BOOK REVIEW: This Ordinary Life by Jennifer Walkup


Title: This Ordinary Life

Author: Jennifer Walkup

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

Format: MOBI/Kindle Edition

Pages: 242 pages

ISBN: 1941311881

Published: October 1, 2015

Publisher: Luminis Books, Inc.

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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.


*I received a free copy from Story Cartel in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my reviews. *

FIRST, let’s appreciate that cover. CAN YOU SEE? It’s so pretty.  *insert heart emoji’s* Who can deny that cover? I won’t deny that the cover is the reason why I requested  this book, which always happens to me.

Jasmine Torres is a radio host at Easton High. Going to the WYN60 radio station in New York, is a dream come true for her. So she joins their filed trip and tries her luck to get an internship for ” The Get Up and Go Show”  but her plans vanished when her brother Danny got a seizure attack. Danny her seven year old brother has a epilepsy. The hospital is like Danny’s second home because of the check-ups and seizure attacks. At a young age Jasmine has to do all the things a “mother” must do, like taking care of her brother. Jasmine’s father left them since she was a child and that changed her mother, she always ends up getting drunk and sleeping on their couch. Of course, Jasmine loves Danny so much that she chooses him over her field trip. But when she went to see Sebastian (her boyfriend) to ask for a ride, she saw him cheating. That makes it worse. As Danny was admitted on the hospital he meets Wes.

Jasmine is a strong and brave protagonist. I don’t have any friend or family members who suffers with epilepsy but I do connect with her. Wes is a charming, kind and cute guy. He’s also added to my fictional boyfriends now *winks*. Wes also suffers with epilepsy but he didn’t have any attacks for years. Which gives Jasmine a hope for her brother. He’s always there when Jasmine need someone. Your going to love Wes’ characteristics in the story. The relationship with Jasmine and Wes is so cute that I end up giggling and laughing. Include, their exchange with text messages and date which I love. The characters in the story are really great and likeable, especially the bestfriend of Jasmine. I rated this 4 over 5 stars because for me Wes’ life is not fully explained which I love to read more and I was looking for more lines of her bestfriend. Overall, the story is easy to read ( I end up sleeping late just for this) and a page turner. I’d definitely recommend this.rating

FINAL 4 stars



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