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About the Book:
Jasmine Evans knows one thing for sure… people make mistakes. After all, she is one. Jaz is the result of a onenight stand between a black football player and a blonde princess. Having a young mother who didn’t raise her, a father who wants nothing to do with her and living in a small-minded town where she’s never fit in hasn’t been easy. But she’s been surviving. Until she sees her mom’s new boyfriend making out with her own best friend. When do you forgive people for being human or give up on them forever?
About the Author:
Janet Gurtler lives in Calgary Alberta, near the Canadian Rockies, with her husband and son and a chubby Chihuahua named Bruce.She does not live in an Igloo or play hockey, but she does love maple syrup and says “eh” a lot.
This is a young adult novel that deals with some very adult themes but Ms. Gurtler writes them in a manner appropriate to her audience. Jasmine, her heroine is a bi-racial teen living with her grandmother because her mother is well, a bit of a ditz. Her mother had her at a young age after a love affair with a football star in high school. His family does not want to admit that Jasmine exists as he has gone off and married “the right sort of woman.” Jasmine’s mother is currently involved with another man, younger than herself and is pregnant.
Jasmine witnesses something devastating to her mother’s happiness but when she finds out that her mother is pregnant she keeps the secret to herself.
The book covers inter-racial relationships, child sexual abuse, postpartum depression, blossoming love and several other deep topics. While that seems like a lot – and it is – they are all woven well into the storyline without being overly preachy or too overly heavy. This is a testament to Ms. Gurtler’s skill as a writer. But given those topics I personally would feel this book would be more appropriate for the older teen rather than the pre-teen. Maybe that is just this old fuddy-duddy, I don’t know. I am most definitely of a different generation.
I did find the story compelling and I did find it real with lessons well taught throughout. I have another of Ms. Gurtler’s books to review and I am rather looking forward to it.
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Disclosure: I received a copy of If I Tell gratis from Sourcebooks. Any opinions expressed are my honest opinions and were not impacted by my receipt of the free book. I received no monetary compensation for this post.