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It's My Life

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  253 ratings  ·  63 reviews

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

Paperback, 336 pages
Published January 1st 2020 by Sourcebooks Fire
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The Nerd Daily
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Nathalie DeFelice

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
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2019
Arc provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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
Sofii♡ (A Book. A Thought.)

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
Jan 05, 2020 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this in exchange for a review but, of course, all thoughts are my own.
full video review here:

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
Kathryn Speckels (Metaphors and Miscellanea)
A timely narrative about disability, sense of self, and first love, It’s My Life deftly navigates the difficulties–physical, emotional, and social–that accompany serious disability, through the eyes of a smart, likable, and relatable narrator. Though it does get a bit cheesy and/or implausible at times, the story itself is an important one, specifically targeting the younger end of the YA spectrum with a solid message of hope.

(The blurb here on Goodreads covers the story fairly well, so I'm not
Liza Wiemer
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Stacie Ramey draws the reader in from page one. I immediately sympathized with Jenna Cohen, a Jewish girl who is proud to be Jewish and is dealing with medical issues that come along with having cerebral palsy. My heart went out for her and the suffering she's endured. We understand quickly that Jenna has struggled not only physically, but emotionally, and is working hard to figure out how this condition defines her life.

I fell in love with Jenna's family. I read a lot—over 1200 books since Janu
Feb 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: stand-alone
“That Jenna is stronger than Mulan, prettier than Cinderella, and smarter than Belle.”
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
2 stars.

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
Samantha (WLABB)
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jenna was thrown for a loop, when she learned that her cerebral palsy was due to medical malfeasance. She began to withdraw from the real world, and settled into her imaginary one, where she was Jennifer, and she did not have CP. But, when her childhood crush returned to town, Jenna was reminded of who she used to be, and needed to decide who she wanted to be.

While I was reading this book, I thought the main conflict was going to be Jenna seeking medical emancipation from her parents, but that
Stephanie Froebel
Jun 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020

(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
Kera (featherboundbooks)
If I could rate this higher than five stars, I would! This book made me ugly cry in the best, best way.

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
Sep 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, 3-star
3.5/5 STARS.

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
Becca Akins
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this contemporary romance. Jenna's story and her development in this book was a real highlight. The anonymous texting was super cute. I recommend this book!

I had received an e-arc copy of this book. It does not affect my rating or review.
Megan G
Aug 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh my gosh, this book is seriously amazing!!! I read it in almost one sitting and am still trying to think through all of my emotions!

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
Dec 24, 2019 rated it liked it
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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
Lost in Book Land
Feb 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Happy Monday!

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
It’s My Life is a story about growing up, finding your voice and asserting control over your life, while also learning to accept others for the choices they make. Unfortunately, an awkward text-based romance drives what should be a sweet story of first love, but overall It’s My Life is about empowerment and family.

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
Kasey Giard
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
You know, just leave it to Stacie Ramey to create still more characters that I can’t help falling in love with. I really, really needed a solid, heartfelt contemporary book, and IT’S MY LIFE totally had me covered. I love Jenna’s awkwardness and her tendency to overthink things. I love her passion and her relationship with her mom.

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’
Nov 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Joyce Sweeney
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am a huge fan of Stacie Ramey's work, but I think this book just might be my new favorite. Jenna Cohen has always battled her cerebral palsy with achievement. Stellar grades. Warrior spirit. But when she learns her parents may have lied to her about the origins of her condition, something snaps. Jenna begins to wonder how much of who she is is really a creation of her parents and she sets out to live her life, right or wrong, the way she wants it. In the midst of this, comes Julian, childhood ...more
Rabiah Lumbard
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Compassionately written with a wonderful author's note that lends insight and authenticity to the narrative, It's My Life is a story about Jennifer Cohen and her struggle with the realization that all of her life she's been lied to. About her CP. As a result, we go on a journey with this vulnerable, honest, likable Jenna who begins to doubt herself and the way she sees the world. This affects her relationships with secondary and tertiary characters in an accessible manner. I love how the author ...more
Aida Alberto
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a wonderful story filled with ups and downs. Lows and highs. Yes it is a YA book but the subject matter is one that will appeal to anyone no matter what age you are because we've all messed up. We've all thought things about ourselves that aren't true. And yes sometimes we even give up on ourselves but this wonderfully well written book will show you what happens when you finally take that flying leap. Pick up this gem of a book and prepare to loose chunks of time as you loose your self in ...more
Feb 16, 2021 rated it it was ok
Ooh this book is so conflicting!

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
I always love books whose main character is named Jenna because it is so.... rare. This one is different from any other novel I've read in the young adult genre in the best way possible. I am so thankful that more and more authors are finding courage and strength in creating stories centered on teens with medical conditions and non-abled journeys. This one was beautiful in so many ways. ...more
Chloe Zako
Jun 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was absolutely amazing. I loved every single part of it and I could not put it down! I highly recommend for teens my age. The ending was the best part.
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
cool book love it
Laina SpareTime
Cross-posted from my blog where there's more information on where I got my copy and links and everything.

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
Rosi Willard
Feb 01, 2021 rated it liked it
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Belle Ellrich
Dec 16, 2020 rated it really liked it

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
Apr 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book is definitely up there. I totally didn’t stay up at 2 am reading this, totally not!! This book is probably one of my favourite romance books, the number of feelings I felt while reading this.

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
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Was a clap from the sidelines kind of girl.

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I write every book with one person in mind. My reader.

Maybe this next book will be for you.

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