Sunday, July 17, 2011

Review: Being Jamie Baker

Being Jamie Baker by Kelly Oram
Publisher: Bluefields
Publication Date: June 14, 2010

"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?" (From Goodreads website)

You should watch this amazing book trailer it is what convinced me to buy the book.

My Review:
Loved this book Jamie was a normal girl until a chemical spill changed everything and she found herself with green hair, yellow eyes, heightened senses, and other superpowers.  It starts out with Ryan Miller trying to get a kiss from Jamie in order to win a bet, he is very straight forward about his reason, but after the kiss he falls for her.  Jamie on the other hand tries to push him away since she is doesn't always have control over her powers and is trying to deal with her past.  Oram finds a way to make Ryan's pursuit of Jamie very endearing I couldn't help but smile at how sweet and charming he is throughout the book.  While Jamie puts up a cold front she is a very likeable character who avoids others for their own good, since she can't always control her powers.  Although Jamie's parents don't have a huge role they are super supportive of her and try to make sure she leads as normal a life as she can, it was nice to see parents who were involved but not trying to hover over her.  Most of the book focuses on Jamie and Ryan, but there is also someone after Jamie trying to expose her secret and is stalking her relentlessly.  The story moves along smoothly and without meaning to I read the book in a couple of hours.  There are surprising twists, sweet moments, and drama.  There is one small plot hole that I wish was given more closure (it has to do with a side character).  I would highly recommend this book and will definitely read anything else Oram writes in the future.  

You can read the first chapter of Being Jamie Baker over at

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