Saturday, June 9, 2012

The Best Friend by Melody Carlson ~ review

  • Reading level: Ages 13 and up
  • Paperback: 215 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (June 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800719638
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800719630

Book Description

June 1, 2012 Life at Kingston High (Book 2)
Lishia Vance is flummoxed. One day she has friends. The next day everyone has turned against her. No explanation. Just complete social isolation. Even her best friend Janelle isn't giving her the time of day. When she makes a connection with Riley Atkins, a popular cheerleader, things start looking up. But is Riley really as good a friend as she seems? Or is Lishia better off without her?

With her signature insight into the lives of teen girls, bestselling author Melody Carlson explores the treacherous world of friendship, loyalty, and choices girls face in high school.

My take on this book:
"The Best Friend" by Melody Carlson deals with some pretty significant  issues that teens often face, and the thing it almost feels as if the writer is actually a  teen who has faced these  issues herself because the story seems so realistic.
 Lishia  Vance's junior year  at Kingston High isn't starting out so well. After being dumped over the summer by her boyfriend, her best friend started hanging out with someone else causing Lishia  to become jealous,and feel as if her friends had abandoned her.Going from popular to having basically no friends was taking a toll on her. So when she sees Riley Atkins a cheerleader, and someone who is part of the "in" crowd sitting alone at lunch she decides to befriend her, and soon finds  herself with a new  friend,but is Riley really the type of friend she wants?
This is the second book in the Life at Kingston High series  but certainly can be read as a stand alone work. The author does a great job of allowing us to see the drama that teens often experience. I really felt like Leshia's problems were alot of her own making, I felt like she was envious of the  relationship between her best friend Janelle  and Chelsea,and really chose not to get along with the other teens in her youth group.Riley's character was very conniving,used to getting what she wanted at whatever the cost, something that Lishia wasn't used to. Overall, the issues facing these characters are ones that teen girls will relate to,and the christian messages are ones they need to hear. A book well worth reading, and while its  geared toward teens adults will enjoy it as well, I know I did.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Available June 2012 from your favorite seller of Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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