Happy Monday all!
Hope you had a fantastic weekend! Excited to share my review with you today for this delightful story that was so full of humor and hope!💕
“Reinventing Jenna Rose” is really the perfect name for this book. Joni Marie Iraci has written a compulsive fast-paced story about one girl’s journey towards self discovery and self acceptance. Jenna Rose had a tough childhood. A father who featured her in child porn photos and a practically absent mother. When she discovers she has a grandmother in New York she never knew about she sets out to find her. And in finding her grandmother she eventually finds herself. This was a compelling coming of age story infused with the perfect amount of humor and hope.
Jenna had such a troubled childhood. Seriously some people should not be allowed to have kids! I really admired the quiet strength and resilience in her. The relationship she found with her grandmother and some other quirky characters in the story were The highlight of the book for me. I think sometimes it just takes that one person to really show you that they care that can completely change the course of your life. Jenna truly found that in her grandmother, A neighbor girl, a therapist, and a dog. This story was a little gem. The perfect addition to your TBR when you’re in the mood for a heartwarming story that will make you laugh.
*** thank you so much to the author for my copy of this book ***
About the Book
“Reinventing Jenna Rose,” propels the reader on a fast-paced journey through the life of a young girl, Jenna Rose, who is determined to realize her self-worth and overcome the trauma of a childhood where she was forced to be the “muse” for her child photographer father’s “art.” Jenna’s “what now” moment arises when she is left alone in the loveless California lake house she shares with her mostly absent mother after her parents divorced. Jenna, while ransacking her mother’s closet, uncovers evidence of a grandmother, whom she never knew existed living in New York City. This soon proves to be the first of many family secrets.
Seemingly, pulling courage up from her socks, Jenna resourcefully takes herself across the country and lands on the Upper West Side of Manhattan doorstep of her affluent maternal grandmother, Katherine O’Connor. Katherine, imposing at first, softens and begins to weave a tale of her own traumatic upbringing in an effort to get Jenna to open up.
Yet, with the help of a street-smart New York neighbor girl, a quirky therapist, a white German Shepherd and a story-telling grandmother, Jenna overcomes the hardships of her past, and comes into her own at the age of thirty.