This Ordinary Life (Giveaway, Review & Tour!)
Title: This Ordinary Life
Published Date: 1st October 2015
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.
it comes down to it, this book just makes me incredibly happy.
in her second novel, This Ordinary Life which
addresses many themes such as romance, epilepsy and alcohol addiction.
falling apart. She’s very much into radio producing and wants to be a radio
host, so she is looking forward to her school trip to a famous studio that was
supposed to happen on the day. She goes to her boyfriend’s house for her
customary lift to school, only to find him cheating on her. And then, as if
things couldn’t get any worse, her seven year old little brother has an
epileptic fit. Jasmine rushes to hospital to be with him, missing the once in a
life time trip to score an internship as well as having to deal with her
alcohol addicted mother when she gets there.
have a sibling with epilepsy but I do have a younger sister who is physically
disabled. Although I don’t have to do everything
like Jasmine does because I have parents who are involved and really do
care for her – hospital appointments and everything, I do a big part to help. I
think I would just about do anything for my little sister and help take care of
her in and around the house, as well as look out for her at school we both go
to quite a bit. I love it, and I felt like I could understand what Jasmine felt
when she wouldn’t mind putting everything aside to look after her brother first
teach you things. This book did teach me a lot about epilepsy because although
I knew about seizures and so on – I had no idea that something called ‘absent’
seizures existed and now I have something new added to my knowledge. In fact, I
even learned a bit about how epilepsy actually works which I didn’t know
was her ambition. She really wanted this radio internship and loved that hobby
of hers, knowing she wanted it to be a profession of hers. It’s kind of how I
feel about writing, so I could definitely understand her working so hard and
striving for that interview. Again, it just reminded me how realistic her
character was and how much I loved reading this!
her husband left her. Elena did make some dumb decisions and she did have the
problem of sometimes endangering Danny (Jasmine’s epileptic little brother)
because she would be passed out and not watching him. I understood that she had
a lot to manage being a single mother, and then financial issues on top of
that. But I did want to shake her sometimes. I also wanted Jasmine to go a bit
easier on her too. She hated her mum, but I don’t think she understood that
alcoholism is just as much a disease as anything else sometimes.
(you can see how Jasmine would be a bit reluctant about starting this
relationship now) but he was so good to her! Just what she needed after her
previous boyfriend. He was so loyal, funny, sweet… I think every girl needs a
Wes in their lives. I also liked that Wes was confident, just like Jasmine. In
YA books we have a lot of confident guys showing interest in girls who don’t
think they are beautiful, or are all about their insecurities. But it was nice
to have two confident-ish characters this time.
character was shoved a bit to the side. I would have liked a bit more detail on
her in the story or some more focus on their friendship. She was the only one I
felt needed development.
romance was sweet (and be warned, this is mostly a romance!) but there was mix
about epilepsy creating important decisions, striving after your dreams and
family as well. I loved it. Maybe the book had one or two flaws, but for me it
still gets the five star rating because in the end this book made me so HAPPY!
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