Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The Best Friend by Melody Carlson

Back Cover Blurp:

Sometimes being popular isn't all it's cracked up to be.

Lishia Vance is totally baffled. 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.

Now she has one goal for her junior year at Kingston High: make a new best friend.
When Lishia 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?

My Thoughts:

High school is complicated.  As a teenager, I not only wanted friends, I needed them.  When Lishia loses her best friend to a new girl, life flips on its head.  Suddenly, no one seems to want to hang around her.  Going from well-liked to social pariah has Lishia's head spinning.

Maybe that's why she jumps at the chance to be besties with Riley Atkins.  But is Riley a good friend, or a mean girl in friend's clothing?  I'm hoping Melody's new book will have girls looking deeper into their friendships and standing up for themselves.

Because girls aren't just abused by boys/boyfriends.  Sometimes friendships can be the most abusive.  No one needs a friend that desperately...and it does happen.  It happened in our family.

Like Lishia, maybe other girls will learn it's better to be alone than abused.  And, truly, with Jesus, you're never alone.  Melody demonstrates once again that she's has deep insight into the hearts of today's teens with "The Best Friend", second in a series about 'Life at Kingston High'.

I received my copy of  "The Best Friend" from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.  Highly recommended.  And do not miss the first in the series, "The Jerk Magnet" (to whomever is designing these cool covers, KUDOS!)
Happy Reading!



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1 comment:

MJ @ Creative Madness Mama said...

I skipped the chance on this one for now, but when my girls are old enough I plan to line their shelves with the like of Melody.