Friday, January 06, 2012

Review: If I Tell by Janet Gurtler

Title: If I Tell
Author:  Janet Gurtler 
Release Date: October 21, 2011 
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Source: NetGalley
It was like watching a train wreck. I wanted to look away but couldn't take my eyes off them.

Her best friend and her mom's boyfriend. Locking lips. This is the secret Jasmine Evans has to keep at all costs. Because her mom is pregnant, and Jaz doesn't want to ruin her life-again (just being born did it the first time). But the harder Jaz tries to pretend everything is okay, the faster her life spins out of control. Until Jackson. He doesn't care about the popularity of her friends or the color of her skin. But can she really trust a guy who just transferred in from reform school? She might be willing to chance the heartbreak, but telling him everything and risking the truth getting out is a whole other level of scary.
Review: When I first heard about this book, it sounded super good. Drama filled but good so I wasn’t sure how I was going to like it at all. I did give it a chance and I’m glad I did. Now, I didn’t absolutely love this book but I did enjoy it!

Let’s start with Jasmine. She was just so insecure and always complained about how her being biracial was such a bad thing. She felt her life was a complete mess without any way of fixing it. Her relationship with her mother is less than perfect and things get much worse when she sees something she shouldn’t. She was really selfish and argued with people all the time, over everything and with everyone. She had a problem with trusting and didn’t let them know her better, which she blamed on her being biracial…but it was her. For the problem with Lacey and Simon and her mother, I wish Jaz would just confront them.

The other characters were good but weren’t as rounded as I would have liked them to be. We got bits and pieces of each characters background and how they dealt with it. Jackson, though, I liked a lot. He understood Jaz’s pain and was able to relate to her as much as possible. I did like that he didn’t get upset or anything by the fact that Jaz didn’t trust him at first but got to know her…and then she judged him and hurt him.

The emotions were probably the best part of this book though. I had a hard time believing that the book was over when it was. I loved how Ms. Gurtler was able to go from one emotion to the other emotion and make it all seem so natural. It all seemed so realistic to me and I loved that about the book.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this book and I loved how the emotions were so realistic. Even though Jaz and I didn't click, I loved Janet Gurtler's writing style. I can't wait to read her first novel, I'm Not Her! Also, I don't think my review should discourage you from checking out this book. I have read reviews that some people enjoyed it more than I did!

Overall: 3.5/5
Cover Comments: 5/5—I like how we can't see the character's face so I can imagine her in my own mind.


  1. I've heard about this one here and there, but it hasn't sounded like something for me. I'm leaving it as a maybe for now, but at the moment, I have SO many books in my own to-read pile that I need to cut down on the new ones I'm adding. I do like your comment about the cover though, and the emotional descriptions in the book sound good as well.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  2. Great review! I was hesitant to read this one as well but I ended up enjoying it quite a bit. I agree especially that the emotions were the best part of the book.