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This Ordinary Life

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  441 ratings  ·  110 reviews
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
Paperback, 240 pages
Published October 26th 2015 by Luminis Books, Inc. (first published October 1st 2015)
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Brian Yahn
Nov 28, 2016 rated it liked it
For fans of YA, especially romance, I can't recommend this book highly enough. Literally everything about it is good.

1) The characters--especially the protagonist, Jasmine, and her love interest, Wes. While they follow all the typical tropes of YA romance, the slight subversions keep things interesting. Instead of being wicked popular or the star jock or the genius, Wes is just a pretty typical dude with a great personality... who also suffers from epilepsy. While Jasmine has a rough life at hom
Paula M. of Her Book Thoughts!

I'm not gonna lie. The cover is what caught my attention. Because of the headphones, I instantly thought that This Ordinary Life has something to do with music and therefore... off to my TBR you go. But it turns out that TOL isn't about music at all and I wasn't actually bothered by it.

Jasmine is their schools RJ. Her father left them when she was still a kid and her brother has epilepsy. Her mother was stuck in the past and still trying to get up from her husbands absence. I
Did I just uncover a new favorite book of 2016?? Yep!! :D

So for a short read, this book packs a big, powerful punch. Meet Jasmine Torres, professional juggler of hosting her high school's radio show, and also being the primary care giver of her brother, Danny, who was diagnosed with epilepsy. And get this: she does a heck of a job at it, too. She's not your average teenage Mary Sue, that's for sure. Now, meet Wes. All you need to know about him is this: swooon (#bookboyfriend).

Jasmine's life i
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4.5 stars

Oh gosh this was so very cute, guys! I got all the fluffy feels and I giggled and swooned and everything. This was exactly what I needed and I’m so very happy that this book exceeded my expectations! Oh and I called it while I was reading and I’m calling it again… DIBS ON WES! He’s mine!

This Ordinary Life is about Jasmine, who dreams of working for a New York City radio station. And when she has a change to get an internship there, it seem
Sep 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc

I was interested in picking up This Ordinary Life because of that adorable and striking cover and the promise of the main character being a radio host. Not to mention, it sounded like it had a sweet romance and you know how I can never pass up a sweet romance. This Ordinary Life was everything that I expected it to be. By the end, it left me filled with hope and a goofy smile on my face.

The protagonist, Jasmine, lived in a very dark home at the beginning of the book. Her mother was an alcoholic
Jaime Arkin
3.5 stars!

Jasmine has more on her plate than the normal high school senior. With a mom who’s barely functioning, she’s tasked with making sure her brother, who suffers from epilepsy, is safe and cared for. Taking on the day to day care for a young boy with medical issues is hard enough for an adult, but Jasmine is also working her way through high school, dealing with a crappy ex-boyfriend and trying to get the internship of her dreams.

While I found myself sympathizing with Jasmine, I don’t th
Olivia-Savannah  Roach
Sep 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When it comes down to it, this book just makes me incredibly happy.

Jennifer Walkup managed to bring the characters to life in her second novel, This Ordinary Life which addresses many themes such as romance, epilepsy and alcohol addiction.

We first meet the character Jasmine when her life is 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 boyfri
Jul 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Full review to come closer to the release date :)

Ms. Warchol
Jasmine Torres is the kind of heroine every teenage girl can find strength in. She is fiercely independent, knows her self-worth, and is devoted to her younger brother. Jasmine has intense aspirations to be a radio DJ but her family life tends to complicate this pursuit of her passion. Can she balance both taking care of her family and achieving her own dreams? This Ordinary Life is the ideal book for middle school readers.

A story with a lot of heart, charming characters, humor, and a Jersey gi
May 28, 2015 rated it liked it
*Also posted at Oops! I Read A Book Again*

Thank you to Luminis Books and The Fantastic Flying Book Club for the review copy. Receiving one did not affect my views of the novel.

Admittedly, the first thing that caught my attention about this book was its gorgeous cover. JUST LOOK AT IT. It's glorious and there's no way I wouldn't be reading it. It screams cute and fun. Then when I read the blurb and found out that the heroine's younger brother has epilepsy, I AM SO IN. I NEED THIS BOOK NOW. So I i
Jess at Such a Novel Idea
This originally appears on Such a Novel Idea.

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

There are a lot of books similar to this one I’m willing to pick up. Someone dealing with something, finding love despite said dealings. The reason (or one of the reasons) I pick up this trope over and over is that I love seeing people overcome and in that process find a person worth holding on to.

Ricah (vamptimesurfer)
*I received a free copy from Story Cartel in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my reviews. *

Book review also posted on the blog

FIRST, let's appreciate that cover. CAN YOU SEE? It's so pretty *insert heart emoji's* Who can deny that cover? I won't deny that the cover is the reason why I requested this book, which always happens to me.

Jasmine Torres is a radio host at Easton High. Going to the WYN60 radio station in New York, is a dream come true for her. So she joins their filed
Tracy Banghart
Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Amazing! Review to come.
May 12, 2016 added it
Shelves: young-adult
I had to heavily skim this one to finish it. Let me start by saying there isn't anything wrong with this book per se. I just never connected the way I needed to it. I think a lot of the problem is that it read like a squeaky clean New Adult book and I am really burnt out on NA's.

Here are the things that made this not a good fit. They're not meant to be insults to the book but rather a guide for readers to know whether these things would bother them or whether they actually prefer these kinds of
This Ordinary Life contained all sorts of adorableness that I could read in one sitting. Also look at that cover! The moment I laid my eyes on it, I fell in love with it! Total covergasm! <3

This book tells the story of Jasmine Torres, an aspiring radio DJ. She’s pretty much responsible for her whole family, her mom being a single-mother who’s dependent on alcohol, and her younger brother, Danny, who has epilepsy. Jasmine is smart and she’s really passionate about radio and hosting it on air. She
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, ya, 2015, arc
Originally seen on Emily Reads Everything

It's not everyday when you read a book that really surprises you the way This Ordinary Life surprised me. I'm not talking about the plot. The plot is great, but it's not overly surprising or shocking. That's not a bad thing, its not meant to be. What I'm talking about is more personal. I mean that feeling when you suddenly realize that you are loving this book and you never expected to. I'm not much for contemporary so I expected that I would like this bo
Mar 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Jasmine Torres is a radio host at Easton High and her dream is to score an internship at WYN60 in order to help her chances to get into a good college majoring in communications. The only thing setting her back is her alcoholic mother and her younger brother who has epilepsy. She will do anything for her brother, Danny, but she is upset her mother isn't pulling her weight.

Every cloud has a silver lining. Although Danny's seizures prevent Jasmine from being in school, Jasmine ends up meeting Wes,
Nov 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Read this and more reviews on my blog.

I received a free copy of This Ordinary Life in exchange for my honest opinion.

The cover is what attracted me to this book, and I am glad it did! I am not a great fan contemporary books, the only other contemporary book that I have liked was Stolen (click here for my review of Stolen).

This Ordinary Life follows Jasmine, who is an aspiring radio DJ. She misses the biggest trip of her life to become a DJ intern at a New York Radio Station, because her brother
I found this little gem while cruising Amazon sales and decided to take a chance after reading the blurb. I adored this book, and it represents everything I love about YA. Jasmine is tough on the exterior, but she is loving and confident in herself. The romance is sweet and subtle, and left me with a constant smile. So happy to have found this one!
Jun 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
I loved this book! It's been awhile since I've read something that has captivated me enough to keep reading into the night! The characters were interesting and the idea was fresh. Just gave this book to my 16 year old daughter to read. *Won through Goodreads First Reads
Aug 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
So, so cute! Real rating might be somewhere between 4.25-4.5 stars.
Stephanie Ward
3.5 Stars

'This Ordinary Life' is a young adult contemporary novel that discusses some really hard topics in life but also gives a message of hope. The book follows our main character - Jasmine Torres - who is trying to manage being a normal high school student and the main caregiver for her younger brother Danny, who has severe epilepsy - all while attempting to grab the internship that could change her life. Jasmine is a great female lead for the novel - she's smart, hard working, loving, devot
I really liked the premise of this book, but in the end, the book just didn't follow through (although, based on other reviews, it looks like I'm in the minority). My big issue with this book was the romance. I just could not get into it, no matter how much the author wanted me to like Wes. He did a lot of "I asked you out and you said no but lolllll I know you don't meant it here let me be cute and annoying about it until you say yes," which . . . no. Just no. So not here for that. It immediate ...more
Rhea Dsouza
Jul 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
Can we all just take a moment to appreciate that beauty of a cover? I think This Ordinary Life has the most ridiculously attractive cover I have ever seen and if the premise doesn’t make you want to read the book, I’m sure you’ll agree with me when I say that the cover surely will. It has this beautiful colourful silhouette (is that what it’s called?) of NYC and of course, our MC, Jasmine Torres, is an aspiring RJ, so it has the LP on the other side. The complete picture kind of gives it the Mid ...more
Oct 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
This Ordinary Life is the second novel by author Jennifer Walkup, but it is the first novel of hers that I've read. I wanted to read this book because of its focus on the relationships between Jasmine and her brother Danny and Jasmine and her mother. I am drawn to stories about families and this one appealed to me. I also liked that there was potential for romance, and the main character is a high school radio host which sounded like a fun job/hobby, so I had to give it a chance.

I think that Jas
Sarah-Jayne Briggs
Sep 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).
(This review may contain spoilers).

I found this book to be a bit more emotional to read than I was expecting. While I don’t tend to buy contemporary novels, I did find this book to be really engaging and hard to stop reading when I had to take breaks.

I though Jasmine was a really well-rounded character. She had realistic goals that she was working towards and I thought she was really likable. While there were several occasions I thou
Kaitlyn Abshire
May 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest and unbiased review! Thanks to the publisher and SST!

Pleasant surprise. Those are the first words that come to my mind once I finished this book. Contemporaries are hit and miss with me, but This Ordinary Life was definitely a hit!

Jasmine Torres is planning on spending the day touring at her favorite radio station until her younger brother has a seizure. Jasmine would do anything for her brother and that includes missing an opportunity to g
A. Powers
Nov 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An Ordinary Life, but a far from ordinary book...

What can I say about this book that hasn't already been said? I'm sure it's not an original thing to hear that the book is amazing or that I, the reader, loved the book and couldn't put it down. So, I'm sorry to say, this review is going to be way more ordinary than this book.

Jasmine Torres has so much going on in her life, it's kind of a miracle she hasn't had a nervous breakdown yet (she's a much stronger high school junior that I ever was, th
Haley Keller
Nov 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
This book had me interested from the beginning because of the fact it centered around a girl whose brother has epilepsy, and on top of that, the boy she starts to fall for is epileptic as well. I enjoyed that aspect of the story as it provided representation and was more unique than many stories I have read. I also thought it was interesting that the main character was a radio host at her school because that's not a dream I've read of many characters having. And then, on top of all of that, ther ...more
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love this book! I was looking forward to This Ordinary Life as soon as I saw the cover and read what it was about, but what I got when I read the book was even more than I hoped for. I love the main character, Jasmine, so much. She's strong and determined and has to put up with so much. Her mom is an alcoholic who isn't always there the way she needs to be, leaving Jasmine on her own to deal with way too much. The way Jasmine takes care of her little brother Danny was so sweet. Danny has epile ...more
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Award-winning author Jennifer Walkup is most often found writing, reading, and spending time with her husband and young sons. Jennifer also works as an adjunct professor, editor, and creative writing instructor, and is an advocate for epilepsy awareness. This Ordinary Life is her second novel.

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