Wednesday, January 3, 2018

No One Ever Asked by Katie Ganshert

Every now and then you read a book that sticks with you. A book that you just can't forget. A book that affects you in a special way. This is one of those books. Having never read Katie Ganshert's work before, I didn't know what to expect, but I am so glad that I have discovered this talented author. She is surely to be one of my favorites from here on out and I can't wait to read all of her other books.

No One Ever Asked is a heartwrenching look into some very serious issues that our world has been dealing with for many years. Racism is alive and well in society today and stories like this one bring awareness to this very important issue. This book is told from the perspective of three different main characters: Camille, Jen, and Anaya. Readers will be surprised to see the relevance in each character's story and will experience a point of view that they may not have thought about before. The characters in this book are very relatable. I found myself relating to Camille in many instances because she is a mom who loves her children fiercely and wants the best for them. In comparison, Jen is also a mother, but she struggles to show love to her newly adopted daughter. Anaya has an important role in both Camille and Jen's lives because she is a teacher and track coach at the children's school. These ladies are all so different, yet they must adapt to each other as their lives become intertwined.

In the author's note, Katie says that she hopes her readers will gain empathy from this book. That is one thing that makes this book so special. We get to see all sides of the story and put ourselves in the characters' shoes.

My "to read" pile is a mile high, yet this book kept making its way to the top of the pile. It's a book that you can't put down and can't get out of your head. It's a book that is necessary and interesting and surprising. It's very well written and Katie Ganshert is an artist of telling stories. I am honored to have read this book and to be on the launch team as it releases. Thank you, Katie, for telling this amazing story.

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