Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Becoming Me

Becoming Me
(Diary of a Teenage Girl: Caitlin, Book 1)
Melody Carlson
ISBN: 978-1576737354
August, 2000/256 pages/$12.99

In this fictional Diary of a Teenage Girl titled Becoming Me, sixteen-year-old Caitlin O'Conner reveals the inner workings of a girl caught between childhood and womanhood ... an 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.

Follow Caitlin O'Conner as she makes her way from New Year's to the first day of summer - surviving a challenging home life, changing friends, school pressures, an identity crisis, and the uncertainties of "true love."

Caitlin experiences heartache, and encounters a new reality in her life: God. See how rejection by one group can - incredibly - sometimes lead you to discover who you really are...

Melody Carlson published her first book in 1995 and she has been writing prolifically ever since. To date, Melody has published over 200 books, making her one of the top 20 most prolific authors of all time. With total sales of over 1.4 million her award-winning books include: Homeward, Love Finds You in Sisters, Oregon; Limelight; the Diary of a Teenage Girl series; the True Colors series; and the Charter House Girls series.

In her professional life, Melody has worn many hats: from pre-school teacher to political activist to senior editor. Currently, she writes full-time, and freelances from her home. She has two grown sons and lives in Sisters, Oregon with her husband, Chris, and Bailey, her chocolate lab. They enjoy skiing, hiking, and biking in the beautiful Cascade Mountains.

Although this is not a new release, this book is definitely still as timely as it was when it was originally released a decade ago. Melody Carlson has a knack for capturing the angst and drama of teenage girls - the pressures of fitting in with the popular crowd, the challenges of girl friendships, the desperate desire to belong and feel special, the temptations that come with not enough supervision and, the realization that even the "good church kids" deal with the same struggles and temptations as their secular friends. This would be an excellent book for any high school girl to read and especially for a teenage girls' book club led by a Godly mentor.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Glass Road Public Relations as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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