by Rektok Ross


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It was supposed to be Lexy Quinn's year.

The hard-working wallflower has finally landed the coveted spot as Editor of her school's newspaper. Then the rug is ripped out from under her when she finds out her mom is sick, and the family is moving half-way across the country to Preston Hills, Texas. Lexy can't think of a worse place to be than at a school full of snobby rich kids where she'll have to start all over to get people to notice her writing, or-who is she kidding?-notice her at all.

When the most swoon-worthy boy in town, who also happens to be the jock celebrity quarterback, gives her an exclusive interview, Lexy's life takes an unexpected turn. Ash Preston is the perfect guy and, even better, he sees Lexy as she wants to be seen. But can she trust him?

PRODIGAL is a different kind of love story, where faith, romance, and God converge . . . and it just might change the way you look at your life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780988256811
Publisher: Rektok Ross Publishing
Publication date: 01/31/2013
Pages: 338
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.76(d)
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

Rektok ROSS is the author of the debut novel PRODIGAL. Rektok graduated college with a degree in journalism, which has since been forsaken in favor of fiction writing. Rektok likes all animals, a good underdog story, and dessert at every meal. Rektok currently resides in California.

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Prodigal 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Prodigal is the story of Lexy, a high school student who moves from Georgia to Texas just before her senior year of high school.  She must say goodbye to friends and neighbors and forfeit her new role as Editor of the school paper - after finally achieving the coveted position.  The reason behind the sudden move is a double whammy - her Mom is sick and wants the care of a specialist in Houston.  This is not a spoiler - these bombshells come in the first few pages of Chapter One.  Lexy is forced come to terms with her Mom's illness while navigating the rough waters of high school.  Her senior year is seasoned with first love, second chances., and lessons in perseverance, forgiveness, and faith.  Lexy's story is an authentic description of life's surprises, and it is an uplifting tale of mercy and redemption. Prodigal is unlike any coming-of-age novel I have read - the characters are complex, the conflicts are true to life, and the spiritual lives of the teens are inspiring.  The book is very well written, fast paced and stays with you long after the story is over.  Any reader from teenage on up will find it easy to read and impossible to forget. One thing I loved about Prodigal: a few of the characters attend church, draw strength from Scripture and profess their faith as the plot unfolds.  This aspect of teenage life is absent from most novels, but is a real phenomenon: Christians do come in all ages.  As a Believer myself, it was refreshing to see a Youth Group mentioned in dialog and a church parking lot as a setting.   It is not heavy handed preaching or an unimportant afterthought - the manner in which Lexy's friends ministered to her was a sincere act of love and friendship toward someone who is suffering.   They shared their belief in God, and it was both surprising and wonderful.  Again: this is not Bible thumping, tract distributing, street corner preaching... it is presented as a resource a few characters draw upon to find peace at an awkward age in a troubled time.   - Kris from The Book Beacon
sandyemerson More than 1 year ago
'Prodigal' was a carefully woven faith-based story about a girl learning to cope with the loss of a loved one in her life. Now I don't usually read faith-based novels, but every now and then I'll read a summary and think I'll enjoy it...and as long as it's not riddled with bible stories and such (where it feels like the author's trying to teach me something) then I give it a go.  Anyway, I was given an arc of this some time ago and I decided to read it while I had the chance. And I have to say I was glad I did. There was something almost natural about the way some of the bible stories were written into the book.  Sometimes when tragedy hits your life, you ask the question of why?  People deal with it different ways, but it seemed so natural that Lexy started asking questions about faith and God.  Yeah, I have a squeamish feeling in my stomach even writing about God, but there you have it, because I was very impressed with this book.  The story line, even though I've read a similar plot before, was done so well it didn't matter.  I could relate to the story line - mainly because I lost my father about a month ago.  I felt Lexy's pain -with not only the loss of her loved one, but also with the other dramas she had in her life. Prodigal was such a fun novel, but also a sad one at times.  It made me cry anyway.  That's another thing I liked about this book - the range of emotions it made me feel.  It made me laugh, cry and want to throw things.  The writing made it that way - just like the characters did. Lexy was a girl who had left everything behind and had to start fresh because of it.  She handled almost seamlessly.  Was she perfectly behaved?  Nah, but she wasn't a snarky cow either.  I think she was very pragmatic.  She was likable and relatable in the way she dealt with things.  She didn't become instantly popular, but neither was she immediately disliked.  And that's what I liked.  She was real. Every now and then I'll come across a boy main character who deserves to be crush-worthy and I think Ash was.  Sure, he was the hottest, sexiest, blah, blah , blah around, but he was also a spineless coward some of the time.  His reasons for this were sound, even if his beliefs were not ... and I'm not talking about religion here.  He was so well loved that his sister had his back and I liked that.  It was so nice to see a normal brother/sister relationship.  Sure, brothers and sisters fight when they're children, but most of the time they get along.  I know I did with my brother. And the secondary characters were done really well, especially Blythe. I really loved her transition during the story.  She was developed in such a way that my thoughts of her had completely turned around by the time I had finished 'Prodigal'.  My compliments to Rektok for having the skill to change my mindset about a character. The only thing I didn't like about 'Prodigal' was that I felt some of scenes could have been fleshed out more.  Some of the more serious parts felt like they had just been skimmed over and it would have been a lot more moving if they had been better developed.  All in all, though, this was an absolutely fantastic faith-based read. I would recommend this to anyone who likes general fiction, although it wouldn't suit someone who absolutely loathed religion in their books.  It might just drive you nuts.   Book review done by Sandy at Magical Manuscripts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't believe the effect this book had on me. I was just going to read a few chapters before bed and I ended up staying up all night/morning to finish it. The story sucks you in. It was totally heart warming and heart wrenching all at the same time. Lexy is such a wonderful character. Her family dynamics were intriguing to read about. Especially her relationship with her mom. I don't want to give away too much. I don't think I've been so emotionally invested in a book/character in a long time, maybe ever. Ross is a beautiful storyteller. She builds such rich and dynamic characters you can't help but love them, or hate them (read: Blythe). I felt every bit of emotion Lexy did as well as Ash. He was one of the most intriguing male leads I've read about in quite sometime. What he went through was horrendous and the fact he blames himself speaks volumes to why he acted the way he did. That's too much burden for one person to carry. I'm not a religious person even though I grew up in the church. At first I was a little taken aback by the Christian undertones because I'm bit skeptical of it all. But the more I read the more I felt my own heart opening up and my mind was definitely opening up as well. The book is never preachy, which would have totally turned me off. But it does send a clear message about faith and how a relationship with God can enlighten you in so many ways. It still has my mind reeling. I actually look forward to rereading this book. I enjoyed the story of Lexy so much. I also admire Ross for writing a coming of age story that wasn't rich with sexual undertones. As much as I enjoy the sexual undertones, being an adult and all, it's good to know the actual young adult readers can have something to turn to that isn't all about sex. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has lost their way in life and needs a reminder about having a little faith. You won't be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a romance to recommend without reservation to young teens! I haven't been a teen for a lot of years, but I completely enjoyed Prodigal. Lexie Quinn has more problems than any high school senior should have to deal with, but deal she does and her aplomb is admirable. The story has enough Bible injected to drive home its points without being preachy. Kudos to Rektok Ross and we'll be watching for more good writing from this author.
SabTheBookEater More than 1 year ago
Fun facts before reading my review:  1. I'm a religious person. I'm not overly zealous but I love my faith enough to keep practicing it until the day I die (bit dramatic there are we). Even if that's the case, I'm not the type who often reads books with religious undertones because I feel like some books can be a bit preachy.  2. I read this book from 7PM to 4AM STRAIGHT. I haven't done that. Ever. 3. I think Ash is such a great name for the male lead. It's perfect for him - beautiful with a bit of mystery. I was in love with him the moment I read that his name's Ash. Please let me find an Ash. LOL. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book! I was engrossed from beginning to end. I think the biggest reason why I enjoyed this book is the pacing. I love it when a book is able to cover a long span of time without hurting the quality of storytelling. I think Ross did a wonderful job at setting the pace for the book. The beginning alone was told in a pace that was just right, so I was able to get into the story faster. Some parts were told in detail while some were merely part of the narration, but still contributed to the overall flow of the story. I also liked how real the characters felt - and that's also one of the reasons why I wasn't so bugged out by the religious aspect of the book. I can just imagine how the characters would say their lines if they were real people. Even Blythe's insults and snarky comments weren't over the top unlike in some stories. Everybody was believable. Now let's talk about the protagonist: Lexy. She's smart but she's pretty clueless about boys. I mean, come on! Ash Preston is basically making time for you, and you know it's not just about the interview anymore, do you even wonder if he likes you? But that was case for the first half of the book. The rest of it - when she did realize that Ash had a thing for her - got more complicated and I don't want to spoil for you. Heh. Lexy's character may be a wallflower on the outside but inside, she's really something. She's a nerd who really goes after what she wants for her future and I really like that about her. It's very rare to read about female protagonists in a school setting who are more bent on getting her choice career track than getting the school's star player. I like that despite becoming a somebody in school, she didn't lose sight of who she really is - she remained a nerd I love that. What I didn't like about her though is the way she handled her mother's illness. It kind of bothered me that she didn't react the way a normal person would if they'd find out one of their family members have cancer. She still went out a lot and it seemed like her love life troubled her more than her mom being sick. Eh? I know some of you might get turned off by the religious aspect but trust me, it's not enough for this book to be characterized as religious fiction. Ross just made a few references to God and a parable (Prodigal Son) but it wasn't as if it was the central theme of the book. I think it's cool how Lexy was able to get a bit of clarity with the help of going to Church and reading about God and whatnot but it didn't instantly make her life better like magic. It just made her see things differently, and I think it's one of the most truthful things about religion in general. And this is what I was saying earlier - the characters seemed real, so when they said stuff like, "Maybe God has a plan for you." it didn't feel preachy to me. I don't think it's because I'm religious and I'm surrounded by religious people so hearing lines like that is pretty normal to me. If it feels preachy, it feels preachy - in books and in real life. Prodigal wasn't like that. To me, it was Ross was able to incorporate religious references into the YA storyline smoothly. The only thing I didn't like was the time it took for the Lexy-Ash issue to get resolved. At some point I felt so upset because of the conflict that I felt my heart beat uncontrollably like I'm the one experiencing it (dramatic much). For a reader to be affected like that, that's got to be great writing, right? Trouble was, the resolution happened in the last 3 percent of the book. I kept checking the location map on my Kindle app because I was starting to panic. I almost felt like they weren't getting a happily ever after but once they did, I felt really relieved and satisfied with how it turned out. Overall, Prodigal is definitely a must read. It's refreshing, written beautifully with a great set of characters and a storyline that will get you hooked from the very first chapter till the end. Hey, any book that gets me reading for hours straight is surely great one! For those of you wondering why on earth there's a sheep on the cover, here's my take on it: The Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32), the Bible verse Ash writes on his palm during games, has many versions with the same theme of loss and redemption. One of which is the Parable of the Lost Sheep. Perhaps that's why they used a sheep on the cover. Thoughts?
Satcha_Pretto More than 1 year ago
“Prodigal” takes you on a rollercoaster of emotions!  I read the entire book on a flight from New York to London over the Christmas break. At first I thought I would read a couple of chapters and then watch a movie, but I could not put it down for one second.  The story was so enthralling that I didn’t even nap!   Although I am not the target audience of the writer, I was able to thoroughly enjoy the plot and travel back in time to my high school years.  The author makes it easy for you to fall in love with the main character – Lexy -   as she is imperfect in all the many ways we once were, and sometimes still are. I laughed, loved and even cried with the  teenager. Towards the middle of the book, the author - Rektok Ross - manages to take you on one heck of an emotional ride.  When you least expect it, she hits you hard with a powerful curve ball that can only be compared to the hard knocks real life gives you from time to time.  It was a bit embarrasing to have to wipe off the tears in the middle of my flight, but it was also delightful to be so moved by a book. I highly recommend “Prodigal,” regardless of your age.  You will be glued to it until the very end.
Mallory_SupernaturalFan More than 1 year ago
Review of Prodigal by Rektok Ross 4 stars “Prodigal” is sort of a Cinderella tale, with Biblical underpinnings. Seventeen-year-old Alexandra “Lexy” Quinn has finally achieved the coveted Editor’s position on her high school newspaper in Atlanta, when her life is upended. Her mother has been diagnosed with a rare form of blood cancer, and to get treatment, the family must move to Texas. Now Lexy is the new kid in school, in senior year, and can’t be slotted into the journalism or creative writing classes, or find a place on the school newspaper. Celebrity journalism is her desire, and she needs a college scholarship, so she really needs that extracurricular journalism venue. The daughter of the wealthiest family in town dumps on her on the first day, first class hour; and her brother, whom nobody seems to really like, other than admiring his football feats, is the person Lexy is asked to interview—if she can manage that exclusive interview, she just might get on the school paper staff.  But Ash is very withdrawn about his personal life, and the fact that he is a Christian and Lexy has been raised by two non-churchgoers sets up obstacles. Adding to it is the fact that he is gorgeous and she considers herself a wallflower. The bottom line is that Lexy must either learn to see herself as Ash sees her, and to understand that all things in life are part of a plan, including her mother’s ill health; or continue to perceive herself as an outsider, whose only talent is writing, and as a child misunderstood by her father and unable to meet his expectations. I reviewed a complimentary copy received via NetGalley.
BailsChris More than 1 year ago
I adore sheep. LOL I know what you are thinking. Sheep are sheep. But seriously, after you get to pet a lamb, you'll love sheep too. I have to admit that the first reason I even looked at this book is because there was a sheep on the cover. Boy am I glad that I followed my instinct and read the book. It was great. (By the way, no, I am not a sheep lady -- the sheep version of a cat lady. Just thought I'd clarify.) Prodigal by Rektok Ross really caught me off guard. First of all, because it wasn't overly preachy. You know what I mean. When God becomes a figure in a novel or plays a part, it typically becomes some 'holier-than-thou-art' sort of novel. The fact that it wasn't that type of story really endeared me to it. This book is the story of Lexy Quinn when her world is turned upside down by the fact that her mother is diagnosed with cancer and they have to move to be closer to her doctor. Things only seem to be getting worse when she finds herself attending a school that seems to have a designer dress code. No one is the "normal" that Lexy is used to and her clothes seem to only make her stand out more. Going from the girl that no one noticed to the girl that everyone seems to talk to is hard for her to grasp. Little does she know that her journey has just begun. Lexy is a very true to life main character. I don't know if I could be as forgiving as she is, especially towards her family who was constantly trying to shield her from how sick her mom is. Of course, I've never experienced a mother dying from cancer but I think my family would let me know just how bad everything might be. One thing I love about Lexy is the fact that she is willing to look beyond how much her mom is suffering or live her life because her mom asks her to. I can understand the guilt, the anger, the happiness, and the emptiness that she seems to experience. She is very relatable for me, although a little frustrating at times, and I think I would've handled exactly like she did. It's funny how much clearer everything is when you aren't the one experiencing it. I find it easy to get frustrated and I frequently grumble at the choices of the characters because I know that decisions can only lead to heartbreak or happiness. It's hard watching characters you love experience it too. Dear Ash, You suck.Sincerely,Bailee I wish that was all that I had to say about the love interest of the story but that would be unfair of me to simply leave it at that. Ash, oh Ash, why must you be so beautifully frustrating? I can't decide whether to knee you or kiss you. Anyways... It's the complex characters that often become the greatest source of my hair pulling and he most certainly is complex. At first, he seems to be the guy that everyone hates and they bad mouth him behind his back. Or that's what you're supposed to think. It turns out that gossip sucks, people who are friends can suck, and the guy you like can suck too. Yup, that covers it. Ash is really a sweet, misunderstood, guilt ridden guy who deserves some happiness in his life. Who better to give it to him than Lexy, right? If only life was that easy. It seems like from the first time they "hang out", their relationship is doomed to fail. Lexy can't commit and Ash won't talk. Well, that's not true. He flirts. Which is swoon worthy by the way. If Ash would stop brooding, I would lock him away and keep him to myself. Seriously though, he is probably one of my favorites. He has a complex history, conflicting emotions, and definitely doesn't realize how much his actions hurt (that's where the kneeing comes into play). But he is so sweet and handsome, and smart and handsome, and smooth and handsome. You see where I am going right? Somedays I wish being smart ;) could cancel out all the stupid boy behavior. Again, this is why these characters are very real to life. We have a Duckie in this novel. If you don't know what a Duckie is, then go watch Pretty in Pink and basically all other John Hughes films. The Duckie, according to Bailee, is the wonderful Brian. He is friend-zoned from the beginning and he had no hope of truly getting the girl of his dreams. It's true that he doesn't give into the temptation of helping Lexy find her way into Ash's heart but rather keeps stoically appearing throughout the novel. I personally love Brian. He's attractive, nice (which is boring, by the way), and the only real friend Lexy has at the beginning of the novel. This is why he is friend-zoned. I love how naive Lexy is at the beginning of the story about men and how they work, sadly Brian fell victim to this innocence. But I still think he is a great friend and a worthwhile love interest, just not for the main character. The story held backstabbing friends and I won't tell you who they are, hateful popular girls and you'll know by the second chapter, and strong family ties that can't be broken. This story is awesome. Go read it. It's not a preachy Christian novel that makes you slam the book shut and never touch it again. I adore it. It's a beautiful story. I'm saying that you should read because it's awesome, not because I'm trying to convert you to loving the Bible. I'm recommending this. So, check it out!
princess_sara More than 1 year ago
I would like to thank the author for giving me this book in exchange for an honest review. I am glad I took the time to read this book. The characters frustrated me and I wanted to scream sometimes. But in the end there were a few good messages to be learned. One, being not to quick to judge, and two, forgiveness. This book is about Lexy. She finds out just before her senior year that her mom has cancer, and that they are moving to Texas so they are closer to treatments. She was going to be the editor for the school paper, and now those dreams are ruined and her new school has no room for her in any of the classes for the newspaper. Her struggle to still get involved in writing sends her on a journey of discovery. Her "in" is granted if she can get an interview with Ash Preston. He is a senior quarterback for another school. I guess the schools are not enemies. Anyway...the interview is not going as she plans, and she starts to fall for Ash despite his avoidance of the exclusive he promised her. But life is not easy for either of them and roadblocks are thrown in their way. A very rocky, misunderstood relationship ensues. I found Lexy to be very stubborn, hot tempered, and sometimes clueless. But she did grow on me as her story progressed. She just drove me crazy with not listening to Ash, and running off with letting him explain. She learned a lot along the way and said it best when she told discovered, "The only person I can change is me." And Ash. I really liked Ash. I knew there was more to him that just needed discovered. But he also upset me a few times, especially near the end. In the end he finally pulls through for himself and for Lexy. I found this to be a great story with a message everyone can learn from. We not only need to forgive others, but also ourselves.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
It's Lexy Quinn's senior year in Georgia. She is to be the editor of the school paper, and has plans to go on to be a journalist after graduation. Suddenly, her family is moving to Texas and she has to start all over in a new high school, with no friends, no school paper, lost in a sea of strangeness, feeling more than a little sorry for herself. To make things even worse, Lexy's mom is sick with cancer and she isn't close with either her father or her older brother. When Lexy gets a chance to 'try out' for the school paper, she jumps on it, convincing the hottest guy around to let her interview him. Ash Preston seems almost perfect to Lexy, he even returns Lexy's feelings. Or does he? On again, off again, like a light switch, these two seem to either care deeply or back WAY off. Throughout the story, there are several kids who try to help Lexy by telling about forgiveness, faith, things happening for a reason we cannot understand, but that God does. Now, before you say, "Aha! A religious book!" Nope, this is a young adult romance, coming of age story where a teen learns to look beyond herself to grow. There is nothing preachy here, Lexy's friends are genuine in their faith, but not overpowering in this well-written YA read. I'm impressed with the author's ability to blend everything together seamlessly! Lexy is an amazing young woman who was just a little overwhelmed for a time, but learned to ask for help in learning to forgive and overcome obstacles in her path! This ARC edition was provided by Ic13 Books and Goodreads in exchange for an honest review!
DocG1 More than 1 year ago
I would consider myself to be a book snob of sorts, but not because I'm a snob, more so because I feel as though my time is the most valuable commodity I possess.  When I choose a book, I am giving my most valuable possession to enjoy the book; my time.  I am a 31 year old man and I am definitely a "dude", so when I read the back cover of the book, I almost instantly put the book back down.  Like any good book, I decided to let the first few pages speak for themselves.  It didn't take long before the first few pages quickly escalated into 47 pages.  I commend the author for her blatant talents and abilities to not only grasp the subject matter, but writing it in a manner that is not only easy to read, but compelling enough to make me WANT to read more.  The story is very powerful and really gives you a first hand view into the world of a high school girl.  This is a world I would have otherwise never been privy to and otherwise would not have cared much about.  The trials and tribulations were all very realistic and my favorite part was the multi-faceted storyline that involves love, loss, and emotions, but more importantly the true strength of friendship and survival.  I think the most unique aspect of the book is the religious undertone.  In fact, it took me a bit to realize this was a major portion of the book, but I like that it wasn't a blanket topic that was force fed and overshadowed the rest of the book.  It was wonderfully written and an excellent read for all ages and demographics.  
RebeccaCharlesworth More than 1 year ago
Once I started I couldn't put it down. It was a brilliant book with story lines that kept me hooked! I literally cried, laughed and cringed! The only thing that let it down for me was the religious aspect of the book but this is just my personal opinion and I do think that others will understand this and even like the inclusion of faith. Lexi the main character is your typical heroine, she is unpopular, clumsy and does not have much self esteem but she does have a certain likability about her and you soon find yourself begging for everything to go her way. There are two love interests in this book but you just know which one she is going to get with even from the start of the book. All in all a brilliant read and I look forward to reading more from this author. I received this book on an R2R basis