What Matters Most, Diary of a Teenage Girl Series #3   -     By: Melody Carlson
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Sixteen-year-old Maya Stark has a lot to sort through. She could graduate from high school early if she wants to. She's considering it, especially when popular cheerleader Vanessa Hartman decides to make her life miserable-and Maya's ex-boyfriend Dominic gets the wrong idea about everything.

To complicate matters even more, Maya's mother will be released from prison soon, and she'll want Maya to live with her again. That's a disaster waiting to happen. And when Maya plays her dad's old acoustic guitar in front of an audience, she discovers talents and opportunities she never expected. Faced with new options, Maya must choose between a "normal" life and a glamorous one. Ultimately, she has to figure out what matters most.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Random House, Inc
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.19 (inches)
ISBN: 1601421192
ISBN-13: 9781601421197
Availability: In Stock
Ages: 14-18
Series: Diary of a Teenage Girl

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Maya’s Green Tip for the Day: Recycled fashion is one of the most fun ways to go green. A pair of jeans could be transformed into a denim skirt. A sweater into a vest. A bunch of old ties into a dress. A blanket into a poncho. Accessorize it in new way–with beads, buttons, appliqués, buckles, stencils, or ribbons…your imagination is only the limit. (65 words)

Sixteen-year-old Maya Stark has a lot to sort through. She could graduate from high school early if she wants to. She’s considering it, especially when popular cheerleader Vanessa Hartman decides to make her life miserable–and Maya’s ex-boyfriend Dominic gets the wrong idea about everything.

To complicate matters even more, Maya’s mother will be released from prison soon, and she’ll want Maya to live with her again. That’s a disaster waiting to happen. And when Maya plays her dad’s old acoustic guitar in front of an audience, she discovers talents and opportunities she never expected. Faced with new options, Maya must choose between a “normal” life and a glamorous one. Ultimately, she has to figure out what matters most.

Author Bio

Melody Carlson is an award-winning, best-selling author of nearly two hundred books for teens, children, and adults, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series, the Secret Life of Samantha McGregor series, the True Color Series, and Notes from a Spinning Planet series. Melody has two grown sons and lives in central Oregon with her husband, where they enjoy skiing, hiking, gardening, camping, and biking.

Endorsements

“Maya is a fun character! It's not even possible to read It's a Green Thing and not relate to her questions, her challenges, and her struggles as a teen and Christian. And I found myself jotting down her awesome eco-friendly tips!” - Jenny B. Jones, Award winning author of In Between and The Charmed Life series

“As Maya Stark pours her heart out in her journal, readers are treated to an inside view of a life that is at times exotic and unfamiliar, and at other times hauntingly similar to our own. Maya’s struggles become our struggles, her pain our pain, and her successes, therefore, even sweeter. A Not-So-Simple Life is another triumph for Melody Carlson.” - Virginia Smith, author of Sincerely, Mayla and Stuck in the Middle

“Fantastic book! Maya is so easy to like—this is a hard story to put down!” - Erynn Mangum, author of Miss Match

“Melody Carlson has proven her skill once again at writing gritty stories about characters in difficult situations. In A Not-so-Simple Life, Maya Stark seeks to escape life under the controlling hand of her drug-addict mother by acting on a plan for independence with admirable determination.” - Michelle Buckman, author of Maggie Come Lately and My Beautiful Disaster

“I just finished Melody’s book and loved it! The journal format makes the story, and Maya, so real and believable. Readers will easily be able to identify with the realistic approach to a prevalent situation.” - Patricia Rushford, author of the Max & Me Mysteries

Editorial Reviews

“Maya is a fun character! It's not even possible to read It's a Green Thing and not relate to her questions, her challenges, and her struggles as a teen and Christian. And I found myself jotting down her awesome eco-friendly tips!”
Jenny B. Jones, Award winning author of In Between and The Charmed Life series

“As Maya Stark pours her heart out in her journal, readers are treated to an inside view of a life that is at times exotic and unfamiliar, and at other times hauntingly similar to our own. Maya’s struggles become our struggles, her pain our pain, and her successes, therefore, even sweeter. A Not-So-Simple Life is another triumph for Melody Carlson.”
Virginia Smith, author of Sincerely, Mayla and Stuck in the Middle

“Fantastic book! Maya is so easy to like–this is a hard story to put down!”
Erynn Mangum, author of Miss Match

“Melody Carlson has proven her skill once again at writing gritty stories about characters in difficult situations. In A Not-so-Simple Life, Maya Stark seeks to escape life under the controlling hand of her drug-addict mother by acting on a plan for independence with admirable determination.”
Michelle Buckman, author of Maggie Come Lately and My Beautiful Disaster

“I just finished Melody’s book and loved it! The journal format makes the story, and Maya, so real and believable. Readers will easily be able to identify with the realistic approach to a prevalent situation.”
Patricia Rushford, author of the Max & Me Mysteries

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  1. The Phantom Paragrapher
    Tauranga, New Zealand
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Third Book in the DOATG Maya Series :)
    February 19, 2011
    The Phantom Paragrapher
    Tauranga, New Zealand
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Review : What Matters Most - DOATG Maya Book #3- Melody Carlson - Sept 2009

    Maya has had all that she could imagine come her way, however it hasn't been easy with tragedy one way or occuring. Firstly the death of an aunty she never realised she had, then her mother ended up in prison and Maya went to live with her dad then Uncle and at the end of Book #2 we saw Maya's friend Marissa end up in a coma and Maya's conflicts about guys especially one in particular - Dominic. In Book #3 Maya is still coming to terms with Marissa's accident that left Marissa Brain damaged , her mother has been released from Jail and not only does Maya have Dominic to worry about, another guy at school Wyatt is showing an interest in Maya and his ex-girlfriend Vanessa isn't too happy about it and is putting her vipers out on Maya. Can Maya cope with all that is happening or when she is offered a chance to leave school and become a rock 'n' roll star , will she jump at the chance to escape from reality when the going gets tough ? We also once again see Maya's judgement about God start to sway , can she remain strong no matter what happens?

    Also in this book, we discover a new christian singer called Anna Gilbert, I youtubed her and ended up downloading some of her songs onto my IPOD.
  2. Jill Williamson
    Oregon
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    December 29, 2009
    Jill Williamson
    Oregon
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Maya is trying to figure out what matters most in life. Should she graduate early? Date the boy she likes even though she knows its a bad idea? Join a rock band and go on the road? Then her mom shows up and threatens everything Maya has worked so hard for. How should a Christian act toward a parent like her mom? Should Maya let her mom ruin her life again? Should she stand up to her?I really enjoyed this series. Maya is a neat character. Shes very independent and hard-working. She always tries to do the right thing, and when she fails and loses her temper, she eventually comes around and does the hard thing of apologizing. This book was really about how to love difficult people. My only wish, I would have liked to see more about how things respovel with Dominic. As with all Mayas stories, each chapter ends with one of Mayas Green Tip for the Day. I highly recommend this series for any teenage girl who loves to read. Maya is an awesome character to get to know.
  3. Patty Le Blanc
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    November 28, 2009
    Patty Le Blanc
    This is actually the last book in the Diary of a Teenage Girl series. I hadnt read any of the previous books, but I really liked this one. Maya is a carefree girl who has a lot on her plate and a history that got her to where she is. I found Maya to be a very lovable character. She was genuine and real. I feel like I want to go back and read the previous books to understand the journey of how Maya got to where she was in this book. I found this to be a story that I would definitely recommend and I appreciate having a book that relates to teens in a positive way and gives them good examples to follow.
  4. Mike
    Alexandria, IN
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    November 18, 2009
    Mike
    Alexandria, IN
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    This is the 3rd book in a series of books subtitled, Diary of a Teenage Girl.In this book, we see that Maya Stark is sixteen years old and has been mostly on her own for about a year. Living with her Uncle its more like a place to lay her head. Her father did not fight for custody as being a musician he is gone more than he is home and her mother is in prison for drug addiction.As a Christian teen Maya has a lot to think about and sort through. It's a tough time of life and there are more complications anyone would want for their teen. Maya could graduate from high school early if she wants to. Shes considering it, especially when popular cheerleader Vanessa Hartman decides to make her life miserableand Mayas ex-boyfriend Dominic gets the wrong idea about everything.To complicate matters even more, Mayas mother will be released from prison soon, and shell want Maya to live with her again. Thats a disaster waiting to happen. And when Maya plays her dads old acoustic guitar in front of an audience, she discovers talents and opportunities she never expected. Faced with new options, Maya must choose between a normal life and a glamorous one. Ultimately, she has to figure out what matters most.This would be a good book to give to a teen girl who is considering options in life as she reads about Maya and her writings which uncover more of her personality.
  5. Janna Ryan
    North Platte, NE
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    November 6, 2009
    Janna Ryan
    North Platte, NE
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    "What Matters Most" is the latest and last in Melody Carlson's Diary of a Teenage Girl series. It is book 16 I believe though the series follows four different girls and all of them show up in this book. I think the concept is great, we read the whole book through the eyes of Maya's diary which is actually kind of fun, with the exception that I don't know anyone that is THAT detailed when they write in their diary! I mean, goodness, she writes entire conversations down word for word :-) Maya is a great character - a smart girl with a rock star dad who is never around and an incarcerated mom who has never been a mother to her, she lives with her uncle and is in the process of trying to get emancipation when her mom is released from jail. She has boy issues, girl issues with the snotty cheerleader and the girls from youth group, lots of irons in the fire and now she is starting jam sessions with this Christian Girl Band, Redemption, that lost one of their members to college. Does she really want to be a rock star? Great premise... here is where it goes wrong... I read the last chapter and look to see when the next book comes out to wrap up all the loose ends in this book... um, try never??? As great as this book is and the series is... I can't believe all the things that are left undone. I was left feeling unsatisfied. It would be a great book if there were another one following, as it is I enjoyed it, I just wish there was more to it.
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