No One Ever Asked by Katie Ganshert

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 school doors, the lives of three very different women converge: Camille Gray...

Details No One Ever Asked

TitleNo One Ever Asked
Release DateApr 3rd, 2018
GenreChristian Fiction, Fiction, Contemporary, Adult Fiction

Reviews No One Ever Asked

  • 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 vi...
  • 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 Read...
  • 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 all of us. A story of hard, yet a story of hope! It wi...
  • 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 i...
  • Cafinated Reads Molly
    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 w...
  • 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: you need humility to read this book .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 b...
  • Denise Hershberger (100 Pages per Hour)
    This is the most relevant to current day issues book I’ve ever read. And honestly, it has only become more relevant since it was written. No One Ever Asked tackles the difficult conversations relating to racism and education and many other topics. Being a public school teacher myself I related even more to this book, but with three main characters and tons of side characters, everyone will find someone to relate to in this book.No One Ever Aske...
  • Rachel McMillan
    If you ever want to read an author's heart on the page, look no further. Thanks to Waterbrook for an early copy
  • Suzie
    Have you ever read a story that just gut-punched you? One that forced you to hold a mirror up to yourself and ask some hard questions?Katie Ganshert delivers exactly that with No One Ever Asked. Hold on friends, because I have a lot to say about this one!The thread that ties each of the three main characters together is one of integrating students from a failing school district—one that’s student majority is black—with the state’s top, pr...
  • Beth Erin
    Full review on Faithfully BookishCommunity. Compassion. Empathy. Love. This world needs more yet can these things truly be achieved without understanding (or at the very least, a desire to understand)? I think not.No One Ever Asked glows with rich, multi-layered authenticity and diversity. I found myself relating to each of the three main characters in at least a small way yet also learning from each struggle, situation, and background. We don'...
  • Dawn
    I don't think I've ever picked up one of Katie Ganshert's books and haven't loved it. But this one. Oh my goodness, it surpasses any of her others! It's highly appropriate for the current crazy world we live in. I think that I literally read this in about a day. I got completely lost in the story. I received a copy as part of the Blogging for Books program. Sadly, this is my last review for them as they are discontinuing the program. I was not re...
  • Michelle
    I have loved all of Katie's books and have been anticipating this novel for awhile! This book is SO good but also SO heavy. Get ready to feel and at times feel uncomfortable. Katie did an excellent job in writing current situations and difficulties not just in a school district but what goes on in our homes. Now I will add that there isn't much about religion or a relationship with God. While I didn't mind, I was a tad surprised to find not much ...
  • Amy
    The cover is not my favourite, as in aesthetically appealing - however it accurately portrays the conflict - the school issue. The blurriness of the picture speaks to of the way in which most of the challenges posed in this book. Do we want to see it or accept it? As ever, the lines often seem blurred. Before I even began reading this book I was aware of the very real issue the author herself had shared regarding her own adopted daughter. She's p...
  • Rebecca
    "Be the change where you're at." Anaya Jones is a new hire at a predominantly white upper class elementary school. Determined to make the best of a given opportunity, she struggles to push aside her own fears and misconceptions so that she can meet the needs of her students, whose parents are disgruntled about the forced integration of ethnically diverse students from a failed lower class school district. Anaya is black. Jen Covington and her hus...
  • Theresa
    I liked this book but it fell far from the "love" section on my scale. It was for the most part pretty well written and had developed characters so if I just sat down and checked off criteria for a "decent" book it would meet all of those expectations. However, where it was lacking was the overall plot, story, and how it made the reader "me" feel. I felt it was a bit unrealistic and preachy. It definitely had an agenda and while I'm not going to ...
  • E.
    No One Ever Asked, by Katie Ganshert, is one of the most thought-provoking novels I have ever read. The questions it raises, and the themes it explores are powerfully intense, necessary, and timely. This well-written novel is gut-wrenchingly raw and honest, yet it is not without hope. It made my pulse race. It made me think deep, hard thoughts. It made me cry. It made me angry. It moved me and shook me, and I couldn't be more grateful for it.This...
  • Caitlyn Santi
    Katie Ganshert has been on my list of all time favorite authors ever since I discovered her first novel, shortly after it was published! While I love all of her previous novels, No One Ever Asked is, in my opinion the BEST novel she's written to date! Let me start by saying that this review may be kind of short, because I am having a hard time finding the words to describe just how much I loved this book, and I know that there is no possible way ...
  • Michelle
    The Review: This book surprised me! I definitely judge books by their covers, and the cover didn't particularly excite but the summary did. I got into it right away. There are three main characters, all women, and the perspective switches between them throughout the book. They are all well developed and interesting characters. I really liked how relevant the topic and content was to the current events in the world today, and the fact that it ...
  • Victoria Bylin
    In her note at the end of the book, the author says she hopes readers come away from the story with empathy. I can't think of a more perfect word to describe the heart of No One Ever Asked. It digs about as deep as fiction can go, pulls back the veil on racism, and portrays real life people struggling to live good lives--and some people who aren't as willing to struggle. This story educates, examines, and empowers us all to look deep into our own...
  • Kayo
    Another awesome read from 2018! Timely, and full of headline news, this book is a real winner. Couldn't put it down.Thanks to author, publisher and NetGalley for the chance to read this book. While I got the book for free, it had no bearing on the rating I gave it.
  • Jennifer
    So this is a challenging book to review. The premise of the novel is that a school district loses accreditation, therefore, students from another district are going to be brought into the uber-fabulous Crystal Ridge district. The parents of the students in the Crystal Ridge district are not happy about this integration, and even those that would swear up and down they don't have a racist bone in their bodies, soon have to face their inner-demons ...
  • Rachel Dawson
    I was SO pleasantly surprised by this book. The plot was so well crafted, and the story was so engrossing and well written. I have loved reading fiction books like this one throughout this year that clearly address current events and hot topics in America right now without beating you over the head with it-- it was subtle yet incredibly powerful. Addressing racism, segregation, education, relationships, marriage, adoption, and all the aspects of ...
  • Amanda
    There were so many thoughts running through my mind as I read this book and they continue as I write this review. This book was tough, it was challenging and it was heavy.The story revolves around 3 women…Camille, a white mother who’s life seems perfect from the outside, Jennifer, a white woman who has recently adopted a black child, and Anaya, an African American teacher who just got a job at Crystal Ridge…a school that is now accepting st...
  • Tima
    Follow three women as they navigate the changes that are being forced upon them. A local school has lost it's accreditation and so some of the low-income children are being sent to the affluent school closest to them. Three women are faced with challenges to their family, their marriages, and their jobs as they try to understand medical, racial, and parenting issues. What these women learn will change their lives.Wow! Ms. Ganshert has done it aga...
  • Crystal Zavala
    Initially I wasn't aware that this is a "Christian" book. I went into it with an open mind. However, I was immediately put off with the primary topic being racism from a white author. I did finish the book because I wanted to see where she was going with the story. I will say that I appreciate her honestly portraying the white perspective, I just couldn't be sure if her African American perspective is real because she isn't one herself. There wer...
  • Sarah Poling
    This book is dear to my heart. The quote "After every turn of events, Good news, Bad news, whose to say?," from Anaya's Daddy, is one that we all might benefit from, as we face change, or an unwanted experience. I love how Anaya grows as she remembers it. It's a story that needs to be recognized, repeated more often, and a thought provoking book that will have every reader introspectively analyzing their own thoughts about racism, identity, belie...
  • Nora St Laurent
    Crystal Ridge school has no choice but to open their doors to bussed students. It’s the law. Camille PTA chairwoman with three children, Jen Covington a career woman who has recently adopted a girl from south Africa and realizes mother hood is harder than she’d realized and Anaya Jones who is the first woman to graduate college in her family has a brand-new job teaching at Crystal Ridges top elementary school for white rich kids. This twenty-...
  • Becky
    No One Ever Asked is the story of three women. Camille is a stay at home mom who seems to have it all together, but in reality her world is falling apart. Jen and her husband adopted a little girl from Liberia ... and then almost immediately moved across the country when he got a new job. Anaya always dreamed of returning to the South Fork district to teach—she's a South Fork grad, and her late father taught in the district for years—but inst...
  • Jamie Holzberg / Fluff Smut & Murder
    Thank you to for the opportunity to read an Advanced Reader Copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.Sometimes I forget that some states do not have the same laws as we do in California. I’m not talking about guns or pot, but cell phones. I was stunned when Camille had a private conversation with another person while driving her car. I can’t remember the last time I had a phone conversation that didn’t start out wit...
  • V. Palmer
    If I could describe No One Ever Asked in one word, that word would be "think." This is a novel designed to make you think and ask hard questions, including how you can, "be the change where you're at."Written in the poignant style Katie Ganshert is known for, No One Ever Asked follows the shocking revelations, struggles, and heartaches of three woman, each so different and complex, yet they think they have each other pegged. And they couldn't be ...