Reader Reviewed Finding Jennifer Jones by Anne Cassidy

Finding Jennifer Jones

Written by Anne Cassidy

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February 2014 Book of the Month A gripping and emotionally compelling thriller from award-winning Anne Cassidy who has cleverly followed up Looking for JJ with an equally enthralling sequel. Now a student with a job, a flat, friends and a passably normal way of life, Jennifer Jones has become Kate. While outsiders see her as an average student leading a normal life inside Kate knows that she is completely different to everyone else. Despite everything she has done to help herself, her past will never fade away and she can never make up for the terrible thing that she did all those years ago. Anne Cassidy cleverly tells enough of the back story to make this easy to read even for those who haven’t read the original title. But it is even better if you have!

A Piece of Passion from Emma Matthewson, Editor-at-Large, Hot Key Books

Sometimes you have to wait a long time for books - and that is certainly the case with this one! Anne Cassidy wrote Looking for JJ ten years ago. Many, many people loved it and it was shortlisted for the Carnegie Award. Anne's portrayal of Jennifer, a girl who accidentally killed her best friend, was rightly praised. But even though Anne was asked again and again whether she would ever write a sequel, Anne did not feel it was right - until now. With Finding Jennifer Jones, Anne has finally found a way to write about Jennifer. So if you know Jennifer already and want to find out what happens to her, you will have to read it! If you haven't read Looking for JJ, do if you can - both books guarantee you an intriguing and thought-provoking read.

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Finding Jennifer Jones by Anne Cassidy

Kate Rickman seems just like any other nineteen-year-old girl. She goes to university, she dates nice, normal boys and she works in her local tourist office at the weekend. But Kate's not really normal at all. 'Kate' is in fact a carefully constructed facade for a girl called Jennifer Jones - and it's a facade that's crumbling fast.

Jennifer has spent the last nine years frantically trying to escape from her horrifying past. Increasingly desperate, Jennifer decides to do something drastic. She contacts the only other girl who might understand what she's dealing with, breaking every rule of her parole along the way. Lucy Bussell is the last person Jennifer expects any sympathy from, but she's also the last person she has left.

Finding Jennifer Jones is the powerful sequel to the highly acclaimed, Carnegie Medal nominated Looking for JJ. It is a tense, emotional thriller about guilt, running away and wondering if you can ever truly know yourself.


Teens love reading and we invited a small number of members and browsers to review Finding Jennifer Jones. You can read their reviews below.

Lauren Coffman, age 14 - 'I would highly recommend this book to young teens - even if you haven't read the first one in the series. The characters are fascinating and it covers a difficult topic without being too heavy.' Click Here to read the full review.

Lola Bridgeman, age 16 - 'A long awaited sequel to a YA classic, this definitely does not disappoint. Finding Jennifer Jones takes an unflinching look at the consequences of tragic actions, even those of a child.' Click Here to read the full review.

Madi Campbell, age 14 - 'Finding Jennifer Jones is a mysterious book which keeps you wanting to read on, curious what secrets will be told to you next. A fantastic read, a book which should be on everyone's wish list.' Click Here to read the full review.

Charlotte , age 13 - 'This story is a very interesting and realistic tale of a girl and her life after a terrible crime. It shows the repercussions and difficulties that follow her.' Click Here to read the full review.

Emily Setchell, age 13 - 'Overall a thrilling read, and something I would definitely recommend to a friend.' Click Here to read the full review.

Juliana Christianson, age 14
'this book kept me up at night wondering what the next page would is one I will not forget. Tragic, intense but heart-warming' Click Here to read the full review.

Danielle Shepherd, age 17 - 'I really enjoyed reading the sequel to ‘Looking for JJ’, and was glad that she got so many chances to change. Kate was an amazing character, would definitely recommend reading the book.' Click Here to read the full review.

Ruth Ward, Library and Resources Manager - 'There is a gentle, nagging tension to ‘Finding Jennifer Jones’ throughout – not sensational, or overplayed - which makes for a thought-provoking read...Don’t let anyone spoil the ending for you and immerse yourself in a five star read.' Click Here to read the full review.

Josh Hall, age 13 - 'A brilliant thriller which mirrors real life very accurately.' Click Here to read the full review.

Izzy Read, age 13 - 'JJ is back! Finding Jennifer Jones is a unique kind of book, on a difficult topic-murder- yet you can’t put it down.' Click Here to read the full review.

Safiyah Davenport, age 15 - 'Captivating, deep and true to life, Finding Jennifer Jones is an excellent book to add onto your reading list.' Click Here to read the full review.

About the Author

Anne Cassidy

Anne Cassidy lives in Essex. She was a teacher for twenty years. Her first book was published in 1991 and she has since published over twenty teen novels. She is the author of Looking for JJ, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Award 2004 and the Carnegie Medal 2005 and won the 2004 Booktrust Teenage Book Award.

As a crime writer, inspiration for Anne’s books often comes from news stories of teen crime. Anne is also interested in the philosophical aspect of murder. She says, ‘People take great delight in reading Crime Fiction. Why is this? We live in a modern liberal society which abhors the death penalty yet we soak up murder stories in print and on television. So I asked myself the question is it ever right to murder? Are there any circumstances that make murder the preferable option?’

Anne's 'Ten things I want you to know about me'

I was one of the first people in the country to have plastic surgery on the NHS. I had my ears pinned back. When I came out of the operating theatre my whole head was bandaged up and my mum said she thought I’d had brain surgery.

I went to a girl’s convent high school. My best friends were the most important people in my life. Sometimes they went off with someone else and it broke my heart. I always took them back. I had no pride.

I wore the shortest mini skirts that I could find. I also wore wigs and false eyelashes and thigh length boots. I was tacky.

My son never reads any of my books. Even though he’s a character in a lot of them. He prefers to read real life stuff about the Mafia.

My husband reads all of my books. He says he likes them but he would say that, wouldn’t he?

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Interest Age: From 13


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6th February 2014




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