Kid’s Book Review: Hexed

Kid’s Book Review: Hexed

About the Book and Author

Hexed is a feisty, funny story for teenagers about discovering your place and your power. It is Julia Tuff’s first YA novel and is published by Orion (Hachette).

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 cover
Julia Tuffs 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 now 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 first (debut) novel.

Book Review

This book will give teenage girls everywhere the courage that they need to speak out about sexism and bullies

Hexed is an extremely powerful book!

It’s all about a teenage girl, Jessie, who struggles to fit in at her new school. She has always been taught to keep her ‘head down’ but how do you do that when you’re a witch?!

All Jessie wants is a normal life. She wants people to stop staring at her, because she’s the ‘new girl’. Though when it’s time for her to speak up about things, she has to forget about keeping her head down, and speak up and tell the truth – along with some close friends.

I admire the author for writing about the subjects of consent and sexism, within the story line of the book, that teenage girls face.

This book will give teenage girls everywhere the courage that they need to speak out about sexism and bullies.
I think this book is aimed at Year 8/9 students and above, as it contains some young adult themes. I would certainly recommend this book to my friends – it is such a page turner, and I started and finished it over a weekend!

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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Rebekah
  • Age: 14 Years
  • Likes: reading books, playing the violin and swimming
  • Dislikes: butter and going shopping
  • Favourite Book: Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
  • Favourite Song: Treat You Better by Shawn Mendes
  • Favourite Film: The Croods