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|Format: DRM Free ePub|
Vendor: Barbour Books
Publication Date: 2012
Sixteen-year-old Addison Blakely has tireless played the role of PK—preacher’s kid—her entire life. But after Wes Keegan revs his motorcycle into town and into her heart, Addison begins to wonder how much of her faith is her own and how much has been handed to her. She isn’t so sure she wants to be the good girl anymore. Join Addison Blakely as she attempts to separate love from lust, facts from faith, and keep her head above water in her murky, fishbowl existence.
Betsy St. Amant lives in Louisiana—no, there are no gators in her backyard, but she does love gumbo!—and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. Her sixth romance novel for Love Inspired releases Spring 2012, and she has also been published in the Christian Communicator magazine and Praise Reports: Inspiring Real Life Stories of How God Answers Prayer. She has a B.A. in Christian Communications and regularly freelances for her local newspaper. Betsy is the wife of a fireman, the mother of the world’s cutest toddler, an avid consumer of both white chocolate mochas and novels, and an everyday girl who loves sharing the wonders of God’s extraordinary grace through her stories.
Adam77MissouriAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5An excellent bookMarch 3, 2012Adam77MissouriAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A riveting book for teens, March 3, 2012
I'm not a teen but I have five children and I've written a teen novel. This is a great book for girls. I liked Addison Blakely from the beginning. I rarely read books if I don't like the lead character's actions and qualities. Since her mother is dead, the teenager cooks and tries to take care her preacher father by watching his diet, etc. She's a good student and eagerly takes on being chairman of a talent show where the proceeds will go to a literacy charity. Yet she is a confused young girl and the two guys in her life only complicate things. The one is a great student with all the qualities she admires, and the other is a dropout who is drop-dead handsome, tantalizes her with attention, and plays the piano.
Addison has a disagreement with her best friend, an anorexic and a shopping addict. Then a young gal, a foreign exchange student enters school adding a dimension to Addison's life.
A teacher becomes a possible step-mother adding to the teenager's confusion.
Addison struggles between her faith, what others expect of a Preachers Kid, and doing what it seems everyone else is doing and the way they live. The day comes when she must choose.
I was surprised this grandmother barely could put the book down.
Note: The publisher provided a review copy of this book.
IreneUnited States5 Stars Out Of 5An Excellent StoryFebruary 29, 2012IreneUnited StatesQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Addison Blakely: Confessions of a PK is written by Betsy St. Amant. This book is excellent and I will be sure to pick up and read any book written by her!
The story is about a sixteen-year-old girl who is a pastor's daughter. Addison Blakely is not sure where she fits in or if she likes being a PK, preacher's kid. When motorcycle riding Wes Keegan shows up in town it only makes her more confused about what she really wants in life. Will she follow the beliefs she has been taught her whole life or will she step away and try her own ideas?
This is a wonderful book for all Christian teenage girls to read. They will relate to the main character and maybe even learn a few things while enjoying the story. Feeling like others understand what you are going through can be a real encouragement. I will put out a warning that there are some subjects touched upon that parents need to be ready to talk to their daughter about. Subjects like teen drinking, keeping pure, and peer pressure are all addressed. Overall it is a good book and I enjoyed not only the presentation of the characters but also the excellent writing.
I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.
MaryLoisHouston, TXAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great read for teensFebruary 23, 2012MaryLoisHouston, TXAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5As a PK, I could identify with many of Addison Blakely's dilemmas: wanting to break out of her goody-two-shoes mold, her attraction/fascination with a "bad boy", and losing a close childhood friend as they grow in different directions, and most importantly, figuring out who she is and who she wants to be. I believe teens will find Addison realistic, engaging, and helpful as they work through the same issues. Even though I'm way past my teen years, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and hope to read more by Betsy St. Amant.
Jill WilliamsonOregonAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Two thumbs up!February 20, 2012Jill WilliamsonOregonAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Review by Jill Williamson
Addison Blakely has always done everything to please her overprotective dadâ€”who's also a pastor. The thing is, she has a crush on a bad boy. And the more her dad ignores her, the more she wants to chase after something she wants. But what if it's the wrong choice?
Two thumbs up! I adored this book so much that I ignored my entire household one Saturday morning because I couldn't put it down! This is a great story about first love/lust/attraction and how Addison deals with it all. I loved her character, and I was completely sucked in to her world. This story reminded me of Nicolas Sparks' A Walk to Remember in how the bad boy and the good girl like each other. This was a very sweet story. I highly recommend it to readers 14 and up.
*I received this book free for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5compelling teen readFebruary 11, 2012MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The only child of a widowed pastor, 16-year-old Allison Blakely has more to deal with than the average teen. Besides teen troubles and high school drama, her glass-bowl life is watched by the church and the community. She's always played by the rules, but why doesn't she feel like a winner?
Allison has never dated; now several guys show interest in her. Yet she's attracted to Wes Keegan, the new bad boy in town. She knows her dad would not approve, but her heart tries to overrule her head.
New best friend, foreign exchange student Marta, helps Blakely work through her struggles, offering a listening ear and words of wisdom. Their conversations get to the heart of the situations, from school to friends to sexual pressure.
Betsy St. Amant begins with superficial, stereotypical characters and weaves a rich and powerful story. As the layers tear away, revealing authentic vulnerability, the main characters work their way into your heart. My eyes surprised me by dripping tears as I read the conclusion (and I'm to be old enough to be Allison's grandma). I think women of all ages, from teens to greats, would appreciate this novel and be touched by the tender tale.