The Jasmine Project by Meredith Ireland
Release Date: September 7, 2021
Publisher: Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Jenny Han meets The Bachelorette in this effervescent romantic comedy about a teen Korean American adoptee who unwittingly finds herself at the center of a competition for her heart, as orchestrated by her overbearing, loving family.
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.
Meredith Ireland was born in Korea and adopted by a New York librarian. Her love of books started early and although she pursued both pre-med at Rollins College and law at the University of Miami, stories were her fate. She currently resides with her two children, and Bob, a carnival goldfish, who’s likely a person. She writes young adult books, some of which you may like. The Jasmine Project is her debut novel.
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First, I would like to thank Books Terminal for giving me the opportunity to be a part of the tour. I really loved this book, I enjoyed that it was set in Orlando, Florida, where I live as I was familiar with most of the places mentioned. I like when that happens in a book which isn’t often as I can picture myself in those locations, seeing the characters as if it was a movie scene. My favorite aspect of this book was the family dynamics especially since they all had a group chat just like I have one with mine. We use it to celebrate each other’s birthday and do video chats quite often and it reminded me of that. Another aspect I loved is that Jasmine has a lot of siblings, I have four siblings and I can relate to how our everyday life is and how we interact with each other. Overall, if you enjoy books that contain a lot of family dynamics and culture, this is the book for you. Also, follow along the rest fo the tour here.