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5 Stars Out Of 5
August 2, 2009
The Diary of Teenage Girl series is, in my opinion, one of the best series out there for teens, Christian or not. I like Maya because she asks the questions that challenge Christians who think they know everything and isn't afraid of what others might think of her. In this book Maya feels that she's starting to become a normal teenager and is able to escape the jumbled life she used to live.I really liked Maya's reactions to the Christian girls from her youth group. I have felt that Amanda and Brooke represent a good deal of real Christians teens who are two faced. They act like they are the perfect Christians while they are at church but then in real life they condemn everyone but back down when challenged. I've experienced this treatment myself and the way Maya reacted was realistic. If she had just immediately forgiven the girls and let them walk over her, I would have been very disappointed in this book and would stop reading. However, she challenges them, gets irritated and tries to seek justice for the wrongs they caused. I really liked the way that everything got worked out involving the incident between Brooke and Maya. It's not neat and tidy and obviously Brooke needs to work on her attitude but it's an ending that I can accept because it's not sugar coated with fake Christianity. Also the situations with her and her boyfriend were handled tastefully and realistically as well.Throughout the book Maya shares tips on saving the planet. Maya's green tips are great and I've tried several of them myself. They really make you think about saving the environment but they are not trying to push an agenda. The only thing I would have liked would have been a response from Caitlyn to Maya's questions about being green and being vegan. It would have just been interesting to see what she would have to say or what most Christians think about that subject. This series is a favorite of mine and I'm looking forward to the rest of Maya's adventures.
In honor of Earth Day, I thought Id post the second book in the new Maya, Diary of a Teenage Girl series, since Maya is way into all things green. Maya Stark is finally beginning to feel like a normal teenager. Shes enjoying summer vacation with her uncle and cousin and getting involved in the community. One of her new projects is to paint a mural on the wall of a kids center. Maya organizes a bunch of volunteers, but is frustrated with the way the Christian girls are treating the non Christian kids. Maya isnt positive, but arent Christians supposed to love everyone? If so, then whats up with these girls?One of the troublemakers falls from a ladder. Maya is really concerned, but the girl gets up and says shes fine. A few days later, however, Maya hears about the lawsuit. The girls family is suing the kids center and Maya. Maya just cant figure out why a Christian would do something like this. She feels bad that the girl got hurt, but she was goofing around and not listening. She brought this on herself.Maya gets a job at a clothing store, starts dating a really great guy, gets her own car, and starts writing a green column for her uncles newspaper. But all this great stuff is diffused by the lawsuit. Can Maya learn how to forgive a girl she hates?Maya is a wonderful character. I love her. She is totally into everything green and earth friendly. She is a new Christian, and is asking a lot of great questions about the behavior she sees in other Christians. She has some struggles, but because she is smart and knows what she wants out of life, she finds the right answers. This book was fun and entertaining and really made me want to recycle. Highly recommended.
Written in the form of a diary, this Christian teen novel will delight teenage girls. The protagonist, Maya, is a modern day Cinderella. Her alcoholic mother is in prison for possession, while her famous father is touring Europe with his band. She lives with her Uncle Allen and cousin Kim, who are still grieving over the loss of Kim's mother. Although it sounds grim, it's not; rather, it's upbeat and written in a flippant style.Maya wrestles with some interesting life questions. When the reader first meets her, she's a vegan and an environmentalist. In addition, she tackles dating, forgiveness, premarital sex, and the theme question: Since Christians are told to "love one another," is it okay for one Christian to not like another Christian? Caitlin, one of the youth leaders at church, acts as Maya's mentor and serves as her sounding board.Because she's deep into recycling, every chapter ends with Maya's Green Tip for the Day. A Readers Group Guide is included. This one is a thumbs up for any teenage girl you know.