Teen Fiction SPRINGE
Summary: SPRINGER, Nancy. Possessing Jessie. 88p. CIP. Holiday House. 2010. Tr $16.95. ISBN 978-0-8234-2259-3. LC 2009031638. Gr 7-10 -Jessie is grief-stricken after her brother's death. Her mother has become unresponsive, refusing to eat, and has not spoken to Jessie since the accident. All her life, the teen has failed to win her mother's attention and now she has an idea. Become Jason, dressing in his clothes, adopting his speech patterns and strut. At first it is difficult but as time goes by, it becomes easier especially since her mother is finally talking and paying attention to her. The more Jessie pretends, the more Jason's persona comes forth, until finally she has no choice. Jason, the more dominate sibling, is trying to reclaim his life. The ending is abrupt, leaving readers with an eerie, creepy feeling. Springer has written a twisted story, and while characterization is weak and the story line can be frustrating for those readers who need resolution, this tightly woven novel is fast-paced and will be of interest to readers who like light horror. -Sharon Morrison, Henry G. Bennett Memorial Library, Durant, OK
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