Review: Being Jamie Baker by Kelly Oram


Title: Being Jamie Baker

Author:  Kelly Oram

Publisher:  Bluefields

ISBN: 978-0615377544


May Contain Spoilers

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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?


Ah, Being Jamie Baker!  I was so excited to read this book, and while I enjoyed it, I felt that the pacing was very, very uneven.  The story dragged out too long,  and I would have liked it better if it ended about 50 pages earlier. 

I loved Jamie.  I loved Ryan.  I loved Jamie and Ryan together.  Their quips back and forth kept me turning the pages.  Jamie’s stubbornness about not getting involved with Ryan did get tedious, though, especially when she was so involved with him.  It was pointless for her to deny that they weren’t good for each other, or that they didn’t care about each other.  Jamie’s Significant Emotional Event from her past took a bit too long to be revealed, so it didn’t seem convincing to me, though it did make her reluctance to get involved with Ryan make more sense.  Jamie is a complicated character, with powers that she doesn’t even understand, so trying to keep a low profile and not repeat past mistakes worked in the context of the story.  What Jamie didn’t understand was that by keeping herself apart from everyone, she was making people notice her more, because she does have such a strong personality.

Jamie’s powers and her lack of control over them added both humor and tension to her relationship with everyone.  When she was upset, she could cause havoc to the electric grid.  She is definitely someone that you wouldn’t want to upset, especially if you have your laptop with you!  Ka-pow!  All she had to do was crook her little finger and electronics were totally fried.  Bet the local Best Buy was happy when she moved to town.

Being Jamie Baker is a quick read, but needless plot complications slowed the pacing for me.  The banter between Ryan and Jamie kept me turning the pages, though, and the dialog between them was the strength of the book.  Though Being Jamie Baker didn’t totally gel for me, I am looking forward to reading Kelly Oram’s next book.

Grade: B-

Review copy provided by We Love YA Tours