Bound To Stay Bound

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 This is not the Jess Show
 Author: Carey, Anna

 Publisher:  Quirk Books (2022)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 319 p.,  23 cm

 BTSB No: 186134 ISBN: 9781683691976
 Ages: 14-18 Grades: 9-12

 Reality -- Fiction
 Secrets -- Fiction
 Family life -- Fiction
 High schools -- Fiction
 School stories
 Dating (Social customs) -- Fiction

Price: $9.01

When strange things start happening in Jess Flynn's hometown of Swickley, the high-school junior suspects reality isn't as it seems and seeks to uncover the truth about her family, her friends, and her town.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: UG
   Reading Level: 5.20
   Points: 11.0   Quiz: 513574

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 10/01/2020 Gr 6–10—Carey's latest is an entertaining thrill ride set in the 1990s that will keep readers guessing even after the twist is revealed. Jess Flynn has a lot on her mind. A high school junior with a newfound crush on her best guy friend, Jess is also dealing with her sister Sara's illness, which seems to be worsening by the day. And then there are the odd things that keep happening around town: Half the population is out sick with a mysterious flu, her two best friends keep pushing her away from her crush and toward another boy, and only Jess seems to hear a mysterious chanting. When Sara is hospitalized, Jess begins to see the cracks in her world more clearly, and once she realizes the truth nothing will ever be the same. Jess is a relatable protagonist whom readers will root for as she forges through Carey's upside-down world and topsy-turvy plot. As the narrative careens past the twist, Carey's scrutiny of modern-day life resonates. Friendships, romantic relationships, and familial bonds are all examined via new perspectives as Carey's thriller not only entertains, it makes one think. Race and skin color aren't explicitly stated, though one of Jess's friends "look[s] like Dionne from Clueless." VERDICT A fun and thoughtful thriller; this YA novel will please fans of E. Lockhart and Kiera Cass.—Elissa Bongiorno, Washington, DC - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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