can't really expl
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Ashleigh
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There’s something about Paige Toon’s books that hooks me. I love her easy to read writing style, her relatable characters and honest stories with romances that are often more complicated than they first appear. And for me, it all started with her first foray into YA – the Jessie Jefferson trilogy.

I was dubious about these novels before I started reading them. I must admit I’m not a huge fan of the covers and I imagined I’d be a little too old for them at the age of 28. But I’m a sucker for books
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Kirsty & Erin White
Jul 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Let me start this review by stating now that I was so conflicted about this book! As a fan of Paige’s chick-it books I was in no doubt that I’d read her new YA release. I just didn’t know when I’d actually get around to reading it. I absolutely love Johnny Jefferson. I’ve read Johnny and Meg’s story countless time and I could probably recite parts of the story. One thing Paige delivers in every single book is allllll the feels and Johnny and Meg have more than their fair share of emotions to dea ...more
Katey Lovell
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was incredibly excited to delve into The Accidental Life of Jessie Jefferson, Paige's first young adult book, convinced it would be an entertaining and gripping read. I wasn't wrong. From the first page I was hooked and although I had a very busy week I devoted as much time as possible to reading it as I was so keen to find out what would happen! This book travelled with me on buses, to work, into the kitchen whilst I cooked tea... I couldn't put it down!


Jessie Jefferson is an ordinary girl, f
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Michelle
I picked up this one a while ago, and I recently needed to change up my books I am reading so I decided to pick this one up for a few reasons, the main one being so that I could read book 2 without spoilers.

The Accidental Life of Jessie Jefferson initially took me a while to get into this story, I found it hard to relate to Jessie,I understand she has been through a lot, and has experienced a huge loss, but to act to selfish and spoilt was wrong, especially as she wasn't the only one dealing wit
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Yousra Serry
Jun 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was waay better than I imagined it to be. To be honest, I didn't like the idea of the book at all and I wasn't that keen on reading it but well.. its paige toon so i really didn't have much choice. and I'm so glad I picked it up!
as always, Paige Toon take you in a whole new adventure with her great writing style and amazing characters.. I honestly started it thinking I'd end up hating both Jessie and Meg. I imagined Jessie would be an annoying rockstar wannabe who acts "cool" by doing stupi
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