Review of No One Ever Asked by Katie Ganshert

No One Ever Asked centers around two Missouri school district residents – impoverished South Fork and affluent Crystal Ridge. When South Fork loses its accreditation, it becomes necessary for many of its students to transfer to Crystal Ridge. The push back is swift and hard, leading to anger, mistrust, misunderstanding and confrontation.

Oh my, but did I have problems liking this book. I read and loved Ms. Ganshert’s previous book “Life After”, but I found myself struggling with this one. I’ve no doubt that my opinion will be the exception, since, although the book isn’t scheduled for publication until April, it’s already receiving high praise and positive reviews with readers.

First, I found there was just too much drama in this book – most of it revolving around Camille Gray and her family. It was just one thing after another with the Gray family and in the end it felt much more like a Lifetime Movie of the Week to me than a compelling, engrossing novel.

I didn’t really care for any of the characters. They were too whiny, wishy-washy or angry. This was one of those books that authors seem to be doing a lot of lately where we know at the start something “bad” has happened, but we have to wait until the end of the book to find out what it is. So even though I disliked the characters and a good deal of the plot I read on just to see what the “bad” thing was. Was it worth the wait? Unfortunately, not for me.

2 of 5 Stars, Susan Barton