Sunday, March 2, 2014

My Amish Boyfriend by Melody Carlson ~ review

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (February 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800722264
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800722265

This book is also available as an ebook.


Sixteen-year-old Shannon McNamara plans to get three things this summer--a driver's license, a job, and a tattoo--until a move to rural Ohio and a handsome Amish boy make her think twice. 

Teen favorite Melody Carlson brings fans another sweet story of worlds--and families--colliding, exploring themes important to teen girls through an engaging tale.

My take on this book:
Melody Carlson is one of my favorite author's and My Amish Boyfriend is a real example of why she has achieved that position in my heart. She has the uncanny ability to produce a page turning read that also provides plenty of life lessons woven in. With My Amish Boyfriend we meet sixteen year old Shannon McNamara who thinks that she has her summer all planned, but when she arrives home from school her friendly neighbor who has been helping out with her sick mother informs her that she has been in contact with her mother's family in Ohio and plans are in place for them to go there. So instead of spending the summer in Indiana she finds her world turned upside down when they head to Ohio to meet family that she never new about. What adventures and life lessons are in store for Shannon? Pick up My Amish Boyfriend and find out!

Ms. Carlson deals with several very real issues in this story, Shannon is living in a single parent home after the death of her father. Her mom worked full time until she got sick, and she really doesn't seem to be getting any better. Learning about a family that you never knew about is one thing but learning to deal with them on a daily basis is quite another, especially when they are Amish. I really liked the character of Shannon,and truly felt like her character developed well, except for the relationship that developed between her and Ezra. It felt rushed, I do get that she is sixteen and they during that age they fall in love at the drop of a hat, but it really felt rushed, and I was a bit surprised at Ezra as well.  Overall, I liked the story, and enjoyed watching Shannon grow and change, especially as she learns about her family, Ms. Carlson allowed me to feel the emotions that Shannon felt. A story about faith and family, and the fact that life isn't always easy.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

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