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Just Like Ice Cream

Just Like Ice Cream

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by Lissa Halls Johnson

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This best-selling novel depicts a young girl's summer romance, the consequences that follow, and the lessons she learns about the importance of sexual purity.


This best-selling novel depicts a young girl's summer romance, the consequences that follow, and the lessons she learns about the importance of sexual purity.

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School Library Journal
Gr 10-12-Julie Marshall, 16, falls for Kyle Browning the first time he speaks to her. So, when he suggests that she would love having sex as much as she loves ice cream, she gives in. Predictably, she becomes pregnant and he loses interest. She tries to face the issue alone at first but eventually tells her family and a couple of close friends. Interwoven with Julie's story is information about having (or abstaining from) sex, becoming pregnant, determining options, finding help, and facing the decision(s), but it's often so involved that it interrupts and overshadows the somewhat contrived and didactic plot. At times, it's difficult to believe that Julie gets so far into her pregnancy without learning what to expect. As with all her books, Johnson writes from a Christian perspective; non-Christians will either be interested in or put off by the additional side lessons about God, Jesus, and religious beliefs.-Dona Weisman, Northeast Texas Library System, Garland
Shelley Townsend-Hudson
Several contemporary issues relating to teen sexuality and new information about contraceptives and sexually transmitted diseases are included in this update of a book that has been out of print since 1985. When 16-year-old Julie finds herself pregnant after a summer romance, life begins to move faster than she can handle. The teenage father-to-be is unsupportive and drops Julie when she chooses not to abort. Her best source of support comes from the woman for whom she baby-sits, a woman with maturity and deep faith whose guidance helps Julie gain a sense of self and make the right personal choice. Even though the novel is prescriptive (it advocates abstention from premarital sex and presents abortion as a frightening option), the message doesn't seem too heavy handed. Facts about pregnancy are convincingly integrated into the narrative, as is information about birth control and STDs, including AIDS. Unfortunately, the title, derived from Julie's boyfriend's description of sex, belies the complexity of the issues involved.

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Random House Children's Books
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Meet the Author

LISSA HALLS JOHNSON is a freelance writer and story editor, author of novels for teens, tweens, and young adults.Included among her twenty published books are the most recent:"Rich in Love"with Irene Garcia, and"Still Growing" with Kirk Cameron. She has edited over fifty novels for publishers including Howard Books, WaterBrook, Thomas Nelson, and NavPress, and has been published in Reader's Digest and other periodicals. She is a conference speaker and teacher. She currently lives in the country with two dogs, a horse, and one husband.

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Just like Ice Cream 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sometimes issues that are hard to handle can be incorporated into fiction. When this is done well, the reader learns without feeling some 'authority figure' is pointing a finger and preaching. This book gives girls a look into the emotional roller coaster of premarital sex and pertinent facts needed in today's society.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am 24yrs old and when I was in the 9th grade I read this book and thought it was a wonderful book. I ended up passing it to a friend and the book eventually was passed between all the girls in my class and then it got pass to someone outside of my class and needless to say I never seen the book again. So make a long story short my whole class liked it and was influenced in some way or another by the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
About 18 years ago I gave this book to a teenage girl who had come into my sphere of influence (after reading it myself)That same young lady who is now thirty something, tells me today Oct,19th 2009, that she just passed the book on to her teenage daughter. There is not much more to say, that alone speak volumes as to impact this book has made on those who have read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I Like This Book, I'm 13 years old, I just Finished Reading It, It was kind of sad, But I Liked It
Guest More than 1 year ago
it's reaaly realistic it really put out the things that a teen mother goes through while they're pregnant and when they are deciding to put up there child for adoption... i'm a teen mom myself iand i related to half the things the main charater went through...it's a great read...
Guest More than 1 year ago
i understood stuff before, but this book gave me a different outlook. i almost felt bad for julie. anyone can read this book, id recomend it to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book gave me a different out look on teen-age pregnancy. before I read this book I looked at pegnant teens like they shouldn't have slept around and it's their fault and responsability. Now I understand that under the preasure of someone you love and are afraid will leave you, you would do anything to keep them around. I have also realized no one should look down on pregnant teens because they have to take on way to much responsability to soon, something most women couldn't handle. I hope that when people read this book they realize the same thing I did, what dosen't kill you makes you stronger.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i loved how the book informs you of everything. once i started reading it, i could not put it down. although it was kind of depressing,its still an awsome book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
it was a GREAT book....I hate reading, but this book i could NOT put down...if you are looking for a book about Romance,first time experiences, and pain....this is a really good book to read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
it is a great case for abstinence and a great display of god's love and forgiveness. i would definently recamend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My friends and I thought this was the funniest book in the entire world. We read it aloud to each other. If you are a sex-positive teenager or young twentysomething with a healthy skepticism of religion, and you're in the need for amusement, don't miss out! The horrible writing and plotline and easily mockable characters just can't be beat. Bonus: find the homoeroticism in the doctor's office scenes!