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by Laura L. Smith
May, 2010/176 pages/$12.99
Laura Smith remembers what it's like to be a teen girl. Hot captures the emotions and struggles of teenagers in the area of dating. Lindsey is a beautiful girl who feels invisible at home due to her rebellious sister's actions which take all of their parents' attention and energy. She attends the youth group at a local church with her good friend but is still lonely. All of the guys she has met seem to want only one thing, and she longs for someone to look beyond her physical beauty and love her for who she is on the inside. When she bumps into Noah at school, a guy she's only seen across the room at youth group, she is drawn to his kindness and self-confidence, and when he asks her out, she is thrilled. As they become closer and her home becomes tenser, Lindsey must decide whether to turn to God or Noah for comfort. What will it cost her?
This novel is an excellent portrayal of the temptations and struggles teens (even, and maybe especially, Christian teens!) face. The pull and tug of the desires that war within Lindsey's heart are realistically depicted, as are the consequences of wrong choices and the conviction of the Holy Spirit.
This is a must-read for teen girls. If you teach or parent teen girls, you will want to grab a copy of this book for them. A free Discussion Guide is available for download from the publisher, making this an ideal book for a teen book club or study.
ABOUT THE BOOK (from the publisher):
Lindsey feels alone, like no one truly understands her. That is, until she meets Noah, who possesses a calm self-confidence that Lindsey craves. But what price will she pay to escape to the comfort of Noah’s soft words and strong arms?
This novel uses the power of story to challenge teens to discover the relevance of faith. Young adults will identify with Lindsey’s feelings of insecurity and uncertainty. Promoting a personal trust in God, this story awakens the imagination through personal discovery, dynamic characters, and unexpected plot twists.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Laura Smith graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Upon graduation, she moved to Atlanta to pursue a career in corporate real estate. After the birth of her first child, she had an epiphany to follow her lifelong dream of writing. She is realizing this dream as the author of Skinny, Hot, and Angry. Smith has returned to her college town, where she lives happily ever after with her husband and four children. Visit her website to learn more about her.
Hot is available directly from the publisher or on Amazon.
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