Sunday, October 4, 2015

SST ~ Review of This Ordinary Life by Jennifer Walkup

Sunday Street Team is organized by Nori @ ReadWriteLove28. SST is a like a cross between a blog tour and street team for a couple different titles each month. As the title suggests, the posts go up on Sundays!

Go here to learn more about SST.

I'm excited to share my review of Jennifer Walkup's cute book for SST!

Series: standalone
Genre: YA contemporary
Publication Date: October 1st, 2015
Publisher: Luminis Books, Inc.
Goodreads Description:
High-school radio host Jasmine Torres's life is full of family dysfunction, but if she can score the internship of her dreams with a New York City radio station, she knows she can turn things around.

That is, until her brother Danny’s latest seizure forces her to miss the interview, and she’s back to the endless loop of missing school for his doctor appointments, picking up the pieces of her mother’s booze-soaked life, and stressing about Danny’s future.

Then she meets Wes. He’s the perfect combination of smart, cute, and funny. He also happens to have epilepsy like her brother. Wes is living a normal life despite his medical issues, which gives Jasmine hope for Danny. But memories of her cheating ex-boyfriend keep her from going on a real date with Wes, no matter how many times he asks her.

Jasmine can’t control everything. Not who wins the internship, not her mother’s addiction, not her brother’s health--not even where her heart will lead her. She wishes she could just have an ordinary life, but maybe what she already has is pretty extraordinary after all. 
Source: I won an ARC of this book in a giveaway. Reviewing it for Sunday Street Team has not affected my opinion on what I read.

What an irresistibly cute book!! This was a perfect quick read when I wanted something light and romantic.

It did tackle epilepsy and alcoholism, which added a slight serious element to the story. I could relate to the main character because both of those things have been in my life (through friends and family, like with Jasmine), though not quite as much as in hers. I don't think I've read any books with epilepsy included, which made this one kinda refreshing.

The characters were nice! Wes was incredibly goofy, considerate, persistent, and supportive. His plans and non-dates for Jasmine had so much thought behind them and sooo sweet to read! He was an amazing guy. The brother was really cute. He had a heartwarming relationship with his sister. He was so lucky to have her in his life.

As for Jasmine, I liked her. She had a bit of a forceful attitude and wouldn't put up with BS, even when she was hurting. Her voice didn't feel quite genuine, though. It was like there was a thin plastic veil between her feelings/thoughts that were there and the ones conveyed to me. They felt . . . muted, in a way. It made her a little tough to connect to. I would've loved it if her voice felt more real.

Overall, This Ordinary Life was a very fun read! The radio aspect put a cool twist to the story and Wes and Jasmine's interactions (emails, texts, conversations) gave a romantic feel to the book. If you want a light, quick read that isn't quite fluffy, then I suggest giving this one a try.

2015 challenges this book counts towards:
Dive into Diversity
Award-winning author Jennifer Walkup is most often found writing, reading, and spending time with her husband and young sons. A member of SCBWI and RWA, Jennifer also works as an editor and creative writing instructor, and is an advocate for Epilepsy awareness. This Ordinary Life is her second novel.

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