No One Ever Asked

No One Ever Asked

Challenging perceptions of discrimination and prejudice, this emotionally resonant drama for readers of Lisa Wingate and Jodi Picoult explores three different women navigating challenges in a changing school district--and in their lives.When an impoverished school district loses its accreditation and the affluent community of Crystal Ridge has no choice but to open their s...

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Title:No One Ever Asked
Author:Katie Ganshert
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No One Ever Asked Reviews

  • Toni Shiloh

    Oh. My. Wow. I knew when I picked up this book that Katie Ganshert would take me on an emotional journey that would challenge my intellect as well as my mind. And wow, oh wow, Ms. Ganshert did NOT disappoint.

    No One Ever Asked follows the journey of three very different women, or are they?

    But it wasn’t just these three ladies that captured my attention. That kept me turning the page. The secondary characters were so integral to this story. The issues that Ms. Ganshert tackled were nothing short o

    Oh. My. Wow. I knew when I picked up this book that Katie Ganshert would take me on an emotional journey that would challenge my intellect as well as my mind. And wow, oh wow, Ms. Ganshert did NOT disappoint.

    No One Ever Asked follows the journey of three very different women, or are they?

    But it wasn’t just these three ladies that captured my attention. That kept me turning the page. The secondary characters were so integral to this story. The issues that Ms. Ganshert tackled were nothing short of amazing. For one, she chose to tackle them. Two, they were done in such a way that not one overlapped the other. I mean we have racial issues, social class issues, sexual harassment issues, etc. Each time she unveiled a piece of the story my mind was whirling, thinking of times I’ve experienced the same or haven’t and understanding what a person could have been dealing with.

    If you don’t find an ounce of empathy growing in your heart after reading this book, I’d ask you to read it again. It’s that great. That life altering.

    *I received a free copy from the publisher. This review is my own, honest opinion. I was not required to do a review.

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  • Sarah Grace

    Wow . . . Just wow. Ganshert pens yet another emotionally moving, grippingly-real story. I can honestly say I have never read another book quite like No One Ever Asked.

    Split between the point of views of three different women in vastly different worlds, this book kept me engrossed in the story throughout every page. Each character is so incredibly realistic you can't help but empathize with and relate to them. I think Jen's storyline was probably my favorite, as adoption is a subject very close

    Wow . . . Just wow. Ganshert pens yet another emotionally moving, grippingly-real story. I can honestly say I have never read another book quite like No One Ever Asked.

    Split between the point of views of three different women in vastly different worlds, this book kept me engrossed in the story throughout every page. Each character is so incredibly realistic you can't help but empathize with and relate to them. I think Jen's storyline was probably my favorite, as adoption is a subject very close to my heart, but I also very much enjoyed Anaya's and Camille's stories.

    Ganshert deals with a very real and touchy subject - racism. And while she definitely doesn't shy away from the nitty-gritty details, she handles them with incredible tact and grace without downplaying or excusing them. This book is far from painless, yet I am incredibly glad I read it. It opened my eyes to so much and gave me an even greater understanding of racism and the other issues touched upon in this book.

    All in all, No One Ever Asked is an incredible novel to add to your library. Highly recommended!

    CONTENT NOTE: Recommended for ages 18+ due to mature themes,

  • Clara

    "No One Ever Asked" is one of those books that require humility to read. I'm afraid I'm gonna jumble throughout this review, but if you don't remember/understand anything else, please take this to heart:

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    Each one of us in our day-to-day lives is put in positions of influence one way or another. Honestly, we might not even recognize we're in it, but don't doubt your influence. This is one of the reasons this book can be uncomfortable because, as we relate to

    "No One Ever Asked" is one of those books that require humility to read. I'm afraid I'm gonna jumble throughout this review, but if you don't remember/understand anything else, please take this to heart:

    .

    Each one of us in our day-to-day lives is put in positions of influence one way or another. Honestly, we might not even recognize we're in it, but don't doubt your influence. This is one of the reasons this book can be uncomfortable because, as we relate to it, we can think: but I didn't mean to; what was I suppose to do? what can I do? Start here, by this question: what can I do, and be truly opened to take a step from here.

    Throughout this book, the author mentioned many quotes from other books, including one of my favorites:

    - The Lorax

    I adore it when I can use this quote with my students (not sure they're that enthusiastic when their teacher becomes all environmentalist on them haha) because it brings back that idea of influence, making the best of opportunities, being present and opened to care. There are many horrible things going on around the world, and let me tell you a few items that are top listed: prejudice and gossip. It breaks my heart to see this happening, but to live as if it didn't (even if it's not "our reality") is just not practicing empathy.

    Personally, I felt like "No One Never Asked" was an invitation to go beyond my preconceptions, to seek more deeply into ideas I was pretty sure I knew everything about. It was a wake-up call that maybe we're holding tightly to a few misconceptions and being fueled by pride. In a world where arrogance and overconfidence are praised, would we be willing to take the first step and humble ourselves to see and listen to others? To put ourselves in others' shoes?

    Segregation and intolerance kill fellowship and I believe, above all else, this book is a wake-up call to this. It was not a way to point fingers but a tool to approach difficult topics and start asking: where do we stand among this?

    Again, this was not a comfortable book because it deals with difficult topics; nevertheless, they are urgent topics because they are related to life, they lead us to not fall again into the trap that empathy comes naturally either than being something that must be awakened, cared for, cultivated and nourished. Not by pushing yourself away, but by bringing yourself close.

    *many thanks to the publisher for providing a review copy. This was my honest review.

  • Loraine

    Having taught in North Carolina in the late 1960's during the middle of desegregation, I found this book very interesting. I taught in an all black school where the only integration that had taken place was the teaching staff. It was close to a military base and over half the teachers were military wives who would leave as soon as their husbands were transferred which meant some classes might have 2 or 3 teachers in the same year. My husband was discharged from the service in March, but we had m

    Having taught in North Carolina in the late 1960's during the middle of desegregation, I found this book very interesting. I taught in an all black school where the only integration that had taken place was the teaching staff. It was close to a military base and over half the teachers were military wives who would leave as soon as their husbands were transferred which meant some classes might have 2 or 3 teachers in the same year. My husband was discharged from the service in March, but we had made a commitment that I would complete the school year with my class. I later taught in Texas at the beginning of enforced desegregation where children were bussed to different schools in order to equalize ethnic ratios.

    Having lived through this, I feel that Ganshert definitely did her research and was accurate in her portrayal of the happenings during this time period. She navigated well between the turmoil, prejudices, and discrimination that took place then and continues now. She challenges the readers thinking as she follows the three main women characters through the happenings in their area as one lower income school district is closed when it loses its accreditation and another wealthy district must absorb many of its students. Each of the women grows in their understanding of their own prejudices and beliefs. This book deals with hot button topics that are still a brick wall for many people today. Ganshert stepped out of her comfort zone and in so doing made me consider my own thinking. This book made my 2018 favorites list.

    **I received a complimentary copy of this book from Random House through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.

  • Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader

    Raw, honest, and deep, are just a few words to describe this book. I can't even begin to tell you how much I loved this book.

    Ganshert was not afraid to write about a topic we all want someone to stand up and shout to the world about.

    I devoured this book and was left wanting more. This is Ganshert's best book and it is one you will not want to miss out on.

    I gave this one 5 stars two times and I HIGHLY recommend you preorder your copy!

    The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for revie

    Raw, honest, and deep, are just a few words to describe this book. I can't even begin to tell you how much I loved this book.

    Ganshert was not afraid to write about a topic we all want someone to stand up and shout to the world about.

    I devoured this book and was left wanting more. This is Ganshert's best book and it is one you will not want to miss out on.

    I gave this one 5 stars two times and I HIGHLY recommend you preorder your copy!

    The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

  • Molly Cafinated Reads Jaber

    I am only allowed to give this book 5 stars in rating? Why? Why can't I give it 5 stars ten million times? It's that amazing. Yes, yes it is. It is absolutely raw. Utterly captivating. Beautifully written. Heart stoppingly real. Every. Last. Page.

    Mrs. Ganshert takes every day questions, and every day situations and puts them into a novel that will consume you. Each of these characters jumped off the pages and told their stories to me like they were sitting right beside me on the couch. Each of

    I am only allowed to give this book 5 stars in rating? Why? Why can't I give it 5 stars ten million times? It's that amazing. Yes, yes it is. It is absolutely raw. Utterly captivating. Beautifully written. Heart stoppingly real. Every. Last. Page.

    Mrs. Ganshert takes every day questions, and every day situations and puts them into a novel that will consume you. Each of these characters jumped off the pages and told their stories to me like they were sitting right beside me on the couch. Each of them made me want to wrap my arms around them and hold on for dear life, telling them all would be okay and that the world isn't all bad.

    This book brings to point so many things that today's society is dealing with. So many. Just as the book describes, we as humans have to have a label for everything. If there's not a label for it, we don't know how to exist. No one ever asks the real questions. We just slap a label and run. Mrs. Ganshert takes her readers on a deep journey showing us the outcome that can arise if we would just stop that, and live life for God, and for us. Life doesn't have to be so complicated.

    If you are reading this review, then heade my words. Go preorder this book NOW. Don't wait. You will want to read this book and devour it in one sitting the way I did. This book is one of the best I have ever read, and I can't sing it's praises loud enough. Beautifully done, Mrs. Ganshert, and I absolutely can not wait for another thought provoking, jaw dropping, heart wrenching read from your talented hands!

    *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging For Books and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.*

  • Emilee

    Jumping outside of my usual genre I read this one for a book club discussion. This novel is perfect for discussion. It's thought provoking in a good way. I was concerned it was going to be stressful but it wasn't. I related to these characters especially the feelings of inadequacy as a mom. I think that's one of the things I'm really going to take away from this book, how EVERYONE has struggles. Another thing is forgiveness. Forgiveness is beautifully woven throughout the last quarter of the sto

    Jumping outside of my usual genre I read this one for a book club discussion. This novel is perfect for discussion. It's thought provoking in a good way. I was concerned it was going to be stressful but it wasn't. I related to these characters especially the feelings of inadequacy as a mom. I think that's one of the things I'm really going to take away from this book, how EVERYONE has struggles. Another thing is forgiveness. Forgiveness is beautifully woven throughout the last quarter of the story. It is not spelled out for you in Camille's character but the lines are drawn and it works well. Lastly, racial differences between the white and black community's in America are there, even if we try to act as though there are not. The hurts and misunderstandings are real and I have been guilty of brushing them under the rug. I am SO GLAD I read this book and I hope others will read it too.

  • Beth

    No One Ever Asked challenged me, provoked me, and, I'll be honest, made me uncomfortable - and that's meant as a compliment! Although I don't make it a habit to read stories this heavy often, I trust Katie Ganshert as an author, and I also know enough of her personal story to believe that she would handle such a tough topic well. Not only does she handle the issues presented in this novel well, she also deftly handles three different points of view. While stories with multiple points of view are

    No One Ever Asked challenged me, provoked me, and, I'll be honest, made me uncomfortable - and that's meant as a compliment! Although I don't make it a habit to read stories this heavy often, I trust Katie Ganshert as an author, and I also know enough of her personal story to believe that she would handle such a tough topic well. Not only does she handle the issues presented in this novel well, she also deftly handles three different points of view. While stories with multiple points of view are not my personal favorite, I found each main character to have distinct personalities. Like real people, they each have positive and negative qualities, moments that fill them with shame, yet moments that are full of triumph.

    It’s hard to talk about the plot without giving away key points. I will say that overall, I feel a bit more optimistic about humanity overall than this novel sometimes depicts, yet, at the same time, it’s wrong to turn a blind eye and pretend that everything is wonderful for everyone, everywhere. While reading this novel, I was reminded of a quote by Flannery O’Connor, which says in part that “to the hard of hearing, you shout, and for the almost blind you draw large and startling figures.” So many times I hear others (and I’m sure I’ve done it myself, too) talk about how other people should feel with no knowledge of what life is like for that other person. It’s easy to get comfortable, but stories like this remind us that these are ongoing issues, and the answer is anything but easy. This story reminded me that no matter the color of someone’s skin, their socio-economic situation, or how “amazing” their life appears, everyone is fighting a battle. I was reminded of the importance of looking deeper than the surface and to practice self-awareness – I never want to be the one that doesn’t ask.

    No One Ever Asked is one of my most anticipated releases for 2018, and I was not disappointed. This story is honest and heartbreaking, full of real people, brought face-to-face with terrible situations. It is timely and so needed for what our country is going through – in fact, it’s overdue. I applaud Ganshert for writing what was pressing on her heart. It’s importance to her shows through the characters and hardships in this story. It’s not a light read by any means, so make sure you are ready for some soul-searching and tension-filled moments. But also be ready for hope that we can do better – be better – for each other.

    I received an advanced copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review; the opinions expressed here are my own.

  • Kara

    Oh, friends. I don't even know where to begin. This is hard stuff. This is powerful stuff! This is an incredible journey from first page to last, but it is not for the faint of heart. This is for the hurting ones. This is for the uncertain ones. This is for all those who want to help and to make a difference, to bless and encourage, but have no idea where to begin. And ultimately? This is for

    . A story of hard, yet a story of hope! It will make you cringe in places and wish you could hi

    Oh, friends. I don't even know where to begin. This is hard stuff. This is powerful stuff! This is an incredible journey from first page to last, but it is not for the faint of heart. This is for the hurting ones. This is for the uncertain ones. This is for all those who want to help and to make a difference, to bless and encourage, but have no idea where to begin. And ultimately? This is for

    . A story of hard, yet a story of hope! It will make you cringe in places and wish you could hide, yet realize that the only way hard can be conquered, the only way

    can be conquered, is with one single, first step.

    . The truest, deepest love that searches out your own darkness, acknowledges its presence, seeks redemption, and then compels you out of passivity and into spreading that love far out beyond yourself.

    There is no way to read this story and feel wishy-washy by the final page. Ms. Ganshert asks the hard questions and then she asks even harder ones! (Appropriate with that title, yes? :) She takes three

    different characters and melds their stories, their questions, their fears, their doubts, and their hope together. I was wondering how it was going to work, knowing there would be multiple points of view, but I should have trusted. Especially knowing she has her own personal journey which likely brings these issues extra close home for her. Actually, it's that very knowing which intrigued me to pick this one up. There's just something about reading an author's work when you understand bits of the journey which brought it to life, isn't there? (Which is one reason why I love to read the Author's Notes at the end of the book. To discover those extra little details! :)

    The quietly building tension kept me on the edge of my seat as the characters began entangling their journeys with one another, struggle by struggle. Nothing about any of the choices confronting each of them is easy and their constantly weaving pathways that circle around again and again seem like they would only drive them further apart, not together. And they did. At least at first. These ladies could not be any more different from one another. And yet? It takes each hard, rough interaction and uneasy conversation to bring them all to the place where they can finally confront their own darkness and shame and see out beyond it to the light. Once that happens? Oh friends, it's a powerful journey! And a necessary one. As Ms. Ganshert noted, a story such as this should prompt more conversation and a hard look at oneself and our own choices.

    For all the dark that must be conquered here, it's the beautiful redemption and HOPE that weaves through every single paragraph which caught my heart. The harshness of the reality these characters (and we ourselves) must face every day is made gentler with Ms. Ganshert's wonderful writing. I can only imagine that such a story as this was not easy to create, but everything flows so well that it took a bit for me to leave Missouri behind once I had finished reading! These characters, their journeys, and the lessons to be learned are necessary and real. So be sure to read this one, friends! It's utterly unforgettable.

    **I received a complimentary copy via Waterbrook & Multnoma. All opinions expressed are my own.

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