Posted by: rcwriter | March 10, 2009

Just Another Girl–Rhonda’s Review

Just Another Girl
By Melody Carlson

We’ve all had times in our lives where we felt we didn’t belong. That we were fighting life’s battles alone and no one cared, or even noticed. Yes, we’ve all had our ‘Cinderella’ moments, and so does Aster Flynn.

The summer before her senior year, Aster Flynn decides it’s time for independence. For years, she’s been saddled with the responsibility of caring for her younger, mentally impaired sister, at the expense of her social life. When she catches the eye of the most popular boy around, Aster decides it’s time to trade her mundane existence for the greener pastures of a social life. She learns more about herself than she anticipated.

Melody Carlson has a wonderful way of connecting with teens. Her characters are down to earth, and face ordinary circumstances they see as insurmountable. Just Another Girl is filled with drama, but not the over exaggerated, unreal kind. Every teen could find themselves in the situations Aster faced. Seeing Aster’s faith remain strong as she matured and made the right choices will give hope to young women who live with a ‘Cinderella Complex.’

I also applaud Ms. Carlson for her use of a mentally challenged teen. She showed this young lady to be a capable person, who must be challenged (within our capabilities) and not coddled. Having this character participate in a church youth group encourages teens to reach out to those who are different. What a fantastic example.

• Character—Aster was well written and very much like the teens I deal with, but I liked George, too. His compassionate and non-judgmental attitude is a great example for teens.
• Part—Watching Aster live on a budget. Very refreshing.

• Charcter—none
• Part—the scene with Aster and her father. An uncomfortable scene, but didn’t do much for me.

Product Details:

List Price: $12.99
Paperback: 221 pages
Publisher: Revell Books (January 2009)
Language: English
IBSN: 978-0-8007-3257-8

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