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Jenny Han meets The Bachelorette in this effervescent romantic comedy about a teen Korean American adoptee who unwittingly finds herself at the center of a competition for her heart, as orchestrated by her overbearing, loving family. Jasmine Yap’s life is great. Well, it’s okay. She’s about to move in with her long-time boyfriend, Paul, before starting a nursing program at Jenny Han meets The Bachelorette in this effervescent romantic comedy about a teen Korean American adoptee who unwittingly finds herself at the center of a competition for her heart, as orchestrated by her overbearing, loving family. Jasmine Yap’s life is great. Well, it’s okay. She’s about to move in with her long-time boyfriend, Paul, before starting a nursing program at community college—all of which she mostly wants. But her stable world is turned upside down when she catches Paul cheating. To her giant, overprotective family, Paul’s loss is their golden ticket to showing Jasmine that she deserves much more. The only problem is, Jasmine refuses to meet anyone new. But…what if the family set up a situation where she wouldn’t have to know? A secret Jasmine Project. The plan is simple: use Jasmine’s graduation party as an opportunity for her to meet the most eligible teen bachelors in Orlando. There’s no pressure for Jasmine to choose anyone, of course, but the family hopes their meticulously curated choices will show Jasmine how she should be treated. And maybe one will win her heart. But with the family fighting for their favorites, bachelors going rogue, and Paul wanting her back, the Jasmine Project may not end in love but total, heartbreaking disaster.


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Jenny Han meets The Bachelorette in this effervescent romantic comedy about a teen Korean American adoptee who unwittingly finds herself at the center of a competition for her heart, as orchestrated by her overbearing, loving family. Jasmine Yap’s life is great. Well, it’s okay. She’s about to move in with her long-time boyfriend, Paul, before starting a nursing program at Jenny Han meets The Bachelorette in this effervescent romantic comedy about a teen Korean American adoptee who unwittingly finds herself at the center of a competition for her heart, as orchestrated by her overbearing, loving family. Jasmine Yap’s life is great. Well, it’s okay. She’s about to move in with her long-time boyfriend, Paul, before starting a nursing program at community college—all of which she mostly wants. But her stable world is turned upside down when she catches Paul cheating. To her giant, overprotective family, Paul’s loss is their golden ticket to showing Jasmine that she deserves much more. The only problem is, Jasmine refuses to meet anyone new. But…what if the family set up a situation where she wouldn’t have to know? A secret Jasmine Project. The plan is simple: use Jasmine’s graduation party as an opportunity for her to meet the most eligible teen bachelors in Orlando. There’s no pressure for Jasmine to choose anyone, of course, but the family hopes their meticulously curated choices will show Jasmine how she should be treated. And maybe one will win her heart. But with the family fighting for their favorites, bachelors going rogue, and Paul wanting her back, the Jasmine Project may not end in love but total, heartbreaking disaster.

30 review for The Jasmine Project

  1. 5 out of 5

    Snjez

    4.5 stars This was such an adorable coming-of-age story. I have to say that I've never watched The Bachelorette, and don't plan to, and I'm not usually a fan of meddling family members and friends, but I loved them in this book. All fifty of them. I found the main character, Jasmine, very relatable. I loved her relationship with her family and friends. They are such a fun and endearing group of people, and kudos to the author for including such a diverse cast of characters. I loved that this stor 4.5 stars This was such an adorable coming-of-age story. I have to say that I've never watched The Bachelorette, and don't plan to, and I'm not usually a fan of meddling family members and friends, but I loved them in this book. All fifty of them. I found the main character, Jasmine, very relatable. I loved her relationship with her family and friends. They are such a fun and endearing group of people, and kudos to the author for including such a diverse cast of characters. I loved that this story also touched some more serious subjects, such as (view spoiler)[low self-esteem, toxic relationship and emotional bullying (hide spoiler)] . It was really wonderful watching Jasmine grow throughout the story and learn her own worth, both when it comes to romantic relationships and following her dreams. I only wish a book like this had existed when I was a teenager. I listened to the audiobook and I really liked all the narrators. The group chat messages were hilarious. I would also like to add that I absolutely loved the writing style and it's hard for me to believe that this is the author's debut novel.

  2. 4 out of 5

    CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨

    THIS WAS SO ADORABLE! I think I squealed into my pillow a few times, utterly delighted. I had so much fun reading this rom-com; this is definitely a book I will return to if I ever need a comfort read. - Follows Jasmine, a Korean-American teen adoptee whose family sets her up with three boys - The Bachelorette style - when they discover that her boyfriend cheated on her... all without her knowing. - For what starts as a sweet, romantic, and delicious tropey beginning - because who would she choose THIS WAS SO ADORABLE! I think I squealed into my pillow a few times, utterly delighted. I had so much fun reading this rom-com; this is definitely a book I will return to if I ever need a comfort read. - Follows Jasmine, a Korean-American teen adoptee whose family sets her up with three boys - The Bachelorette style - when they discover that her boyfriend cheated on her... all without her knowing. - For what starts as a sweet, romantic, and delicious tropey beginning - because who would she choose?! - makes way to a really heartfelt and genuine story about going on a journey with yourself and learning your own worth and self-love. - The meet-cutes, the 'bumping into each other' moments... it was just so cute and delightful and I couldn't stop smiling. - I LOVED Jasmine's big, loving, and sometimes overbearing family. Some of the chapters comprise of family group chats (all without Jasmine, of course) and it is so chaotic and hilarious. - I loved that Jasmine was an adoptee - she's adopted by a Filipino dad and White Italian mother - but the story wasn't about her being an adoptee and searching for her birth parents? Too often these stories don't center on adoptee experiences, but I loved that this was just part of Jasmine's life and she has a big family that loves her unconditionally. - I just adored this. This book felt like a big hug.

  3. 5 out of 5

    rachel ☾

    ↠ 7.43 cawpile | 4 stars ➸ Trigger warnings for (view spoiler)[alcohol consumption, toxic relationship (theme), disownment mentioned, financial debt & difficulties mentioned, hurricane (off-page, discussed), displacement & loss of property from a hurricane mentioned (hide spoiler)] . ▷ Representation: Jasmine (mc) Korean & adopted into a Filipino-Italian family; Eugene (li) is Indian & German-English; June (sc) Chinese; Emily (sc) Black; BIPOC scs. Blog • Trigger Warning Database • Twitter • Instag ↠ 7.43 cawpile | 4 stars ➸ Trigger warnings for (view spoiler)[alcohol consumption, toxic relationship (theme), disownment mentioned, financial debt & difficulties mentioned, hurricane (off-page, discussed), displacement & loss of property from a hurricane mentioned (hide spoiler)] . ▷ Representation: Jasmine (mc) Korean & adopted into a Filipino-Italian family; Eugene (li) is Indian & German-English; June (sc) Chinese; Emily (sc) Black; BIPOC scs. Blog • Trigger Warning Database • Twitter • Instagram

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tatiana

    I've already read this book. It was called 10 Blind Dates, and one time was enough. Also, I always struggle with a too meek MC. It's just not my bag. I've already read this book. It was called 10 Blind Dates, and one time was enough. Also, I always struggle with a too meek MC. It's just not my bag.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Fanna

    March 15, 2021: A dating content created by the MC's family? ALRIGHT. The author says this features: "a Korean-American girl totally unaware that the three boys she meets were recruited by her family to date her" and I think that sounds too cute. March 15, 2021: A dating content created by the MC's family? ALRIGHT. The author says this features: "a Korean-American girl totally unaware that the three boys she meets were recruited by her family to date her" and I think that sounds too cute.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Michelle (MichelleReadsYA)

    This book was like 10 blind dates but not as good. First it just felt sooooo long omg. Second jasmine was so insecure it was just annoying. Lastly, the fact that they did this behind her back sucked. I want to add on to this. I think the whole family going behind her back was more of a consent issue for me. It was super shitty and at least in 10 blind dates the MC knew it was happening even if she didn’t really like it. In conclusion, read 10 Blind Dates instead.

  7. 4 out of 5

    laurel [the suspected bibliophile]

    This was incredibly adorable on so many levels! Fake dating with the heroine not knowing about it, "we're on a break" relationship with an asshole, three very sweet bachelors, and a massive extended family WITH MASS-GROUP CHAT CONVERSATIONS. Ah! I love it! Plus, all of the fooooooooooooood. And I really, really liked Jasmine's character, and her family was a little (lot) much, but they loved her so much and wanted her to be happy and fulfilled and living life, even if their approach was misguided ( This was incredibly adorable on so many levels! Fake dating with the heroine not knowing about it, "we're on a break" relationship with an asshole, three very sweet bachelors, and a massive extended family WITH MASS-GROUP CHAT CONVERSATIONS. Ah! I love it! Plus, all of the fooooooooooooood. And I really, really liked Jasmine's character, and her family was a little (lot) much, but they loved her so much and wanted her to be happy and fulfilled and living life, even if their approach was misguided (and hilarious).

  8. 4 out of 5

    USOM

    (Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) The Jasmine Project is thrilling, charming, and endearing from start to finish. Every shade of relatable - from having a partner who is truly no good for you, but you don't want to leave because you're worried no one will ever love you? - The Jasmine Project resonated deeply with me. Because that wonder if you'll ever find someone else and maybe you should hold on to someone, even (Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) The Jasmine Project is thrilling, charming, and endearing from start to finish. Every shade of relatable - from having a partner who is truly no good for you, but you don't want to leave because you're worried no one will ever love you? - The Jasmine Project resonated deeply with me. Because that wonder if you'll ever find someone else and maybe you should hold on to someone, even when you're not sure? Can someone please not expose my past so thoroughly? But besides the fact that The Jasmine Project feels like it was ripped from my diary, I was captivated from the first page. There's a current of energy that picks you up. It feels cute and charming, even if you're scared of the fall out. Because you want to find out who Jasmine ends up falling for and, most importantly, if she can realize her own self worth. Jasmine's journey in The Jasmine Project may seem like it's about her dating, but it's about her realizing her potential, dreams, and value. full review: https://utopia-state-of-mind.com/blog...

  9. 4 out of 5

    michelle (magical reads)

    read on my blog rep: adopted Korean-American protagonist, biracial (Indian, white) love interest, biracial (Filipino, white) side character, Filipino-American side characters, Chinese-American side character, Black side character, biracial (Laotian, Dominican) side character; adopted Korean-American author cw: toxic relationship **I received an ARC from the publisher through Netgalley (thanks, Simon Teen!). These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.** When I r read on my blog rep: adopted Korean-American protagonist, biracial (Indian, white) love interest, biracial (Filipino, white) side character, Filipino-American side characters, Chinese-American side character, Black side character, biracial (Laotian, Dominican) side character; adopted Korean-American author cw: toxic relationship **I received an ARC from the publisher through Netgalley (thanks, Simon Teen!). These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.** When I read the announcement for this book, way back when, I knew I wanted to read it! The premise sounded so fun, and I’m all for family antics. The Jasmine Project throws Jasmine into a Bachelorette-type situation where she is unknowingly set up with three different guys, which begins a great personal journey. Jasmine is content with her life…in a way. What would she be upset about? Having a dedicated long-term boyfriend Paul who she’s about to move in with and going to college to become a nurse? Except that it turns out that Paul has been cheating on her and that she’s always wanted to be a professional chef, not a nurse. To cheer her up, her family sets her up with three different guys, Eugene, Justin Michael, and Aaron in a Bachelorette-type situation, all without her knowledge. From there, she begins to realize that she’s been complacent in a life that she never really wanted. I’ll be honest and say that the first third of the book was a bit rough to me, mostly because Paul was the absolute worst and it was difficult for me to get through Jasmine not realizing this. However, this was intentional: she needed to realize that Paul was a factor in her life bringing her down, not lifting her up. It was the start of her character growth, and I ended up really enjoying the second half of the book once this was more apparent. Jasmine is resigned to being a side character in everyone else’s lives. She settles for Paul because she doesn’t think she deserves more, and she settles for becoming a nurse like her mom after her aunt’s restaurant failure. She self-sabotages and looks down on herself, which Paul enables; over time and throughout the competition, she realizes that she’s allowed to want things for herself and that she deserves to be treated well. I really enjoyed this character arc and found it very well done over the course of the story. The family dynamics were great as well. Jasmine has a large extended family, with her mother’s Italian side and her father’s Filipino side. They’re meddling and nosy but ultimately, they care so much for each other. Jasmine’s sister Cari is the one who starts the Jasmine Project to help her get over Paul. At first, I had some issues with this because they were pushing the romance aspect a little too much; however, I liked that Cari makes sure to emphasize that this project was mainly to help Jasmine realize her true potential. She doesn’t have to end up with one of the guys; she just has to realize that she deserves better and can have better than Paul. The plot itself was pretty fun! In addition to Jasmine’s narrative, we also have the extended family’s group chat (her excluded, of course), as well as Cari’s podcast detailing the progress of the project. I liked getting to see both sides of this. You, as the reader, always know what is happening and can read between the lines while Jasmine remains oblivious. It adds to the fun of the story in an unexpected way. We have three main love interests, excluding Paul: Aaron, a hot minor league baseball player; Justin Michael, Jasmine’s childhood best friend who’s back in town after five years away; and Eugene, the son of a famous chef who Jasmine instantly connects with. The family sets up meet cutes as well as run-ins with Jasmine. I won’t spoil who she ends up with, but I really liked reading all their scenes together. Also, and this is a bit random, but I liked how awkward Jasmine is yet she still manages to connect with each guy. There’s not always smooth dialogue but the scenes feel very genuine. The different backgrounds of Jasmine’s family and friends was really cool to read too. She’s an adopted Korean American, and her brother is adopted and Laotian and Dominican. Meanwhile, her dad is Filipino and her mom is Italian, which adds up to a large extended family on both sides. Jasmine manages to combine all sides of her heritage, Korean and Filipino and Italian, in her cooking somehow. Jasmine’s friends are Chinese-American and Black, and Eugene, one of the love interests, is Indian and white. The Jasmine Project was such a fun story with great character growth for the protagonist and a cute love story! I really liked the plot and the family dynamics too. If you liked 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston, I think you’ll also enjoy The Jasmine Project! original review: ngl the first third was kinda tough to get through because paul was the absolute worst and it was irritating to read jasmine not realize that...but that was intentional because it gives you a starting point to seeing her character growth, which is to say that I ended up really enjoying the second half of the book!

  10. 4 out of 5

    akacya ♡̷̷ˎˊ

    After Jasmine’s family catch her boyfriend with another girl, they devise a plan to help her break free of him. They find three “contestants” to each date Jasmine, except…Jasmine herself doesn’t know it’s a competition. This was such a cute book. I quickly fell in love with the story and with Jasmine, and it was hard to put down! This story also included points of view besides Jasmine’s, so it was super easy to keep track of the competition and why the family did what they did. I recommend this t After Jasmine’s family catch her boyfriend with another girl, they devise a plan to help her break free of him. They find three “contestants” to each date Jasmine, except…Jasmine herself doesn’t know it’s a competition. This was such a cute book. I quickly fell in love with the story and with Jasmine, and it was hard to put down! This story also included points of view besides Jasmine’s, so it was super easy to keep track of the competition and why the family did what they did. I recommend this to anyone who likes YA contemporary/romance books!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Anniek

    Jenny Han meets 10 Blind Dates, with a Korean adoptee's entire family working together to set her up on dates with boys of their choosing so she learns to value herself after having had a shitty boyfriend for a long time. This was so cute it was almost too much for me. I absolutely loved seeing the main character come into her own and learn her worth and daring to have dreams. I loved seeing her huge family all work together to make her see how amazing she is, even if secretly setting her up with Jenny Han meets 10 Blind Dates, with a Korean adoptee's entire family working together to set her up on dates with boys of their choosing so she learns to value herself after having had a shitty boyfriend for a long time. This was so cute it was almost too much for me. I absolutely loved seeing the main character come into her own and learn her worth and daring to have dreams. I loved seeing her huge family all work together to make her see how amazing she is, even if secretly setting her up with boys was maybe not the best idea. The family group chat cracked me up so much!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lily Mordaunt

    There were so many things I enjoyed about this novel: the food, the cultural diversity, the intense family group chat. I also really enjoyed the premise: girl’s friends and family devise a small-scale version of the Bachelorette to build her self-esteem and watching Jasmine slowly realize how trash her ex was. But the execution… the story didn’t feel like it really picked up until 50% of the way through. And while I really enjoyed the emotion that Jasmine’s narrator brought to the dialogue, I w There were so many things I enjoyed about this novel: the food, the cultural diversity, the intense family group chat. I also really enjoyed the premise: girl’s friends and family devise a small-scale version of the Bachelorette to build her self-esteem and watching Jasmine slowly realize how trash her ex was. But the execution… the story didn’t feel like it really picked up until 50% of the way through. And while I really enjoyed the emotion that Jasmine’s narrator brought to the dialogue, I wasn’t always a fan of her reading of Jasmine’s internal thoughtss. In retrospect, I actually think it worked, because Jasmine just seemed to be going through life. But during the reading, I didn’t initially see that. I enjoyed, for the most part, the other narrators and what they brought to the group chat. I think the group chat is, sometimes, what kept me reading. Also an interest in seeing how things would play out. We knew pretty early on which guy Jasmine is most attracted to, but with insecurities and hesitations, we never actually knew when it would happen. This was also very important for Jasmine’s personal growth. The book could possibly have been shorter but I think I understand why it also seemed to drag out. Jasmine wouldn’t get over her insecurities in an instant. And we were also able to feel the frustration her family felt. But even with all of the retroactive understanding, I did find myself pausing the book to move onto another for a bit (while still wondering about it in the back of my mind.) I think I’d recommend this book, it was light and positive. But also, be aware that it didn’t actually start to feel like things were happening until around halfway (or more) through.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Teri

    If you regularly read my reviews, you know this isn’t a typical genre for me. For whatever reason, when the publisher sent me a widget I decided to play outside my usual sandbox and give it a try. After finishing this delightful book, I would have kicked myself if I’d passed it up. Recent high school graduate Jasmine has dated Paul the pig (my name for him – trust me, it’s well-deserved) for the past four years – they even have plans to move in together when college starts. While the early years If you regularly read my reviews, you know this isn’t a typical genre for me. For whatever reason, when the publisher sent me a widget I decided to play outside my usual sandbox and give it a try. After finishing this delightful book, I would have kicked myself if I’d passed it up. Recent high school graduate Jasmine has dated Paul the pig (my name for him – trust me, it’s well-deserved) for the past four years – they even have plans to move in together when college starts. While the early years might have been happier, Paul now points out skinny burritos on the menu at a restaurant they frequent (and she’s never enjoyed) and suggests she order diet sodas. And now you agree with my nickname for him. After a hurtful incident occured in middle school, Jasmine’s self-esteem plummeted so far that she considers herself lucky to have her pig boyfriend and plans to pursue a career in a profession that’s considered more stable instead of her dream of becoming a chef. Stability and safety have become her mantra. Enter her ginormous (50+ strong – and that doesn’t count all the cousins), intrusive, well-intentioned family. They reminded me of the family in My Big Fat Greek Wedding, and I adored them all. They want Jasmine to learn her worth, to see herself as they do, and realize that she deserves so much more. Naturally the way to do that is to screen teen bachelors until they come up with three worthy candidates to date her. It’s not difficult to figure out what happens when their well-meaning intentions spiral out of control. At least their hearts are in the right place. From the first page, I adored Jasmine’s voice and laughed out loud so many times at her internal thoughts. Some chapters are first person in her POV, but several chapters are the text conversations between her family concerning the contest – utterly hilarious. This novel has so many important messages for teens and adults alike – pursuing your dreams, living life instead of watching from the sidelines, valuing yourself, and not conforming to someone else’s expectations just to name a few. From start to finish, The Jasmine Project is a charming, entertaining read – an outstanding debut by this author. I’d be shocked if someone doesn’t snatch this up for a movie. I’d recommend this to fans of romantic comedies and readers like myself who want to step outside their comfort zone. Easily a crossover. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Samantha (WLABB)

    Rating: 4.5 Stars When Jasmine’s boyfriend wants “time apart”, her family seizes the moment to show her there are more fish in the sea. They secretly arrange for three bachelors to prove to Jasmine that she could do better, and maybe even recognize how she stands out in a crowd. I knew this was going to be super cute and that I would fall in love with Jasmine’s meddling family, but I also adored the personal journey Jasmine took during this story. That space between high school and college can be Rating: 4.5 Stars When Jasmine’s boyfriend wants “time apart”, her family seizes the moment to show her there are more fish in the sea. They secretly arrange for three bachelors to prove to Jasmine that she could do better, and maybe even recognize how she stands out in a crowd. I knew this was going to be super cute and that I would fall in love with Jasmine’s meddling family, but I also adored the personal journey Jasmine took during this story. That space between high school and college can be tricky for some, and it was a grey area for Jasmine. She kept with the status quo for many reasons, but once she was separated from her boyfriend, she was able to see things in a different light. The three bachelors – the boy next door, the athlete, and the cook, all allowed Jasmine to shine in a way she never could before. Their friendship and encouragement gave her that nudge to stretch her wings a bit, recognize her talents, and want more for herself. Jasmine experienced a tremendous amount of growth, and I cannot argue with the road she was on at the end of this book. I was happy for her, as well as very proud of her. Though this story was about Jasmine finding herself and her way, it was fun, light, and breezy. I had such a great time on all her dates, and her gigantic family was delightful. Their plan may have been a bit duplicitous, but it planned with the best intentions. They all loved Jasmine so much, and they wanted her to want more for herself. Their love for her showed in those hilarious family chats, as well as in the podcasts. Overall: A wonderful and heartwarming story of self discovery, taking chances, and not accepting less than you deserve. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS

  15. 5 out of 5

    notcrimsonn

    I literally laughed while reading this, I love the family! There’s a Filipino/Asian rep, & the love interests are also charming! I just don’t like some of the tropes and characters, and I felt like the denouement was..just not it. But overall it was okay. a light read. Made me smile! Cute rom-com u might like this if you have a big familyyy

  16. 4 out of 5

    Clari

    It’s been a tough year for me in terms of books. Coming from reading over 200 of them in the past two years to barely reading 20 this year. But I am glad to say that this was the book I’ve been the most into so far this summer! After a few weeks with reading nothing but (to my embarrassment) fanfics, diving into this book reminded me of why I read. It was charming, easy to read and made me think about my own life. The story itself was nice, not very cliche but cheesy enough to be charming. The w It’s been a tough year for me in terms of books. Coming from reading over 200 of them in the past two years to barely reading 20 this year. But I am glad to say that this was the book I’ve been the most into so far this summer! After a few weeks with reading nothing but (to my embarrassment) fanfics, diving into this book reminded me of why I read. It was charming, easy to read and made me think about my own life. The story itself was nice, not very cliche but cheesy enough to be charming. The writing, while I personally think it’s a bit too “short”, really helped me delve into the character of Jasmine. I saw a part of myself in her, especially with the way she contents herself with a lot. I didn’t think I would love this book as much as I did but the way it made me feel was like a warm noodle soup on a rainy day.

  17. 4 out of 5

    MeiLing

    Meredith Ireland's debut novel is everything I could have hoped for! This book not only helped get me out of a horrible reading slump, but it's the book of my dreams. I've been wanting more books with Asian adoptees as the main character, and I got it! - Korean adoptee mc who loves to cook and doesn't know her worth but will! - A funny, big, close knit Filipino-Italian family (and a Laotian-Dominican adopted younger brother) who only wants the best for their girl. - Cute mixed South Asian love inte Meredith Ireland's debut novel is everything I could have hoped for! This book not only helped get me out of a horrible reading slump, but it's the book of my dreams. I've been wanting more books with Asian adoptees as the main character, and I got it! - Korean adoptee mc who loves to cook and doesn't know her worth but will! - A funny, big, close knit Filipino-Italian family (and a Laotian-Dominican adopted younger brother) who only wants the best for their girl. - Cute mixed South Asian love interest who helps the mc curate her love for cooking and sees through her insecurities (Eugene). - Handsome former best friend who wants to reconnect with Jasmine after a misunderstanding in their past (Justin Michael). - A hot, rising professional minor league baseball player who loves country music and having a good time (Aaron). - Three adorable meet cutes! - The Little Bachelorette podcast that Jasmine doesn't know about and will cause some drama. - Chaotic family group chats. - Family members taking sides and making bets on who Jasmine will end up with. - Community college and gap year representation!!! College and university aren't the only options for teens. - Ride or die best friends keeping secrets from their best friend for her own good of course (June and Emily). - Food references that made me really hungry. - Honestly, I loved everything about this book except for Paul who is a total piece of shit; we're supposed to feel this way about him so Meredith Ireland delivered.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Cass Kay

    This was such a fun read. If you're looking for character voice, big families who can't seem to help themselves, and strong female protagonists, look no further. The first chapter was hard to get through, I just wanted to shake Jasmine, but that's the journey. She has to discover her worth and find the courage to make herself a priority. And boy is it a satisfying journey. A unique addition to this story is the formatting of group texting having its own point of view. I really enjoyed the chapters This was such a fun read. If you're looking for character voice, big families who can't seem to help themselves, and strong female protagonists, look no further. The first chapter was hard to get through, I just wanted to shake Jasmine, but that's the journey. She has to discover her worth and find the courage to make herself a priority. And boy is it a satisfying journey. A unique addition to this story is the formatting of group texting having its own point of view. I really enjoyed the chapters where the family was scheming to help Jasmine. So fun!

  19. 4 out of 5

    nick (the infinite limits of love)

    Aww! This was so cute. I loved Jasmine’s meddlesome but clearly loving family! 😊

  20. 5 out of 5

    megan

    Synopsis: Jasmine has just been dumped by her long term boyfriend so that they can "see other people" for the summer. While her ex is out testing the waters with other relationships, Jasmine is staying at home waiting for the summer to end so her and Paul can get back together. However, Jasmine's very large, very invasive family has the bright idea to host a bachelorette game for Jasmine to prove her worth to her. The only problem? Jasmine has no idea! Plot: This plot was so fun right from the star Synopsis: Jasmine has just been dumped by her long term boyfriend so that they can "see other people" for the summer. While her ex is out testing the waters with other relationships, Jasmine is staying at home waiting for the summer to end so her and Paul can get back together. However, Jasmine's very large, very invasive family has the bright idea to host a bachelorette game for Jasmine to prove her worth to her. The only problem? Jasmine has no idea! Plot: This plot was so fun right from the start. I'm always a sucker for competition/bacheloreish tropes so this fell right into my tastes! I also just adored the aspects of family in this novel. Characters: The characters were definitely the most fun part of the book, everyone was so wild and even though there were about 50 people to learn about - I still felt the individuality in all of them. However, I think Jasmine was my favorite character. Her growth through out the novel felt very relatable to a place I was previously in my romantic life and was so fun to watch. The BOYS! I will admit it felt like the book was rooting for one particular boy at the beginning of the competition and I was slowly trying to accept that happening, however it took a major turn and she TOTALLY ended up with the boy I wanted her to end up with. I'm not normally surprised by young adult contemporary so that was a pleasant twist! Overall: I have never been one to squeal over YA contemporary but there are definitely a few books out there in the genre that just *get* me and this is one of them. This will be a favorite for a long time to come! It's fun, fluffy, and everything I needed right now!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sarah {The Clever Reader}

    This YA Contemporary was adorable! I enjoyed Jasmine's story. This was a good representation of young love and how over time we change which causes our relationships to change. Jasmine is comfortable in her relationship with Paul that she doesn't see that the spark has fizzled. She has become complacent without realizing it so her family decides they're going to play matchmaker. I'm not a huge fan of The Bachelor but I thought it was a fun addition to this contemporary romance and I enjoyed gett This YA Contemporary was adorable! I enjoyed Jasmine's story. This was a good representation of young love and how over time we change which causes our relationships to change. Jasmine is comfortable in her relationship with Paul that she doesn't see that the spark has fizzled. She has become complacent without realizing it so her family decides they're going to play matchmaker. I'm not a huge fan of The Bachelor but I thought it was a fun addition to this contemporary romance and I enjoyed getting to know each of the three candidates her family finds for Jasmine. I don't agree with them keeping her out of the loop but it made for an entertaining read. I thought each relationship prospect brought something different out of Jasmine throughout the process and I'm glad that this became more about her finding herself again rather than just strictly about the romance. It became more of a coming of age story by the end of it and it was so great seeing Jasmine really figure out what she really wants and who she wants to be. This book is filled with family drama, romance, and self-discovery. I definitely recommend it. It's a quick read and so enjoyable. I listened to the audio and enjoyed the full cast, especially when we got to see her family's group text message conversations, so I definitely recommend that format.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Pine Reads Review

    “A part of me will always want to take the safest route. I just have to conquer it.” Jasmine Yap has a plan: graduate high school with honors, move in with her long-time boyfriend Paul, attend community college on a great scholarship, and eventually become a nurse. Everything seems to be falling into place, and she’s mostly happy—but then her family catches Paul with another girl, and Jasmine’s stable world suddenly becomes shaky. She finally has a chance to see what the world is like outside of “A part of me will always want to take the safest route. I just have to conquer it.” Jasmine Yap has a plan: graduate high school with honors, move in with her long-time boyfriend Paul, attend community college on a great scholarship, and eventually become a nurse. Everything seems to be falling into place, and she’s mostly happy—but then her family catches Paul with another girl, and Jasmine’s stable world suddenly becomes shaky. She finally has a chance to see what the world is like outside of her comfort zone, but Jasmine refuses to meet anyone new. So, her large, overprotective family decides to take matters into their hands and creates a secret Jasmine Project to set Jasmine up with the most eligible teen bachelors in Orlando…without her finding out. But what starts as semi-successful soon becomes anything but as hilarious shenanigans ensue. Will Jasmine finally figure out her self-worth? Or will the Jasmine Project crash and burn before she has a chance? Meredith Ireland’s debut is hilarious, heartwarming, and best of all, full of romantic and family-centric misadventures. I loved everything about this fantastic book! Jasmine is a brilliant protagonist, and her gradual discovery of her own self-worth is simultaneously heartbreaking, inspirational, and oh-so-very real. Each of the bachelors are fabulously fun and unique, and I had a hard time deciding which one Jasmine would fall for. Of course, a review of The Jasmine Project would not be complete without mentioning Jasmine’s hysterically loving fifty-member-strong family, and that brings me to one of my absolute favorite parts of this book: the family group texts! Ireland’s creative inclusion of group texts to discuss how the Project is coming along—as well as podcast episodes, diary entries, and bookkeeping notes—really brought the story and the characters to life and added even more levity to this loveable tale. Moral of the story? Grab yourself a copy of The Jasmine Project as soon as it hits shelves because this is one book you don’t want to miss! (Pine Reads Review would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for providing us with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Any quotes are taken from an advanced copy and may be subject to change upon final publication.) Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @pinereadsreview and check out our website at www.pinereadsreview.com for reviews, author interviews, blogs, podcast episodes, and more!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Christy Broderick

    I really enjoyed the concept for this book! Jasmine goes on a break from her current boyfriend (Paul), as he was caught cheating. In the meantime, Jasmine’s family secretly finds three eligible bachelors for Jasmine to have encounters with, go on dates, and get the updates broadcast on a podcast by Jasmine’s sister. However, Jasmine has NO clue about any of the setups and why all of the men have suddenly taken an interest in her. While Jasmine is trying to figure out who she is without Paul, she I really enjoyed the concept for this book! Jasmine goes on a break from her current boyfriend (Paul), as he was caught cheating. In the meantime, Jasmine’s family secretly finds three eligible bachelors for Jasmine to have encounters with, go on dates, and get the updates broadcast on a podcast by Jasmine’s sister. However, Jasmine has NO clue about any of the setups and why all of the men have suddenly taken an interest in her. While Jasmine is trying to figure out who she is without Paul, she learns to branch out and is finding out who she really wants be. I was rooting for her the entire time and couldn’t wait for her to get her happy ending! Plus, I even found myself cracking up during the family group text messages (every. single. time.) 😅📱 I definitely can’t wait to read more by Meredith Ireland - such a cute read! 💕

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mia

    It felt longer then it was but cute read.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Faith Noelle

    Really enjoyed this fun, cute story that felt like a nice YA rom com. I really liked Jasmine and her big quirky family, and the adorable romantic moments throughout the book were really fun to read. A quick, fun read for anyone looking for a cute YA romance.

  26. 4 out of 5

    avani

    4.5 ★ thank you so much to netgalley and the publishers for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review! ok this was absolutely adorable. i swear i was grinning like an idiot almost nonstop the entire time i was reading this touching contemporary. the humor and banter between everyone in this book honestly deserves an award. i loved the idea of an OwnVoices, YA bacholorette romcom, and this definitely met all my expectations. the romance (or romances i should say) were all so cute, and it was 4.5 ★ thank you so much to netgalley and the publishers for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review! ok this was absolutely adorable. i swear i was grinning like an idiot almost nonstop the entire time i was reading this touching contemporary. the humor and banter between everyone in this book honestly deserves an award. i loved the idea of an OwnVoices, YA bacholorette romcom, and this definitely met all my expectations. the romance (or romances i should say) were all so cute, and it was apparent that jasmine had a genuine connection with all three boys. im gonna be honest and admit i was really rooting for one specific boy from the very beginning. i was swooning and screaming at every one of their scenes omg, im just in love. the family dynamics between jasmine's family made up some of my favorite moments from this book. it made my heart go all fuzzy seeing the love and acceptance that ran through her massive family, and the DRAMA oh my god it was hilarious, i was crying. the group chat was absolutely wild- i could not stop smiling. i absolutely adored her family. i also loved how while being a lighthearted, sweet romcom, this also touched on a variety of important, more serious topics, such as self-esteem, self-worth, toxic relationships, acceptance, and more. seeing jasmine's character growth was so incredibly awarding as she starts to stand up and see her own self worth. i loved her as character, and the epilogue was just absolutely perfect. overall, i cannot wait for more people to read this wonderful, charming story about love, self worth, and pursuing your dreams, filled with what has got to be my one of my favorite casts of characters ever.

  27. 4 out of 5

    A.A. Jaeon

    I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH!!! The storyline and characters are all wonderful! I like all the characters especially Jasmine. All of Jasmine's struggles are really relatable and real. It is amazing to see her character growth throughout the book. I listened to the audiobook version and love the hilarious narration of the entire family. They made me LOL every time they narrated. And man-those three bachelors, what I would give to be Jasmine. Her family may be a little eccentric but in a good way like I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH!!! The storyline and characters are all wonderful! I like all the characters especially Jasmine. All of Jasmine's struggles are really relatable and real. It is amazing to see her character growth throughout the book. I listened to the audiobook version and love the hilarious narration of the entire family. They made me LOL every time they narrated. And man-those three bachelors, what I would give to be Jasmine. Her family may be a little eccentric but in a good way like all good families are ;). Definitely recommend reading this book if you love romance, good humor without trying too hard, family relations, the slice of life genre, and finding yourself. ****Spoilers Below**** OK I'ma be honest. During the graduation party when Jasmine met all three of the bachelors...I shipped her with everyone. She had great chemistry with everyone, but I personally after much debating ship her with either Eugene or Aaron (leaning more towards Eugene though). So glad my ship sailed through-Eugene + Jasmine FTW!!!! I LIKE THIS BOOK, BUT A FEW THINGS THAT I WOULD HAVE LIKED MORE TO HAPPEN: I like Justin Michael and although it is cool that it is hinted something is going on between June and Justin Michael, I kinda wanted Justin Michael to wait longer to be with June or not have anyone at all. Justin Michael seemed to like Jasmine like he did in the past. Justin Michael and June getting together after the whole reveal of the bachelorette thing made me unhappy. I ship them cause they seem cute and good together as well, but I thought he still liked Jasmine. I mean he said it was cool to remain friends, but I thought he liked Jasmine. I mean he can fall for June in the future, but the quick change at the end was too fast for me, but I guess things happen like that for a reason. Aaron...man he was the smoothest of them all. The first meeting-he was totally flirting with her. Boy got moves and I'm not talking about baseball ;P I liked Aaron from the beginning and I already suspected that he liked Kerrie (sorry if I misspelled). Aaron totally liked Kerrie and the fact that he agreed to the contest to get closer to Kerrie-I get it and I'm glad Jasmine is not as hurt as she could have been. Aaron is cool, but I admit I didn't like that part too well. It is not the same as what happened to Jasmine in the 8th grade, but still to be used hurts (even if he did not mean to). I mean I guess Aaron did help Jasmine with her character growth as well, but I would have liked it if he did not flirt with her so much in the beginning then. Aaron seemed into Jasmine but I knew he liked Kerrie too so it would have been better if Aaron charmed/flirted with Jasmine but not too much since using the sibling of your crush to get closer to your crush is never OK. I'm glad Jasmine did not get hurt but I can't say the same for me. That is why Aaron got -3000 points for me. Eugene-god dang. I had a feeling he would have won after the run in at Publics. Freaking Eugene is the bad boy cool type. I liked him too since the beginning and I liked how he was kinda iffy about the whole contest but ended up falling for Jasmine. I love that plot line despite the cliche-ness of it. I kinda wished there was more detail about Eugene's hopes and dreams as well. I get that he was in Europe at the end and going to meet Jasmine at Paris, but I wasn't sure where he stood with his desire to cook. He wants to go his own way and not walk on the road his family carved for him-I respect that. He wants to see if he genuinely loves cooking for cooking and not just cause his Dad cooks. I wanted to see if he ever found the answer to that and if Jasmine confirmed/reaffirmed his love for it. But besides that, I loved the end where Jasmine and Eugene texted each other. An actual meet up would have been better-like another epilogue where they meet in Paris and Jasmine's adventure to chase her dream continues to unfold would have been nice but I like where the story ended as well. Jasmine-I can't believe how foolish you were to believe Paul and love that jerk despite all the terrible things he did to you. Him trying afterwards does not make up for all the bad things he put you through. I'm glad you're finally able to see your true worth and know you deserve better. I'm sorry your family lied to you, but that was the only way to get through to you (Jasmine was too in love with Paul to listen to anyone else-her crying to her parents and begging them to let her help Paul with his HW was just...). I support her family's decision to go through with the contest, but I feel bad that Jasmine got hurt by it. It sucks to think that your family and friends did not trust that you would get boys without their meddling, but like you concluded at the end, they did not mean it that way and did what they did out of love. So glad to see you chase after your dreams. I love the racial diversity in the book and how despite being adopted, Jasmine's parents + their entire family loves all their children so much. It is so heartwarming and makes me really happy. Definitely top 10 of my favorite books! Thank you Meredith Ireland for this lovely book.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Gina Adams

    Probably more of a 3.5 stars People are comparing this to 10 Blind Dates which I find sorta unfair? 10 Blind Dates is about a girl who ~somewhat~ willingly agrees to date guys that her family picks out for her This decidedly.... is not that Jasmine is dating a TOTAL scumbag, the kind of guy who tells you you ought to try the diet option, who orders without you if you're 5 minutes late, just a real POS. She's been with him for basically her entire high school career and is even planning on moving in Probably more of a 3.5 stars People are comparing this to 10 Blind Dates which I find sorta unfair? 10 Blind Dates is about a girl who ~somewhat~ willingly agrees to date guys that her family picks out for her This decidedly.... is not that Jasmine is dating a TOTAL scumbag, the kind of guy who tells you you ought to try the diet option, who orders without you if you're 5 minutes late, just a real POS. She's been with him for basically her entire high school career and is even planning on moving in with him after college. So when they end up in a one-sided open relationship, her family finally decides for her that she's had enough. And when I say her family, I mean her entire family. There's aunts and uncles and grandmas and cousins.... probably anywhere from 30-50 mofos genuinely. One awesome thing off the bat is that her family is so diverse. She's adopted, and is Korean, her brother is also adopted and is Dominican (I think) and her adoptive family is half Italian and half Filipino. She has cousins of all races and has gay uncles and a bi cousin and that's just on page, so it's nice to see how diverse and modern their family is. But yeah so her entire huge family comes to an agreement on 3 different boys who are eligible choices for Jasmine, and set her up The Bachelorette style. This comes in part due to Jasmine's older sister already having a successful The Bachelor commentary podcast. Jasmine has no clue that this is all orchestrated and is quite surprised when she meets 3 different cute guys the night of her graduation party who all seem relatively interested in her. (One of them is someone she already knew, who moved away a few years ago but is back for the summer) They all set up different run-ins with her and then they start to schedule dates and so she's really kind of casually seeing all these guys at once. Her sister, excited by the concept, makes a new podcast about Jasmine's love life, and it is going to lead up to their grandma's birthday part, the day the family decided their "competition" would end. Whichever guy Jasmine liked enough to invite as her plus one would officially be the winner. Of course, things go differently than expected, but that's the initial idea of their project, at least. The boys are all sweet and they show Jasmine how normal and dateable boys should actually act. We know this because every single thing any of them does is compared to what Paul would do in that scenario..... it gets tiring after a while but it's good that she's learning her worth. During the whole dating thing, we also have the issue of Jasmine and her chef aunt and their falling out a few years prior. Her aunt told her she wasn't good enough to be a cook, and that combined with Jasmine's generally fearful nature is enough to keep Jasmine simply dreaming about going to cook in Paris instead of ever pursuing it. Their relationship and Jasmine's future goals are both examined along with the expectations she has in romantic relationships. The ending was pretty satisfying and the story was just compelling because you want to know what guy she ends up with (I really didn't know who she would like best for a while there) and what will happen if she finds out that her family is really behind this whole summer. I think this is a good pick for teens in your life, especially ones drawn to toxic relationships or seem to be fearful of leaving their comfort zone.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    I never thought I’d see the day where I actually prefer to read a contemporary over anything else. Yet here we are! I was over the moon excited to read The Jasmine Project. I was hooked from the very beginning, simply because it mentioned tacos and burritos within the first chapter. I am simple. There’s also a lot of food mentioned throughout, too, because our main character Jasmine is an aspiring chef . . . so it’s fitting food is a constant component. We follow Jasmine as she goes through her se I never thought I’d see the day where I actually prefer to read a contemporary over anything else. Yet here we are! I was over the moon excited to read The Jasmine Project. I was hooked from the very beginning, simply because it mentioned tacos and burritos within the first chapter. I am simple. There’s also a lot of food mentioned throughout, too, because our main character Jasmine is an aspiring chef . . . so it’s fitting food is a constant component. We follow Jasmine as she goes through her senior year of high school, a breakup with an emotionally abusive boyfriend, and her family setting her up with blind dates. I really couldn’t stand Paul. He was a condescending asshole with no regard for anyone but himself. The way he treated Jasmine was appalling. I feel like the author did a great job making the reader despise him. Even him trying to redeem himself felt forced and fake as hell. Also, good attentions aside . . . the way the family went behind Jasmine’s back with the project was a little upsetting. I know the family meant well and they thought they were doing something good for Jasmine. And they were. Just the secrecy of it all. All in all, I thought the whole project was actually pretty cute. It was obvious from the beginning who would “win.” There were quite a few elements of drama, so it wasn’t just one conflict that needed to be solved. It was multi layered and that made it much more interesting to read. Jasmine has a strained relationship with her aunt, there’s issues within the family about money and the business, the Bachelorette style dating game and Jasmine finding out, and not trusting the guy she’s interested in. Even if a lot of it was predictable and obvious. Jasmine really comes into herself. She goes on adventures and does things completely out of her safety and comfort zone, which is ultimately what her family wanted for her. They wanted her to realise there is more than Paul and the comforts of what she’s set up for herself. That she needs to take risks, etc. Overall, this was an absolute adorable read. Don’t sleep on it!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Doris

    I picked this book up for my reading challenge, a book you know nothing about. Few pages into this book, I discovered that it was basically a carbon copy of 10 blind dates with the whole big family thing and being set up on dates by the family members. Except, in this case the family members kept the dates a secret from our main character Jasmine and just forced all these meet cutes on her without her permission. At least, in 10 blind dates our main character consented to go on those dates. I ab I picked this book up for my reading challenge, a book you know nothing about. Few pages into this book, I discovered that it was basically a carbon copy of 10 blind dates with the whole big family thing and being set up on dates by the family members. Except, in this case the family members kept the dates a secret from our main character Jasmine and just forced all these meet cutes on her without her permission. At least, in 10 blind dates our main character consented to go on those dates. I absolutely hated Jasmine, I hate door mat heroines. She had nothing good to say about herself and she always comparing herself to her shiny, beautiful sister and if people have to convince you of your own self worth then please forget about it. She is so meek that she can't even call out her boyfriend for cheating on her and agrees to his suggestion that they see other people. She almost takes him back again when he gives her back a scratchy key chain that she gave him that he kept as a good luck charm, that alone convinced her that he is really a good guy instead of manipulative bastard. I got so mad I decided to stop reading the book entirely. I have nothing against quiet people because I am one of them but you have to be able to stand up for yourself and not just roll with the punches because you think that makes you a good person. The bottom line is that I hated his book and I hate jasmine.

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