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Follow Caitlin O'Conner, a girl much like yourself, as she makes her ...
Follow Caitlin O'Conner, a girl much like yourself, as she makes her way from New Year's to the first day of summer -- surviving a challenging home life, changing friends, school pressures, an identity crisis, and the uncertainties of "true love."
You'll cry with Caitlin as she experiences heartache, and cheer for her as she encounters a new reality in her life: God. See how rejection by one group can -- incredibly -- sometimes lead you to discover who you really are...
Sixteen-year-old Caitlin O'Conner keeps a six-month diary in which she records the day-to-day events of her life as well as her struggles to understand herself and God's plan for her future.
I need to say that I read back over my first entry in this diary and had to laugh. I mean, I sound like such a blabbermouth. And in real life I’m not even like that. In fact, some people think I’m rather quiet and reserved. My grandma says that’s a good thing because there’s a Proverb that says something like “even a total fool can appear wise if she keeps her mouth shut.” Anyway, I guess the way we express ourselves in writing isn’t always the way we express ourselves in real life (and I notice I use a lot of parentheses too). But that’s okay—I think writing is fun. Now back to my life…
Okay, today I’m thinking about the pros and cons of popularity (well, mostly the pros). And believe me, I realize (as much as any sixteen-year-old possibly can) that popularity is highly overrated and it’s not like it’s ever been my primary goal in life. But I guess I never wanted to be a total geek either! And it’s not like I am. Not really anyway. Okay, I’m not popular, but I’m not such a loser. I guess I’m just not much of anything. I mean I’m not in any particular group in school—not a geek or a freak, not exactly an academic, and certainly not a jock! Mostly I just hang with Beanie, and sometimes with some of the kids from youth group (but then they can act pretty geeky at times, and we don’t always like being connected with them, not that anyone would really care since we are basically nobodies anyway).
But just because we’re “nobodies” doesn’t mean that kids who think they are “somebody” should put us down. Does it? I mean, I don’t think I put other kids down (even if I think they’re total geeks), but I suppose if I was being really honest (which was my original goal in this diary, so I better stick to it)…well, I suppose I might act just a little superior sometimes. I mean, it’s not like I really think I’m better than anyone else or anything—but I suppose I might act a little bit snooty, especially when I’m afraid that someone else is going to put me down anyway. I know that’s not very nice, but it’s the truth.
So, back to the question of popularity. I have to admit that when I was a little kid I used to think it’d be so cool to be the most popular girl in the whole school. Like my Aunt Stephie—she’s my mom’s baby sister, but so much younger she could almost be my big sister. Anyway, I remember how Grandma used to complain that the phone
“rang night and day” for Aunt Stephie. She was a cheerleader and had this really cool boyfriend who looked just like Tom Cruise (Tom was more popular back then,
although I still think he’s pretty cool).
Anyway, all that popularity stuff seemed pretty great to an eight-year-old kid, and I remember thinking that when I was in high school, I wanted to be exactly like Aunt Stephie. Not that her life has turned out all that great as a grownup, at least not according to my grandma (she’s always on poor Stephie’s case) and I’d have to admit Steph does have some fairly serious problems (like a baby and no husband plus she freeloads baby-sitting from Grandma). So I guess, in some ways, all that popularity didn’t do her a whole lot of good in the long run. But just the same, I still sometimes wish that I was one the coolest girls in high school. Now, how’s that for honest?
At the same time, I’d like to think that I’m more mature than that, and I’ll admit that Beanie and I sometimes make fun of the “popular” kids (behind their backs, of course!). And like I said, it’s not like I’m a complete loser either—in fact, I got my braces off last fall and my skin is almost completely clear now. I got my hair cut in this really cool style during Christmas break, so that it kind of swings back and forth when I walk. And Aunt Stephie said I look just like Gwyneth Paltrow (of course, she wanted me to baby-sit Oliver at the time, and she might’ve said anything to seal the deal). I’ve got a magazine with Gwyneth’s photo on it, and I studied my face in the mirror, and I do think there is a slight resemblance. And since I got my haircut, it suddenly seems like other people are looking at me differently. Perhaps even some pretty cool people are actually looking my way (unless it’s my imagination). But even so, it feels kind of good. I mean all these years before I just felt kind of invisible (which wasn’t so bad; I mean, it was better than sticking out in a crowd).
Now I know I must be sounding all lame and desperate to go on like this (not to mention totally shallow); like all I care about is getting some airhead approval from a bunch of kids who aren’t all that nice in the first place. And, like I said, it’s not like I don’t already have any friends. I mean there’s always Beanie. There’s a few others too. Okay, I admit it, they’re mostly from the youth group! But at least I know they’d stick by me through the very worst. I think some of the nicer ones would. I seriously doubt if those popular kids would be like that. Not that
I’ll ever have a chance to find out. But on the other hand, I guess I’d be willing to find out, if I had the chance.
Okay, is that so terribly wrong? Is it so wrong to want some different friends for a change? To want life to change and become more exciting? Last week our youth group leader said that if we don’t have something that we really think we need, we should pray for it. I wonder if it would be wrong to pray to become popular. I guess the worst that could happen is that God could say no. It might be worth a try. I don’t know why God wouldn’t want me to have more friends; we’re always being told to “reach out” to those around us. Hey, I’m willing to do some reaching here.
Well, all this wondering is probably just a big, stupid waste of time, because I’m sure the popular kids don’t want to hang with me anyway. I’ve heard them make fun of the geeks and nerds and freaks before—as if we’re all deaf and can’t even hear them. Or maybe they think we have absolutely no feelings at all. In fact, now that I think about it, I can’t even believe that I’ve sat here and actually considered hanging with kids like that in the first place. But I’m supposed to be honest here. And the truth is, I would hang with them if only they would let me. But, I ask you, is that so terribly wrong?
Posted July 8, 2013
Wasn't sure if I liked this book at first, but be sure to stick with it, because it gets better. Seriously. I almost cried at some parts. Read.
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Posted April 10, 2013
Omg i just loved this book i couldnt wait to find the second one but i cant figure out were to find it yet because i got this nook from the library were i live and i have to take it back but i love this bookWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 18, 2013
Posted January 18, 2013
I read these books as a teen girl.
They were AMAZING!
This is coming from a girl who doesn't really like to read either. So take my advice & if you have the chance, pick these up & read them!
Posted December 28, 2012
This book showed so many challenges a person in middle / high school would go through. Wanting to do things the right way I felt this book really lifted my spirits and showed to rely on god totally!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 4, 2012
Im not a HUGE reader, but i can get into a fair amout of books. The first six chapters could not keep my intrest. I think the book was a wast of money
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Posted December 30, 2011
If you are wondering if this is the book for you to read the answer is yes. I'm in 7th grade and I'm not really the reading type of person and when my friend made me try these books it just was so easy to read. I didn't have any problems of tryig to find a good book to read when i finished the kim books and i wont any time soon. I givethis book and all the rest in this series a two thumbs upWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 29, 2011
Posted October 11, 2011
When I was in high school The Diary of a Teenage Girl series was huge. I remember I even did a book report on one of the books in the series in the 9th grade. For the first time I was reading a Christian teen book that was candid about the struggles encountered. Becoming Me is the first book in the whole series, and features, Caitlin.
Caitlin is in high school, and she is beginning to realize how the world her parents raised her in is actually nothing like that. She discovers problems in her parents' marriage, and how her friends haven't stuck by the same lifestyle she thought was so easy to maintain. Not only that, but the guy she has a crush on turns out to have his own problems with playing the field. This book deals with so many topics that are ahead of how Christians still struggle to approach them including infidelity, pregnancy, and much more.
I remember reading this book I found Beanie to be very intriguing. She is Caitlin's best friend, I figure it was her artsy nature that stood out to me. I still remember the rough time she had with her boyfriend, who was a runner in the book. When I think of how long ago it's been since I first read this book, and how much I still remember from it, it causes me to realizes how much of an impact it had on me. I definitely recommend this book for teenagers, particularly girls, since it provides a very good, real, role model.
This book does advocate, I Kissed Dating Goodbye, which I've always had mixed feelings about though. Girls can't expect their dating life to be like Caitlin's and everything fall in place when it needs to. I figure dating casually, or seriously, gives you insight about yourself you wouldn't otherwise have.
If you're looking for a good book that is a quick read, or you're a teenager then I would say you've found your book. I really enjoyed this novel as a teen, and it still stands out to me to this day.
This book was provided by Glass Road Public Relations in exchange for a review.
Posted October 10, 2011
Becoming Me by Melody Carson follows the story of Caitlin, a teenage girl who has just decided to pick up a pen and diary and record the events of her life. Immediately, we are transported to a world of youth groups and high school, friendships and cliques. She struggles with each new relationship and many old ones, and in the midst of everything, she searches for the answer to her existence.
I haven't finished a book that quickly in YEARS! It arrived in the mail on Wednesday. Even while juggling homeschooling, laundry, and dishes, I still managed to finish it on Thursday. The author has amazing insight into the mind of a teenage girl. So many of the topics and feelings she brought up seemed to come straight from my own teenage thoughts and experiences. It was great to revisit some of these feelings, looking back on them with a little bit of humor and a whole lot of contemplation. I kept wishing that the diary were a real one, instead of fictional. The story meant a great deal to me, and the characters seemed like living and breathing people. I yearned to be able to shoot Caitlin an email to see how she's been doing lately.
Posted October 10, 2011
If you have ever wondered what the average high school girl would write about in her diary, then look no further than Melody Carlson's, Becoming Me: Diary of A Teenage Girl, Caitlin #1. The reader is taken into the diary of Caitin O'Connor, a sixteen-year old Junior in high school dealing with all the things a typical girl would and chronicles her journey in a diary.
From what it's like with her best friend Beanie, who has been with her through thick and thin, dealing with a father who was addicted to cocaine and subsequently left her and her mother, Beanie is the friend, who Caitlin believes will always be there for her. Until she wonders what it would be like to hang out with the popular kids. When Caitlin is involved with Jenny Lambert, cheerleader and the most popular girl in school, during a honor society task for decorating for the Valentine's day dance, Caitlin, soon discovers that life on the other side isn't always greener. Choosing to ignore her friend Beanie, rather than risk introducing her to the popular group she is now a part of, she finds life is a whole lot different.
When Caitlin is invited to a birthday party of Heather's boyfriend and her parents agree to let her go, simply because she is attending it with Jenny, she finds out that the parents aren't home and alcohol is now flowing. Even though she knows better than to drink at the party, fearing what may happen to her if her parents find out, she nonetheless agrees to let Jenny driver her home, after Jenny swears she's fine to drive. She writes that even her parents have cautioned her against under age drinking, she tells that no one told her how to avoid what to do when a friend is drunk and you have no way home.
I received this book compliments of Glass Roads Public Relations for my honest review and think that both parents and teens should read this book together. It definitely gives parents an idea from a teen's perspective on what they think and what is important in their lives growing up in high school. It provides an outlet that parents and their teens can open discussions up to what they can do when faced with any of this situations and create a more open communication with their kids. I would rate this book a 5 out of 5 stars and highly recommend it to anyone who wants to know what is going on with our kids today and what they are thinking.
Posted September 26, 2011
The best quality this book contains is the main character. She was really easy to connect with, very likable. She is brave and intelligent, she experiences a lot of "life" in the short span of this book; some of it is unfortunate, some is makes the reader cheer, and others are more neutral. Caitlin is the readers' guide in the book, speaking in the first person-making it even easier to connect with her too.
It is hard not to experience everything through Caitlin's eyes as if it is happening to you too. The author manages to make each scene and feeling dynamic and all to real. She questions God, after all what kind of a God would let some of these events happen to her? Her father has an affair, her crush falls in love with her best friend, etc... Rather than petty, Caitlin's feelings come across as raw and unhurried. The reader doesn't get overly involved with secondary characters, but in this novel that kind of quality would simply bog the plot down.
This book is fairly fast-paced, there is plenty of action/drama/intrigue, and the ending isn't really an ending-perfect. This book is recommended for young adults/teens.
Posted February 18, 2011
Posted July 25, 2009
I absolutely loved this book.. It was a gr8 read and I would recommend it to anyone.... This book is about a girl who has so many problems right now but then she realizes that God pulls through and she becomes a christian and gives her heart to God..... Gr8 for all girls(:Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 20, 2009
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this book is incredibly inspiring i couldn't put it down at all. this book made me start going to youth group and helped me with my relationship with Jesus. i believe that i will be re-reading this book many times!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 10, 2009
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this is by far one of the best series i have read. This is definitely an eye catcher for most teens who are searching for a voice and something fun to read. I have read the entire series of diary of a teenage girl and i was dying to read more. Mrs. Carlson is a fantastic writer and knows how to connect with her audience. The development of her characters was fantastic and kept the reader on pins and needles and dying to know what happened next. I highly recommend these books in this series because it helps the lost, find a way out, and the questionables find an answer.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 3, 2009
This book was so inspirational to me I found myself getting closer to God and it even made me think about my life and what new things I have to do this book was great seriously recommend it for teens! :DWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.