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Forgotten is a tragic story of Adele Porter. Her bipolar mom leaves and she is forced to take on the world. Forgotten takes readers on an emotional ride along side Adele as she faces heartache and abandonment. Adele takes readers with her through everything. The book was a good page turner at times and had me at the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen to Adele. All in all, it was a diappointing fairy tale, but hey, sadly not all stories have a happy ending.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 3, 2010
My children and I have always liked books by Melody Carlson. I wrote a review of her TrueColors series in the past and we have been looking forward to reading more of her works. Forgotten - Seventeen and Homeless is the story of Adele Porter - an intelligent seventeen year old with a bipolar mom. She's been subjected to her Mom's irresponsible behavior for years and has learned to take care of herself. Things start to look up when her mom finds a new job accompanied by a move to a nice condo and a new school. Adele thinks that she can start afresh in her new school. Thus she starts hanging out with the rich kids pretending to be rich and privileged just like them. Everything seems to go well until she comes home one day and finds that her mom has left her all alone. She is homeless. What will she do? How can she survive? How can she avoid being taken to a foster home? Can she keep on pretending to her friends? And finally, how does she find God through all her problems? As with all of Melody Carlson's books, Forgotten - Seventeen and Homeless is easy enough to read. You can sit down one afternoon and finish her books in one sitting. Which means that once you begin reading, it's hard to put it down. The situations that Adele finds herself in compels you to keep on reading and reading. Adele Porter's character is fully developed in this story. However, little is said of the other supporting characters. Despite this, I don't find this to be a negative feature of the book. Some reviewers say that the ending seems a bit rushed and abrupt. I don't feel this is so. As a Christian, I know that this kind of ending is not rare. I experienced myself how God works in totally unexpected ways. What this book is saying that our efforts alone is not enough. With God in our lives, there are really ways in which God makes things work out for us. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising." You might also like:Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 6, 2010
Starting over...a new job, a new city, a new school, a new start for her and her mom. This sounds like a great opportunity for Adele and her mom, even if it's her senior year. Adele desperately wants to believe that this time will be differernt. Her mom will stay on her meds. Their "good fortune" will last. Her new friends will never know the truth about her mom.
Adele knows it's too good to be true. When her mom goes missing, the only thing left to eat is canned soup, the rent is overdue, and she is forced to sleep in a van....Adele thinks things have gotten as bad as they possibly can. Determined to survive, she tries to balance her homework, part-time job, and her friends. How long can she keep up the charade that all is okay?
Homeless people walk up and down the streets of small town (and big town) America every day and most often we look away. Lately, their seems to be a resurgence of people wanting to help the homeless. However, I believe teen homelessness is often overlooked. Author Melody Carlson paints an accurate, often painful picture of what it means to be a teenager...on their own...trying to survive.
Posted August 29, 2010
What would you do if you and your mom moved to a new town, and then your mom skipped town leaving you alone to fend for yourself?
That is the problem that faces the main character of this book. It shows us how many times we look at others with blinkers on. We want to see the pretty side to everything, and oftentimes we fail to see beneath the surface to the chaos. In this, the first book of her new series "Secrets", Melody does a very good job of taking us below the surface of Adele's life.
This story begins with Adele's bi-polar mom getting a new job in a different town. She and Adele pack up everything and move hoping for a fresh start. Adele begins her Senior year of High School as part of the "in" crowd, and begins to live a life of fiction. Using the difficult situation that Adele faces, Melody explores the difficulties in maintaining friendships when you use pretense to mask the chaos going on in your life. You can only have true friendships if you are being true with them and yourself.
I was very taken with Melody Carlson's writing style and storytelling in this book. The ending of this book could have been fleshed out a lot more, but overall I enjoyed the book. It is written in the first person, but that did not annoy me in this instance as it has with other authors. It is the first book by her that I have read, but I can assure you that it won't be the last.
I received a FREE copy of this book from NavPress Publishers in exchange for my fair and honest review.
Posted August 9, 2010
In terms of suspense and voice, this book is one of Carlson's better books. However, the strong religious part is lacking. The story is about a seventeen year old girl that ends up being homeless. What's interesting is that Carlson does not just dive into the homelessness. Instead, she tells the girl's story from the beginning-from riches to rags, if you may. Teenage love is discussed a bit, but there is nothing graphic. Friendships are included, as are young rivalries among said members. While there is no description, things such as drunkenness, prostitution, and sexual abuse are mentioned. What this broken girl experiences while on her own really will make readers reevaluate how they view the homeless and how they don't know what their friends are really like when they leave the school building and go to whatever place they call home. As with all of Carlson's books, there is a religious tone. Conversely, it is pushed towards the end and speaks of God, not really Jesus. The one time Jesus' name is mentioned, it's when the girl readers a sign for a homeless shelter. Having a relationship with God [and learning about peace, grace, and the fact that bad things happen to good people] is covered. Still, there is no big push for Jesus or that He is the only way. Perhaps, this book will be best for young girls that are not super strong Christians. It will force them to reevaluate their lives and realize that, no matter their circumstance, life can be worse. It's great that the girl finds a home in the end and develops a friendship with God (yeah, surprise surprise for a Christian publisher), this reviewer would like a book that has more Jesus in it. ;)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 7, 2010
I had mixed feelings on how to write this review. I want to start out by saying that I couldn't put this book down. The story is so touching that when you read how Adele's mom just abandons her your heart just breaks for her.
Adele had always had to be the parent in her family, her mom has always been unstable and usually Adele is the one that has to make sure everything is taken care of, so when Carlene (Adele's mom) get offered a job in another town Adele finally hopes things might turn around.
Its Adele's senior yr in high school and starting out in a new school seems to be working out. She has been accepted into a clique of rich kids and actually has a boyfriend. So when Carlene starts spiraling out of control and loses her job Adele is determined to keep the truth from her friends. She starts telling so many lies that she can barely keep them straight. But when her mom leaves her and she is kicked out of the condo and finds herself living in a van just how long can she keep up the lies before she is found out?
Will Adele be strong enough to survive and will she realize that their are people who will help her if she will only let them?
I loved this story actually read in in about an hour, I found it to be a real thought provoking story, the story of homelessness and how people actually become homeless is something we don't often think about.
As you read Adele's story you can feel her misery and suffering, but you also get a true sense of her strong spirit and her will to survive, and how finding faith and accepting Gods love ultimately saves her.
Overall this is a great book but I had a few problems with the ending. First Adele's mom isn't mentioned its like once she left she was really never a part of the story, also Adele's dad was barely touched on. But the biggest issue was that throughout the book the characters are totally believable but then the ending seems to good to be true, it also felt hurried with only a few pages to let us know how the story wrapped up.
Even with that said I would still reccomend this book because it a story that tugs at your heart strings.
I was provided a copy of this book from Navpress to review, but in no way does that alter my opinion of this book.