This book, geared for young adults, is not a feel good book. Is there forgiveness and redemption? Yes. However, this book is hard to read as one girl struggles with guilt. Her choices led to a drastic change, a life altering moment. She is an imperfect girl, whose life is forever changed. Yet, through the compassion on her aunt, and the grace of God, she finds her way, just as the prodigal son. But this story does not end neatly wrapped with a beautiful bow on top, the tragedy is still the tragedy and cannot be undone. I believe this book would be an excellent read for young readers to help them understand the power of our choices.About the Book:
Cleo Neilson's best friend is moving away and she wants to make Lola's last night in town special. For Cleo, that means going to the big Christian concert in the city, but her mom won't allow her to go. She says that area of the city is too dangerous for two unchaperoned teenage girls.
Convinced her mom is just being an overprotective "helicopter" mom, she sneaks out of the house. After all, her mom has to let her grow up sometime, right?
Cleo now faces the chilling consequences of her actions and a secret that it is eating her up inside. As Cleo fights through her grief and guilt, she learns about faith in God and forgiveness through him.
Melody Carlson has written more than a hundred books for all age groups, but she particularly enjoys writing for teens. Perhaps this is because her own teen years remain so vivid in her memory. After claiming to be an atheist at the ripe old age of twelve, she later surrendered her heart to Jesus and has been following him ever since. Her hope and prayer for all her readers is that each one would be touched by God in a special way through her stories. For more information, please visit Melody's website at www.melodycarlson.com.
**Glass Roads Public Relations sent me this book in return for my honest review.