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Looking for JJ

(Jennifer Jones #1)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  5,216 ratings  ·  425 reviews
Three children walked away from the cottages on the edge of town toward Berwick Waters. Later that day, only two of them came back. Alice Tully knows exactly what happened that spring day six years ago, though it’s still hard for her to believe it. She’ll never be able to forget, even though she’s trying to lead a normal life—she has a job, friends, and a boyfriend whom sh ...more
Paperback, 10th Anniversary Edition, 299 pages
Published August 1st 2013 by Scholastic (first published February 13th 2004)
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Emily May
I've been a fan of Anne Cassidy for years and this is my favourite of her books. It's a book that shocks you, firstly at it's content, but secondly and most importantly at the way it makes you feel about the protagonist: JJ. Jennifer Jones. Child murderer.
You are taken into the story through JJ's eyes, you do feel anger for what she did but you feel sorrow too. JJ is a person, fragile like everyone else and living with the burden of her past. She has been forced to start a new life under a new n
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Lucy
Aug 11, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: true crime fans
Shelves: teen
Alice Tully only wants to live a normal life. She has a job at the Coffee Pot, a boyfriend who loves her, and a home in Rose’s apartment. Life is normal, and quiet, which is just the way she likes it. But Alice can’t stop reading the newspaper stories and watching the TV spots about Jennifer Jones—JJ, the infamous child killer. Jennifer Jones, who killed her friend when she was only ten years old. Jennifer Jones has been released on parole, and the whole country wants to know—where is JJ? Inform ...more
Cora Tea Party Princess
5 Words: haunting, challenging, powerful, tragic, sad.

It's fair to say that Looking for JJ is a book that will haunt you. Nearly ten years after I first read it, I could remember everything so clearly. I could remember exact scenes and how they played out. There's something about the setting itself that sticks with you.

It's also one of those books that no matter what, I just can't review.
Hadas Tsury
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book! Had a bit of a herd time relating to the main character or feel compassion for her..
Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)
Really very interesting. Quite tense and very dark!

Looking For JJ by Anne Cassidy was first published in 2004. But for a book more than 10 years old, I felt like Looking For JJ felt very much important and relevant to the events today. It was thought-provoking and gripping and I felt like it had some very interesting things to say about the media and about guilt.

This book is told in several parts about one girl. A girl who at the age of 10 went out into the woods with two of her friends. And on
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Claire (Book Blog Bird)
This was an okay read about a girl who had been convicted of the killing of her best friend when she was ten and had been released back into society to try and live a normal life.

I quite liked Alice - she seemed to have a bit of get up and go about her. She totally needed to tell her knobhead boyfriend to clear the fuck off though. He was a dick.

The plot itself revolved around Alice trying to build a life for herself and the media trying to track her down. It reminded me a bit of one of those ki
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C.G. Drews
Aaaand...I now need to review it. How? Honestly. HOW? If you want my truly honest opinion, before you even scroll down this page: read this book. It's amazing. And I absolutley refuse to review it with spoilers so therefore...

Welcome to the most cryptic and unhelpful review I've ever done! Woot. Go me. I refuse to give you spoilers, and one of the most surprising things happens in the first 3 chapters. Sooo...where do I go from here?

I'll do this review-not-a-review in list format, okay? Just kno
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Naomi
May 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was quite young when I first read this book, probably too young to have been reading it now I think about it. The novel had a big impression on me then. I had never considered the fact that children could do evil things; for me "evil" was something adult and certainly not something that had ever affected me. The book shocked me but also gave me a bit of a thrill because it was so much more " grown up" than the stories I usually read. When I was about thirteen I came back to the book. I had rec ...more
Katy Noyes
Oct 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All I could think of when I started this book was: what would this be like if it was written by James Bulger's killers? JJ is nothing like them, though. Though that gives you a general idea of the plot and tone.

Six years ago, Jennifer killed a girl. She was 10. Now she's 17 and, identity protected, out of youth detention and trying to make a life for herself. As you'd expect, the past haunts her. And us too -we want to know what happened. We want to know why it happened. And we're slowly admitte
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Zoe Hall
Sep 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
This is an easy to read book centred on a story about how your past influences your future.

JJ is an inconspicuous character, a child frozen in time. Jennifer Jones no longer exists. She is merely a memory; a figment of time stood still.

I enjoyed the backstory and finding out what drove JJ to do what she did. From an outsider's perspective, this story is interesting. It toys with our views on what constitutes a bad person.

Can people change?

'The only thing you can change is the future'.
Tricia
Mar 15, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
Originally from I Write, therefore I am Alive



I discovered that my friend from church, Jayvee, also loves reading books and we’re like talking about the books we’ve read and liked after the church service. We started to exchange the books that we liked and I lent him my Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins and he lent me this signed book (!), Looking For JJ by Anne Cassidy. I don’t have any idea about this book and I read the synopsis of it in Goodreads. It’s interesting, actually, to read a b
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Lvna
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Where was Jennifer Jones? That’s what everyone was saying. There were only a handful of people in the country who knew. Alice Tully was one of them.



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Megan Maurice
I really enjoyed the plot and most of the writing of this book. It drew me in so much and I wanted to know more about Jennifer Jones and what had motivated to kill her best friend when she was only 10. Hearing what happened I felt sick thinking that it could easily have happened to me - being overcome with anger and going too far. I could imagine it exactly.

The two things that really struck me as problematic were firstly the attitude towards sex workers and how they were just routinely dismissed
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Novelle Novels
Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 out of 5 stars
I really enjoyed this book and I listened to it on audiobook. The author had spun the book with two time lines interlinked so well. This is the story about a girl who when she was ten murdered another girl yet as an adult she has a completely different life where no one knows her past. We have the timeline of her childhood up to the murder occurring and the one if her as an adult where she lives in fear of her past coming back to get her. I can’t say too much more as I don’t give
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Maia
Jun 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
'Why was everyone so interested in her now? When it was too late to change anything? What was the point?'

***MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD***


Let me begin by saying that Looking For JJ is a fantastic book, one which I would highly recommend to anyone looking for something a bit haunting and thought-provoking.
Also, before you read any further, I would like to clarify that Jennifer and Alice are the same person - Alice Tully is the new identity Jennifer is given when she is released from prison. This will h
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Nazrul Islam
Nah! It's just another teen life crisis based story. Boring for me.
Anna
Dec 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Decent enough book but I just couldn't get a real feel for any of the characters. Written a bit like a newspaper article, which may well be intentional considering the subject matter, so could be a stroke of genius in disguise. Would need to read other books by the same author to find out. Will I? Maybe.
Beth (bibliobeth)
It's always difficult to decide what twelve books Chrissi and I should put on our kid lit list at the start of every year as there is such a wealth of brilliant children's literature out there yet I don't think we are ever going to struggle over what to choose! Anne Cassidy is an author I've heard of but I've never read any of her work before and Looking For JJ was suggested as one of the top books for younger readers, although it does probably sit firmly in the young adult category rather than ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by coollibrarianchick for TeensReadToo.com

How well do you know the people around you? How do you know they are not hiding a huge secret like their past?

This is the second book I've read recently that casts light on how murderers who are children fit into society after serving time for their crime. Anne Cassidy's new book, LOOKING FOR JJ, will keep your interest until the very end. Not only does the author give details about what happened but she lays the framework as to possible causes
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Sara Grochowski
Jul 16, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From book jacket:
"Three children walked away from the cottages on the edge of town toward Berwick Waters. Later that day, only two of them came back...

Alice Tully knows exactly what happened that spring day six years ago - though it's still hard for her to believe. The images, the sounds, and the aftermath are imprinted in her memory. She'll never be able to forget, even though seh's trying to lead a normal life - she has a job, friends, and a boyfriend whom she adores. She's making a go of thin
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Milka
May 07, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
I randomly picked this up last Friday from the closest library from my home. It was literally the only young adult book in English they had in their shelves. Since the description sounded somewhat interesting I decided to give it a try. I started to read it already at the library while I waited for my mom. I was so into the book that I did not notice that the time was flying and it was already time to close the library. Luckily my mom works in the library so I did not get into any problems since ...more
Natasha
Apr 25, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-contemporary
If I could rate this book 0 stars I would but sadly I cannot. I don't even know why I persevered reading it, I've stopped reading better. I think I just really really hoped it would have a satisfactory ending and that all the bad points of the book would be worth it because of the ending, and I so wanted it to have a good one, but I hated the ending, and I hated the book. And it's not because it's graphic or confronting, because I can handle those things, and it's not because it's a crime book e ...more
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
Grade: C


At age 10, Jennifer Jones kills her friend. Six years later she's rehabilitated, given a new name and released to start her life again. When news of her release hits the papers, detectives and reporters come snooping to find JJ, now Alice, threatening to disrupt her new fragile new world.

LOOKING FOR JJ is a spectacular plot ruined by dismal writing. Alice has more layers than most characters. Neglected as a child, abused without bruises anyone can see, young Jennifer is the opposite if a
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♥MRS.
Dec 08, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I chosed this book because i thought it would look kinda good to read and read something new to read too. so i said why not.

In this book it pretty much took place any where but this book was like a mystery. like you need to find someones past or like what to know what really happen to that person and why people dont like her.

In this book there are many characters but, only two of them stick out more. One of them would be Alice and jennifer jones. The one i like the most was Alice because she go
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Beth Bonini
I only meant to skim this book, but I got completely sucked in and read it in a single sitting. In terms of plot, it is incredibly suspenseful. The set-up is that after serving 6 years in confinement for young offenders, 17 year old "Alice" has been given a new identity and a chance to begin her life afresh. She has a job, a boyfriend, a caring sponsor and a secured place at university. But the newspapers know that she has been released, a private detective is snooping around, and Alice herself ...more
Lauren Kathryn
Nov 23, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
I honestly thought that this book would keep you guessing until the end. In some ways it did, just not in the ways I expected.

Looking for JJ focuses on something I've not really dwelled on previously - life after a murderer is realised from prison. Do they feel remorse for their crimes? Do they blend back into society, living normal lives? Are they changed for the better? I'm not entirely sure on my thoughts about murderers being released, but for the purpose of this book, I allowed myself to be
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Penny
Jan 07, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a mystery novel which gradually reveals the truth about JJ. The Press are looking for her to give them a great story, but she is also looking for herself. It is a sensitive and at times tense look at the psyche of a child that killed another child. The writer is sympathetic to JJ, and reader is invited to be so also. I was, but interestingly I have found that many of the teenagers who have given me reviews of this book are not. For them the fact that JJ killed another child overrides any ...more
Diane Mankowski
YA
Six years ago, three girls walked into the woods together, but only two came back. The missing girl's parents posted "Have you seen her?" posters all over town, but only Jenny/JJ knew her whereabouts deep in the woods. Eventually her secret came out and she spent her teen years and then some behind bars. Now, the court has arranged for JJ to have a new name and start a new life. They've even released her several weeks early hoping to disorient the tabloid journalists looking for information o
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Lindsay
2008 Best book for young adults (mystery)

In this suspencful novel by Anne Cassidy we first meet Alice Tully, a 17-year-old who works at the local coffee shop, lives with her kindly guardian Rosie. And slowly the reader finds out that Alice is actuall Jennifer Johnson, JJ, a recently released convict because of a violent crime she committed as a young girl. As the reader finds out about her troubled past Alice and Rosie are desperate to keep her new identity intact, and protect her from the tablo
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Candy
Sep 25, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 16+
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