Being Jamie Baker by Kelly Oram

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Title: Being Jamie Baker
Author: Kelly Oram
Paperback, 353 pages
Source: ARC Tour
Published: June 14th 2010 by Bluefields
Author Website: .


An accident that should end in tragedy instead gives seventeen-year-old Jamie Baker a slew of uncontrollable superhuman abilities.

To keep her secret safe Jamie socially exiles herself, earning the title of Rocklin High's resident ice queen. But during a supercharged encounter with star quarterback Ryan Miller she literally kisses anonymity goodbye. Now the annoyingly irresistible Ryan will stop at nothing to melt the heart of the ice queen and find out what makes her so special.

Unfortunately, Ryan is not the only person on to her secret. Will Jamie learn to contain her unstable powers before being discovered by the media or turned into a government lab rat?

More importantly, can she throw Ryan Miller off her trail before falling in love with him?

My Thoughts:

I wasn't sure what to expect when I got this book because I hadn't heard much about it. The little synopsis on the back sounded fun and I hadn't read a YA super hero novel in a while, so I thought I'd give it a try. Little did I know how much I would actually like this story. The voice of this novel really drew me in and gave the main character a likability that hooked me into the story. Our main character was once a beauty queen, but after an accident caused her to be all super powerish, she becomes a "freaky" loner. The guys in her school all agree she's the hottest girl in the school. None of them approach her though because she is the resident Ice Queen. Being social is not an option for Jamie Baker. The fact that she has super hearing allows her to over hear the two hot guys in the school making a bet about kissing the ice queen to decide which one of the two get to ask out the second hottest girl in the school. Jamie is so sarcastic in her thoughts. She's like no way am I going to kiss you Ryan Miller, the self-absorbed jock boy who thinks he is God's gift. But Ryan wins her over and gets that kiss (this is all in the opening BTW) and he becomes her love sick stalker every minute after.

This book was so funny. I loved how Jamie Baker wavers on wanting to be a normal girl, but knows she can't so she just keeps pushing people away. It makes for a great internal struggle. Ryan Miller totally won me over. There's just something about over-confident hot guys that make me melt.

So read this one if you are looking for a light, romantic tale about a female super hero in disguise! 


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