Friday, November 6, 2009

What Matters Most by Melody Carlson (Review)

About the Book:

Maya’s Green Tip for the Day: Recycled fashion is one of the most fun ways to go green. A pair of jeans could be transformed into a denim skirt. A sweater into a vest. A bunch of old ties into a dress. A blanket into a poncho. Accessorize it in new way–with beads, buttons, appliqués, buckles, stencils, or ribbons…your imagination is only the limit. (65 words)

Sixteen-year-old Maya Stark has a lot to sort through. She could graduate from high school early if she wants to. She’s considering it, especially when popular cheerleader Vanessa Hartman decides to make her life miserable–and Maya’s ex-boyfriend Dominic gets the wrong idea about everything.

To complicate matters even more, Maya’s mother will be released from prison soon, and she’ll want Maya to live with her again. That’s a disaster waiting to happen. And when Maya plays her dad’s old acoustic guitar in front of an audience, she discovers talents and opportunities she never expected. Faced with new options, Maya must choose between a “normal” life and a glamorous one. Ultimately, she has to figure out what matters most.

My Review:
This is the third book in the Maya part of Diary of a Teenage Girl series. I have only read one other Maya book. I thought both books were good. The green tips at the end of each chapter are informative. Maya is a interesting character as far as her background and interests. My only wish is that the end of the book did not have so may loose ends. I want to know what she ends up doing and how faith progresses. This is not a preachy book at all. Teen girls will probably like it more than mama although I liked it 26). Definitely recommended. :)

Thank you to WaterBrook Multnomah Books, a division of Random House for my review copy.

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