No One Ever Asked

No One Ever Asked

A Novel

Book - 2018
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"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?" --Publisher.
Publisher: New York :, WaterBrook,, 2018.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781601429049
Characteristics: 368 pages ;,21 cm.

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jesus4elaine
May 04, 2018

Admirable topic, handled extraordinarily well by the author. The thoughts and emotions of the main characters come across in a very realistic manner. There is hope in the end as we see their growth and changes. I intend to purchase this book in order to re-read and loan to friends.

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cularien
Apr 03, 2018

When I sat down to read No One Ever Asked, I didn't know that comparisons were already being drawn between it and Jodi Picoult's Small Great Things. But having suffered through the Small Great Things audiobook, my mind immediately went back to it with this read.

Thankfully ... I enjoyed No One Ever Asked much, much, much more. While I occasionally struggled to keep track of which character was which, I eventually got it down. Both plot and character development were spot on, particularly impressive between three points of view! Further, NOEA proves that you don't need bad language or steamy content to tell a good story.

Ganshert doesn't shy away from the very-present reality and toughness of race in America. But, she -- and the book -- show hope in a God that can, does, and will work amidst these situations.

NOEA is rooted in true stories and chock-full of research. Ganshert obviously did her homework, and the story shows it. While NOEA may not be an easy read, it's a necessary one. I know it to already be one of my top reads of 2018. Strongly recommended for both the story itself and the insight it lends into race today.

I received a free copy of the book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

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