It’s My Life by Stacie Ramey
Sourcebooks Fire | January 7th, 2020
If she wants a future with him, she’ll have to make peace with her past.
Jenna’s never let her cerebral palsy get her down. But when she discovers that her condition was actually caused by an injury at birth, she’s furious with her parents, who withheld the truth. And as they push her to get yet another difficult procedure, Jenna feels her control over her life starting to slip.
Enter Julian, Jenna’s childhood crush. He’s just moved back to town, and he’s struggling in school, so Jenna reaches out to him—anonymously— to help. Soon, their conversations are about so much more than class. She’s falling for him all over again, hard and fast. But would Julian still be interested in her if he knew who she really was? And can she find a way to take back her own narrative before she pushes away everyone she loves?
Jenna learns that her Cerebral Palsy was caused by something that happened at birth and she’s angry, especially with her parents who didn’t tell her. Jenna feels like it’s time that she takes over making her own medical decisions, and enlists the help of her lawyer uncle to get medical emancipation. All while this is happening, Jenna’s childhood crush Julian moves back to town and she falls in love with him all over again. Unable to portray her emotion toward him face to face, she starts texting him anonymously, helping him with school work. Soon their texts become more than just about school and Jenna finds herself in a tricky situation.
This book was really good. I think the only reason I gave it 3.5 stars was because I’m also chronically ill and I just didn’t agree with some of Jenna’s decisions. I’m glad I read this book though because it was really good, and I learned some new things about CP that I didn’t already know.
I liked Jenna’s character, for the most part, I think her wanting to make her own medical decisions was more based on being mad at her parents than anything else. I liked how when she was in pain or in a bad place she would picture herself as someone else, a different version of herself.
Ben, Jenna’s best friend, was a great character and friend. He was always encouraging Jenna and was always there for her.
Jenna’s siblings, Rena and Eric, were absolutely my favorite characters. They were always there for Jenna and never seemed to resent her. They did everything they could to include her and made sure she was okay.
All in all, this was a good story. It’s romantic and exciting and I’m really glad I requested it.
Thank you, Edelweiss and Sourcebooks Fire for this ARC in return for an honest review.