Title: Capturing Jasmina
Author: Kimberly Rae
Series? Yes. Book 1 of 2
POV: First person, present tense. One narrator.
Author’s website: http://www.kimberlyrae.com/
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
About the Book (from author’s website)
Capturing Jasmina, fiction for young adult readers, is the story of Jasmina, a young girl in India, and her brother, Samir. The children are sold by their father to a man promising them an education and good jobs.But, as Jasmina and Samir soon discover, the man is providing an education, not in a school, but as a slave in his sweatshop garment factory. While Samir quickly submits to his new life of misery, Jasmina never stops planning an escape.She comes to realize that escape doesn’t always mean freedom.
This a perfect novella for tweens and teens to become more aware of the human trafficking happening today. While shows human trafficking in different forms, laboring in sweatshops, quarries, and prostitution, the topics are handled sensitively. We understand the horror of it, without everything explicitly described. The book also shows what humanitarians are doing to improve the situation for human trafficking victims. Jasmina is welcomed by a Christian organization, and learns some of the methods they use to rescue people from trafficking.
This really makes you think about the privileges we so often take for granted. I was struck by the fact that Jasmina was happy the tags in the clothes she made said “Made in India.” She wanted people to know she was there, laboring over the clothes. I don’t usually think about the people making the products I buy, other than in an abstract sense.
This novella is written in diary style, which brings the reader into the thoughts of Jasmina. We also see that she times where she writes something and scratches it out because she found a better word or phrase. I found this a little distracting at first, but it did not bother me once I got into the flow of the story.
I received a copy of this book through netgalley in exchange for my honest review