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This Ordinary Life (Paperback)
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A teen pursues her dream of becoming a radio DJ, while struggling with her brother's epilepsy, her mother's alcoholism, and her own broken heart. High-school radio host Jasmine Torres's life is full of family dysfunction, but if she can score the internship of her dreams with a New York City radio station, she knows she can turn things around. That is, until her brother Danny's latest seizure forces her to miss the interview, and she's back to the endless loop of missing school for his doctor appointments, picking up the pieces of her mother's booze-soaked life, and stressing about Danny's future. Then she meets Wes. He's the perfect combination of smart, cute, and funny. He also happens to have epilepsy like her brother. Wes is living a normal life despite his medical issues, which gives Jasmine hope for Danny. But memories of her cheating ex-boyfriend keep Jasmine from going on a real date with Wes, no matter how many times he asks her. Jasmine can't control everything, not who wins the internship, not her mother's addiction, not her brother's health, not even where her heart will lead her. She wishes she could just have an ordinary life, but Jasmine may just discover that what she already has is pretty extraordinary after all.
About the Author
Jennifer Walkup is the author of Second Verse, which won a Moonbeam Award and a Golden Leaf Award. She is the fiction editor for the Meadowland Review and a creative writing teacher at the Writer's Circle in New Jersey. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. She lives in West Orange, New Jersey.
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