It's My Life
If she wants a future with him, she'll have to make peace with her past.
Jenna's never let her cerebral palsy get her down. But when she discovers that her condition was actually caused by an injury at birth, she's furious with her parents, who withheld the truth. And as they push her to get yet another difficult procedure, Jenna feels her control over her life starting...more
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I’m always looking for books with diverse representation and I’m very excited to say this is the second book that I’ve gotten to read with Cerebral Palsy (CP) representation. It’s a lovely and heartfelt story about a young woman coming to terms with the actions surrounding her condition, as well as finding a little romance in the cutest way. It’s a story of family and friendship, and I was so glad to have gotten to read and revi ...more
I am so incredibly disappointed about this book. I went into it with high hopes. By chapter 5, I was sure it would be a 4 stars at least (more if I could get someone to verify the representation). Things went downhill quickly from there.
First off, I can’t and won’t speak for the representation of Cerebral Palsy in this book, so I’ll only be reviewing it based on overall enjoyment and general author competence.
There were a lot of ...more
From the beginning, this book called my attention due to the representation, since I'd never read about a main character with cerebral palsy, I thought it would be something very interesting for me to read. I ended up enjoying it, I think it's a book that despite touching a super-serious theme has the ability to be quite light to read, which is great. It also has adorable scenes and a great family support system. However, it has some weak points that need a little more work and I'll talk more ab ...more
full video review here: https://youtu.be/3dDGJVTf464
I am a sucker for romances where someone is messaging the other person anonymously, so this was right up my alley. I really enjoyed the romance and development. We get to see them as friends and see how their relationship grows without judgement with her disability. I thought the two did well together and I loved how he always stood up for her and made he ...more
(The blurb here on Goodreads covers the story fairly well, so I'm not ...more
I fell in love with Jenna's family. I read a lot—over 1200 books since Janu ...more
I've only read one other book with a main character with Cerebal Palsy (Brigid Kemmerer's A Curse So Dark & Lonely), which (coming from someone without the condition), had pretty well done representation and I think that this one had it as well, I just had a problem with just about everything else in this book.
The entire premise of it all was just so unrealistic. Our main character, Jenna, is seeking medical emancipation from her parents so that she can have the end decision on all medic ...more
While I was reading this book, I thought the main conflict was going to be Jenna seeking medical emancipation from her parents, but that ...more
(note: I am extremely giddy writing this review)
Ahhhhh. So at first, I definitely was not 'vibing' with this book. The story did not seem overly specicial and the character was strangely obsessive? Also the modern references were definitely a shock to my literary world. I am definitely not used to seeing references about the Netflix movie (and book) To All The Boys I've Loved Before (which might I add is an aMaZiNg story) or references about Death Note (also super AmAzInG). But as the stor ...more
I don't think that I have ever read a book with such an incredible representation of a disability. I honestly didn't know much about Cerebral Palsy, and this was incredibly eye opening.
Jenna is a teenage girl with CP; spastic CP to be a little more specific. She has a wonderful family; supportive and loving parents and two siblings that she shares an incredible bond with. They all band around h ...more
Overall I enjoyed this book. It had a lot great representation for CP and I think really embodied the perspective of someone with CP. The cute texts with the love interest reminded me a lot of Tweet Cute and I thought it was such a great addition to the story. Towards the end, I couldn't really connect with the protagonist as much and her decisions just seemed stupid for someone who's apparently so smart. Her need to be heard seemed to constantly waver throughout the plot and her par ...more
I had received an e-arc copy of this book. It does not affect my rating or review. ...more
Jenna was an incredible main character. The author displayed her thoughts perfectly and I felt myself sympathizing with her throughout the entire book. Jenna’s issues with cerebral palsy and with her parents were written so well that even though I have never experienced what she does, I felt like I knew exactly what she was going through and how she felt.
Julian w ...more
I got an ARC of this book.
This book was something that sounded perfect for me. There was angst. There was romance. There was angst that got in the way of romance. Maybe even a tragic backstory I am a sucker for a tragic backstory.
The good: I was super excited to read a story about a teenage girl with CP. I can't say if the representation was any bit good. I have no experience with CP, outside of watching a netflix show about a gay man with CP. So ple ...more
I had another full week of reading last week which means another full week of reviewing and blogging! My Goodreads shelf is overrun right now with currently reading books (like 20 plus books I think) and being honest I am not currently reading them all. I have either finished many of them, am actually in progress of reading them, it might be the next book in a graphic novel series and I put it on my list so I can start it when I have more Hoopla loans, or I started it and set it dow ...more
When Jenna discovered that her Cerebral Palsy was caused rather than just happened, it changed how she views her parents, the medical system, her lack of say in the decisions happening ...more
Actually, I want to say more about her and her mom. Because I felt like that was a really complex relationship, since Jenna’s really pushing back against her parents’ ...more
Things I enjoyed:
- Jenna as a character
- The themes of medical emancipation
- Disabled representation
Things I didn't enjoy:
- The writing style (quite underdeveloped)
- The lack of depth to any character other than Jenna
- How the protagonist's family was close in a way only fake people can be
- The kinda bland love intest....eek
- The designated gay best friend (why do they do this to us???)
As you can see I disliked more things than I enjoyed. Maybe I had read this ...more
I liked about three quarters of this book, but it really fell down at the end for me. I am not a person who thinks that every book about a marginalized person needs to be ownvoices, but I think in some cases it does make a difference and honestly? I think this book is an example of a time when working with (/in a position of power over) people with a disability is not the same as fully unders ...more
It's My Life turned out to be a book I really liked, and I was not expecting that at all. This story follows Jenna, who has cerebral palsy and just wants control over a life she doesn't feel like she's truly able to live.
I can't tell y'all how excited I am to see more books that represent people like Jenna. Though I can't speak in terms of how good that representation is in this book, I do ...more
First of all, let’s give a summary of what the book is actually about. Basically, it’s about this high school girl who was born with a disability, cerebral palsy (CP). Honestly, I always end up reading books about disabled people or people who have a disorder because I feel like the way they look a ...more
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The first person to say they loved my writing was a boy in my 10th grade English class. (So I dated him).
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