My Name Is Chloe
by Melody Carlson
In the fifth of her widely popular books for teens, Melody Carlson breaks away from her usual heroine, Caitlin O'Conner, and moves to Chloe Miller, the wacky, gothic sister of Caitlin's boyfriend, Josh.
Written in "diary" format, Chloe's well-told story unfolds on the first day of the new school year – first year of high school, no less – with these words: "I don't hate my life anymore. At least not today." What the reader learns about Chloe is that though she thinks she's "dark," and though she dresses strangely, wears her hair weird and hangs out with the outcasts of society, Chloe Miller is just plain scared. Unbeknownst to her, however, a host of young Christians are praying her into God's kingdom, and when that happens, watch out world – Chloe Miller is talking to God!
My Name Is Chloe should be read by every teenager and makes a great crossover book or ministry tool. Young people who are believers – and those who left high school years ago but still remember it well – will understand Chloe's struggles as a new Christian. More importantly, those who haven't made a commitment to God will find themselves asking life-changing questions.
- Eva Marie Everson
Reprinted with permission from Christian Retailing, January 20, 2003.
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