Has Anyone Seen Jessica Jenkins? by Liz Kessler

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Title: Has Anyone Seen Jessica Jenkins?

Author: Liz Kessler

Published By: Candlewick Press (2015)

Synopsis: Jessica Jenkins is missing…

Jessica Jenkins has always thought she was a perfectly ordinary girl, until the day that part of her arm vanishes in the middle of a Geography lesson! Her best friend Izzy is determined to help Jessica realise what a great opportunity the power to turn invisible could be, but where has her new ability come from? Does this mean she’s a superhero? And, when her friends are threatened, can Jessica use her superpower to help? (Taken from Goodreads.)


This book was just a classic fantasy story, in my opinion. The main character discovers she has some magical power, then (rather than freaking out or telling her parents) goes out and uses it to have some fun, like pranking people. Then she discovers the secret behind the power, and suddenly is out on an epic journey to 1) locate these other superpowered ones and 2) to stop the world from evil.

See what I mean?

None of this to say I didn’t like this book. In fact, I quite enjoyed it. It was fast-paced, intruging, and completely, one-hundred-percent fantastical, but what else can you expect from Liz Kessler?

However, this book was extremely unrealistic. Well, of course nobody can turn invisible. Let me explain my definition of “unrealistic”: Even when a book is a total fantasy that could never occur in life, I prefer when it is written well enough that you come away almost believing it could. The suspension of disbelief I believe in the correct term.

This book, from the very first sentence to the last, was through-and-through fantasy. For example, Jess never told her parents about her power, but she had no issue telling her friend, a weird boy, and the most popular girl in class. She’s following around dangerous people, sneaking into other people’s houses, and rescuing kidnapped people, all without any—ANY—adult involvement. When she gets a message saying her friend has been kidnapped and is being held for ransom, she says, “We must save him!” rather than go to the police. Not that any of this is wrong, it’s just the elements that further prove my unrealistic theory. Normally I wouldn’t have a problem with the realism or unrealism in a fantasy—normally, I guess I’d overlook it—but in this case, it started out being written as if it were a real story. While in other books you know from the start they aren’t meant to take place in real life, this book seemed like it was, and then, when it turned into a full-fledged fantasy, I just kept looking for those signs of realism and instead found impracticality.

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I did enjoy this book. It was fun, imaginative, fantastical, and a quick read, and I’d recommend it for anyone looking for a fun fantasy novel. You won’t be disappointed.

Rating: 3.0 

Recommended to: Anyone looking for a fun fantasy novel!



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