Review: Being Jamie Baker by Kelly Oram

Posted March 4, 2014 by Bee in Reviews / 1 Comment

Review: Being Jamie Baker by Kelly Oram

Being Jamie Baker

by Kelly Oram
Series: Jamie Baker #1
Published on June 14th 2010
by Bluefields
Genres: Chick Lit, Romance, Superheroes, Young Adult
Format: eBook
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Also by this author: The Avery Shaw Experiment, Cinder & Ella, V is for Virgin, A is for Abstinence, Cinder & Ella

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?

5 Stars

I did not expect this book to affect me so much! Honestly, I thought it would be just a fun sort of chick-lit about a girl with powers. And I would’ve loved that because I always have a good time reading a normal chick-lit. They may not be the best literary works, but it’s fun to read. But I did not get that. Instead I got a touching story about a girl who is different and has difficulties dealing with these powers.

Jamie Baker is a girl that should have died in an accident a year ago. Her boyfriend did not survive, but she did and she gained superpowers because of the toxic waste that was spilled over her. Now she and her parents have moved and she’s called the Ice Queen in her new school because she talks to nobody. She needs to keep her powers a secret. But she didn’t count on one thing. Ryan Miller. After kissing her because of a bet with his friend, he’s determined to get to know Jamie.

When you read it like that, you’ll expect the same thing as me. But it was more! I actually felt everything Jamie felt. All her fears and struggles and happiness. And I think the reason why her story touched me as much as it did, is because it does deal with bullying. Jamie is being bullied by everyone and they call her the Ice Queen because no one knows what’s really going on. And at first, Jamie is okay with that. She learned to live with it. But then Ryan steps into the game and she starts to like him. But that only makes things worse for both of them. And I felt so sad for them! Their romance is so incredibly sweet. Definitely a lot of swoon-worthy moments!

Like I said, I connected with Jamie. She’s such a great character and she narrates the book like it’s her origins story. I love her, I really do. And I envy her because well… she has superpowers. And Ryan. Ryan is a very sweet guy. He genuinly cares about Jamie and wants to get to know her. God, I want my own Ryan. He is a bit cocky though, but I love that about him. And I adore Jamie’s parents! They are awesome! There are a few more characters in this story that I did not expect to like as much as I did. Like Becky. She turns out to be a really nice girl. And Mike… He had his moments. Paige is the real bitch in this story.

I am curious how this story continues so I’ll pick up the second book some time soon. If you love a nice easy read about love and superpowers with high school cliches that does pull on your heartstrings, this is the perfect book for you. You’ll have a good time, I know I did.


About Kelly Oram

Kelly Oram wrote her first novel at age fifteen–a fan fiction about her favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which family and friends still tease her. She’s obsessed with reading, talks way too much, and loves to eat frosting by the spoonful. She lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and four children.

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