Rebel with a Cupcake
Jesobel Jones is the Rebel with a Cupcake. She’s the teen who feeds her family despite her model mother’s and older sister’s horror, and maintains a positive body attitude. Then comes the incident, when a fall leaves her leg exposed as her leggings tear. As it’s Own Clothes’ Day and there’s little hope of changing, Jess is forced to stay in school. The barbs are out, not least from Zara Lovechild. Suddenly something changes in Jess. She dares to defy the name callers and baiters and conformity at school. However, in doing so, something proud in Jess snaps. Suddenly she’s worried about her image and how people see her.
Although there’s admiration for her stance according to YouTube evidence of ‘the incident’, Jess is more concerned as to how she appears, especially to Matt. He’s smiled at her, is amused by her jokes, and impressed that she’s the daughter of a 90’s rock band guitarist. Are Jess’s mother and sister right? Do boys prefer thin girls? Certainly by the amount of attention that Cat receives from boys it seems that’s true. So what is Jess to do? Furthermore, will a change in attitude and habit mean other changes for Jess?
Anna Mainwaring writes deftly. We are quick to like Jess’s common sense, indefatigability and loyalty to her friends. Thereafter, we’re concerned as her confidence sinks and instincts shift. Will Jess be able to realise that what she has right in front of her is what she and other people seek? The message is clear and sympathetic. Jesobel Jones is an entirely likeable, believable character, recognisable in each of us, rather like Sam in The Gifted, the Talented and Me.
Bookwagon is really happy to recommend Rebel with a Cupcake to our YA readers.