Sunday, January 11, 2015

Review: Capturing Jasmina by Kimberly Rae

 Capturing Jasmina

By Kimberly Rae

Blurb: Jasmina, a young girl in India, and her brother, Samir, are sold as child slaves and must learn to survive living on the streets of India.

Genres: Juvenile, Realistic Fiction

Publication Date: May 27, 2014

Series: N/A (Though there is a sequel.)

Pages: 116

My Rating: 2 stars

  I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I was excited to read this because it is about an important topic that has been ignored in a lot of literature, especially children's literature. I felt human trafficking is an important topic, but I don't know that this book really delved deep enough into it.

While a good portion of this book revolves around Jasmina's life in a sweatshop and later in working at a quarry, another good portion of it revolves around her living with the missionaries that took her in. It's good that this story had a happy ending, but the story is so short that I felt there was more detail about the missionaries then there was about the horrors of the places Jasmina lived in. We only really got snapshots, in my opinion.

I never found that I got to know any of the characters. There are so many that could have been expounded on more than they were; the kids Jasmina meets after going home with Asha, for example. The only character that who really was explored in depth was Jasmina.

I went away from this book simply not satisfied. I would have liked to learn more from this book than I did. It is short (hence why my review is a bit tiny) but the story in here needs more than the one hundred pages it was given. A bit of a disappointment for me. I didn't hate Capturing Jasmina but it definitely was not what I hoped it would be.

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