Library Journal Review
Gr 9 Up-High schooler Jesobel Jones begins her story on Own Clothes Day at School-the exciting, or dreaded day, depending on who you are. She gets ready with her friends, experimenting in her own style, but soon starts to consider her public persona vs. her self-image and whether or not her love for cooking, baking, and all things food is affecting her social status. On this infamous day in school, Jess starts out with a mishap with the school bully and ends with a party invitation by her crush. The story follows Jess and her journey from fitting in to her ultimate self-discovery, all the while learning some lessons about family, friendship, love, and being herself. This fun read is told from the perspective of Jess-an engaging and easily relatable narrator. Mainwaring has captured what it's like to be a teenager and brings about all the feelings about being in high school-the hopes, the fears, and everything in between. VERDICT For a contemporary, enjoyable, and relatable novel for all teens, this one is a must-read.-Caitlin Wilson, Meadowdale Library, North Chesterfield, VA © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Booklist Review
Until a school encounter with mean-girl Zara sets off a wardrobe malfunction, Jesobel Jess Jones has never felt self-conscious about her weight. She loves to cook and feed people, and she can't understand why her former-­supermodel mother and perfect older sister, Cat, seem so unhappy in their slender bodies. But when her leggings self-destruct, she wonders if Zara might be right. She forms a tenuous bond with Cat, who runs with her and gives her eating advice (albeit fairly extreme), and she catches the attention of Matt, a local heartthrob. Still, she feels as if she's betraying her old self and ultimately decides to do what makes her happy. Each chapter is headed with an observation or a rule about being a teenage girl, every one spot-on. Other subplots include a little sister with an abusive imaginary friend and Jess' grandmother who won't leave her room. Mainwaring has an ear for dialogue and a terrific sense of humor that shines through every page while lending the dynamic characters a great deal of dignity.--Scanlon, Donna Copyright 2018 Booklist