Review: If I Tell
Oct • 27 • 2011
Title: If I Tell
Genre: Young Adult- Contemporary
Author: Janet Gurtler
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: October 1, 2011
“Jasmine Evans knows one thing for sure… people make mistakes. After all, she is one. Jaz is the result of a onenight 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?”
As I started this book, it gave me nothing but pure happiness. I loved reading this book and watching the characters change as they realize they mistakes that they made.
What I liked most about this book, are the characters. I loved that we see a characters deal with a secret and a unforgiveness towards the person. I loved reading about the betrayal but also about the aftermath of it. Holding a secret of that multitude, seeing the stress of it made way for a perfect plot line that held me up till the wee hours of the night reading this book.
The plot line of this book gave me an experience that I once dealt with myself. When holding a secret like that, I tend to throw myself in work. And get angry. I loved that the characters held her anger but also showed it. I loved how I was able to predict her actions based on her anger. I know, cause well I’ve been through something similar too.
I enjoyed the love interest in this book cause it gave way for a chance for the Jasmine to let it go. After enduring the hurt and pain from it, she needed someone to help her. To guide to place of freedom where she can longer bare the hold of the secret. I liked how both characters were a compliment to each other, but also gave each other there space. There was no “be with each other all the time” but a help each other out when they needed it with out pushing it to far. For me, the relationship is a good touch in the book.
If I Tell, is a great story of enduring a secret that can hurt others. Should you tell? And if you do, what will happen? Read this book for a more better understanding of what Jasmine goes through. It’s not what you think. She will surprise you.
I give it 4 BITES!