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Deep Green: Color Me Jealous

Deep Green: Color Me Jealous

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by Melody Carlson

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Jordan Ferguson and Shawna Frye became good friends when Jordan made cheerleader. But when Timothy suddenly dumps Shawna to start seeing Jordan, rumors fly. Shawna gets her revenge, first by smearing Jordan’s reputation, then by tempting Timothy with an offer he can’t refuse. Jordan feels absolutely green with envy—so much so that she considers doing


Jordan Ferguson and Shawna Frye became good friends when Jordan made cheerleader. But when Timothy suddenly dumps Shawna to start seeing Jordan, rumors fly. Shawna gets her revenge, first by smearing Jordan’s reputation, then by tempting Timothy with an offer he can’t refuse. Jordan feels absolutely green with envy—so much so that she considers doing everything in her power to get Tim back. Everything. This second book in the teen fiction series TrueColors deals with jealousy and relationships. Includes discussion questions.

Editorial Reviews

In the new True Colors series, intense teen emotions are examined through the Christian perspective. Dark Blue looks at depression and loneliness through the story of Kara and Jordan, who have been best friends since kindergarten. Deep Green continues the girls' story and focuses on Jordan's struggle with her cheerleading squad. As Jordan's jealousy grows, she finds herself falling deeper into a web of deceitful and self-destructive behavior, and at one point, even considers having sex with her ex-boyfriend to get him back. Shawna, however, proves a worthy competitor for Timothy's affection in the level of deceit and maliciousness to which she will go to destroy Jordan. As Jordan finds herself going back to Kara for help through it all, she is slowly influenced by Kara and Edgar to find a personal relationship with God. This series will appeal to Christian teen readers who are looking for books that address realistic teen situations and emotions through an inspirational lens. Unfortunately the series, especially true with Dark Blue, reverts to preachy, unrealistic dialogue between its teen characters to get its message across. Interestingly, different characters are portrayed as being at several levels of faith and engage in various means of expressing it. Teen readers will also appreciate the frank discussion of emotions as well as other topics such as sex and lying. The books are recommended for school and public libraries. VOYA CODES: 3Q 4P J S (Readable without serious defects; Broad general YA appeal; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2004, THINK Books/Nav Press, 201p., Trade pb. Ages 12 to 18.

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deep green

color me jealous
By melody carlson

TH1NK Books

Copyright © 2004 Melody Carlson
All right reserved.

ISBN: 1-57683-530-8

Chapter One

I know what everyone's been saying about me, but honestly it's not my fault that Timothy Lawrence dumped Shawna Frye the day after the Harvest Dance. Really, it's just the way life happened. I mean, just because you've gone with a guy for a year doesn't mean you own him. Besides, I didn't see any engagement ring on Shawna's finger. She swears Timothy got her a promise ring last summer that she lost swimming at the lake. Yeah, right. It's not like Shawna is the most honest person on the planet. I mean, she's been saying all kinds of crud about me lately. And not only are they total figments of her imagination but they're totally mean too.

I overheard her talking to Lucy Farrell in the locker room today. "Jordan Ferguson is a backstabbing tramp," she said in this cruel voice that didn't even sound like her. Of course, Shawna didn't realize that I could hear her going on and on from behind the closed door of the bathroom stall. Or maybe she did. Maybe she just didn't care that her words cut me deeply. But everyone knows she's out to get me. It's what's driving her these days. I'm just glad she's not the violent type (at least I don't think she is). Just the same, I've been watching my back, and I wouldn't be surprised if she pulled some weird kind of vengeful stunt, like letting her side of the pyramid collapse while I am precariously balanced on top. Of course, I always have to be on top since I'm the smallest cheerleader-just one more reason why I need to get this stupid mess sorted out ASAP.

So, while I was holed up in the bathroom stall, no pun intended, I had to ask myself why on earth Shawna was telling all this to Lucy Farrell. I mean, Lucy's nice enough, but she's not exactly that involved in our group of friends, and frankly it's none of her business. But I suspect Shawna's just looking for new sets of ears since everyone else is probably sick and tired of hearing her whine and complain about me all the time.

The really sad part in all this is that I honestly thought Shawna and I were friends. Good friends even. And I really liked her. Next to my old best friend, Kara Hendricks, Shawna was the best friend I'd ever had. She's fun and funny, and we're both cheerleaders, and we like the same kinds of things (including the same boys, as it turns out), but I'd really hoped we could be friends for a long, long time.

"Didn't you think she'd get mad when you stole her boyfriend?" Amber Elliot asked me the other day. It didn't help that Amber was staring at me like I was the village idiot. Like, Duh, how dumb are you, Jordan Ferguson?

But the truth is I really didn't think Shawna would care that much. "I told you that Timothy said they were over with," I explained to Amber in my most convincing tone. "He said that they both knew their relationship was history and that they were only staying together through the Harvest Dance and only because he'd promised to take her."

"That's not what Shawna says." Amber was giving me her no-nonsense look. Now, Amber's African-American and the kind of girl who doesn't put up with anything. I suppose that's one reason she makes such a good head cheerleader. Well, that and she's just really good at it, not to mention incredibly gorgeous. Think Halle Berry kind of gorgeous. I mean, this girl really turns heads.

But back to me, which I know sounds a bit narcissistic, but the honest truth is, I'm not as much self-centered as I am a bit obsessive-compulsive. Just ask my friend Kara. And I'm trying to deal with it. But that's another problem altogether.

Still, the really hard part about all this latest brouhaha (I used that word in speech once and it means something like "much ado about nothing") is that I'm the new girl in this particular group. See, I only became a cheerleader this fall, and it still feels like I have to prove myself on pretty much a daily basis. And it doesn't help that everyone else in this group is pretty loyal to Shawna, who's been in this group for years now. Anyway, most of them have sided with her already.

Amber's about the only one who's tried to keep the middle ground, but that might have more to do with being head cheer-leader than with being my friend. Still, I haven't given up on her alliance.

"What do you think I should do?" I asked her today. "Should I break up with Timothy?" Of course, I knew that no matter what she said I probably wouldn't do this. I don't even know if I could do this-that's how much I like this guy. But I was curious about what she'd say.

"I'm not about to go there," she said, "but you and Shawna better sort this thing out before basketball season starts. We can't have two snarling cheerleaders spoiling the morale for everyone else."

I forced my best smile. "I'm trying, Amber, really I am. But Shawna won't even speak to me."

"Well, give her time to chill." Amber rolled her big brown eyes dramatically. "Thank goodness football season is almost over with."

"Tim says basketball season is supposed to be really good," I said, hoping to encourage her.

"Yeah, it's supposed to be. Let's just hope the cheerleaders can do their part to keep it together without someone getting murdered before the season is over." She looked at me like I was personally responsible for the morale of the entire team. "I gotta go now."

I waved goodbye and wished I had said something more convincing. I mean, I could really use someone like Amber to be solidly on my side. The truth is, I feel pretty alone right now. Even Kara Hendricks, my old best friend, seems to be holding me at arm's length these days. But at least I have my Timothy. Now, that's some consolation prize!

I can't deny that I've had the hots for Tim ever since last year. He was a junior then but already playing on the varsity basketball team, he's that good. And speaking of good, he's not bad-looking either. Ha! He's actually so good-looking that, according to Shawna, a local modeling agency approached him about being in some ads, but he turned them down, which I think is a shame because I'm willing to bet he's very photogenic with those big dark brown eyes and his naturally blond hair. Not to mention that he always looks tan. He says it's his Native American blood, but I wonder if he doesn't sneak off to the tanning booths occasionally.

Of course, Timothy didn't have a clue last year that I was infatuated with him. Mostly he didn't even know that I existed, since I was still pretty much a nobody. Plus he was going with Shawna, one of the coolest girls in the school. Just the same, I enjoyed watching Timothy from a distance. And I used to cheer for him from the bleachers like he was the only one down there-or on the planet for that matter. I suppose I was obsessing a little. But believe me, he looked totally awesome in that blue and red uniform. I loved watching him dribble the ball down the court with such smooth confidence. Most of all, I liked his smile. I still do.

Of course, I never told a single person any of this. It was like my clandestine obsession. I didn't even tell Kara, and we were still pretty close at the time. I guess my feeling is that when you really, really like someone, it's best to play your cards close to your chest (as my dad would say). It gives you the advantage. And I think that has a lot to do with how I finally managed to hook Timothy. Whenever I was hanging with my new circle of friends and Timothy was around, I would just act all nonchalant and laid back, like I could take you or leave you, Timothy Lawrence. Sure, I'd laugh at his jokes-he's a real teaser too-but then I'd just toss it right back at him as if I didn't even care what he thought about me. Although I did. I cared a lot.

And then when he asked me to dance with him at the Harvest Dance, since everyone was sort of switching partners, I just acted all aloof and like, Well, okay, I suppose I could dance with you, just this one time though. I suppose I was kind of like playing hard to get, which seemed to make him more and more interested.

"I don't remember ever seeing you around school before," he told me as we danced a slow dance. "Until you made cheerleader anyway. Where you been hiding all this time?"

I shrugged. "I've been around."

And so it went. A regular cat-and-mouse game. But he thought he was the cat pursuing the hard-to-get mouse. Little did he know.

Still, I never dreamed that he would really pursue me seriously -at least not so quickly anyway. But the very next day, he called me and then came over to my house. He told me that he'd been postponing his breakup with Shawna, but the time had finally come. He actually seemed a little disturbed about the whole thing, which I thought was rather sweet. But I tried to console him and assure him that if it were really time to break up, the best thing was to just do it, and as quickly and painlessly as possible.

Maybe I was wrong about that part. Or maybe I'm just one of those people who has to learn everything the hard way.


Excerpted from deep green by melody carlson Copyright © 2004 by Melody Carlson. Excerpted by permission.
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Meet the Author

Melody Carlson is the best-selling author of more than one hundred books, including Dark Blue, book one in the TrueColors series. She has two grown sons and enjoys an active lifestyle of hiking, skiing, and biking. She lives in the beautiful Oregon Cascade Mountains with her husband and Labrador retriever.

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Deep Green: Color Me Jealous 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Popular. The thing almost every girl in high school wants to be. Well Jordan is no exception. Not only did she want to be popular, but she also wanted to date the most popular boy in school. Jordan did get the guy of her dreams, but not without a problem of course. She happened to have stolen him from the most popular girl in school, Shawna. Jordan knew that she had hurt Shawna and wanted to make everything right. She tried her best to spend quality time with her because she didn¿t want Timothy to get in between them. Jordan thought she had made everything better between Shawna and her, but apparently she was wrong. Jordan caught Shawna and Timothy together at a party. That is when things changed drastically, and Jordan figured out life isn¿t so sweet in the wonderful world of high school. Shawna knew she would have to work to keep Timothy, and that is just what she did. But Jordan wasn¿t going to give up without a fight, and it was going to be a vicious one because Shawna wasn¿t going to play nice. She first stole things from Jordan to frustrate her, and then the cheerleading coach caught Jordan cussing and suspended her from the squad. From there on Shawna was on a role. She lied and continued to make stuff up to make Jordan look like the bad one. Eventually after Shawna had practically caused an almost fatal car crash for Jordan the tables turned. Jordan told the truth behind everything to the right people, and then the pieces just started to fall. People realized who Shawna really was and people started the figure out that Jordan wasn¿t the bad girl. What would happen with cheerleading when the coach found out the real truth? Would Timothy want Jordan back, and even so would she want him back? You will be flabbergasted at this totally unpredictable ending
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im sorry but this was a really dissapointing read for me. It just had a bunch of stuff i didnt really want to read hear or want to know. Please dont waist your money or time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Deep Green: Color Me Jealous is one of the best books I've EVER read. I read over & over again. READ THIS BOOK!! I promise you that you'll love it!!!! Melody Carlson is such a great author. It's like she puts in between all the drama. And she also mentions GOD!!! She's the BEST author EVER!! I look forward to reading the rest of the TRUE COLOR SERIES!!!! Once again I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!!!
Allison35AD More than 1 year ago
Deep Green, by Melody Carson, is about a girl named Jordan Ferguson who ends up dating her best friend, Shawna Frye's, boyfriend. Timothy ends up breaking up with Shawna so he can date Jordan. Both Jordan and Timothy agree they like each other and end p dating. Shawna gets very upset with this and tries to turn the whole school against Jordan. Jordan comes up with a plan and that is to be really nice to Shawna and try to be friends with her, but Shawna takes advantage of that. They all end up at the same party together and Jordan finds Shawna and Timothy together, cheating on her. Jordan's heart is not broken and now the whole school feels bad for Jordan and she ends up getting really good friends. This novel was a really good book to read. It was easy to understand and was always very interesting as well. I would recommend this book for teenage girls, some girls might be going through this same problem and it can help them decide how to handle the situation that they are in. I liked the character Jordan because even though her heart got broken she stayed strong and was able to move on. So, I recommend this book for teenage girls, I enjoyed it a lot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was really great. i am the kind of person that really doesnt like to read, but when i find a book that i cant put down (which is very uncommon) it doesnt take long to read it. i really liked how jordan ferguson and kara became good friends by the end. i thought it was really funny when shawna didnt give jordan ferguson back the beatles album after she betrayed her by hooking up with timothy. i really didnt like when jordan ferguson started lying to everybody and went through all that trouble to pop her tires just for a small attempt to win timothy back, which didnt work in the end. i thought it was really terible how shawna set jordan ferguson and amber elliot's boyfriend and wasnt even the first to apologize. jordan had to be the first one to break the silence. over all this was a very good book, definantly one of my favorites and i would recommend this book to teenage girls because they could relate to it.
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I read this book when I did not have anything to read and I thiught I wiuld not like the book but I actually did. Its a really good book because the author really helps you feel whatbthe characters are feeling.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good must read
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My cousin would look good with jorden!!!!!!! Bit she love someone elcw -_-
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author does a good job getting the reader into the mind of a high school girl--social life is at the center, conflicting feelings of the "in" crowd, choosing between right and wrong... Looking forward to reading the other books in this set.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It sucked. I dont recommend it to anyone.
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This book was very good and relateable i didnt want to say goodbye to the story. Very good lesson learned especially for teens.- only do what feels right.
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So, I got this book on tuesday night (last night), and now its wednesday. I finished the book this afternoon! It was amazing and totally full of drama and LIFE, in general. The girls in this book really experience what it's like to have problems; with guys, and also best friends. Towards the end, God plays a big part in Jorden's life which made me like it even more!!! I love this book and would most deff. recomend it to any girl.