Diary of a Teenage Girl Series, Kim #1: Just Ask   -     By: Melody Carlson
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When Kim Peterson gets a speeding ticket, her dad offers her away to retain her driving privileges. If she'll write the anonymous teen advice column for his newspaper, she can still get a car. So Kim becomes "Jamie" of "Just Ask Jamie." No big deal, she thinks.

She answers letters about stuff that's everyday and stuff that's not: parents, piercing, dating, drugs, depression, and people who are just users. Nothing Kim can't handle.

But when a classmate is killed, the letters turn to questions about life, death, and what it all means. And Kim starts to wonder if she really does have all the answers--and if not, where to find them: The Christian faith of her adoptive family? The Buddhism of her Korean heritage? Who can she turn to--to just ask?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 250
Vendor: Multnomah Books
Publication Date: 2005
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5 (inches)
ISBN: 1590523210
ISBN-13: 9781590523216
Availability: In Stock
Ages: 14-18
Series: Diary of a Teenage Girl

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Publisher's Description

Who Do You Ask When You Don’t Have the Answers?

What’s a girl to do when caught between a rock and a hard place? The "hard place" is losing the use of her beloved car, and the "rock" is her immovable dad. In order to regain driving privileges, Kim Peterson’s dad talks her into writing an advice column for teens in his newspaper. Kim reluctantly agrees and writes under a pen name. But as she reads letters from peers and friends, she becomes keenly aware of two things: (1) Some kids have it way worse than her, and (2) she does not have all the answers! Who can she turn to?

Thursday, September 1

I’ve been saving for my own car, but my parents decided that I can only get a car if I keep a clean driving record. That means absolutely NO tickets—period—nada. And the policeman said he’d clocked me going 72 in a 55 mile zone. Oops.

When Kim Peterson gets a speeding ticket, her dad offers her a way to retain her driving privileges. If she’ll write the anonymous teen advice column for his newspaper, she can still get a car. So Kim becomes "Jamie" of "Just Ask Jamie." No big deal, she thinks.

She answers letters about stuff that’s everyday and stuff that’s not: parents, piercings, dating, drugs, depression, and people who are just users. Nothing Kim can’t handle.

But when a classmate is killed, the letters turn to questions about life, death, and what it all means. And Kim starts to wonder if she really does have all the answers—and if not, where to find them. The Christian faith of her adoptive family? The Buddhism of her Korean heritage? Who can she turn to—to just ask?

Story Behind the Book

"My teenage years remain vivid in my mind. It was a turbulent time full of sharp contrasts—love and hate, pain and pleasure, trust and doubt. Then, just as I reached my peak of questioning, rebelling, and seeking, I found God. And I found Him in a really big way! My life turned completely around and has, thankfully, never turned back. Hopefully this story will touch and change hearts—speaking to teen girls right where they live, reminding readers that God is alive and well and ready to be intimately involved in their lives right now! "

Author Bio

Melody Carlson has published more than 90 books for children, teens, and adults—with sales totaling more than 2 million. Several of her books have been the winners of various writing awards. Her Diary of a Teenage Girl series has received great reviews and overwhelming fan mail. Melody has two grown sons and lives in Central Oregon with her husband. They enjoy skiing, hiking, gardening, camping, and biking in the beautiful Cascade Mountains .

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
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    April 13, 2011
    Kim Casey
    A copy of my Amazon review: I checked this out from the church library for my 12yo daughter. Yes, she's mature for her age. She found it interesting and read it quickly, even though she has regular assigned homeschool reading. I read the back and thought it interesting since the character is similar to me (even in name) with the exception of the healthy loving parents. My daughter understands the severity of my dysfunctional adopted "Christain" parents, and yet (with God's grace) my faith held fast. She shared a lot of the book with me as she read it and from that I decided to give it the 5 stars. Although I read the 1 star well written rating, I still kept the 5 stars (on amazon.com). I will be sure to ask my daughter her opinions about the judgemental attitudes of the characters. I love how the book opened up some great discussions for us about true friends, the message clothing gives, the issue of dating/foreplay and having doubts about God. I will look for other books in this series.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    April 12, 2007
    Lauren
    I absolutely loved this book. I picked it up at my local library not knowing that it was a Christian book. When I started reading it, I thought, oh great...just what I need, a BOOK preaching at me (I should mention that I have been an atheist for a while now).But then, as I read it, I noticed that Kim was going through a lot of the same things as me. She wasn't sure about God, and hadn't found her way. I could totally relate to everything she was going through.Call me crazy, but I feel as if God led me to this book because He knew I needed help finding my way back to Him. He knew I was lost. I now feel much closer to God much happier, all because of this book. Melody Carlson is an amazing author, and I thank her whole heartedly for writing this book.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    February 23, 2007
    Noname
    I absolutely looooved this wonderful, awesome book. It was so great. I've read Chloe and Caitlin too. I love Melody Carlson's books. I can so easily relate to them.
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