Just Ask (Diary of a Teenage Girl Series: Kim #1)

Just Ask (Diary of a Teenage Girl Series: Kim #1)

by Melody Carlson
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Just Ask (Diary of a Teenage Girl Series: Kim #1) by Melody Carlson

Who Do You Ask When You Don’t Have the Answers?

What’s a girl to do when caught between a rock and a hard place? The “hard place” is losing the use of her beloved car, and the “rock” is her immovable dad. In order to regain driving privileges, Kim Peterson’s dad talks her into writing an advice column for teens in his newspaper. Kim reluctantly agrees and writes under a pen name. But as she reads letters from peers and friends, she becomes keenly aware of two things: (1) Some kids have it way worse than her, and (2) she does not have all the answers! Who can she turn to?

Thursday, September 1

I’ve been saving for my own car, but my parents decided that I can only get a car if I keep a clean driving record. That means absolutely NO tickets—period—nada. And the policeman said he’d clocked me going 72 in a 55 mile zone. Oops.

When Kim Peterson gets a speeding ticket, her dad offers her a way to retain her driving privileges. If she’ll write the anonymous teen advice column for his newspaper, she can still get a car. So Kim becomes “Jamie” of “Just Ask Jamie.” No big deal, she thinks.

She answers letters about stuff that’s everyday and stuff that’s not: parents, piercings, dating, drugs, depression, and people who are just users. Nothing Kim can’t handle.

But when a classmate is killed, the letters turn to questions about life, death, and what it all means. And Kim starts to wonder if she really does have all the answers—and if not, where to find them. The Christian faith of her adoptive family? The Buddhism of her Korean heritage? Who can she turn to—to just ask?

Story Behind the Book

“My teenage years remain vivid in my mind. It was a turbulent time full of sharp contrasts—love and hate, pain and pleasure, trust and doubt. Then, just as I reached my peak of questioning, rebelling, and seeking, I found God. And I found Him in a really big way! My life turned completely around and has, thankfully, never turned back. Hopefully this story will touch and change hearts—speaking to teen girls right where they live, reminding readers that God is alive and well and ready to be intimately involved in their lives right now! ”

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307563309
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/19/2009
Series: Diary of a Teenage Girl Series
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 1,107,774
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Melody Carlson has published more than 90 books for children, teens, and adults—with sales totaling more than 2 million. Several of her books have been the winners of various writing awards. Her Diary of a Teenage Girl series has received great reviews and overwhelming 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 .

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Just Ask (Diary of a Teenage Girl Series: Kim #1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is AMAZING.Melody carlson is my new favorite christian writer, i myself am christian. The reasone there is a lot of religion in this book is because, DUH, she is a christian! Amazing read! Go melody!
EKWilsonHT More than 1 year ago
Just Ask was an amazing read. I found that I couldn't put it down. I have read many of Melody Carlson's books and I haven't found one that I didn't like. Just Ask is about a teenage girl and the problems she faces. Her best friend is a Christian and sort of shoves Christianity down her throat sometimes. As a Christian this book really made me think about my spiritual life it also made me check myself. If you read the first one you can count on reading the second.
GExGE More than 1 year ago
wow where do i even start with this book? it was wonderfull. I am a christin already but this book showed me how much i was wasting God's awsomeness(is that a wrd?] to me. like to see how some was so lost and how God jst brought life to some ones' life. like was amazing to me like i cried every chapter of this book and it was jst wow... like i really cant wait to get book #2 i know that will jst pull me in... and if your a mother or father trying to get your child to belive in God or visa versa give it to them. this will true help some one who is lost. and hey parents of you wanna know whats up woth your child this is prob. one of the best ways to try to understand them and to push them to read give it some time... well g2g &&& stay frim in JESUS!!!!!!!
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KaylaMT More than 1 year ago
This is a well written book and i give it four stars. But i think it was wrong that Kims dad made a deal with her so she didn't tell her mom about the ticket she got. This book was an easy read. I fell through the book so fast, and the vocabulary was really easy. I highly recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Melody Carlson is an incredible writer and the Diary of a Teenage Girl series is really terrific, particularly Caitlin and Kim. Last year I was a Christian but my heart wasn't really committed to God 100%. Reading Carlson's books and about her characters gave me tons to think about, and once I was about halfway through the Kim series, I devoted myself to a real relationship and dedication to God. Like I said, I TOTALLY love Melody Carlson and her books, I've read all of the ones for teenage girls! :) I can't wait to read A Not So Simple Life! :D
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book was fantastic, it was like a very twisted love story. Also about friends and family and how far one would go to have everything perfect. Kim the 'Just Jamie' advice columnist realizes that she wants to become a Christian when her friends keep onto her about becoming one. Then she develops a huge crush on this guy in her art class named Mathew or MATT. While her friend Nat is obsessing over this guy Ceaser who just simply refuses to date anybody, Kim is secretly falling in love. It all started when Kim had gotten her driver's license. She got a speeding ticket of course and in order for her to keep her license, she made a deal with her dad. The deal was he wouldn't tell her mother if she would work as the advice columnist for her dad's paper. So she did and now she is trying to keep her identity as Jamie in the advice column a secret while battling a teenager's everyday drama. Then near the end, a tragic thing happens to Kim and shakes her whole world up. She finally has it all: great friends, good religion, and a new boyfriend, and then this tragedy happens. Kim's mom is diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and they are only giving her six months to live. In the end, Kim and Nat are praying and hoping that maybe this is something God planned to prove he does exist, because he will bring a miracle. Foreshadowing was a very big part of the book, because sometimes you can just predict what is going on by the very well detailed and describing paragraphs. It was very well written with a bunch of literary devices. An example of this would be when Kim's dad calls her during school one day about her mom's test. 'Your mom's test are done, he says in a voice that doesn't sound quite like him. 'Come over to the hospital, and we can talk.' I think that just by that line alone you can tell something bad has happened and there is tragedy ahead-- an example of foreshadowing. Another example about that same incident would be. ''What's wrong?' I ask again as I sit. 'It's serious, Kim.' His voice breaks, and he leans forward and puts his head into his hands and just starts to sob.' You can by just reading this paragraph tell that something is wrong and just know that something bigger is about to happen. You can just imagine with all the descriptive details what is happening. The best part of the book is when Kim falls in love with Mathew or MATT. This is because it's just like a little sweet love story. It is somewhat like what happens to us in real life, and you can just relate. There in my own opinion really is no bad part of the book it was all so good. I could not find anything wrong with it. Yes I would recommend this book to everybody I know that loves, real life drama and novels, and sweet love stories. It was an excellent book that I felt I could never put down, and feel that anyone else would enjoy it just as much as I did. Fantastic book and I look forward to reading another one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutly loved this book. I felt it was easy to relate to because I too am Asian, adopted, and in a school where I'm the only Asian and sort of a Miss-know-it-all perfectionist. It sent out a good message about faith and though sometimes when there seems to be no proof of some thing you just have to believe, also going back to the theory that believing is seeing, seeing isn't believing. It was a very inspirational book and if you know someone who is questioning their faith this is a perfect book for them to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just Ask by Melody Carlson is about Kim Peterson, a teenage girl, that doesn¿t really understand life. She got a speeding ticket and her parents told her that if she ever got a ticket, that she wouldn¿t be allowed to get her own car. Kim¿s father is an editor for a newspaper. Kim told her dad about the speeding ticket, although she still wanted a car of her own. Her dad asked if she wanted to make a deal that he wouldn¿t tell her mom about the ticket, if Kim would write an advice column for his newspaper. Kim really wanted a car, so she agreed. Kim¿s best friend, Natalie McCabe, is obsessed with Cesar. Cesar is a guy that Natalie likes, although she knows that he is determined not to date. Cesar and Kim are friends, and Natalie is jealous. Tiffany Knight, a girl that goes to school with Kim, died and all of the questions for the advice column were written about life and death. Cesar invited Kim to go to youth group with him, and after that Kim devoted her life to God, just like Cesar. How will things end up for Kim¿s stressed out life? One thing that I really liked about the book was how the chapters were broken up into days. I liked this because it showed how often Kim wrote in her diary. Another thing that I liked about Just Ask was that it was written in a diary tense. It had one narrator and was in first person the whole time. I didn¿t have any dislikes about this book. Just Ask is part of a series. It is the first book in the series of Kim. The people that would enjoy this book would most likely be teenage girls, because it is about life, God, and love. Most boys don¿t like to read those kinds of books because they think that they are girly. Melody Carlson is a good author, and I¿ve read a lot of her books before. All of her books are about teenage girls and their lives and God. Just Ask is a really good book to read and is worth every second to do so.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing book. It has inspired me so much! Actually, I enjoyed this book more than 'My Name Is Chloe' and 'Becoming Me.' But to the previous review about the 'too much Christain-ness.' Um, dude, Melody Carlson is an inspirational CHRISTAIN writer so of course she is going to write about Christain things. I mean, that is why ALL her books are in the CHRISTAIN section.
Guest More than 1 year ago
WOW... Talk about inspiring. I couldn't put this book down. I can't wait to get the other books of her and the other girls too!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book presents itself as a teen book. The first few pages are relatable and interesting - it encourages you to continue. After that however, the book bombards you with constant praises of 'Him' and Jesus and Christianity. I'm all for religious discussions, but the brief mention of Buddhism in the book does not make up for its evangelical viewpoint. A plot that could have been interesting but was ruined by the authors beliefs. She has supposedly written 90 books that recieved rave reviews - i've looked at them -and surprise suprise, they're all about Christianity!