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SCENARIOS 5 & 6-Swept Away: 2 Interactive Stories in 1 - eBook
Barbour Books / 2011 / ePub
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What would YOU do if you had to make a life altering decision? Would you stand your ground and choose a path that follows your belief? Or would you give in to peer pressure to avoid rejection? With this 2 in 1 book you are given the opportunity to do just that. In High Stakes, Amber and Brittany are best friends but now they're in competition with each other. Whoever has the best grades and perfect attendance is able to win a brand new car! Amber wants to win so badly, especially since her father got laid off and money has been really tight. But when Amber cheats on a test and Brittany gets blamed for it, will Amber own up to it or let Brittany take the fall? You decide and discover the life-altering consequences.
In Essence of Lilly, Lilly will do anything to avoid being at him, including making up youth group events to hang out with her boyfriend Jason. But when Jason wants her to lie to her parents about an overnight church retreat so she can stay over his house without a chaperone, what will she do? You decide the course-make the wrong decision and discover the life-changing consequence that comes with it.
Decisions, decisions! How is a girl supposed to choose? Lessons of right and wrong are put to the test in the Scenarios series, where you can test your decision-making abilities in an eye-opening, but safe, way. Each book follows a character up to the point where she has to make an important, life-changing decision—then it’s your turn to choose. Will your choices lead to a happy ending?
Life is full of pivotal decision-making points, and in Nicole O'Dell's interactive fiction series, Swept Away, the reader makes the final call on the characters' make-or-break-it decisions. O'Dell's first novel of the series, High Stakes, follows best friends Amber and Brittany, who, in their senior year of high school, find themselves competing against each other for a new car based on school grades and attendance. When Amber cheats on her grades to win the car, an emotional struggle of disappointment and fear of being caught soon follows.
In High Stakes, Brittany and Amber are the best of friends and what starts out as a seemingly friendly competition turns into a head-on battle for the prize. Amber especially feels she deserves the car since her family has been having financial issues with her dad's unemployment. Meanwhile, Brittanys dad keeps getting promoted, and she always seems to have the trendiest clothes and techie toys. After a heated argument over who should deserve to win the car, a very hurt Amber cheats on the final examsand Brittany is accidentally framed for it. Should Amber confess to the cheating and save her best friend from taking the fall? Or should she wait it out and get the car that she feels both she and her family deserve?
Throughout High Stakes, the dialogue at times can take on a blunt, cheesy feel, and the action doesnt always seem relevant. However, the characters themselves have enough personality to make the story interesting and the issues of cheating and financial struggle are relatable to many readers.
O'Dell's second novel within the same published book, Essence of Lilly, takes the reader onto the love-torn battlefield of high school, as sophomore Lilly tries to survive a crumbling family and find healing through her boyfriend, Jason. But how truly untarnished is her heros shining armor?
When Lilly wants to escape from the constant arguing and emotional abuse in her own home, sweet and caring Jason seems like an answer to her prayers. But what starts as a white lie, telling her parents that she and Jason are going to a youth group all-nighter, quickly spirals down into a dangerous situation as they are alone in his house. Jason knows where Lilly wants to draw her physical boundaries, but he always seems to be pushing for more. After a few drinks of alcohol, Lilly isn't so sure she minds. But how far is too far?
Essence of Lilly very realistically portrays the struggle for purity during teen years and excellently addresses a relevant issue for young people today. The characters are very relatable and the situations, sadly enough, probably hit home for many teens. This novel, however, also brings to the light the hope and healing we have in Christ even when we have fallen away from God's commands. Ephesians 1:7 states, "In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of Gods grace."
While High Stakes at times presents weak dialogue and action, in the end, both novels in Nicole O'Dell's Swept Away series confront the reader with very real situations through very lovable characters. I would recommend this series for middle and high-school-aged girls, especially as a wonderful teaching and character building tool. As for how the stories end? You'll just have to choose for yourself and see. Lyndsey Gammage, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
...both novels in Nicole O’Dell’s Swept Away series confront the reader with very real situations through very lovable characters. I would recommend this series for middle and high-school-aged girls, especially as a wonderful teaching and character building tool.
I really enjoy the Scenarios series. They're not quite as complex as the Choose Your Own Adventure books from my childhood, but they still have that same feel. The author sets up the story and readers choose between two paths. Of course, I always read both paths and figure most readers would. It's a great way for teens to see how their choices do play out.
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