Bad Connection (Secret Life of Samantha McGregor Series)

Bad Connection (Secret Life of Samantha McGregor Series)

by Melody Carlson
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Bad Connection (Secret Life of Samantha McGregor Series) by Melody Carlson

Meet Samantha McGregor

She seems like your average teen, but Samantha is unusually gifted. God gives her visions and dreams that offer unconventional glimpses into other people’s lives and problems. It’s a powerful gift with a lot of responsibility…

Bad Connection: Book One

Kayla Henderson lives on the edge. She likes to break the rules, considers partying an extracurricular activity, and can’t stand her parents. So, most people aren’t surprised when she goes missing. Like everyone else, Samantha McGregor assumes Kayla has run away. But then she has a vision where Kayla is tied up with duct tape over her mouth. Freaked by the image, Samantha wonders, Is Kayla alive or dead? Was the vision real or just a silly dream? Most important, can Kayla be found before it’s too late?

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Story Behind the Book

“The secular world has become very interested in ‘supernatural’ gifts. Take, for example, shows like Joan of Arcadia , The Medium, Monk, and Dead Zone . Yet it’s God who gives every good and perfect gift. My guess is that we humans barely tap into the vast variety of gifts that He has to offer. Not only that, but our fast-paced, high-tech culture rarely relies on those good ‘old-fashioned’ character traits like insight, intuition, wisdom, and foresight. My hope is that this series will provide a fun way for teens to explore deeper levels of spirituality and creativity while inspiring them to a greater love for God.”
— Melody Carlson

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307562364
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/19/2009
Series: Secret Life of Samantha McGregor
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 968,490
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Melody Carlson has published more than one hundred books for children, teens, and adults—with sales totaling more than two million and many titles appearing on the ECPA Bestseller’s List. Several of her books have been finalists for and winners of various writing awards. Her Diary of a Teenage Girl series has received great reviews and a large box of fan mail. Melody has two grown sons and lives in Central Oregon with her husband. They enjoy skiing, hiking, gardening, camping, and biking in the beautiful Cascade Mountains.

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Bad Connection (Secret Life of Samantha McGregor Series) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous 27 days ago
Ready to read the rest of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Alot of god stuff. Feels like they are trying to convert you.
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I loved it!!
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The book I am reviewing is Bad Connection by Melody Carlson. I thought Bad Connection was a really interesting book. The book was about a girl named Samantha. She gets "visions" from god that tells her about her lost friend Kayla. Kayla left her home willingly but then she got kidnapped when she got to where she wanted to be. Samantha has visions about her friend through out the whole story. Some of them show where she is, who she is with, and what is happening to her. Samantha decides to go to the police and tell them about her visions and to see if she can help find her friend. She starts working with a police officer named Ebony. The two girls work on the case and find her friend Kayla. I relate to Samantha more than I do anyone else in the story because Sam loses her dad and I have lost mine. I would do the same things Samantha did in the story even if I did not have vision. I still would want to work with the police to find Kayla. I think Samantha did the right thing by going to the police. My favorite part in the book was when Samantha had her first vision. That is my favorite part because she doesn't know what to think about them and she is really confused. She tells her friend Olivia everything but she doesn't know how to tell her mother. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to feel like they are in the story and if they like to read about god and crimes. I really like this book. I thought it was one of the best books I have ever read.
Haley Milby More than 1 year ago
i read this book in less than a week and i loved it!!!! must read!
Oliver Kids More than 1 year ago
this series is sooooooo good! you wont wanna put the book dowm for real!!! its full of never can tell how things will end up. its humorus and God is put in it so perfectly and ner faith nd relationship with God can be a real testimony to teens! THIS IS A MUST READ FOR ALL!!! lol i even ot my brother reading the this book!!!!! A+ to Melody Carlson!!!!!!
KLBCHOICES More than 1 year ago
Samantha McGregor is a teenage (sixteen, soon to be seventeen) Christian who has dreams and visions given to her by God. Her father understood her gift and tried to help her understand it, but now he's gone; the parent who took her gift seriously died when she was twelve. Her mother isn't comfortable with this gift from God. In fact, she's not sure Samantha's ability to see visions is something God has anything to do with. Is Samantha weird or crazy or simply a vessel God is using? There was quite a bit I liked about Samantha: She wasn't ashamed to carry her Bible to school and she even pulled it out of her backpack, opened it and read from it not caring what anyone thought. She did not hesitate to go to God in prayer when she needed help or someone else needed help or she had questions. She had no problem praying in front of peers who weren't Christians. Even though she wasn't sure she wanted this gift that she wasn't always sure how to use, she cared more about what her heavenly Father wanted. And finding a boyfriend wasn't her main focus. It was nice to see teen characters praying with and for each other and the author did a good job showing the life of a young Christian learning how to develop her spiritual gift and how to trust God whenever she began to have doubts. There was something that disappointed me. Like other Christian novels I have read, this one contradicts God's Word at one point: On page 36 is the sentence - Kayla actually used to be a Christian. There is no "used to be" in Christianity... And do not bring sorrow to God's Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, He has identified you as His own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption (Ephesians 4:30 New Living Translation). Once saved, always saved. A Christian's salvation is eternally secure. They may backslide or become stagnant in their spiritual growth or let distractions get in the way and start retreating instead of advancing in their Christian walk or whatever and I'm thinking God isn't pleased when this happens, but if they confessed with their mouths that Jesus is Lord and believed in their hearts that Jesus died on the cross for their sins and was raised from the dead, they are Christians and will always be. Chapter one was fast-paced and I was eager to find out what was going to happen next but then things slowed down here and there. The story grabbed me more in some places than others so this book wasn't the page-turner I expected it to be but it was a good read and I do plan to read the remaining books in the series.
Kylie2012 More than 1 year ago
Bad Connection by Melody Carlson is about a typical teenage girl with a mysterious twist on her life. Samantha McGregor lives in a small town and is in the eleventh grade. After the passing away of her father, the community sheriff, she now lives with her workaholic mother and drug dealing older brother. Instead of dealing with her emotions of everything going wrong in her life in a negative way, she turns to god. As if everything hasn't gone wrong already, her friend from school, Kayla, disappears randomly. Since her disappearance, Samantha begins getting visions that she thinks are clues to finding her missing friend. She gets in touch with one of her fathers old sheriff partners and begins using her visions in hopes of one day finding Kayla. I would recommend this book too any teenage girl who likes reading mysterys. Not only is this novel a mystery, it also deals with the everyday dramatic life of a not so average teenager. Bad Connection shows that one really does not know what someone else is truly going through until they get to know that person. The author, Melody Carlson, shows how a busy teenage girl who thinks she has a problem because of her visions, can end up saving someones life. I really enjoyed reading this novel because it made me realize that spiritual gifts arent weird, they can really be used to help someone else. This novel was also easy to connect with cause it brought real life problems to the surface.
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I loved this book. Mainly because of the heroine, Samantha, is a great role model. Definitely read this book:)
Novel_Teen_Book_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Review by Gigi Hoffman

Bad Connection, the first book in Melody Carlson¿s Samantha McGregor series, is an intriguing read. It¿s different than most books out there but one of the best I¿ve read.

Samantha McGregor is a regular teenage girl, with a pretty extraordinary spiritual gift. She has the ability to receive dreams and visions from God.

Everything starts off when Samantha has a dream about her friend, Kayla, who has been absent from school for several days. When Kayla officially becomes missing, it¿s discovered that she ran off to be with her internet boyfriend. But as Samantha has more visions and dreams of Kayla, she becomes frightened for Kayla¿s life. Samantha doesn¿t know where to turn¿her mom is uncomfortable with the topic, her older brother is out doing who knows what, and her best friend, although she knows about Samantha¿s gift, can only do so much. Samantha¿s dad, the person who really believed in and supported her gift, was a police officer who died on the line of duty several years earlier. With nowhere else to turn, Samantha goes to Ebony, a police detective, and her father¿s former work partner. Ebony is a strong Christian and believes Samantha¿s visions. And when Samantha¿s visions about another girl come up true, Ebony enlists Samantha to help find Kayla before it¿s too late.

The novel is part suspense, part regular teen stuff, but one-hundred percent fantastic. Carlson takes a touchy topic and spins it in a realistic, God-honoring way. A great novel for all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am 12 and I am also a picky reader but this book is the best book I have ever read!I did it for a book report and I ended up hunting for the rest of the series!Not only is it inspirational,but it's plot was flawless,and it always kept me wondering!My friends all want to borrow this book from me,and one of them even picked it up for herself!This book is addicting and I am picking up the rest of the series ASAP!I recomend this book,and the rest of the series to anyone looking for a book that's going to send a chill down your spine.I loved the cliffhanger at the end too!Keep them coming Melody Carlson!Amazing Job!
Guest More than 1 year ago
okay so im 15 and not a fast reader at all but my friend told me ot read this book and its been less than a week and just last night i read 8 chapters. This is the best book i've read in a long time and it keeps me on track spiritually because it keeps me thinking about if this were to happen to one of my friends so i continue to pray for them even more. Even if you don't liiekt o read much i would at least pick this up and give it a shot because once you read the first page...Your hooked.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book. Samantha is such a great role-modle.I also love how quick she was to tell everyone that she was not a medium, and that her gift was from God.I read this book in one day. I don't think I ever put it down the whole time I read it. I would tottaly recomend this book to any-one who loves detective mysteries.Keep them coming Melody Carlson!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Samantha McGregor is an amazing teen, christian, and she has the coolest and most disturbing visions. She gets them from God, and any inspirting Christian who needs a good read should check this out.
Deborah_K More than 1 year ago
First things first. This is not a Christian version of 'Medium.' Yes Samantha can see supernatural visions of the present and glimpses of the future. But she is very quick to defend that this is as a spiritual gift from God. I really enjoyed this book. It's a unique type of teen fiction and Melody Carlson handles it superbly. The storyline was excellent. I didn't know what was going to happen and was really awed by the twists and turns throughout the book. I liked how you have would the plot dealing with Kara and Sam's visions but also have Sam living a normal teen life. Sam is not portrayed as a someone who tries to flaunt her powers, instead she only wants to help out others. At times it'd be creepy seeing what she saw. I have no idea what I would do if something like this ever happened to me. She also acts very mature for her age in dealing with the police. The situation that Kara eventually found herself in, unfortunately, is all too real and there are many girls that have fallen prey to men like that. A good precautionary lesson mentioned there. I would highly recommend this book for teens. Melody Carlson has proved again that when it comes to teen fiction, she is the best author.