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.
This Ordinary Life contained all sorts of adorableness that I could read in one sitting. Also look at that cover! The moment I laid my eyes on it, I fell in love with it! Total covergasm! <3
This book tells the story of Jasmine Torres, an aspiring radio DJ. She’s pretty much responsible for her whole family, her mom being a single-mother who’s dependent on alcohol, and her younger brother, Danny, who has epilepsy. Jasmine is smart and she’s really passionate about radio and hosting it on air. She’s the resident school DJ, in which she hosts a show of her own during mornings. She’s pretty much an ordinary teenager but I love that she’s really responsible, passionate and dedicated. I admire her relationship with her brother. It’s so adorable!
Enter Wesley, the male lead, who’s also epileptic. He became Danny’s roommate in the hospital, where he first met Jasmine. It was an awkward but funny meeting. From the way he was described, Wes was definitely a keeper. He’s gentle, smart, funny and mostly dorky, which I love the most. His character presented a mystery since he won’t usually talk much about his life, which was a bit frustrating at times because I really wanted to know him more. He’s also flirty, like really flirty that sometimes I just roll my eye but mostly he’s doing it in the most adorable way as possble. SWOON ALERT!!! Him being so adorkable with all those cheesy and corny lines made me want to just pepper him with kisses.
The other characters could have been given more exposure because they had so much potential. Sebastian, Jasmine’s ex, was presented as the usual jerk-slash-playboy. Frankie, Jasmine’s bestfriend, was given the BFF exposure. I wish I had known more about her because I think she’s a really tough chick, and funny too! Jasmine’s mom though, I liked her character development and the way their mother-daughter relationship strengthened through the rest of the book.
The writing was effective and good. It’s easy to relate to! I’m definitely putting Jennifer Walkup in my author radar because I love her writing style and her characters.
The story was really inspiring and heartfelt. It’s about family, friendship, love and reaching your dreams. It’s a light and fun read. Perfect to cuddle with in case you need a book to lighten up your mood!
About Jennifer Walkup
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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