Trouble in My Way

Trouble in My Way

by Michelle Stimpson
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Trouble in My Way by Michelle Stimpson


If she hadn't snooped into Karis's diary, she would never have found out that Karis went to a boy's house without permission. Now Karis is grounded, which means no modem, no iPod...and no cell phone. There's just no way a cute, popular, high-schooler can survive being cut off from the world, so Karis is forced to sneak around behind her mother's back. But the way she's acting makes Karis feel guilty — even if it is her mom's fault — and she doesn't like the feeling.

Her scheming is starting to cause other problems, too. Borrowing a friend's cell phone has turned into a catastrophe that may break up her oldest friendship, and the cutie she met after driver's ed is acting a little scary. Will the faith her mother has taught her be enough to help her find her way through this trouble...and show both the world and herself that she's a stronger, better person than even she ever knew?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416586685
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: 11/18/2008
Edition description: Original
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Michelle Stimpson is an educational consultant who lives outside Dallas with her husband and two children. She has also served as part of the writing and editing team of Heartbeat magazine, a publication of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship Church in Dallas.

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Trouble in My Way 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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KLBCHOICES More than 1 year ago
Karis Reed went to a guy's house without her mother's permission and she wrote about it in her journal. Janice Reed found out about her daughter's little visit and she was not pleased. She did not hesitate to ground Karis for being with this guy in his home without adult supervision. Karis felt the punishment she received was unfair, so she decided she was going to do what her mother told her not to. She soon dealt with feelings of guilt, followed by one problem after the next. Karis thought she was always being punished because of the mistakes her mother had made as a teenager, as if her disobedience had nothing to do with it. For a good while there it was obvious she had no clue how to take responsibility for her actions. Instead of seeing her part, the problems in her life were always someone else's fault. Yes, there were times when her parents blamed her for things she did not do and that was unfair, but she brought it on herself with all of the scheming and dishonesty. It became difficult for her parents to believe her even when she was telling the truth. Karis kept a journal and that helped her to cope with life's situations; especially when she had no friends to reach out to. But when she learned to take her issues to God and to pray for others she began to care about making better choices, honoring her mother and becoming a person of integrity. Trouble in My Way is Stimpson's first young adult novel. She did a really good job! I loved the story, mostly because it made me laugh.
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MichelleSutton More than 1 year ago
Trouble in My Way is a thoroughly engrossing and realistic portrayal of how young people often see nothing wrong with bending the rules and trying to weasel out of punishment. I loved how the entire story was told from Karis's point of view. Karis doesn't see her faults, and compared to many kids, she really is pretty good. But she still finds trouble even when she tries to behave. She simply can't stand to be grounded all the time, so she sneaks behind her mother's back and does what she wants to do despite the restrictions. I did the very same thing when I was a teen. The more my parents tried to chokehold me, the harder I fought to get free. This is one of the reasons I don't do this with my teens, and you know what? They are really good kids. So being harder isn't always better. Listening is important as is praising them when they do the right thing. But I digress.

Karis reminds me so much of when I was young. Because when you're a teen think you know everything, but you are really quite naive. You think your decision is always the right one, but you only see one side of every issue. The author does a great job portraying the mother/daughter tension and the issues that come from being a child with divorced parents. I have seen this same scenario many times when counseling teens. The parents continue to tighten the screws and the teens just keep fighting everything. Unfortunately this oftentimes makes things worse. Like when Karis started to believe she might as well do the unthinkable since her mom always seems to think it of her anyway. Only Karis really did try to be good. And she prayed and did have faith. But when she put herself in difficult circumstances, she had to fight to keep safe. The world is a dangerous place, and Karis discovered that truth the hard way.

In the midst of her struggles, Karis learns some tough lessons. I love how the author let that play out so naturally that teen readers will have the benefit of learning the same lessons without getting themselves in the same situations that Karis had. The characterization was flawless, too. I remember the days when all that mattered was the guy was cute. The rest was irrelevant. But we adults all know many young people who married those messed up, but very good-looking men and they totally ruined their lives. That message is portrayed very well in this story, too. I highly recommend this book because unlike many YA novels, this one offers hope and shows how faith can make all the difference to
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Karis is a sixteen year old girl who is struggling with her mother's trust. She has done a lot of things that has been getting her in trouble lately. Her mother is a very Godly woman. Who cares a lot about her religion and her daughter. Karis's mother wants the best for her daughter and she doesn't want her to end up like her. How she got pregnant at a very young age. She wants her to do the right thing and to make something of her life. In this book it shows to teens that you can't always have it your way. And you should think before you do things, because you will eventually pay the price. Trouble in my Way was one of Stimpsons first young adult novels. I love the story it was really great and gave great detail. I recommend young adults to read this book, because they can learn a lot from this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Terrible writing job