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January Jones

January Jones reviews 'Girl Next Door' by Alyssa Brugman and 'Somebody's Crying' by Maureen McCarthy

April 2009, no. 310 01 April 2009
Two new young adult novels explore the complexities of family. While Maureen McCarthy’s Somebody’s Crying details a daughter’s painful loss of her mother, Alyssa Brugman’s Girl Next Door negotiates the hardships of teenage life while coming to terms with family bankruptcy. Despite an unsolved crime being at the centre of Somebody’s Crying, Maureen McCarthy’s new novel is not a murder- ... (read more)

January Jones reviews 'Don't Tell Eve' by Airlie Lawson

December 2009–January 2010, no. 317 01 December 2009
In the vein of classical Hollywood films such as The Lady Eve and All About Eve, Airlie Lawson’s début novel recounts a familiar narrative involving a mysterious career woman named Eve. A kind of The Devil Wears Prada for the publishing industry, Don’t Tell Eve scrutinises the dealings of Papyrus Press, ‘a respectable, old-fashioned publishing house’ – until the arrival of the new boss, ... (read more)

January Jones reviews 'Everything Beautiful' by Simmone Howell

February 2009, no. 308 01 February 2009
Just as God created the earth in seven days, Simmone Howell’s Everything Beautiful rebuilds the life of sixteen-year-old Riley Rose in a week spent at a Christian summer camp. Two years after the death of her mother, Lilith (an allusion to Adam’s first wife), atheist Riley has become the quintessential bad girl – smoking, drinking and getting arrested. On the advice of her father’s new gi ... (read more)