Saturday, August 7, 2010

Forgotten by Melody Carlson (Review)

Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: NavPress (August 1, 2010)
ISBN-13: 978-1600069482

From the back cover:

With MIA parents, overdue rent, and no one to turn to, Adele is forced out of her home. She strives to maintain the pretense of a “normal” life while struggling to finish high school, all the while concealing that she is homeless. But is she strong enough to keep up the act?

Every teenage girl has a secret. And every teenage girl loves hearing someone else’s secret. But some secrets are big enough to detour, derail, or even destroy a young person’s life. Each of Melody Carlson’s Secrets novels will propel readers into a world where promises are broken, life is not fair, and challenges can make or break them, while ultimately helping readers discover that solid faith, loyal friends, and a persistent spirit will see them through.

My Review:
I read this book in one sitting. That said it is not without its problems. Overall the book is written okay. I did want to see what happened next to Adele. Some parts are a little hard to believe. The ending especially was hard to accept. It felt rushed and the beginning of the book was much more developed and time spent there. There were two main characters including her mother who just disappeared from the plot and we don't know what happened to them. It dealt with the hard topic of homelessness and especially among teenagers. I was touched after reading the story and my eyes opened a little more. The spiritual element was there but not overwhelming. So overall an okay Christian YA book. I am glad I read it. :)

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."


Brenda said...

I just read and reviewed this book myself and felt exactly like you did. Overall I enjoyed the book but I felt like parts of it were missing or left out. Great review!

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Thanks for the review. It sounds good but I did just read a book that had many holes, things to over the top and it left me frustrated as it had such potential. I need a break from those reads, I do however wish to read this author at some point.

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