I posted a meme earlier in the week asking if you preferred best sellers or obscure authors. I personally love discovering a new writer, and I've found a gem in Michelle Buckman.
"Maggie Come Lately" is a coming of age story with a heart-wrenching twist. Tragedy opens early as we watch Maggie become a mother to her two little brothers and grow mature beyond her years.
What is so refreshing is Maggie herself. Her voice is genuine, and while it is obvious she's had to grow up rather quickly, she still has the characteristics of a teenaged girl.
Her outlook on life is refreshingly mature, and watching her rub off on her peers and influence their way of thinking brought hope to my heart. Her take on casual sex and slacker behavior didn't come across as preachy, but practical and wise.
I highly recommend this new author to moms and their teen daughters. Read this book together. The message is sound, the events are difficult but coated with sound counsel, and this is an author who will be around for a long, long time.
Michelle Buckman joins the ranks of Melody Carlson and Bill Myers for writing relevant teen fiction that doesn't mince words and isn't afraid to deal with the grit and grime our teens face in our world today. They are equipping the younger saints for good works, and that is a VERY good thing!!
"Maggie Come Lately" gets 5 bookmarks from me, and a little Claddagh charm...read the book and you'll know why!!