Friday, 18 November 2011

Review: If I Tell by Janet Gurtler

Title: If I Tell
Author: Janet Gurtler
Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary
Source: Netgalley
Publication Date: USA:Oct 1st 2011|UK:Oct 2011
Description
Jasmine Evans knows one thing for sure... people make mistakes. After all, she is one. Jaz is the result of a one night 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?
[from goodreads]

Review
I read the description of If I Tell and thought it sounded like a good read, so I requested it and got accepted.  If I Tell follows Jasmine as she tries to cope with trying to fit into her little town.  Her father long gone, a Mother who didn't even want her as a baby and her Grandfather, who helped raise her, has passed away.  She is the only mixed race person and is not treated nicely by most of the people in the town.  At a party she sees her best friend and her Mum's boyfriend together and now has to cope with keeping the secret from her Mum and Simon, but the strain soon shows and it start to affect her relationship with everyone.

I enjoyed getting to see how Jasmine lived and how this one secret eventually affected her relationship with everyone she knows.  I did feel sorry for how Jasmine was treated by everyone in her town and although it upset and hurt her, I thought she was a strong person just to persevere with continuing her every day life as best as she could.  I really like how she stood up for herself, not only to the bullies but also her friend.

I can understand why she would also want to keep her secret that she saw, but it was better being out in the open.  I liked seeing the relationships she had with her close friends, and loved how Lesley stood by her even when Jasmine wasn't being the nicest person.  I also liked seeing how the friendship developed between Jasmine and Jackson and how even he had his own secrets.

 Although some parts of the story are hard to believe it was mostly an enjoyable read.

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