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Diary of a Teenage Girl: Becoming Me by Melody Carlson

Tuesday, October 11, 2011
In the fictional Diary of a Teenage Girl, sixteen-year-old Caitlin O'Conner reveals the inner workings of a girl caught between childhood and empty life without Christ and a meaningful one with Him. Through Caitlin's candid journal entries we see her grapple with such universal teen issues as peer pressure, loyalty, conflict with parents, the longing for a boyfriend, and her own spirituality. Readers will laugh and cry with Caitlin as she struggles toward self-discovery and understanding God's plan for her life. And they'll be deeply moved by her surprising commitment regarding dating.
About the Author:
Melody Carlson is an award-winning author of more than forty books for teens, women, and children. She enjoys an active lifestyle of hiking, skiing, and boating in the beautiful Oregon Cascade Mountains with her husband, two sons, and chocolate-colored lab.

Goodreads Summary

The best quality this book contains is the main character.  She was really easy to connect with, very likable.  She is brave and intelligent, she experiences a lot of "life" in the short span of this book; some of it is unfortunate, some is makes the reader cheer, and others are more neutral.  Caitlin is the readers' guide in the book, speaking in the first person-making it even easier to connect with her too.

It is hard not to experience everything through Caitlin's eyes as if it is happening to you too.  The author manages to make each scene and feeling dynamic and all to real.  She questions God, after all what kind of a God would let some of these events happen to her?  Her father has an affair, her crush falls in love with her best friend, etc...  Rather than petty, Caitlin's feelings come across as raw and unhurried.  The reader doesn't get overly involved with secondary characters, but in this novel that kind of quality would simply bog the plot down. 

This book is fairly fast-paced, there is plenty of action/drama/intrigue, and the ending isn't really an ending-perfect.  This book is recommended for young adults/teens.

4 Stars

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