Forgotten-Seventeen and Homeless by Melody Carlson is a glimpse into the life of an American teenager who moves to a new school district and realizes that she can be whatever/whoever she wants to be in this new town. Adele finds friends quickly with the in-crowd while at the same time finds her home life falling apart. She ends up being abandoned by her druggie mother and living in the back of a beat up old van while trying to hide this new life from her new friends. Author Melody Carlson captures teenage life like no other and does a great job pulling the reader right into the story. With realistic characters and situations, I don't know how she keeps pumping these books out! This is a must read for teen girls. Mia learns some tough lessons, including learning who her real friends are, asking for help shouldn’t be embarrassing, and the most important one of all, that honesty is always best all the while being pointed to the saving grace of Jesus by a pastor that she meets at an outreach mission. While I felt the book ended a little abruptly I still think it’s an excellent tool for teens.
Thanks, Melody, for this CLEAN READ.
Every teenage girl has a secret. And every teenage girl loves hearing someone else’s secret. But some secrets are big enough to detour, derail, or even destroy a young person’s life. Each of Melody Carlson’s Secrets novels will propel readers into a world where promises are broken, life is not fair, and challenges can make or break them, while ultimately helping readers discover that solid faith, loyal friends, and a persistent spirit will see them through.