of customers would recommend this product to a friend.
Denise5 Stars Out Of 5Eye and heart opening bookMarch 26, 2019DeniseI purchased this book after seeing the review in Christianity Today. It has opened my eyes to many facets of inequality in our current education system that I thought were mainly in the past. It is a captivating story that weaves through three main families and how their worlds intersect through a forced school integration. It also gives much needed insight into adopting children from traumatized areas, and the difficulties these families face.
Nicole Cook4 Stars Out Of 5Thought Provoking NovelMarch 5, 2019Nicole CookQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5No One Ever Asked was an intense and extremely thought-provoking novel that authentically dealt with issues prevalent in society today, such as struggles with adoption, racism, classism, teen shootings, and sexual harassment. The storylines followed three different women as their lives intersected through their various levels of involvement in the affluent Crystal Ridge community and school district. The author was not afraid to make her readers uncomfortable in a good way discussing topics that are relevant and divisive in society today. I would recommend this book to others!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from WaterBrook & Multnomah through NetGalley and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine.
MauriKansasAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5No One Ever AskedOctober 8, 2018MauriKansasAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is an exceptional book that is very thought provoking. It raises issues of forgiveness, racial bias and prejudice, sexual misconduct, segregation in schools and problems of transfers between districts, and adoption of a child from another country. I may even be forgetting some. The three main characters, Camille Gray, Jen Covington, and Anaya Jones, each grapple with some of these issues, causing them to change by the end of the story. I highly recommend this book.
beckieAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Ganshert ReviewSeptember 10, 2018beckieAge: 35-44Gender: female"No One Ever Asked" by Katie Ganshert is an amazing book. The novel has three main characters: Camile, the top dog of moms at Crystal Ridge; Jen, a new white mother of adopted Jubilee, who is trying to come to grips with becoming a mother of an orphan; and Anaya, a new, black teacher in the Crystal Ridge school district. When the neighboring school district loses it's accreditation, students have the right to go to neighboring Crystal Ridge. The true problems lie with Crystal Ridge being an upper crust white district and the other is not.
Ganshert dissects racism in Crystal Ridge, whether the residents realize it or not. Most racism is an underlying discrimination that goes mostly unnoticed by the inflicting party. Much of it is obvious to everyone. Ganshert peels back the layers and exposes them to the reader. This book is very well done and I highly recommend it. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Waterbrook Publishing.
KavRCanadaGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5CompellingJuly 12, 2018KavRCanadaGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Sometimes a book comes along that pretty much discombobulates my reviewing capabilities and No One Ever Asked is just such a book. Powerful. Compelling. Uncomfortable. Frustrating....and hopeful. But it's a hard read. My heart still hurts. My head is still spinning. And my emotions are all over the place. In short, I'm still rattled so this review will be too. Fair warning!
Ganshert tells the story from three points of view. Women who come from diverse backgrounds, each engaged in their own personal battles with some pretty heavy issues when a political decision unexpectedly throws them together.There's picture-perfect PTA mom Camille Gray who appears to have it all; Jen Covington, who has yearned to be a mother in the face of the impossible and now that she is, nothing is going as planned; and Anaya Jones, the first African-American teacher to be employed at Crystal Ridge's top elementary school. Their stories are real and raw and not always pretty.
Most everyone will agree that blatant racism is ugly but what Ganshert tackles in this impactful novel is the subtle nuances of racial tension that often go unnoticed -- even within ourselves. There are two big takeaways for me at this point, though I'm still mulling it over -- this is the kind of book that doesn't leave you even though you've reached 'the end' -- so I'm sure there'll be more.
The first thing that struck me was how each woman had a preconceived idea of who the others were and what their life was like -- both good and bad. And that coloured their impressions and reactions. I mean, seriously, how often have I done that in my own life? So sure that 'her' life was better than mine or 'she' didn't have any real challenges or I am so in awe of 'her' because she has it all together I could never measure up.
The second takeaway that I am digging deep into is so simple and yet it's not -- listen. Seriously -- do I actually hear with my whole being -- heart, mind and soul -- when someone is speaking about something important to them? Or am I so busy formulating a rebuttal that I haven't let their words seep into my being so I can truly empathize? Especially if what they are saying contradicts what I feel. Challenging stuff, right?
Oh -- and a third takeaway that just struck me now -- see I told you there would be more! Just because I don't understand somebody's story doesn't mean it isn't valid. If I limited my world view solely to my experiences, well, that would make for a pretty short-sighted view, wouldn't it? I need to trust other people's stories so that I can expand my understanding and open my heart to the kind of all-encompassing love talked about in the bible -- "Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear." (1 John 1:18)
Phew -- lots to ponder over at the conclusion of this read. Especially thankful for the no-holds-barred discussion questions the author has provided at the end of the book. No One Ever Asked would be my top pick for a book club selection this year!