Have you ever read a story that just gut-punched you? One that forced you to hold a mirror up to yourself and ask some hard questions?
Katie Ganshert delivers exactly that with No One Ever Asked. Hold on friends, because I have a lot to say about this one! In fact, this book is so relevant and so poignant, I’m giving away a copy to two readers.
In My Opinion
The thread that ties each of the three main characters together is one of integrating students from a failing school district—one that’s student majority is black—with the state’s top, predominantly white district. As you can guess, there is some backlash, racism, and heated conversations around this.
But this book goes so much deeper. This book is about broken families. Whether it be the family that seems to have it all together and suddenly falls apart, the family doing its best to hold itself together after a loss, or one that is finding its footing after an adjustment, Ganshert examines each of these familial relationships with intention. From rebellious teenagers, uncertainty in parenting skills, or finding your place in a new reality, the three women whose lives share the pages in No One Ever Asked are finding their way through their own struggles.
This book is about fixing our broken selves—our failing relationships, our guilt over past mistakes, our doubt in our present or future—before pointing the finger at others. It’s about teaching our children that appearance isn’t important, it’s what’s beneath skin color, physical traits, or disabilities that make one person different than the other. God rejoices in each of his children and He doesn’t make mistakes.
Long after that last word is read, after the book has been returned to the shelf, I hope echoes of this story bleed into my words, my reactions, and my attitude when it comes to other people. Kudos to Ganshert for tackling subjects too many people are perfectly content to ignore.
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About the Book
Challenging perceptions of discrimination and prejudice, this emotionally resonant drama for readers of Lisa Wingate and Jodi Picoult explores three different women navigating challenges in a changing school district–and in their lives.
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?
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Patricia Beal says
Can’t wait to read this!
Finding Evergreen by Jennifer Rodewald. I’ve read at least five books since finishing that one and still thinking about the characters and the lessons learned.
It’s been a long time since I’ve had a book hangover. My last one might have been True to You by Becky Wade.
Anne Rightler says
Into the Free by Julie Cantrell. I’m so glad she wrote a sequel!
Thx for sharing about Katie’s newest. I’m looking forward to reading it.
I don’t know about a book hangover, but of the books I’ve read so far this year I don’t think any can top A Moonbow Night by Laura Frantz!
Patti Hansen says
What a powerful endorsement. I can’t wait to read and share this book. I just read Lulu’s Cafe by T I Lowe. A very real and potent example of domestic abuse and survival.
Carol Alscheff says
I really enjoyed These Healing Hills by Ann H Gabhart. I would love for her to write a sequel.
Jennifer K says
As Bright As Heaven by Susan Meissner
Perrianne Askew says
How Sweet The Sound by Amy Sorrels. Maybe not a book hangover, but definitely thought provoking.
Faith Creech says
The Home use on Foster Hill. It was such a good book. I read it a while ago and I still think about it!
Faith Creech says
The House on Foster Hill. It was such a good book. I read it a while ago and I still think about it!
The Feathered Bone by Julie Cantrell. It gripped me.
Kristen R Heyl says
The recent read that left me with a hangover was “If I Die Tonight” by Alison Gaylin
Hannah Corner says
This book sounds amazing. I look forward to reading it. I just finished Paint Chips by Susie Finkbeiner and just couldn’t put it down. Stayed up through the wee hours of the night enjoying this story.
Winnie Thomas says
The most recent one was Finding Evergreen by Jen Rodewald. I have Katie’s book on my wish list.
Suzie Waltner says
Finding Evergreen was soooo good, wasn’t it, Winnie? Love Jen’s books!
Melissa Andres says
I’m reading this story right now and loving it. Would love to have an actual physical copy. Thank you for the chance to win!
The book I read most recently that left me with a book hangover is “Winning Miss Winthrop” by Carolyn Miller. Wow, I stayed up FAR too late. But so worth it!
Chanel Monroe says
A Broken Kind of Beautiful by Katie Ganshert left me with a serious book hangover. I was beyond moved.