Senior year should be the best in Sophie Ramsays life, but Sophie has a secret that she cant hide forever. As she struggles with how to deal with it, she learns a lot about real love. Her only fear is that when the secret comes out, someone will still love her.This book got out to a bit of a slow start, but once it got going, I couldnt put it down. Carlson wrote a wonderful character in Sophie, a typical good girl who fell for the wrong guy. Happens all the time, unfortunately. I ached watching Sophie deal with this, see which friends stuck by her and which ones didnt, to see how she would work it all out. Life is too short to be cruel to each other. I highly recommend every teenage girl read this book.
What we have here is a book that needs to be read by every teen girl in the country. This book was so well written, I could feel the anxiety Sophie was experiencing as she dealt with her pregnancy alone. I feel that Melody Carlson has written a very compelling and responsible story that brings teen pregnancy into the spotlight. I have always liked her books because she writes in a way that reads very fast and she makes her books hard to put down. Anything But Normal was written that way. I think the only thing I would have changed about this book is to have it be a little longer. I would have liked more about Sophies life after the pregnancy and more the aftermath and her healing from the experience. My advice to parents is to get a copy of Anything But Normal and read it, then pass it on to your daughters and have them read it. I think this book is a great tool for opening up communication about a topic that is very difficult to discuss with young people. This book really shows what a big problem teen pregnancy is and just how frightening it can be for a young girl who is facing it. It also shows that people, especially Christians, need to be careful about judging young girls who are pregnant. They need support and above all else, prayer.
This story tackles a tough subject. Anything But Normal is an excellent illustration of how one mistake can shred someone's future plans, or at least alter them in a major way. I really enjoyed this story. As a social worker I've come across similar situations and this story reflects scenarios that some of the teens I have worked with have experienced. Young people have a lapse in judgment one time and their world is jacked up for years to come. It's true with many young women that once they've fallen they don't see the point of trying to stay pure anymore. They feel ruined for life and nothing fixes that. Confessing brings forgiveness but the consequences remain. And often it wasn't something the girl wanted to begin with. It was the guy's idea. I thought the author did a great job with the guilt she experienced, with her wanting to hide the evidence, her fear of people finding out, etc. And best of all, the author did a great job showing the issues surrounding people who are not showing Christ's love and forgiveness. That was well done. People don't realize how self-righteous they sound when they spout off about things they really don't understand. This story is about compassion and the need for more of it. It's also about not shooting the wounded when they are down. I really understood Sophie and her many issues. I adored Wes. He was such a great guy. And Dylan was pretty much what I expected. Unfortunately his response is all too common in scenarios that I've seen. I loved how the Pastor got involved in the end and how Sophie went to the church for help. That was a great example of how things should work when people are hurting and need support. While the story didn't make me cry like I expected, it definitely touched my heart and I'm sure it will do the same for many young women who need to hear the message.
This is the first book that I have read by Melody Carlson and I enjoyed it. Ill try to be a little vague since I dont want to spoil the plot for someone who hasnt read this book yet. There was a certain guy in this book that I was hoping would come to a sudden and painful end. Well, that didnt happen, but I wasnt expecting it to, just hoping. ;) I was a little disappointed with Sophies final decision, but I can understand why she would do what she did. I really liked how Sophie changed in the book, and befriended people that she probably wouldnt have before. Sorry to be so vague, but I dont want to give anything away! This is a good book and I liked it, but it isnt quite my cup of tea. I tend to like books that get more in-depth with the characters and are a little longer. It is a good book that Im sure lots of readers will really like.