Welcome to our tour for Don’t Ask If I’m Okay by Jessica Kara. This book tackles some heavy topics such as loss of a friend, grief, and toxic masculinity. While we feel that these issues are things that should be addressed, we understand that for some, they can be triggering. Please exercise caution when reading this book.
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Don’t Ask If I’m Okay
by Jessica Kara
Release Date: May 16, 2023
Publisher: Page Street Kids
Genre: YA Contemporary, grief, loss
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A year ago, Gage survived a car accident that killed his best friend, Hunter. Without the person who always brought out the best in him, Gage doesn’t know who he is. He likes working as a fry cook and loves his small-town friends and family, but they weren’t in the wreck and he can’t tell them how much he’s still hurting. He just wants to forget all his pain and move on.
So when his stepdad shows him a dream job opening in one of his idol’s restaurants, Gage knows this is his chance to convince everyone and himself that he’s fine. To try to push past his grief once and for all, Gage applies for the job, asks out a crush, and volunteers to host a memorial for Hunter.
But the more Gage tries to ignore his grief, the more volatile it becomes.
When his temper finally turns on the people he loves, Gage must decide what real strength is—holding in his grief until it destroys him, or asking for help and revealing his broken heart for all to see.
About the Author
Jessica Kara is a professional author and artist. With a BFA in technical theatre, she worked as a stage manager for eight years in regional theatres and on several national tours. Eventually she left the business to focus on writing, which has always called. She has served as President of her local writing organization, Authors of the Flathead, and is a member of the Society for Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators. She frequently speaks at local conferences, schools, and college classes, striving to inspire a new generation of writers to pursue their passions.
For more about Jessica and her writing, please visit her at www.authorjessicakara.com