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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Teenage drama

This is a great book from the moment you've read the first page you just can't put it down. The characters are well introduced and developed. Just when you think you've got them down and figured out you are thrown into a whole new view most of us don't dare explore. As...
This is a great book from the moment you've read the first page you just can't put it down. The characters are well introduced and developed. Just when you think you've got them down and figured out you are thrown into a whole new view most of us don't dare explore. As it has been with teenagers since the dawn of time, the angst, the pressure, the changes... all is present and explored. For those of us who remember the teenage years or know someone in that time of their lives, there is something we can all relate to in this book. I can't wait for the rest.

posted by Anonymous on April 13, 2008

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Inappropriate and disappointing

Though this book was entertaining, I actually wouldn't want my teenage daughter reading it. There is way too much emphasis on boy/girl relationships (in fact, that's really what the whole book is about, though the author tries to incorporate other themes). I just foun...
Though this book was entertaining, I actually wouldn't want my teenage daughter reading it. There is way too much emphasis on boy/girl relationships (in fact, that's really what the whole book is about, though the author tries to incorporate other themes). I just found it a little too frank and graphic for a Christian teenage audience. And though Carlson ostensibly condemns physical relationships among teens, there sure is a lot of it that goes on in this book. The parties and teenage drinking are too glorified in my mind, though some of the characters feel slightly uncomfortable with it. It just felt like someone trying too hard to be cool with teenagers, just to get them to read the book. Also, the salvation scene at the end feels very weak, almost like a obligatory afterthought. Other than a few passing references to God, it didn't even feel like a Christian book at all. Though I had high hopes for this book, I was very disappointed!

posted by Anonymous on May 14, 2008

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  • Posted July 1, 2011

    Love love love!

    This book is great! It wasnt my favorite of the series but i love the Carter Girls! A really entertaining read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2008

    Quick, light read

    This was a very quick read, but it held my attention throughout. The main character DJ was well developed and it was easy to empathize with her. The same could not be said for the rest of the characters, particularly Rhiannon, the born-again Christian teen. I felt the author made her just a little bit too perfect, always sunny and positive, which is a common problem I find with Christian fiction... They make the Christian character always happy and nice with very little range of emotion. The story flowed well, although it was tad predictable. Underage drinking, smoking and teen sex were all present as topics. I thought the author handled them all quite well. I was glad to see these issues discussed because she showed the dangers of these behaviors without being preachy. The book ended very abruptly which seemed kind of odd, but overall it was a pretty enjoyable read. I'm curious to see what happens next...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2008

    not too bad

    This is an easy read, flows smoothly but not all characters are realistic. The main girl, DJ, seems real enough but Rhiannon is too perfect. I think preteens or younger teens will enjoy the book but not sure if older teens will relate with the characters at all. Overall it is a decent book with good values.

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