SST: This Ordinary Life by Jennifer Walkup – Review + Giveaway

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Title: This Ordinary Life

Author: Jennifer Walkup

Publication Date: October 1, 2015

Publisher: Luminis Books, Inc.

Synopsis:

Sometimes Hope is the Most Extraordinary Gift of All.

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.

Review

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest and unbiased review! Thanks to the publisher and SST!

Pleasant surprise. Those are the first words that come to my mind once I finished this book. Contemporaries are hit and miss with me, but This Ordinary Life was definitely a hit!

Jasmine Torres is planning on spending the day touring at her favorite radio station until her younger brother has a seizure. Jasmine would do anything for her brother and that includes missing an opportunity to get her foot in the door of her favorite radio station, the same radio station where she hopes to get an internship this summer and one day work.

Jasmine was such a likable character and I enjoyed following her and her story from the start. I loved how she handled herself when she was in a sticky situation. The love and devotion she had for her younger brother Danny was very apparent. She would do anything for him. It was super interesting how Jasmine enjoyed being a radio host. I have never read a book where the main character was interested in radio hosting. It was really nice to read about something new and different.

The romance in this book was actually quite sweet. Jasmine meets Wes at the same hospital her brother is staying. Wes isn’t shy and quickly obtains Jasmine’s attention.  I appreciated how their relationship started out as friends and progressed from there.  I adored their banter and teasing. Jasmine and Wes were a delight to read.

I’m so happy I decided to pick up this book. This book was definitely an unexpected surprise. It seems as though the books that aren’t under my radar are the ones that shock me the most. If you are looking for a sweet and delightful contemporary, look no further. This Ordinary Life is the book for you!

4 out of 5 starts


Meet The Author

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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.

You can find her on Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, and her website.

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