Olive's best friend needs her now more than ever, but can she piece together everything in time to help him?
When an anonymous email circulates through Normandie High, everything Olive knows about her family, church, and friends will change. In the midst of controversy, Olive finds she has been entrusted to protect her best friend and his secrets, though revealing them would make her life much easier. Meanwhile, she struggles to figure out what the Bible teaches about homosexuality while the members of Revive church lobby accusations back and forth, threatening to cause a church split.
In a twist that even Olive couldn't anticipate, family relationships waiver as Olive tries to decode her mother's mysterious behavior. When the past stirs up new accusations against Olive's family, she learns that some secrets are more painful to reveal than others.
Though a helpful guy in Spanish class has her attention, Olive realizes that boy problems are the least of her worries. Can she balance drama, schoolwork, and still be the supportive friend and daughter God wants her to be?
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Kerfuffle, third book in the Desires & Decisions series by Kristin N. Spencer, continues the life of a young Christian teenager and her family. Even though there are two other books before this one, the author fills in enough background that the reader doesn't feel lost in a myriad of questions about the earlier stories. Olive Callis and her close friends, the Mashables, have entered high school and the adventures continue as well as some challenges. Amidst the fun of the homecoming game and dance Olive faces some changes in relationships and realizes her best friend is in a world of hurt. Can she be the support he needs? And what will that support look like? What does God's Word say? Will things ever get back to normal? She just knows that she wants to be a safe person for her friend. The author has tackled quite the controversial subject in this coming of age story. Homosexuality is often a subject that is glossed over in the Christian community as people find it uncomfortable and contentious but Spencer delves right in and portrays a strong scripturally based way for handling the issue. The characters are likable and real, with the foibles and flaws and their real-life challenges. I liked how Olive, even though she is a young teen, desires to follow Christ in every aspect of her life, as a daughter, a sister and a friend. What a good example that sets for not only young readers but those of us who are older. With the normal flow of family life and some twists and turns to the plot, this story moves quickly and keeps the reader's interest. I look forward to reading more from this author. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author via CelebrateLit. A favorable review was not required and opinions are my own. This review is part of a CelebrateLit blog tour.
Kerfuffle, in my opinion, is Kristin N. Spenser’s best book yet in her Desires & Decision series. I’ve enjoyed reading each of these books as they’ve come out, but this third one is my favorite. Olive is once again starting a new school and also starting her very first year of high school. Thankful, the Mashables, her quirky group of friends, are there loyally for each other. She’s forever grateful for them as problems seem to pop up right and left. Her mother’s photography business is failing, and Olive still struggles with knowing what to say around Dean after she made her decision to stop hanging out with him because he wasn’t a Christian. And then she is concerned for Adam, one of her best friends who has been acting strangely and has seemed so distant lately. Wow! I was not expecting some of the controversial topics that came up in this book, but I am very grateful the author decided to address them. Homosexuality is a topic that is so often avoided in the Christian church- except to say that it’s sin- which I think is the wrong approach to handling topics that we are not comfortable with. When Adam admits that he struggles with same-sex attraction, many in his church call for him and his family to leave the church. It does not matter to them that Adam has chosen not to live a gay lifestyle and is determined to continue serving the Lord despite his temptation. Olive and her brother James continue to stand by Adam, but they have a lot of questions. What does the Bible really say about homosexuality? How can they help Adam beside just in their prayers? While obviously those issues concern and worry Olive, she also has other things happening and we’re introduced to another character that I’m looking forward to seeing more of in upcoming books- Chance, a classmate in her Spanish class who calls her Carrots. The author writes in such an open manner that it’s impossible to really feel preached at or judged. These books come from her heart and are issues she’s passionate about, but she’s also open to talking and discussion- you can tell by her writing. If you’re curious at all about these subjects and seeing them through the eyes of a Christian teenager who’s struggling to understand them too, then this is the book for you to read. Kerfuffle was an excellent read, and I’m looking forward to seeing Olive’s story continued in the next book.