Friday, February 15, 2008

On The Loose by Jenny B. Jones


The Back of the Book:

Six months into her stay with her foster parents, Katie Parker is finally adjusting to her new family. But after a tornado rips through the town of In Between, nothing is ever the same again. When her foster mom, Millie, is diagnosed with cancer, Katie begins to doubt if God really does care. What will happen to Katie? Could she possibly have to leave In Between and the family she's come to depend on? Things spiral even further out of control when Katie juggles a science fair project, a malfunctioning best friend, spring break plans, and holding the attention of her own Prince Charming. It's going to take more than a glass slipper and some fairy dust to fix Katie Parker's problems. But will help come in time?

My Thoughts:

This book is better than the first book! It has more action and drama than "In Between", and it has multiple layers. "On the Loose" will reach girls who are going through similar things with its message. If you're a girl in a tought situation with a boyfriend, or you are in a foster home situation, this book will enlighten and inspire you to think more about your life.

I myself have a pretty good life, and this book caused me to think about my own life and how I've been living it. Jenny B. Jones is a phenomenal writer and I want to read more of her writing. I hope to read the next book in this series, if I can get a copy!

Till then, hold my place for me!


Monday, February 11, 2008

Stuck in the Middle by Virginia Smith


From the Back Cover:

Joan Sanderson's life is stuck. Her older sister, Allie, is starting a family, and her younger sister, Tori, has a budding career.

Meanwhile, Joan is stuck at home with Mom and her aging grandmother. Not exactly a recipe for excitement--or romance. When a hunky young doctor moves in next door, Joan sets out to catch his eye.

But it won't be easy. Pretty Tori flirts relentlessly, and Joan is sure that she can't compete. But with a little help from God, Allie, and an enormous mutt with bad manners, Joan begins to find her way out of this rut and into the life she's been hiding from.

Book 1 of the Sister-to-Sister series, Stuck in the Middle combines budding romance, soul searching, and a healthy dose of sibling rivalry that is sure to make you smile.

"A gentle story of one young woman's season of growth, deftly blending the tangle of family relationships with gifts of whimsy and revelation. A joy to read."
--Sharon Hinck, author of Renovating Becky Miller and Symphony of Secrets

"Virginia Smith has created a charming and humorous novel that celebrates small-town life, generations of women caring for each other, and the value of finding a deeper, more active faith."
--Sharon Dunn, author of the Bargain Hunters mysteries

"This is so much more than a romantic chick-lit novel. This is a tale of the female dynamic in both the family and in the church, and it is powerfully written."
--Deena Peterson, book reviewer, A Peek At My Bookshelf

Virginia Smith is a writer of humorous novels, a speaker, and an avid scuba diver. She launched her career as a novelist with the release Just As I Am in 2006, and has been writing fiction ever since. She and her husband, Ted, divide their time between Kentucky and Utah, and escape as often as they can for diving trips to the Caribbean. Visit her website at www.VirginiaSmith.

My thoughts:
I think this book has made my day, because I'm the middle child in my family. So this hits home with me. This book makes you feel like you're Joan Sanderson and you get wrapped up in the drama that unfolds.

I know for a fact that I got wrapped up in it--I finished in two days! And that's a record for me! I can't wait until the next book comes out...

Till then, hold my place for me,


Thursday, February 7, 2008

In Between by Jenny B. Jones


The Back Of The Book:

Katie Parker knows life isn't fair. After all,when your mom's in jail and your dad's a no-show,you figure things aren't going your way. But hey,she can deal. Then she finds out she's being sent to live with a foster family-in In Between,Texas.

What kind of town has a name like In Between? And what kind of family wants a kid like her? One thing's for certain: None of this will be good. Sure enough-thanks to some new "friends" and her non-Mom's crazed mother, Mad Maxine-life sails right past bad to stinking.

Then again, she's jusst a temporary kid, they'er just temporary parents, and she definitely doesn't have any ideas about making any of this permanent. God,on the other hand, may have other plans altogether.

My Thoughts: This is one of the best books I have ever read. Jenny B. Jones has a way of writing that makes you feel like you are in the story and you're Katie Parker.

If you're like me, you will understand what Katie Parker is going through. Wanting to fit in with a group of kids that are not known for being good kids, Katie tries to do anything to stay with that group. She ends up being the one that's left holding the bag.

If you have trouble reading like I do, this is a great book for you. The writing is so creative, I can picture myself as the character in the book, which makes it so much easier for me to read the story and get it.

Not many authors can write like that, for me, but Jenny B. Jones is one I can read, understand, imagine, and enjoy.

I want to read the rest of the books in this amazing series. I want to see what else happens to Katie Parker and where her life goes from here.

Till then, save my place for me!


Wednesday, February 6, 2008

What I'm Reading Right Now


This is a book I will review soon

Friday, February 1, 2008

The Truth About Guys by Chad Eastham


The Back of the Book:

Okay, it's a fact. God made guys and girls different in more ways than just the physical. But how different could we really be? After all, we are all made in His image, right? Well, yes, but . . . Let's just say that guys and girls view the world in such different ways, that it's a miracle we communicate at all. What's worse is girls this age often think they know what makes guys tick and . . . that couldn't be more wrong!

Chad Eastham tells it like it is . . . to girls . . . from a guy's perspective. His stage presentation transfers beautifully into this book, putting the facts in black and white for girls to see. You think that short skirt says to guys, "I'm a fashion billboard!" Think again. Chad tells girls how guys see such fashion statements as advertising something completely different than a hip dresser. Chad wrings out every ounce of experience from his colorful life and uses it to help teens make informed choices.

My Thoughts: I think this book is amazing because, before I read it, I had no clue about a relationship I was in at the time. When I started reading this and heard Chad speak at Revolve, I realized I was doing everything wrong.

Afterward, I started to use what I was reading in my relationship. Although the relationship didn't work out (because of other things), it did help me realize what I wanted a guy to think about me. Not what my friends wanted, or what I thought the guy might want. But what I wanted.

So, now I make sure guys perceive that I'm a nice person, that I want to be friends first, and that I'm not the kind of girl that does "things", ya know?

Every girl should read Chad's book because he has been through so much; more than I or any other person can realize. But he has the courage to write a book like this for teen girls to help them avoid certain situations he knows a lot about.

I think every girl should buy this book. If you're in a relationship and it isn't going right, this book will help you and everyone else you know figure things out God's way.

Till then, hold my place for me,