Monday, November 7, 2011

Book Review: If I Tell

Synopsis from Goodreads
Jasmine Evans knows one thing for sure... people make mistakes. After all, she is one. Jaz is the result of a one night stand between a black football player and a blonde princess. Having a young mother who didn't raise her, a father who wants nothing to do with her and living in a small-minded town where she's never fit in hasn't been easy. But she's been surviving. Until she sees her mom's new boyfriend making out with her own best friend. When do you forgive people for being human or give up on them forever?

Review:Jaz Evans feels betrayed by Simon, the one person that provides a connection to the other half of her heritage, who she just saw kissing one of her best friend Lacey. Not knowing who to tell, she holds on to this until it begins to make her bitter and angry. She feels she can't trust anyone and that before they can get close to her she lashes out and pushes them away. Then walks in Jackson, a boy with a past of his own and the ability to get Jaz to open up a bit about the secret she decides to keep, that is until she feels he is keeping things from her. Can Jaz overcome her the walls she placed around herself and learn to trust? I found this character to be easy to relate to on many levels. Their are many people in this world that grow up in the type of home environment where they are raised by grandparents alongside parents that are seen more as siblings. Personally, I can relate to that and how she feels about her mother, however her situation is just circumstance. Jaz is old enough to make a choice to not let it get her down and it seems at times she can come off as self-absorbed as if she is the only one that is suffering. It is a book about trust and acceptance, this book will make readers think about who they are. Realistic and thought provoking, this is a must read for teens that are having issues with self-worth, trust and being judged.


  1. This has been on my "To-Read" shelf for a while. Thanks for the review! I really want to read it.

  2. Let me know what you think about when you get the chance to read it.

  3. You've got a pretty little blog her. I found you on Book Blogs, and I'm a new follower. Your reviews are very good-concise and you describe well how you do or don't relate w/ the characters and story.
    I just started my blog, come see it.


  4. Great review. I have this sitting in my to review pike still :)
    New follower! Thanks for stopping by!
    MaryAnn @ Chapter by Chapter

  5. Love your blog! I haven't read this one, but after reading your review, I'll have to recommend it to my daughter!

    I'm a new follower from Book Blogs, so very nice to meet you :-)

    Stacey @

  6. Thanks, and nice to meet you all as well. Look forward to reading and hearing more from you.

  7. Such a pretty blog - I'm looking forward to reading more of your reviews. Thanks for visiting and following my blog I'm following you too. Barbara

  8. Nice to meet you very cool blog! I am a new follower!

  9. Hi, Cricket! It's refreshing to find a contemporary YA book nowadays that's well-written and realistic. This sounds like the characters are fully developed as well. Thank you!

    New follower~

    Stephanie ~Misfit Salon~

  10. I've been wanting to read this for a while. I've already placed this on my wishlist. Thanks for your review!

    Your new follower,

    Nancy @ Simple Clockwork

  11. This has been on my TBR list and cannot wait to read it! Great review! Thank you for sharing it here!!

    See you around!!


  12. Thanks for your review :)
    I actually hadn't heard of this one until I saw it on your blog and read your review. Now it's on my TBR list.

    Although It's understandable that many people who have been hurt and/or betrayed in the past put up walls around themselves, I think that they are doing themselves a disservice.

    Give people a chance before you push them away. Take it slow and you may be surprised.


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