Jessica by Bryce Courtenay, Book Review

I first read this book when I was ten years old. It was the school holidays and we were staying at our family shack. I spent the most of the eight week break with my nose between the pages rejecting any notion of outdoor play.

Jessica was my first ‘adult’ book. Up until this time, I had only read books such as The Babysitter’s Club series and the Enchanted Forest. But reading Jessica started a Bruce Courtenay marathon with subsequent readings of The Power of One and April Fools Day.

As a ten year old, reading Jessica changed my life. Ten year old me had just lost her German Shephard dog to a snake bite, so when Jessica had lost her dog to a snake bike, I cried my little girl heart out. I can remember Mum coming into the room to comfort me – something Jessica ironically had never experienced. But despite the tears, I couldn’t put the book down.

Reading it again almost twenty years later evoked similar emotions. While I breezed past the pages that upset me as a child, this time I found myself crying my big girl heart out over anything related to pregnancy and babies. But again, despite the tears, I couldn’t put it down.

This time I found the adult me could relate to Jessica in more ways than one. Since moving to Canberra, and often travelling from Melbourne, I have often remarked on the beauty of the Murrumbidgee River. I had forgotten that this was where Jessica was based. Perhaps on some unconscious level I hadn’t forgotten.

The book I had read as a child was still touching be as an adult. This time reading it, I spent the large portion of 5 days with my nose between the pages, rejecting any notion wife/motherly responsibilities. A highly recommended book for young adults +.

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Lauren Jackman is the author of Canberra Mummy. A self-confessed perfectionist, Lauren writes about the truth about pregnancy and parenting for perfectionist mummies. Lauren is a mum, wife, author, runner and a not a bad cook

7 Comments on Jessica by Bryce Courtenay, Book Review

  1. How lovely. I love reading and loved it as a young girl. My first adult books were the flowers the the attic series.

  2. This is one of my favourite books! Loved reading your review.

  3. Lauren, I think for anyone who has read this book will put it in high regards as far as books go. I love it and have read it several times. My heart still cries for Jessica and her sad life. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us.

    • Thanks Jennifer. No one I actually know personally has read it… what they are missing! I am so pleased that you and others like it as much as I do.

  4. Lauren

    What other book would you suggest like Jessica

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