“With adorably sweet moments, The Jasmine Project is a book that will captivate readers and give them all the feels.”Sheaf & Ink
From the Publisher:
Jasmine Yap’s life is great. Well, it’s okay. She’s about to move in with her long-time boyfriend, Paul, before starting a nursing program at community college—all of which she mostly wants. But her stable world is turned upside down when she catches Paul cheating. To her giant, overprotective family, Paul’s loss is their golden ticket to showing Jasmine that she deserves much more. The only problem is, Jasmine refuses to meet anyone new.
But…what if the family set up a situation where she wouldn’t have to know? A secret Jasmine Project.
The plan is simple: use Jasmine’s graduation party as an opportunity for her to meet the most eligible teen bachelors in Orlando. There’s no pressure for Jasmine to choose anyone, of course, but the family hopes their meticulously curated choices will show Jasmine how she should be treated. And maybe one will win her heart.
But with the family fighting for their favorites, bachelors going rogue, and Paul wanting her back, the Jasmine Project may not end in love but total, heartbreaking disaster.
My Review: The Jasmine Project
Give me a book about food and romance and I am all in.
Recently I have fallen head first with delicious prose, where the stories main character is in the profession of making food. Add some hot spices of romance you’ve got one reader pre-ordering your book.
Meredith Ireland’s debut novel is one that covers a gambit of topics of the main character being adopted, the deep bonds of family, to the discovery of self-worth, every page materialized into a meal you couldn’t decide to savor or devour or just doing both.
Further, what was most apparent throughout the novel was Jasmine’s lack of confidence. Through most of the novel there is this internal struggle of Jasmine not being aware of her worth. Beyond her kindness and caring, she never fully realizes what a wonderful person she is, which felt at time self-deprecating. This is mainly due to a boyfriend who belittled and made her feel less. Not realizing, until this book, she deserves kindness and caring she shows to others in her own relationship.
The sure force of this novel, besides the premise of the Bachelorette Jasmine’s family pulls together (without her knowing) in order for her to see she could date people who would appreciate her, the family aspect is absolutely perfection. It made me remember my dearest friend from high school, whose family is as large as Jasmine’s with aunties and uncles and cousins who are hilarious as they are supportive. Who always made you feel included and part of the family.
A Few Last Thoughts
Even though Jasmine’s family gets caught up in the whirlwind of the “competition” you know at some point the other shoe is going to drop it’s just a matter of when.
Eloquently crafted, The Jasmine Project will have you rooting for Jasmine the moment she’s introduced, hoping she finds happiness when you get to the very last page.
Happy Reading ̴ Cece
RATING: – Satisfyingly Inked
|Review Posted Online
|September 7, 2021
|Simon & Schuster (BYR)
|August 8, 2021