Missy Keiser and her older brother Robby and their younger sister Crystal are returning to their island home of Florida after their mother breaks up with her most recent boyfriend. Robby is a loner and Crystal is so young she doesn’t remember it. Missy doesn’t want to go back to her previous school because the students there bullied her. She is able to reconnect with her friend Julie, and she meets a new boy next door. Surprisingly, when Missy goes to the school, she is treated as a typical student, and the most popular boy in school befriends her. She is never sure if they are “dating,” but she enjoys the attention he and his popular friends give her. Missy thinks she has it all until a devastating loss forces her to accept Jesus into her life and to learn to forgive herself, as God would forgive her.
Written for teens, this book covers the gamut of issues they face: loss, dysfunctional family, bullying, the need to fit in, and drugs/alcohol. It is a tough story that is more serious than fun, but it is an excellent read. Christian values are apparent in the story, and we see the struggles that Christian teens face as well as others. Readers who are not Christian can certainly take lessons from the book as well, but it certainly makes one pause and think about accepting Christ into our lives. In short, I highly recommend this book to anyone who is a teen or who works with teens. The story is well-written and hits home with its message.
Because this book deals with mature themes, it is suggested for adults and older teens
Rated PG-13: This book deals with bullying, drug abuse, and teen suicide.
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Jen is a lifelong book lover. When she is not working or sleeping, she can usually be found reading something. Nothing makes her happy like snuggling up on the couch with a good book, a blanket, and her Labrador Retriever, Daisy. She loves mysteries and suspense, but will happily read just about any genre. She refers to her love of books as a “sickness,” and has stacks and stacks of books waiting in the wings to be read. Jen is a strong supporter of her local library and highly encourages others to support their libraries.
When not reading, Jen can be found crafting, playing with Daisy, volunteering, or spending time with her friends. Jennifer is married and lives with her husband Steve, her cat Roberta, and Daisy in North Canton, OH.