Diary of a Teenage Girl
When I received an invitation to review this book, I couldn't believe my luck! The original Diary of a Teenage Girl book by Melody Carlson was available for review? Of course I immediately requested it, and after much impatient waiting my paperback arrived. I read through it much faster than most review books; I wasn't disappointed. The great reviews and talk surrounding this book are definitely earned.
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Just like her other books, Melody Carlson deals with important but touchy and often taboo topics. Issues teenagers deal with on a daily basis, from the minefield of friendships and popularity to the often ignored problem of teen pregnancy, are brought into the light rather than tiptoed around. Carlson writes clearly but kindly, not avoiding or celebrating the sins and struggles mentioned.
The characters are easy to believe for the most part, and readers can definitely relate to them. The storyline isn't dramatized past reality, but it isn't simple or flat, either. In this book, realness is key. Real Christianity versus tradition. Real friendship versus popularity. Real relationships versus using people to get what you want. I give this book five stars, and hope to see the next installment available for review as well.
I received this book for free through Glass Road Public Relations in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.