In book three of the Katy Lambright Series by Kim Vogel Sawyer, Katy's life outside her Old Order Mennonite sect becomes more complicated when she is elected to the sophomore homecoming court as a joke. When she discovers Bryce, her crush, could be her chaperone on the court, Katy has a big decision to make: follow her heart and attend the dance, or follow her faith and the beliefs of her sect.
In book three, Katy Lambright thinks everything in her life is finally going smoothly---at school, she has a group of friends who understand her, while at home life with her new mom isn't as bad as she'd feared. But everything begins to come apart when Katy is chosen, as a joke, to be the sophomore representative on the homecoming court. With this comes the pressure to conform to what is expected of her in that position---a fancy (and revealing) dress, makeup, and a focus on appearance. It also means involvement in the homecoming dance, which goes against the beliefs of her Old Order Mennonite sect. Adding to this is the fact Katy would need to attend the dance with a sophomore male representative---Bryce Porter, her crush. Katy must decide whether to follow the desires of her heart, or the leadings of her faith.
Bestselling, award-winning author Kim Vogel Sawyer wears many hats besides 'writer.' As a wife, mother, grandmother, and active participant in her church, her life is happily full. But Kim's passion lies in writing stories of hope that encourage her readers to place their lives in God's capable hands. An active speaking ministry assists her with her desire. Kim and her husband make their home on the beautiful plains of Kansas, the setting for many of Kim's novels.
Katy is continuing her education at a mainstream high school in this follow-up to Katy's New World (2010). This is a true sequel, relying on the prior books for an introduction to characters and the situation that has Katy, an Old Order Mennonite, trying to function in a more worldly milieu. It is not the classes or schoolwork that provides the conflict here, but the vast difference in social and cultural assumptions and the tug of war between Katy's family and beliefs with the more typical way of teenagers in the modern world. When Katy is selected to represent the sophomore class as the homecoming attendant, the pull of peers, popularity and the longing to participate grow stronger. Katy's father is marrying Mrs. Graber, a widow, and he, plus the entire Mennonite community, are distracted by these celebratory preparations, leaving Katy to make her decisions on her own. Readers who enjoyed the first two books or who are intrigued by the moral dilemma between personal choice and adhering to a religious code are clearly the intended audience. -- Kirkus Reviews