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
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 ...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 ...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
(The blurb here on Goodreads covers the story fairly well, so I'm not ...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 ...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
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 ...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 ...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 ...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 ...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
going into this the extent of my knowledge of cerebral palsy came entirely from the netflix show Special. Jenna's experience with CP was different than what was shown in that show. it's much heavier on the medical treatments. It was interesting to see that side of CP and I learnt a few things and researched things this book touched on that i wanted to know more about.
what really sucked about this book was the romance. jenna has been in love with julian ...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
Thanks to Sourcebooks Fire and Netgalley for providing an e-arc for me to read in exchange for an honest review.
Let's be honest. I went into this book with low expectations. The only other book that i've read featuring a character with CP was "I'm special and all the other lies we tell ourselves". This made me a bit nervous as i found the author to be arrogant and annoying. This shouldn't be worrysome considering having the same condition won't make you have the same personality ...more
Oh, yeah, and Jenna has Cerebral Palsy.
In Stacie Ramey's newest masterpiece, she takes the reader on a journey through Jenna's world - a place where she escapes to a fantasy life where she feels she's the Jennifer she's really meant to be - and its trials and tribulations. Her parents don't seem to want to ...more
My only small gripe was the ...more
Seeing Jenna going through the same problems every other teenager goes through and learn about the ones that most of the readers,(able-bodied people) never had to think about was one of the best parts of the book.
Something else I enjoyed as well as the author did not rely on the bad kid's stereotype: everyone in ...more
Thank you to Sourcebooks Fire for providing the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Jenna has cerebral palsy, but cerebral palsy doesn't have her. Although it's been a been a constant struggle in her life, she's never let it stop her from succeeding in school or whatever stands in her way. Unfortunately, it all comes crashing down when she finds out the reason why she has CP around the same time her childhood crush moves back to town. ...more
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