BOOK REVIEW: No One Ever Asked by Katie Ganshert

 

Publication Date: April 3rd 2018
Publisher: WaterBrook
Edition: Kindle (Buy Here)
Special thanks to Netgalley for providing
a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Via Goodreads: When an impoverished school district loses its accreditation and the affluent community of Crystal Ridge has no choice but to open their school doors, the lives of three very different women converge: Camille Gray--the wife of an executive, mother of three, long-standing PTA chairwoman and champion fundraiser--faced with a shocking discovery that threatens to tear her picture-perfect world apart at the seams. Jen Covington, the career nurse whose long, painful journey to motherhood finally resulted in adoption but she is struggling with a happily-ever-after so much harder than she anticipated. Twenty-two-year-old Anaya Jones--the first woman in her family to graduate college and a brand new teacher at Crystal Ridge's top elementary school, unprepared for the powder-keg situation she's stepped into. Tensions rise within and without, culminating in an unforeseen event that impacts them all. This story explores the implicit biases impacting American society, and asks the ultimate question: What does it mean to be human? Why are we so quick to put labels on each other and categorize people as "this" or "that", when such complexity exists in each person?

"Be the change where you're at,"
"Forgiveness isn't pardon for them, It's freedom for you."

Oh man, this book was something else. And I don’t mean it in any way bad, I have nothing but praises for this one. Now, I am not a writer of any sorts, so I won’t be using any fancy words to express my love for this book. My goal is to persuade you to read this one. 

So, the experience. Diving into it, I didn’t really have any kind of expectations. Not unlike with other books, somehow, being a reader for years have set a certain standard. This was a complete surprise and turned out to be one of the best books I’ve read this year! And that is HUGE. I’ve rarely given a five star review nowadays. So please take the time to consider that you need to add this to your TBR. ASAP.

No One Ever Asked was a journey that left me questioning a lot of things about the real world. This book was every bit of wonderful, although fictional, it felt so real. It dealt with such sensitive topics with such excruciating care. Family, love, race, faith, friendship.

But what I really admired was how the lives of the three very different women protagonists— Camille, Anaya & Jen, unfolded with a purpose. Their lives intertwined that made the story whole and raw. Each of their lives engrossed me in a manner that I could not stop reading. These characters grew on me. They made me feel hope and finishing this book gave me a sense of accomplishment. Like somehow, these fictional characters made me want to be a better person in a world full of flaws in every degree.

“Proof that everyone has struggles. Significant struggles.”

The writing style was so profound that it just painted the imperfect picture of society perfectly. This was my first book by the author and also my first christian fiction. Katie Ganshert will no doubt be added to my auto-read authors.

No One Ever Asked will make you wonder about life outside of your own skin. It will challenge you to look farther outside the box and see how old problems still affect modern day lives. A definite must-read. I could not recommend it enough!

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2 comments

  1. I'll definjntly have to add this to my tbr if it was one of your favorite books of the year 😊

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  2. Wow you make me definitely want to add this book to my TBR. Great review!

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