As I head towards the finishing high-school and getting closer to college stage, this book really seems to resonate with me. Amy Clipston took your average perfect cheerleading teen with the privileged lifestyle and overbearing parents and transformed it to a real life story.
Whitney is a very hard character to describe. She has good intentions, likable, naive, and a tad bit spoiled. At times you applauded her for her change in character and other times you wondered what is going on with her.
Throughout this story I kept on wondering if this family really had a relationship with Jesus would they act this way. Would the mother be so overbearing and judgmental? Would Whitney be friends with who she was with, lie to her mother, and feel so overwhelmed. Whitney did pray in the book, but if she had a true relationship with the Lord she could have avoided so much hurt.
Though the man focus of the story was finding your identity many other lessons are also presented. The importance of truth, handling
betrayal, good friendships, and getting closer to the Lord.
I really enjoyed the applicable plot, the overall message of the importance of finding your identity, and the many sub-messages. It is an easy to follow story that hopefully will help to draw you closer to your parents, friends, and most importantly God.
I received a complimentary copy of this book, from Zondervan, in exchange for this independent and unbiased review.
April 7, 2014
High School Pressures, Romance, Family
Whitney is the captain of the cheerleaders, Honor Roll, always striving to be the best at what she does. She teaches cheerleading, tutors and then when her mother finds out that she made a D in calculus she hires Whitney a tutor. How embarrassing. As she becomes acquainted with her tutor Taylor, they strike sparks due to misunderstanding the other. As their friendship grows she finds herself changing but family doesn't recognize that she is. She quits the cheerleading squad, her boyfriend breaks up with her on Valentine's Day after giving her a cheap box of chocolate. Then when he sees her with Taylor he tries to get her back.
This is about a teenage girl beginning to grow up, dealing with the pressures of being almost an adult, but not quite. Whitney begins to question her life and values, relies more on her faith and finds new friends, renewing old friendships and just being a typical teen. This is a book more for young adults and teens. The author recognizes the issues that teens deal with and she shows how one girl deals with the issues of growing up.
I received this book through www.bookclub.org and the author to read, review and give my honest opinion. Amy Clipston is an author I've read several of her books. This one was good (even though I'm a grandmother to boys) and I would highly recommend it to young adults and teens. I've read Amy's books about the Amish and she is a favorite author.
March 7, 2014
Good for teenage girls
Senior Whitney Richards is tired of doing what everyone tells her to do: Be the head cheerleader, date the football team captain, earn excellent grades, and go to her motherÃ¢ÂÂs alma mater for college. Her identity crisis begins when she, a tutor, ends up needing a tutor in order to pass Calculus class. There she is reconnected with a childhood friend, Taylor, who lives on the wrong side of town. Then she must do a lot of soul-searching when she is accused of snobbery, because of where she lives and who her friends are. Her friendship with Taylor deepens and we find out that she really can think for herself, and she isnÃ¢ÂÂt like her snobbish friends. However, even though Whitney is a Christian, and seeks to grow closer to God, she isnÃ¢ÂÂt entirely a role model. Throughout the book she disrespects, disobeys, argues with, and lies to her mother.
I liked this book, but I didnÃ¢ÂÂt love it. WhitneyÃ¢ÂÂs Ã¢ÂÂWho am I?Ã¢ÂÂ got old after a while, and although her mother was unbearable at times, I didnÃ¢ÂÂt like how Whitney treated her. I think teenage girls would like this book, though, and I would like to read its prequel, Roadside Assistance, which is about WhitneyÃ¢ÂÂs cousin Emily.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my review of it.
February 25, 2014
Destination Unknown by Amy Clipston
Whitney Richards seems to have the perfect life. She lives in a high end neighborhood, she is the captain of the cheerleading team, she is a straight A student and she dates the captain of the football team. When she gets a D in calculus her whole life starts changing. But what she perceives to be the worst day of her life she soon finds to be the start of her life changing for the better. When Taylor Martinez, a student from the poor side of town, becomes her tutor she finds herself falling in love despite the harsh criticism from her mother and friends. As their relationship progresses Whitney starts changing. She soon evolves into the young woman she wants to be, not who her mom wants her to be.
This is my very first young adult book and I wasn't quite sure how I was going to feel about it. I have to say I was very pleased with the story. The characters were so real that I felt like I WAS Whitney Richards. Whitney was such a great young lady. Even though she lived a pampered life she treated everyone the same. She didn't look down on those that were less fortunate like a lot do. She was a very sweet girl and I loved how every night when she went to bed she would lay down and share her troubles with God like she was talking to a friend.
Taylor Martinez was such a nice guy. He worked hard to help support his mom and sister. He really understood Whitney and really listened when she shared her inner most secrets and turmoils. At eighteen he was such a gentleman! He really wore his heart on his sleeve. He had loved Whitney since the forth grade when he used to take homemade chocolate chip cookies to trade Whitney for lunch because her mom wouldn't let her eat unhealthy food. And his faith was great too. I liked his response to the teacher of the J2A meeting at church when she asked them to choose a verse that would best help them faced the uncertainty of their futures.
"Okay." Taylor cleared his throat and then looked down at the verse he'd circled: "By day The Lord directs his love, at night his song is with me--a prayer to the God of my life."
Intrigued, I studied him.
"Why that verse?" Jenna asked.
Taylor shrugged. "Well, to me it means that no matter what you do all day, whether you're studying, or you're at work, or you're at school, you need to remember you have to live your day for God. He directs your heart, and he should be the focus of your life."
Whitney's mom was so controlling and I often wanted to shake her, but her dad was just great. He was a buffer between Whitney and her mom, often getting Darlene to back off when she tried to run Whitney's life. I loved Whitney's cousin Emily, too. She was such a great support for Whitney. So, as you can see, I think the characters are just great, but how is the story overall? This book was a true-to-life testimony for young adults. The difficulties and pressures they face when growing up and leaving for college, with relationships. What I liked most was the strong thread of faith woven throughout the story.
"Do you remember I had a hard time praying after my mom died?" Emily asked.
"I remember that," I said. "You forgot how to talk to God because you were struggling with your grief."
"Well, I learned the hard way that life is hard sometimes, and sometimes things don't work out the way we want them to. But God Is always there for us. You may not see him or feel him right now, but he's here with you. You're never alone." Emily hugged me, and my tears began to sprinkle down my cheeks.
Everyone's faith was so deep and it was great to read about young people having such faith and principles. I loved watching Whitney and Taylor's budding romance. Their story was sweet and I would love to continue with their story as they grow older. The story line was perfect and I couldn't wait to read the ending. With such lovable characters and such a great plot it's impossible not to enjoy this book. If you like young adult romance, or even if it's your first like it was mine, you will thoroughly enjoy this book. I recommend it to readers of all ages!
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review. The opinions expressed are mine alone. If I recommend a book it's simply because I enjoyed it. I received no monetary compensation for this review.
February 9, 2014