Title: Capturing Jasmina
Series: India's Street Kids #1
Author: Kimberly RaePublisher: BJU Press/JourneyForth
Published Date: May 22nd 2014
Genre: Christian, YA, Realistic Fiction, Contemporary
Page Count: 101
My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★.5
Capturing Jasmina, fiction for young adult readers by Kimberly Rae, 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.
MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS
"I cried out my grief at having my childhood taken away, at being sold like a trinket, at being rejected by my father."
Starting this story Jasmina and her brother Samir
are sold to a man to go and get an "education" by their father who
never tells them why he is selling them and completely ignores their
mother begging him not to do it. Jasmina knows it is a common thing for
girls in her country to be sold, but not the boys. The boys always get
to stay with their parents. While being confused and scared by their
father's choice they are taken to a sweat shop of children where they
are forced to work off there debt from being bought, driven to the sweat
shop, given food, and being forced to live in the upstairs room until
the man thinks he has broken there spirit from being able to runaway.
When disaster strikes at the sweat shop all of the children runaway and
Jasmina and her brother get away to. Where they are then tricked by
another man and sold back into slavery and forced to work at a rock
quarry. While they are both terrified about what will happen to them
next and how to get out of being a slave, Jasmina and several of the
other girls are sold once again to another man who only wants "the
pretty girls". In a very dangerous escape plan Jasmina gets away and
gets taken in by a woman who gets her cleaned
up and takes her to an orphanage for children like her. Jasmina is
afraid of this place though and runs away because she thinks she is
being sold again.
"I would rely on myself only. Never trust anyone again. Never give in to the weakness of hope."
As a street kid Jasmina became very angry at the world and what had
happened to her. She was fueled by her anger to make it through day to
day life on the streets where she had to always be one step ahead of
everyone else and to always be on the lookout so she wouldn't be sold
into slavery again.
One day while on the streets Jasmina sees a strange
group of women in the bad part of town going to one of the brothels and
praying out in front of it before going in. When the women come out
Jasmina follows them curious as to why they are there and what they
want with these women. When she herself ends up being taken in by these
women she learns that they just want to help and that a lot of them are
women that had also been slaves, but had escaped and now want to help
others get out as well.
"It is puzzling how you can live in danger for so long, but as soon as safety wraps around you like a comforting blanket, the idea of facing danger again seems so much more ... dangerous."
What I loved throughout the whole story is that you felt like you were
right there with Jasmina and that all of the things she was facing were
things that most likely are actually happening somewhere in this world. I
never stopped cheering Jasmina on and wanting her to be free and to
find someplace safe to live where she didn't have to live in constant
fear. To get answer. Even though I knew it most likely would never
happen I also wanted her to get answers from her father on why he did
what he did.
This book is going to stick with me for a very long time and I can't wait to see what happened to Samir.
I received a copy of this book thanks to the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.