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Trina St. Jean. Orca, $12.95 trade paper (312p) ISBN 978-1-4598-0807-2
“My name is Jessica, and I am fifteen years old. And thanks to a bison bull named Ramses on their—our—ranch, my brain is mush.” Jessica’s memories are a blur after she awakens in a hospital from a coma, unable to recognize herself, her family, or her friends. After returning home, Jessica is more comfortable around her playful younger brother, Stephen, than her saddened parents and friends, whose reactions are realistically portrayed. Exploring her old text messages and social media history, Jessica investigates “the Girl in the Mirror”: who she used to be. Her past self seems eerily perfect and contented, which starts to make her suspicious—why was she in the bison pen? And does she really want to know? Debut author St. Jean delicately and thoroughly explores the internal life of a character suffering from amnesia, detailing Jessica’s feelings of separation from herself and the weight of others’ expectations through an introspective first-person narrative. The mystery surrounding Jessica’s accident and a growing fear for what she will discover will keep readers invested in her story. Ages 12–up. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 03/02/2015
Release date: 04/01/2015
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