Josh Miller's kid sister, Chloe, is not your average teen. To some, she's a frustrated rebel; to others, a free-spirited freak. Chloe has questions and doubts that take you places most people never think to go...like the local cemetery. After a personal encounter with God--on His terms, at last--she surrenders her will and her heart to Him, then sets out on a spiritual mission.
Carlson has made a name for herself as a CBA novelist who actually understands
teenagers; her fifth book in the Diary of a Teenage Girl series demonstrates
the strong writing and soap-operatic plot elements that have made the first
four novels so successful among young readers. Fans of the series may be
initially distressed that Carlson abandons the adventures of Caitlin, the
series' erstwhile heroine, in favor of the younger recurring character Chloe,
the rebel kid sister of Caitlin's on-again, off-again boyfriend Josh. (Perhaps
Caitlin, who has been dispatched to college, has grown too old for the series'
core audience?) Just as Caitlin dealt with real problems such as eating
disorders and dating woes, Chloe battles with a number of serious issues in
this journal-cum-novel: finding Jesus, helping a friend who's messing with
witchcraft, and defending herself against female bullies. Readers who agree
with Chloe that Caitlin was "the perennial Pollyanna of the new millennium"
will delight in this edgier, more intense, electric guitar-playing lead
character. (Jan.) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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