I'm always fascinated by the imaginations that create the books I love to read. How in the world do they come up with some of the most intricate plots? But I think I've finally tapped in to the creative genius known as Melody Carlson...
...she reads Facebook and Twitter updates posted by teenaged girls! Seriously, Melody has a knack for tapping into today's hot-button teen issues and crafting realistic and believable stories...kind of a 'ripped-from-the-headlines' talent.
"The Jerk Magnet" opens a new series, 'Life At Kingston High' and introduces us to Chelsea Martin, an insecure, rather homely high school junior. About to gain a new step-mother, Chelsea believes life can't get any better than it is and has resigned herself to being the school's wallflower.
But when Kate persuades her into an all-over makeover, Chelsea is not only amazed at how attractive her new appearance is...she's buoyed by an unexpected self-confidence. Moving to San Jose and a new high school couldn't come at a better time!
Her new neighbor quickly befriends her and the world seems to be wide open to the new and improved Chelsea...except for one problem. The only kind of guy she seems to attract?
You guessed it...hence the title of the first book in a very promising series. Reality television and teen stars have pushed physical appearance insecurities to a new high. Toss in airbrushed magazine photos and stick-thin acresses (or six-packed actors) and it's no wonder most aren't satisfied with how they look.
But Melody's new book puts a new spin on 'hotness', and I think it's much needed. I enjoyed "The Jerk Magnet". It isn't spiritually deep, but for busy teens who can choose between zombies and vampires for reading material, I believe this is a breath of fresh air in the literary marketplace.
My thanks to Donna at Revell for my complimentary copy. "The Jerk Magnet" is available in bookstores everywhere, and I think would make a lovely Valentine's gift for your teen daughter/niece/sister...you get the idea! "The Jerk Magnet" is recommended...can't wait for more in this series!
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Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Authored by Deena Peterson at 3:26 PM