Friday, November 6, 2009

Review: What Matters Most: Diary of a Teenage Girl by Melody Carlson


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. (65 words)

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.

When I first started to read this I was a little worried. It's been awhile since I was a 16 year old girl. *snorts* But I always loved reading as a teen and I still love those teen movies so I kept an open mind. I have to say this is a wonderful book for any teenage girl. I absolutely LOVE how when she is making a decision, she doesn't just think of herself but she prays about it and asks God to help her make the right decision. Throughout the book, sixteen year old Maya faces many tough choices. I also really like how there is a "gren" tip in each chapeter. If you have a teenage girl at home this is a book I wouldn't hesitate to let her read. You can get a copy for yourself or your teen here.

*Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this book for free for reviewing it. The above opinion is my own.


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