Sabrina the Teenage Witch meets Sex Education – Jessie Jones has just discovered she’s a witch. Too bad there isn’t a hex to make slimy Callum Henderson and his friends disappear … yet. A feisty, funny YA series about discovering your place and your power.
New girl, new school, new life on stupid island – thanks Mum. All Jessie Jones wants is to keep her head down, avoid school douchebag Callum Henderson, and coast – middle-of-the-road-like. But when strange powers start to manifest during crippling period pains, flying under the radar seems highly unlikely.
Can Jessie embrace her new-found witchiness, control her erratic powers and work out a way to bring down Callum and his cult of toxic masculinity?
Hexed: Don’t Get Mad, Get Powers is a brilliantly funny and relatable debut novel for teens.
Admittedly the plot does sound a little silly, a girl gets powers on her period and learns that she, and all the women in her family, are witches. But, it is so good, who wouldn’t want to get powers on their period?! There have to be some positives to it!
This book takes the YA trope of moving home, changing school, and trying to ‘fit in’, then adds the spin of discovering you have powers and accidentally hexing your new classmates! It makes for a really fun read.
Alongside the wit and laughs are deeper themes of bullying, sexism, and equality. Jessie is determined not to let the culprits get away with it, and when her anger and unruly powers have negative consequences, she turns to her friends and family for help and backup.
I love the female characters in this book, Jessie, her mum, sister, and Nonna have such wonderful dynamics. Her friends Summer and Tabitha always have her back, and even the back and forth unfolding friendship with Libby was a realistic insight into the teenage girl psyche, the bitchiness and backstabbing.
I see that there is a sequel coming out in 2022, which I am very much looking forward to.
If you are looking for a book that oozes girl power, friendship, and fighting against misogyny this is for you!
Thank you to Netgalley and Orion Children’s Books for the e-arc to review.
About the Author
After a brief (but fun) stint working in television and as a primary school teacher, Julia Tuffs decided to take her writing dreams more seriously. She lives in South-West London with her family and ragdoll cats (Billy and Nora) and spends her time writing, reading, dreaming of holidays and watching too much reality TV. She aims to write the kinds of books that shaped and inspired her as a teenager. HEXED is her debut novel.