BLOG TOUR: The Lives and Loves of Jesobel Jones by Anna Mainwaring- Review

Title: The Lives and Loves of Jesobel Jones
Author: Anna Mainwaring
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Portal Press
Format: Paperback and E-Book
Published: 25th March 2015
Summary: Jesobel Jones can bake. In a truly triumphant, appearing-on-TV kind of way. But this means nothing to the rest of the world, because apparently all that cake mix is starting to show – in all the wrong places. So when she lands an invite to the Party of Year by the Boy of Her Dreams, she wonders whether it’s time for a new, improved Jess. But will life still taste as good?

Anna Mainwaring's debut is a light-hearted and sometimes poignant take on the pressures that face teenage girls. It's hard to smile in all those selfies when you don't like the girl who looks back at you. But which is more important - looking perfect or being happy?

Author Information
Anna Mainwaring first read ‘The Lord of the Rings’ when she was seven and she hasn’t stopped
reading since. 

Her debut novel, “The Lives and Loves of Jesobel Jones”, follows Jess through the joy and pain of being a teenager in the modern world; first love, friendship, embarrassing families, and asks the big questions in life: how much cake is it really acceptable to eat?

After studying English at university, Anna made the foolish decision to work in corporate finance, not the best career choice for someone who a) is number dyslexic b) hates anything corporate. After travelling, Anna re-trained as an English teacher and works in a girls’ school in Cheshire. When not writing, teaching, or looking after her children, Anna can generally be found walking up a big hill, looking for inspiration.
 Author Links Website || Twitter

Tour Schedule

Monday 6th April Writing From the Tub

Tuesday 7th April Luna’s Little Library

Wednesday 8th April Ya Yeah Yeah || A Daydreamer’s Thoughts

Thursday 9th April Fiction Fascination

Friday 10th April Live to Read. Read to Live.

Saturday 11th April Serendipity Reviews || Joshua J Stories

Sunday 12th April A Thousand Words, A Million Books || Becca Talks YA

Monday 13th April Chrissi Reads || Marie’s Journal

Tuesday 14th April An Awful Lot of Reading

Wednesday 15th April The Book Moo || A Daydreamer’s Thoughts

Thursday 16th April Music, Books and Tea

Friday 17th April The Page Starts Here

Saturday 18th April Snuggling on the Sofa

Sunday 19th April Tales of Yesterday

The Lives and Loves of Jesobel Jones is the MOST brilliant book- and DEFINITELY the most realistic one that I've read in ages! Anna Mainwaring has this incredible talent of writing a story- making it seem like they're your friends and you family going through the situation, and then gives you just the right amount of crazy, the right amount of fun and the right amount of love- making this the most PERFECT contemporary ever written!

Okay, I don't even think that that made sense. But Anna's writing and Jesobel's voice struck such a personal chord within me- for I am exactly like Jesobel- overweight with image issues (well, with the exception of the amazing baking- my most accomplished feat in cooking is a simple toast) and the things she faces right down to the father who supports her regardless and the mother who passive aggressively suggests that she's not good enough- and to read something SO alike to well, my life and SO SO perfect that I fear I'm to go into a book hangover very soon.

"That's the invisible rule, isn't it? If you're a teenage girl, you should hate your body, hate food and hate yourself."

"It's like you have to choose between life and beauty.
And to be beautiful, you have to conform.
And I don't wand to conform.
But I do want Matt Paige to kiss me."

5 Golden, glowing stars from me- and if it wasn't already obvious- GO READ THE BOOK!

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