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
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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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    July 2, 2015
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    I loved this book. I was so into it that I couldn't put it down. I loved that the characters talked about God openly and eventually helped Kim to be a Christian too. I have also read all the other Kim books and hope that Melody Carlson comes out with more in the future!
  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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