What Matters Most is the latest and final installment in Melody Carlson's Diary of a Teenage Girl series. This youth/teen fiction story about Maya drew me in and made me want to go back and start at the beginning and read all nine books. Even though this is the last one I wasn't left wondering what was going on. Melody has an amazing way of getting into the head of teen girls and this book is no exception. I recommend it to teen girls and their moms too!
About the book:
Maya’s Green Tip for the Day: Recycled fashion is one of the most fun ways to go green. A pair of jeans could be transformed into a denim skirt. A sweater into a vest. A bunch of old ties into a dress. A blanket into a poncho. Accessorize it in new way–with beads, buttons, appliqués, buckles, stencils, or ribbons…your imagination is only the limit. Sixteen-year-old Maya Stark has a lot to sort through. She could graduate from high school early if she wants to. She’s considering it, especially when popular cheerleader Vanessa Hartman decides to make her life miserable–and Maya’s ex-boyfriend Dominic gets the wrong idea about everything.
To complicate matters even more, Maya’s mother will be released from prison soon, and she’ll want Maya to live with her again. That’s a disaster waiting to happen. And when Maya plays her dad’s old acoustic guitar in front of an audience, she discovers talents and opportunities she never expected. Faced with new options, Maya must choose between a “normal” life and a glamorous one. Ultimately, she has to figure out what matters most.
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This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.