Finding Jennifer Jones

Finding Jennifer Jones 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

  • Title: Finding Jennifer Jones
  • Author: Anne Cassidy
  • ISBN: 9781471402289
  • Page: 357
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 fKate 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.

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    1. I had high hopes for this book because Looking For JJ is such a brilliant piece of fiction and one of the books I read as a teen that's really stuck with me. Unfortunately, there's just nothing really *new* here. Looking For JJ was so brilliant because it explored the very difficult issues surrounding murder and children and what life there is after committing a terrible crime as a child. Finding Jennifer Jones is pretty much just more of that. Maybe there would have been more to say if the nove [...]

    2. I was so ecstatic when I saw this book! I loved 'Looking for JJ' when I read it many years ago and I was looking forward to reading more.I re-read 'Looking for JJ' as I wanted to refresh my memory to what happens. So I got them both on audiobook. I enjoyed listening to them back-to-back, but in doing this I feel that 'Finding Jennifer Jones' didn't quite measure up to the first.Don't get me wrong, I still really liked this! I'm glad Anne Cassidy wrote it because it shows you more about what happ [...]

    3. I LOVED Looking For JJ and I mean LOVED IT. I originally read JJ ten years ago and t is a story that has stayed with me, so finding out now that there was a recent sequel was exciting and terrifying for me at the same time.I REALLY liked this - I felt Finding Jennifer Jones really answered questions and rounded things off better for me - at the end of JJ I wanted more and I had wondered about JJ and what she would be doing - so it was fascinating to catch up with her and find out how this traged [...]

    4. I began reading this book and got to about a quarter of the way through, and since putting it down I've had no desire to pick it back up again. A shame, considering I loved the first one!

    5. This is the second book of a duology, but I never read the first one. However, I think it's okay to be read as a standalone, as there's a part in this book that gives you a flashback of the main character's life when she was younger. Kate Rickman, or her real name Jennifer Jones, had killed her friend when they were 10, and she was convicted for it. She was released with a new identity and a new life, allowed to finish her degree, but she was not feeling really good having to lie to people about [...]

    6. Really interesting conclusion to Jennifer's story. Earlier this year I finally read Looking For JJ, the first book by Anne Cassidy about child killer, Jennifer Jones. I thought that book was dark and surprising and very thought-provoking and after I finished reading it, I was incredibly intrigued to see where the author would take this story next. And I wasn't disappointed with the sequel, Finding Jennifer Jones. It didn't quite reach the same level of emotions that Looking For JJ did but it was [...]

    7. I LOVED Looking for JJ. I mean, it wasn't an easy read, but it was so brilliantly done. We knew basically from the beginning who the killer was, but not who the victim was or what the motive was. So I was pretty excited when I stumbled across this sequel at the library last week. What I got, though, was more of the exact same stuff we'd had before, minus the big "OH MY GOD, MUST KEEP READING TO FIND OUT WHO DID IT" compulsion. Our protagonist is now nineteen and living in a share house, and maki [...]

    8. Grade: DEighteen-year-old Kate Rickman, is always looking over her shoulders, waiting to be identified as Jennifer Jones, the ten-year-old who killed her playmate. She's been out of prison for two years and has a second identity in this sequel to LOOKING FOR JJ. Kate decides to locate the third girl from the woods that fateful day, Lucy Bussell and apologize, even though doing so is strictly forbidden as a condition of her release. The only reason I was interested in FINDING JENNIFER JONES was t [...]

    9. A well-written sequel which I enjoyed, and I liked the new characters. I don't understand why Jennifer never tells anyone that Mr Cottis was going to take photos on the day she deliberately stayed away, which ended in her killing Michelle. Surely that's mitigating circumstancesI felt her mother should have had to answer to that. That not being addressed or resolved let the book down for me, that the upbringing of Jennifer by her mother led to her occasional bursts of anger and violence. I might [...]

    10. The truly remarkable sequel to a truly remarkable young adult novel. As with 'Looking For JJ', I really struggled to put 'Finding Jennifer Jones' down. The way Anne Cassidy writes about her characters makes you feel you really know them; each is a complex as a real human being. She covers taboo subjects with ease and confidence, using simple but evocative language that never gets in the way of the story. This book provides a very satisfying conclusion to a shocking tale. I simply cannot praise i [...]

    11. I was totally and utterly gripped to this book - that was worth a five star rating. It has a fantastic plot and I loved being able to just pick it up and understand (I hadn't read the first book). I couldn't put it down and was completely drawn in and finished it in a day. My one complaint is that at times it was slightly narrative but I guess that's because it was written in 3rd person. This is the only reason I didn't give it five stars! Oh and the ending was slightly abrupt. But seriously ama [...]

    12. Finding Jennifer Jones is a bittersweet book of pasts and secrets. This book was a surprise second edition to “Looking For JJ”, 10 years after its release. Kate is hiding the secret that as a 10 year old girl, she did a terrible thing, and now she lives with it every day, and the people around her dont know a thing. This book kept my interest and at times it was so suspenseful I couldn’t put it down. A great read overall, and addition to the first book.

    13. Finding Jennifer Jones is the last book in our Kid-Lit challenge for this year and one we thought we'd leave until last to savour as we enjoyed the first book in the series so much in 2016, Looking For JJ. Quite often, I find the second book in a series a bit of a let down if I've loved the first so much but luckily, this wasn't the case at all with Finding Jennifer Jones. It was just as gut-wrenching and poignant as the first novel and it instantly made me remember why I loved the author's writ [...]

    14. I put off reading this book for a VERY long time. I read Looking for JJ a very long time ago and it was hands down one of my favourite books. I had my own version of what happened to Kate Rickman and I didn't want to change that. I bought Finding Jennifer Jones a year or so ago and let it sit on my shelf for a long time. Finally, I picked it up ( 2 days ago). Again the book was split into correlating sections, which I LOVE. The way in which Anne Cassidy wrote the tale of Jennifer Jones is beauti [...]

    15. I absolutely adored this novel. I LOVED Looking for JJ and I had low expectations for this novel due to all the horrid reviews on . I was completely astonished. I felt like I understood a different aspect of Jennifer's life. I recommend this novel to anyone who loved Looking for JJ. -M

    16. This is one of those rare cases in which I actually like the second book better than the first. I didn’t think Jennifer’s story was fully over in the first book, and this made it feel more complete. There were more loose ends that were tied up in this one, with a much more satisfying conclusion.

    17. It was okay. I much preferred the pace of Looking for JJ over the sequel, as by this point I felt as though the same conflict was happening over and over again. A portion of this book was a flashback that I didn't feel was needed unless you hadn't read the first book. It was a bit long-winded, and many parallels between the two books with Jimmy vs Frankie, Rosie vs Sally and Ruth. But not altogether unlikable.

    18. I was afraid I wouldn’t like this one as much as the first one. But it turns out, it ended up being just as good. In fact, I’m really surprised and happy that Lucy turned out to be so friendly toward Jennifer. That was a pleasant occurance. I’d been wondering what had happened to her, since they never mentioned her again in the first book. I was looking forward to reading about her in this one. It's really a shame what ended up happening to Joe, and the connection to the slimy Mr. Cottis. [...]

    19. This was a perfect sequel!!! It was engaging and interesting and I didn't see that decision coming. I felt like Jennifer/Kate wasI connected with her more this time and I don't know why but I'm glad I did. (view spoiler)[ Also, the 'flashback' or the 8 years ago part was really interesting and(hide spoiler)] I enjoyed reading about that more than I did in Looking for JJ. I feel like Looking for JJ was just the set up to this and am super glad I read this because I definitely enjoyed this more th [...]

    20. 4.5 stars. Brilliant.Jennifer Jones, child killer.Would she ever be able to leave that headline behind? When I picked up Looking for JJ on a whim a few years ago, I never thought I would like it as much as I did. Anne Cassidy is, quite frankly, a genius. We meet Jennifer Jones for the first time, and I felt extremely conflicted about feeling sympathy for someone who committed such a heinous crime at a young age. It goes without saying that you need to read the first novel to fully appreciate &am [...]

    21. Original review posted hereI was super excited when I first heard about this sequel to the wonderful Looking for JJ, which was a favourite book of mine as a teen. However, when I thought about it a bit more, the doubts started creeping in. Looking for JJ was an amazing stand alone book in my head for ten years and I’d never really thought it needed a sequel. What if the new book was surplus and it tainted the original for me?Luckily, this wasn’t the case. Finding Jennifer Jones had plenty of [...]

    22. After reading the blurb for Finding Jennifer Jones, I was immediately interested - having never read any other books by Anne Cassidy, I didn't know what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised by the book and its contents. Being a "crime novel" (I think) I expected a little more action and perhaps a more psychological edge, but all round the novel was quite normal, for its situation, and this worked well for the fact that it was from the perspective of a nineteen-year-old, Kate Rickman.I found it [...]

    23. An excellent continuation from Looking for JJ. In its predecessor, the plot revolved around the release from custody of 'child killer' Jennifer Jones and the furore this sparked. Now settled at University with a new identity, this instalment is more about her finding her own identity and what she is going to do with the rest of her life, living with her guilt and the consequence of acts done when she was just 10.The sections that most interested me were the continuing flashbacks that pick up fro [...]

    24. Review by BethI hadn’t read Looking for JJ the precursor to this novel and the first in Anne Cassidy’s Jennifer Jones series but it didn’t appear I needed to as immediately I found myself drawn into Kate’s world and unable to escape it. This is one of those novels which I devoured in less than 48 hours and was left wanting to know where it went next.Kate Rickman is our protagonist, it’s her new identity and the person she has to become to fit into her new home of Exmouth. As the blurb [...]

    25. This review has been crossposted from my blog at The Cosy Dragon . Please head there for more in-depth reviews by me, which appear on a timely schedule.Jennifer Jones has been asked to relocate her life once again. Now named Kate Rickman, she seems just like any other girl, going to university and working casually. Her past is always haunting her, and when current events in her life break her reserves, she contacts the only other person who was there when Jennifer killed for the first time.I lis [...]

    26. This is the follow up book to looking for JJ, the first book deals with Jennifer as a child ,her home life events leading up to the murder, the aftermath and the start of the rehabilitation . The book ends with her identity being found out by journalists and her having to change her identity, move away and a change of plan. So this book starts with her in a new town, half way through her degree and living with new people and working at the tourist information centre. All is going well until a yo [...]

    27. So I loved Looking for JJ and couldn't wait to read Finding Jennifer Jones and when it came up on the Carnegie Nominations list it was the perfect opportunity to move it forward on my to-read list.Finding Jennifer Jones is about Kate Rickman(Jennifer Jones) who cannot come to terms with what she did. She is trying to find her identity and how to overcome the guilt she feels about killing Michelle. I really liked the book for exactly the same reasons as I loved Looking for JJ, it really gets into [...]

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