Yasmin Peace has been through a lot in the last year. After losing her oldest brother, Yasmin and her family lose their apartment in a fire. As if that was not enough Yasmin's grandmother is diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Through all of these difficult situations, Yasmin maintains hope. As she heads off to high school, things finally start to look up. She has three great friends, her father is out of jail and finally, all the drama is behind her. At least that's what Yasmin thinks. She has yet to learn the lessons of love as she finds out that loving those who are the closest to her is not always an easy thing to do.
- Great book for preteen/teen girls
“Learning to Love” is a great book for preteen and teen girls. The main character, Yasmin Peace, is a 14 year old girl who is striving to glorify God while dealing with life as a freshman in High School. Stephanie Perry Moore does an excellent job at incorporating many real life issues into an engaging story that will hold the attention of girls in their early teens. This book brings up issues such as, suicide, jealousy, friendship, divorce, sibling relationships, dating, revenge, gangs, disappointment, etc. As someone who works with High School girls, I know that these are issues that girls are currently dealing with in their own lives. This book could be used as an excellent tool for starting conversations with your preteen girls. The narrator, Robin Miles, does a fabulous job at reading the book and using distinct voices for each character that are consistent throughout the book.