Happy 10th Anniversary to Looking for JJ! It’s got a gorgeously awesome new cover!
Thank you Scholastic Australia for the review-copy! Looking for JJ first came out in February, 2004. Heh, I feel so old right now…2004 was TEN YEARS AGO?!!
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 she adores. But Alice’s past is dangerous, and violent, and sad . . . and it’s about to rip her new life apart.
A gripping and emotionally searing novel by accomplished British author Anne Cassidy,Looking for JJ infuses a terrifying subject with humanity and hope.
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 can’t review it with spoilers so therefore…
Welcome to the most cryptic and unhelpful review I’ve ever done! Woot. Go me. NO SPOILERS. And since one of the most surprising things happens in the first 3 chapters…um sooo…where do I go from here?
I’ll do this review-not-a-review in list format, okay? Just know now, though: I recommend this book. I like this book. It’s better if you go in without any information at all.
1. It’s about a murder.
Murder stories are scary. Period. But when they are about 3 little girls, all under 10-years-old? That brings chilling to a new level.
2. It’s very, very sad.
Cue Jaws theme music.
4. The covers sure evolved!
Let’s have a quite look at the history of the covers:
I’m loving the new one with the paper trees and the pink cut-out of the girl.
5. It asks a very important question: can a person change?
I tossed up whether to mention this, but I think the blurb nearly mentions it, so I’m safe. I like books that ask questions. Books should make us think! Even if our lives don’t deal with the topic of “can a murderer change” it’s still a very day-to-day thing we struggle with. Can you forgive someone for their past? Should you give people the chance to change and risk them hurting someone again?
This book is chilling and sad and excellently written. I have goosebumps. I need a hug.
Cait only just finished Looking for JJ today! Usually she has reviews coming out her ears…but now? Gosh. She needs to get reading. Speaking of which, she’s reading Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and also listening to Water for Elephants and also plotting a new book and also editing. Words. She sees words everywhere. Also, she likes chocolate chip ice cream. Just sayin’.