Diary of a Teenage Girl Series, Kim #1: Just Ask
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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?
Number of Pages: 250
Vendor: Multnomah Books
Publication Date: 2005
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
Series: Diary of a Teenage Girl
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Whats 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 Petersons 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
Ive 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 ticketsperiodnada. And the policeman said hed 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 shell 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 thats everyday and stuff thats not: parents, piercings, dating, drugs, depression, and people who are just users. Nothing Kim cant 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 answersand if not, where to find them. The Christian faith of her adoptive family? The Buddhism of her Korean heritage? Who can she turn toto just ask?
Story Behind the Book
"My teenage years remain vivid in my mind. It was a turbulent time full of sharp contrastslove 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 heartsspeaking 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! "
Kim Casey5 Stars Out Of 5my daughter's reactionApril 13, 2011Kim CaseyA 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.
Lauren5 Stars Out Of 5April 12, 2007LaurenI 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.
Noname5 Stars Out Of 5February 23, 2007NonameI 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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