Feb 23, 2010

Book Review: Anything But Normal by Melody Carlson

"If Carrie Anne didn't still have such a ridiculous crush on Dylan, Sophie would talk to her about this whole thing. But as it was, Sophie didn't dare mention a thing. She couldn't imagine how Carrie Anne would react. In fact, she didn't want to know. Maybe it was a relief that Dylan was dumping her after all - make that he'd already dumped her but just hadn't bothered to send her the memo. Oh, why had she come up here today?" Anything But Normal, pg. 21.

Sophie Ramsay should be having the time of her life. She is a senior in high school. She has finally received the coveted position of Chief Editor for the school paper. A great guy has a huge crush on her. She has a gaggle of good Christian girlfriends at her side. But Sophie isn't feeling at the top of the world. She's holding a secret that is about to destroy life as she knows it. Sophie throws herself into her journalism, but her op/ed piece stirs up a hornets nest of controversy, and causes Sophie to get near people she has always looked down upon. Will she ever survive this? Will one wrong choice ruin her life forever?

Melody Carlson does a great job talking about some very sensitive issues for teenage girls. She doesn't condone sin in the book, but she shows how mercy and grace can be used in a correct way. Forgiveness is the way of Christ. We've all been through situations where we've made a wrong choice. Melody's characters are no different. I liked the way that Carlson took us through the inner turmoil that Sophie faced, not only while she held her secret close to heart, but also once her Christian friends got wind of it. Sometimes, I think that Christians have a harder time forgiving one of their own. This book deals with that concept as well. I believe this book will open the eyes of Christian teen girls.

Available now at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

(I received a complimentary copy of the book for the purpose of review.)

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