This Ordinary Life by Jennifer Walkup

Posted September 29, 2015 by Erica || 11 Comments

This Ordinary Life by Jennifer WalkupThis Ordinary Life by Jennifer Walkup
on October 1st 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 240
Format: e-ARC
Source: Publisher

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 was the book I needed. Christy and I have been needing a book to just sweep us away and she found hers, When, and I needed to find mine and This Ordinary Life was it. Such a wonderful, fun read that made me smile the whole way through. Yes, it had the serious topics throughout this book, but it was still light and so enjoyable.

I mean, I love my romances and this one was perfect. The two who made the most amazing couple were great characters on their own. Together they were amazing and by themselves…just the same. Wes was just a fun loving, quirky character you couldn’t get enough of. He was very thoughtful and Jasmine was so lucky to have someone so caring in her life. I mean she deserves that.

Jasmine is such a lovely character who I admire so much. I always have a hard time connecting with girl characters, but I could connect with Jasmine well. She didn’t take any crap and I love that about her. I connected with her in a way that I wish I had some of her aspects. I wish I could be so strong-willed and have so much strength in awful situations.

She was so strong with her brother…whom was so amazing by the way. He added to the book and that was really nice to see.

If you want a book that will have you smiling even through tough situations pick up this book. So light and quick and will pick you up out of any slump.

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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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11 responses to “This Ordinary Life by Jennifer Walkup

  1. Aw great review Erica! While the idea was so so cute, the romance didn’t somehow click well to me. And Wes (although very sweet and cute) was so straightforward about his feelings for Jasmine that, for some reason, made me dislike him a little bit. I really don’t know why! But I’m so glad you enjoyed this book! And I have to say that the cover IS GORGEOUS <3

  2. I’m SO stoked that you enjoyed this, Erica! I requested it from the pub and might be getting it in the mail some time! 😀 I love tough heroines and quirky heroes… Eek, I’m getting feels just thinking about it! 😛

  3. I have read this one and my review is going up tomorrow! I just loved it so much <3 The romance and the book in general made me so happy. Everything about it from the romance to the characters and how brave Jasmine was made it perfect.

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