Being Jamie Baker

Being Jamie Baker

by Kelly Oram

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Overview

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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780615377544
Publisher: Bluefields
Publication date: 06/14/2010
Pages: 360
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.80(d)

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Being Jamie Baker 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 66 reviews.
LiteraryCravings More than 1 year ago
What Worked The Romance: Loved the romantic dynamic between Jamie and Ryan. They practically sizzled the pages. The Story: The journey that Jamie went through in dealing with her powers, school and trying to balance it all while keeping her secret. The Drama: It erupted when Ryan made his way into Jamie's life turning all eyes on her. Forcing Jamie to deal with the ultimate question. To tell or not to tell? The Aftermath: I enjoyed how a major incident already happened and the focus was on the characters dealing with the aftermath as well as the new obstacles that came their way. Could Have Been Better The Villain - While the main focus was the romance between Jamie and Ryan I would have liked a more serious, deranged, kick ass villain. I didn't really get that in the story. I wanted more out of the villain. Characters Jamie- Stubborn, Independent, Smart Loner. Enjoyed her voice and how she gradually gone from being the snaky, independent loner to opening up her heart to love. Ryan - Persistent Popular Hunk. There was more than meets the eye with him which made me enjoy finding out exactly what that was. I like that he had the guts to see more in Jamie and was not afraid to go after it. Overall Many have a secret dream of becoming a super hero, having super powers and kicking butt. Be what happens when a freak accident happens that leaves you with uncontrollable powers? Does reality live up to that dream? In Being Jamie Baker, Jamie had to deal with life with those crazy powers and I enjoyed reading every moment of it. Being Jamie Baker was a great tale that had me really entertained. I really enjoyed the characters as well as the plot, watching how it all unfolded. Kelly Oram had me at super heroes. I look forward to reading more of her stories.
ParaBooks More than 1 year ago
Did you read that first line up there? That's the first line of the book, wow. I love that line! What better way to start off a novel than with a kiss? I was at a writer's conference a few weeks ago, and someone brought up a question in one of my sessions about voice. She didn't understand what all the writers and agents meant by a novel having a voice. Well, if you are a writer and this is a mystery to you, I suggest reading Being Jamie Baker. This novel is a prime example. The author has a rare talent to make you feel as if you're not reading, but listening in on someone's private thoughts. Not only that, but Jamie is a wonderful character who I related to easily. If I were in her situation, I imagine I would handle it in much the same way and with the same attitude as would any girl, any real girl. It's always refreshing to read something with a little bit of humor, and I found myself laughing with Jamie and Ryan. The two of them definitely have "sparks" and I can't help but love a guy pursuing a girl who doesn't want to be chased, ahh, its good fun. Ryan Miller is your typical Mr. Popular for all intents and purposes, but as you get to know him through Jamie's eyes, you see that he has a depth and sincerity that not only can melt the Ice Queens heart, but also have you swooning and wanting him to win her over. This is a great and beautiful love story with a bit of humor and drama thrown in the mix to make a wonderfully crafted novel. I highly, highly recommend it! I give it 5 flames!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am in love with this story and Jamie and Ryan! Can not wait to see the story continue!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Get this book now!! Ages 12+
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book, only on page 121 it says "I cold hear Paidge sniffling" when its supost to be ''I could hear Paidge sniffling". Besides that, great book, awesome plot, I would give it like a 4.5. You should definatly read this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had me wanting more after every page. It was funny, relatable (aside from the being super part) and also serious at certain times. It is absolutely worth 5 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From Jamie to the secret lab, this book was somehow real and supernatural at the same time.
Kskye on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When I read this book was, ¿reminiscent, in a way, of Xmen¿s Rogue and Gambit¿I simply had to read it. I¿m the biggest Rogue and Gambit fan, not to mention X-Men fan in general. I used to throw ice cubes from trees, lame superpower but still¿ Did I mention I met a guy at work with the last name ¿Xmann?¿ I think I freaked him out.If I had a last name like that I¿d be naming my kids all sorts of awesome names.Anyway I was all prepared to give this book a semi-bad review despite the similarities to my favorite superheroes, but then I actually saw the book trailer after reading and I felt that put things in better perspective. Does that make sense? I think before I was taking things too seriously. So I¿m going to review this as if I was watching a Saturday morning episode of X-Men: The Animated Series.Rundown:Okay this story starts with a kiss. What¿s wrong with that, you say? Well nothing except Jamie Baker at one point had a freak accident involving toxic waste and tons of electricity. So Jamie happens to have an electrical supercharge running throughout her body at all times. Whenever she has extreme emotions she charges whomever she¿s touching like a battery. Extreme emotions come out when kissing someone so this could a.) make the person she¿s kissing freak and leave or b.) think she¿s some sort of kissing goddess and pursue her further. So now the latter actually happened and Ryan Miller one of the school jocks won¿t leave her alone. It¿s scary cause she sort of likes him too, but doesn¿t want to kill him.And besides she needs to protect her secret as she doesn¿t want to be turned into a government lab rat.My Thoughts:Being Jamie Baker is like Rogue meets Edward Cullen. Oddly I felt many times that Jamie was channeling Edward with his, ¿stay away from me I¿m not good for you¿¿ brooding vibe. She even saves someones life in a school parking lot like Edward. Jamie little-by-little has to learn to just be herself and not play a martyr with her life, but the process was sort of annoying to me. She was always pushing Ryan away despite obviously liking him, whining about her powers. It became a repetitive cycle. I guess if I had superpowers I didn¿t know how to control I¿d be a whinny chump too. That¿s sort of understandable, but to me the standout character wasn¿t Jamie Baker, but Ryan Miller.Ryan is incredibly adorable and persistent. And it¿s been awhile where I¿ve seen a jock used in a positive light rather than being a jerk. Usually it¿s like the protagonists fall for the bad boy loners, or indie musicians or something. So this was sort of refreshing, and he puts up with all of Jamie¿s breakdowns. Jamie was okay before, but Ryan makes her likable and changes her for the better. It was like he was her superhero and that was cute.Overall:There wasn¿t a lot of action in this book, besides bench-pressing a truck, shooting lightning from hands and the occasional cross-country super run, but it was enough to be enjoyable. Basically it comes down to Jaime trying not to fall in love with Ryan Miller and keeping her super powers a secret.If you read the book with that in mind and keep it simple it¿s pretty entertaining. And it is sort of like Rogue and Gambit¿he pursues, she resists/sometimes gives in. Oh! And am I the only person who sees the resemblance between Kelly Oram and Jean Gray? She must have superpowers too
raboyer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Brilliant Baker* I received this book via Star Book ToursThis book gets a super 4 gnomes and a gnome hat out of 5 gnomes for having a great main character and a story that superbly shows both sides of a superhero. It's a story about a strong teenage girl who just happens to have super powers. The origin of these powers was a pretty horrific accident and Jamie's still not over what happened after the accident.I like how original this story is and how Jamie is not a clichéd superhero. She has a wide range of powers: super five senses, strength, speed and electricity. Jamie is, to put it plainly, antisocial and alienates herself from everyone at school. People are afraid to approach her, she's even been nicknamed the ice queen. Her facade only starts to break down after she lets Ryan Miller into her life.It all begins when Ryan is bet by his friend Mike that he won't be able to get Jamie to kiss him. Confounding the whole school is that Jamie does kiss Ryan, with very interesting results. She is almost magnetically attracted to him.It's extremely entertaining how Ryan goads Jamie and that her parents love him right away. The reader slowly learns that Jamie was a whole different kind of person before the accident and the whole gaining super powers wasn't the only thing bothering her. The aftermath of her boyfriend being killed and a reporter blaming her for it led her to move and made it not exactly easy for her to trust people.Her and Ryan are really a perfect couple because they bring out the best in each other and end up learning more about themselves the more they're around each other. He helps her control her powers and figure out more about what she can do. There are plenty of surprises to discover. Jamie's been keeping more then one secret to herself about what happened the night of the accident. I'm curious to see if any consequences will come from the secrets that Jamie and Ryan's other friends share. There's a twist to who the bad guy is, that I know I sure didn't see coming.Overall I'm very interested in seeing what Jamie does in the future. Also like Ryan, I wonder if Jamie will let her hair grow out and what shade of green it is. Looking forward to seeing if Jamie ever breaks her rule against super heroics and would love to read about whatever the future brings.
Iheartbooks1213 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
*4.5* Have you ever had one of those moments were you just looked at a book and just knew you would love it? Well, that's the feeling I had when I first saw Being Jamie Baker, a book about a girl who ends up with some superhero powers while loosing almost everything else worthwhile in her life. And yeah, I know I talk about having those kind of moments a lot, but for Being Jamie Baker I just knew 100% I was going to do adore it. And guess what? I was 150% correct. Because Being Jamie Baker is a superb book, one that was even BETTER than I expected, left with me with a bunch of emotions, and had one of the best teen romances I've ever read about. Jamie Baker is the not only the ice queen loner of her school but the person most talked about, a girl who everyone is afraid of but yet in awe of. And that's just how Jamie likes it, because ever since the fatal accident that changed her life forever and made her into a superhero being, she's decided that it's best to have that kind of surface for people to see. Since with her nearly uncontrollable powers, the thing she needs least now, in her opinion, is to get close to anyone, especially Ryan Miller, the most popular and nice guy around. Though that all changes after one extraordinary kiss that leaves Ryan and her breathless, and the former of the two deciding to stop at nothing to make the old Jamie Baker come out again. And to tell the truth, Jamie likes him, a lot actually, but she can't let him in, right? I really liked Jamie, even though she was one character that I wanted to shake on the shoulders sometimes because of her ways of living, or not living actually, post-accident. But really all that did was make me root for her even more, especially in cases that involved the swoon-worthy Ryan Miller. Ryan Miller was another character that made this book superb, not only because of who sweet his romance was with Jamie but how he would stop at nothing to help her recover from the accident. One of my favorite parts of this book was learning more about Jamie's incredible super powers. Because not only were they fun to learn more about but they left for many suspenseful moments were you truly wondered if Jamie and Ryan were going to make it through all this chaos alive. Adding to this, Kelly did a fantastic job of creating the plot and characters in a way that they fully stood on their own, and her smooth writing was even better. In all, Being Jamie Baker is a fantastic superhero type book that is sure to appease to fans of Meg Cabot, Simone Elkeles, and Sarah Cross. Grade: A
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this story so much. Wish it was an audiobook as well. How can you not love Ryan Miller. He never gives up on Jamie. They are the ultimate power couple. I've read the whole series. Each book shows a different side to the strength that is Ryan and Jamie. A must read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved the book. Great story line and a much more believable blend of modern day fantasy. Can't wait to read the next one of Kelly Oram's books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book so far
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The writing may not be as strong as other authors but the characters are extremely dynamic! Such a fun read for anyone who loves romance and superpowers!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Top shelf reading! Great story, terrific dialogue, and well written! This is probably a Young Adult book butit didnt matter, this old fart enjoyed! Kudos. DMB
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Very well written book. Can't wait to read more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is abook that might be a quick read for some people or longer for others but i have to say you willl not refert reading this book if you like a little syfy in your life
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definitely worth the read. This was the best superhero book I've ever read and it's not even Marvel- now that's saying something.
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Mindy_Lou More than 1 year ago
Super Human powers could be a blessing or a curse especially when your in High School.. Overall I enjoyed the book.. It was funny, Drama Filled and the budding Romance was exceptional.. I think I'd continue the story just to see how it plays out.. ~Happy Reading ~ (Got this book as a Free Nook Book)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author has a great imagination when it comes to super-powers & how to use them... It makes the whole story "real" & very believable... i didn't want to put it down!!!