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Book Review: Possessing Jessie by Nancy Springer

This one….this one marks a first for me.

Could not stand this book. I gave it the benefit of the doubt (and by that I mean I read it all the way through. Thankfully it was only 80 pages).

I haven’t read anything else by Nancy Springer so I can’t compare it to any of her other stories, though Possessing Jessie was just…awful.

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It’s a book that could have potentially been a great story, though it gets caught up in all these typical stereotypes and that’s what ruined it for me.

Case in point, a few key examples:

When Jessie’s father is having a one-on-one session with his therapist, in a nutshell, his therapist, the person who is supposed to be encouraging, tells him he needs to “man up” and reach out to his estranged children.

Isn’t a therapist supposed to help you better yourself and heal at your own pace? What kind of therapist tells you to “man up” and deal with your issues? Not. Okay. And honestly just ignorant.

Example Two:

Jessie’s best friend (I forgot her name because I honestly just didn’t want to remember anything about this), is a supportive friend who is, get this, described as a “big, strong black girl.”


Rarely does a book stir me up so intensely that I put it down and frown at it, but yeah, that happened. If only I had read this book before graduating high school. I would’ve used that as my senior quote.

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If you’ve been on Goodreads for a while and scroll through the comments and reviews of books, you know there’s a good amount of trolls on there and reviewers who just straight up bash the author and the book.

I try not to do that because even if I just loathe a book, I still recognize and respect that the author took time to write the story and publish it. I don’t think trolling really helps anyone get better at their passion/craft.

So, with all that said, this book was just bad. The plot was… not even a decent plot, the main characters fit into all the annoying, typical stereotypes, and… there was just nothing good about it really. I won’t rule out Nancy Springer as an author because I like to give people the benefit of the doubt, though Possessing Jessie was just….not it.

Wouldn’t recommend it. (If you couldn’t already tell, haha.)

Rating (*cringes because I have never given a rating this low*) 1/5.

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