10/11/2011

Diary of a Teenage Girl

Becoming Me
Melody Carlson
Fiction/Teen

Caitlin O'Connor is invisible, at least she feels that way until she is noticed by Jenny, one of the "in crowd" girls.  After Jenny befriends Caitlin, she finds that her old best friend doesn't seem to fit in with this new crowd and she starts avoiding her.  Big mistake!  Caitlin finds out that hanging with the in crowd is much harder than just being herself, there is so much pressure, worrying about what to wear, and if certain people are noticing you (aka boys) the pressure is fierce.  Her grades slip, her whole world becomes all about her.  And when she finally slows down, she realizes her family is in crisis.  Her dad is not coming home, and her mom is crying a lot.  A visit to her dad's office reveals there is another woman.  OH my word, how does this happen to a family who attends church each week?  Caitlin is so angry with her father, all his advise about dating and boys just is filed away as garbage, after all, he is not being true to his marriage vows why should she listen to him? 
Boys, that is a whole other issue, it would seem her friend Jenny's boyfriend is noticing Caitlin way too much, which is causing issues, and it is bad because Caitlin really likes him.  A ski trip with his church youth group finds Caitlin being used, and she doesn't like that, it is time to get serious about life, she cannot go on this way. 
A new church, and a new youth group is turning out to be the answers she needs, but tragedy strikes in the form of a school shooting, costing the new youth pastor his life.  Will everything ever go back to normal? 
A great book about the issues teens deal with.  This book really addresses the deep things concerning dating, relationships and sex.  A good read for all teen girls.  4 stars!

This book was provided for review purposes only by Glass Roads Media Group, no payment was received for this review.

About the author:

Melody Carlson published her first book in 1995 and she has been writing prolifically ever since. To date, Melody has published over 200 books, making her one of the top 20 most prolific authors of all time. With total sales of over 1.4 million her award-winning books include: Homeward, Love Finds You in Sisters, Oregon; Limelight; the Diary of a Teenage Girl series; the True Colors series; and the Charter House Girls series.
In her professional life, Melody has worn many hats: from pre-school teacher to political activist to senior editor. Currently, she writes full-time, and freelances from her home. She has two grown sons and lives in Sisters, Oregon with her husband, Chris, and Bailey, her chocolate lab. They enjoy skiing, hiking, and biking in the beautiful Cascade Mountains.

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