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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books (30 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1471118789
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471118784
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (170 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paige Toon was born in 1975 and grew up between England, Australia and America, following her racing driver father around the globe. A philosophy graduate, she worked at teen, film and women's magazines, before ending up at Heat magazine as Reviews Editor. Paige is married, has two small children and lives in Cambridge.
The Sun in Her Eyes, out 21 May 2015, is her tenth book.

Visit Paige's website at paigetoon.com to sign up to her free book club, 'The Hidden Paige', and say hi to her on Twitter @PaigeToonAuthor and Facebook.com/PaigeToonAuthor

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About the Author

Paige Toon was born in 1975 and grew up between England, Australia and America. A philosophy graduate, she worked at teen, film and women's magazines, before ending up at Heat magazine as Reviews Editor. Paige is married, has two small children and lives in Cambridge.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Megan ReadingInTheSunshine TOP 500 REVIEWER on 31 Jan. 2014
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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 is in for a shock as it turns out her dad is Johnny Jefferson – THE JOHNNY JEFFERSON – huge famous rockstar and one-time serial womanizer.

I thoroughly enjoyed this! I finished this in one day – if you’re like me and a huge Paige Toon fan or even a new reader you will find this impossible to put down!

Having read both Johnny Be Good and Baby Be Mine, which feature Johnny Jefferson and Meg in, I was SO thrilled at the thought of being reunited with them in Jessie’s story. It was WONDERFUL to be back with them, and to see them from Jessie’s perspective. I often wonder about characters after I finish a book – where would they be now? What would they be doing? And so for me this book is a dream come true! I had a huge grin on my face when reading about Johnny and Meg, and I was thrilled to see that a character from one of her previous books had a mention! I LOVE thinking of them all co-existing at the same time and being linked in each others lives.

Jessie is so realistic as a character, all of her emotions, thoughts and feelings shone out from the pages and it was as though she had stepped out of the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By sarahcee on 6 Feb. 2014
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Paige is without a doubt my favourite writer. This book is a first in her YA collection, but I didnt enjoy it any less than her chick lit books.

The story of Jonny and Meg is fantastic and she writes them beautifully, and Jessie is a fantastic extension of them also beautifully written. Paige provides everything you require in a book, laughs, tears, great characters, fantastic locations, escapism and most of all a great story.

I would highly recommend this book to everyone I know, there is really only one negative. This book and the last (my least favourite of all paige's stories) seem to be wrapped up too quickly. The story is well told at a good pace and then in the last few pages everything comes whizzing to a close, her last book, One Perfect Summer, felt it read like the whole thing had been written in an hour, its the only book of Paige's I wouldnt recommend. However dont be put off, as if you are an avid Paige fan, like me, then you'll love it. My love for Lucy in the Sky, Johnny Be Good and Pictures Of Lilly will never end and for that I could never give Paige a bad review and will continue to read everything she writes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chrissi Read on 30 Mar. 2014
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Paige is a fantastic writer. I can’t speak highly enough of her books. I’ve said before, but I’ll say it again, her writing is a bit deeper than your average chick-lit. She’s also a rare author in which all of her books link in some way even if they’re not specifically in the same series. I LOVE this. It makes characters so familiar and like we’re living in Paige’s and her character’s world.

I really enjoyed The Accidental Life of Jessie Jefferson. It was lovely to catch up with Johnny and Meg again. I will say, you don’t necessarily need to have read Johnny Be Good, Baby Be Mine and Johnny’s Girl to enjoy this book, but it does enhance your reading experience if you have read them.

The Accidental Life of Jessie Jefferson centres around teenager Jessie, a wild girl, who has been acting out since the death of her mother. She feels she doesn’t belong with her stepfather. Jessie wants to find out who her real dad is. Her stepfather Stu, decides to tell her who her father is as Jessie’s behaviour spirals out of control. Jessie finds out that her father is Johnny Jefferson, a rock star based in LA. Jessie flies out to LA to meet her real dad and his family. She finds out she has half brothers and begins to get to know them. Jessie is flung into a world of A-List parties, shopping, nice cars and of course…boys!

Jessie isn’t a character that I immediately warmed to. She comes across as very bratty, but with incredibly good reason. She’s feeling pain and guilt over her mother’s death and is taking it out on the people closest to her. I didn’t like the way she treated her stepfather, but I could understand why she was feeling such pain. She felt like an orphan. She wanted to know her real father, which is completely understandable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on 31 Mar. 2014
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Brilliant book can't wait for the sequel 2015. Paige Toon's book are the only ones I really get lost in especially the one with Meg and Johnny. 5 star recommended.
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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 easy to read story, that was highly enjoyable.

Jessie has gone off the rails a bit recently. She is reeling from her mum's tragic death, and is suddenly playing up to the troubled teen stereotype. She is living with her step dad Stuart (who is also a teacher at her school), and her mum had always refused to reveal the name of Jessie's "real dad".

After asking her stepdad if he knows who her father is, she is told the whole story, and it turns out to be mega rock star Johnny Jefferson. Johnny is currently living in LA, and invites Jessie over for a week to get to know the family.

I loved all of Jessie's story, from the troubled teen, just trying to make sense of a world where her beloved mother dies in a freak accident, to what she gets up to in LA. During the book, she tests boundaries, and does start to mature a bit.

The interactions between Jessie and Johnny, are as you may expect stilted at first, and then they blossom, especially once Johnny explains his version of the romance between himself and Jessie's mother.

It has been years since I read a book about teens for teens, and it has made me remember my younger days of reading, when I would have loved this book and probably shared it around my class at school.
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