“This Ordinary Life” by Jennifer Walkup Review

25246253 (1)Book Title: This Ordinary Life

Author: Jennifer Walkup

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.


*This book was given in the exchange of an honest review.*

“This Ordinary Life” explores the story of a teenager, Jasmine, who dreams to be a DJ, but she is the one who takes care of her little brother, who has constant seizures. You know I do not like these kind of books that much, since I’m mostly attracted to horror, but this is a must read. Hands down!

The author has really simple writing style which makes the book flow very well. Also it features alcohol addiction, epilepsy, relationships, family crisis. What I liked mostly is that it gives you a fresh perspective  on things, but also it makes you realize that sometimes we need to hope. A lot of readers would consider this book too good to be real, but, in contrary, I think this book is more than just a “teenage love story”. That’s what I liked most about it!

When it comes to Jennifer Walkup talking about epilepsy, it comes in such a natural way, that it doesn’t make a taboo subject. The book shows you both sides of having epilepsy. It doesn’t mean that you cannot live a normal life. The character of Wes gives you hope, and it makes you see life differently. You learn to love this character, and to admire his strength.

I would strongly recommend it! It is a fresh book and easy to read.


5 cats



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This book was provided by Juniper Groove Solutions (Link)


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