Melody Carlson and I go way back, book speaking. I wish I meant that literally, but Ms. Carlson and I have never ACTUALLY met. Boo. When Christian fiction took up about 75% of my reading load, we connected often, and I'm always recommending her books to my older nieces and those girls at the library that need some good, wholesome fiction in their lives. Carlson always delivers. Just Another Girl, the latest from the author, is another winner, filled with problems and angst, followed enough "neat ends" that Christian readers won't be disappointed and mainstream readers won't feel they are being preached at.
Aster Flynn (who has an awesome name I might add) is a somewhat typical teen in regards to her wants. She wants to start dating, find a great, fun job, and hang out with friends. Unfortunately, Aster doesn't actually get to do those things, due to her home responsibilities. Aster's mom works all the time, her dad is pretty much missing, her older sister can't stand her, and her younger sister Lily is mentally handicapped...Aster being the only one that really "gets" her and the one that takes care of her 99% of the time.
When a cute guy starts to show an interest in Aster and her dreams of being a normal teen start to appear possible, Aster has to come up with a plan to make her parents start acting like real, responsible parents and take over the care of Lily. With thoughts of a friends and a boyfriend, Aster sets her plan into motion, hoping she can get what she wants, but keep Lily and her family happy as well.
Good, clean reading is what I would describe Just Another Girl. The characters are pretty real-to-life, and though the ending is a bit overly tidy, it makes for a good story for teen girls. Sometimes we need wholesome rather than gritty!
A great choice for a teen girl.
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Just Another Girl
Young Adult fiction