In the fictional Diary of a Teenage Girl, sixteen-year-old Caitlin O'Conner reveals the inner workings of a girl caught between childhood and womanhood ... an empty life without Christ and a meaningful one with Him. Through Caitlin's candid journal entries we see her grapple with such universal teen issues as peer pressure, loyalty, conflict with parents, the longing for a boyfriend, and her own spirituality.
- Reading level: Young Adult
- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Multnomah Books (August 10, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1576737357
- ISBN-13: 978-1576737354
A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Glass Roads PR for review.
About the book:
Follow Caitlin O'Conner, a girl much like yourself, as she makes her way from New Year's to the first day of summer -- surviving a challenging home life, changing friends, school pressures, an identity crisis, and the uncertainties of "true love."
You'll cry with Caitlin as she experiences heartache, and cheer for her as she encounters a new reality in her life: God. See how rejection by one group can -- incredibly -- sometimes lead you to discover who you really are...
My take on this book:
Caitlin O'Conner is a sixteen year old junior who decides to start keeping a diary. She shares the ins and outs of her teen life. From meeting her best friend Beanie to sharing the fact that she longs to be in the in crowd in school. We also learn that her parents have been married twenty years. As the story unfolds Caitlin's life starts to change. She gets noticed by one of the most popular girls in school. Jenny Lambert is a cheerleader and Caitlin can't believe her luck when Jenny starts paying attention to her, but the thing is Caitlin starts ignoring Beanie in order to be part of the in crowd. But when a boy comes between Caitlin and her new friend she will learn just who her friends really are.Things are also changing at home because her parents 20 year marriage starts to seem a bit rocky. Caitlin's changing life has her realizing that perhaps the relationship she really needs is with God.
This book written in diary form allows us to see things thru the eyes of Caitlin a girl who seems like a very typical teenager who allows us to see thru her words the issues and struggles of being a teenager on the brink of adulthood. Caitlin isn't only easy to like but she is also easy to connect with. This book covers about six months, and in those six months Caitlin experiences a lot of life but also a lot of growth. Not only an inspiring story but a spiritual one as well.I think parents could use this book as a conversation starter to discuss the many topics the author touched one that affect teens today.Highly recommended!
About the author:
Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over 50 books for children, teens, and adults. Her young-adult titles include Jessica, The Allison O'Brian Chronicles, Letters from God for Teens, and Diary of a Teenage Girl. Her fiction books include The Whispering Pine series,Isaac's Angel, Awakening Heart, Heartland Skies, The Wise Man's House,and Homeward. Melody also published the nonfiction title How to Start a Quality Child Care Business in Your Home.
Melody has enjoyed careers as a preschool teacher, political activist, and senior editor; she currently writes full-time from her home. She lives in Sisters, Oregon, with her husband and two teenage sons. The family enjoys skiing, hiking, biking, and boating in the beautiful Cascade Mountains. If you want to learn more about Ms. Carlson and the many books she has written be sure and check out her blog by clicking here.