I am very pleased with Sandra Byrd. She has always written good, wholesome books. I read her "Secret Sisters" series when I was younger and was soooo happy to find that she wrote a book for fifteen-year-olds. So many of the 'teenage Christian fiction' (as it is labled) deals with things that NO Christian teenager should even know about. I find it very refreshing that Mrs. Byrd writes about normal issues.
Now as to the writing and the subject matter, I think that ,as always, Mrs. Byrd has written the story well. Her characters are very lifelike. Savvy's story is interesting, funny and has problems that normal Christian kids face. Great story! My only complaint is that I wish it had been longer! I didn't want it to end!
I am always wary when reviewing Christian teenage fiction--you just never know what you might find. I've seen teenage fiction where the main characters were rebellious and boy crazy and that's not something I want to encourage in my daughters. It's hard enough being a teenager without being encouraged to chase boys and argue with your parents in Christian books.
But the main character of this book, Savvy (Savannah) is not only cool--she's a good Christian kid whose not too perfect but does her best, seeks God's wisdom, and finds how He answers her prayers for that very thing. She's an aspiring journalist seeking a role as her new English school's advice column writer. She reads the bible and prayers that God will help her give good, sound advice to her classmates. It's rewarding to see this great example of a teenager who's seeking God, staying true to him, and super cool.
The plot moved quickly, the characters were likeable, and the writing was flawless. I gave the book only 4 stars because the recommended audience is 9-12 year olds. Savvy deals with life as a 15 year old, high school girl. I don't feel that 9-12 year olds should be hanging out with high schoolers in real life, so naturally don't think they should be seeking them out in books, either. I do highly recommend this book and the rest of the series to older girls, but no younger than 14.
As I sat down to read Sandra Byrd's first book in her London Confidential series, I have to say that I was very much excited. Even though it's a young adult novel, I knew that I would absolutely love it. I have been a HUGE fan of hers ever since I read her French Twist adult fiction series, which is now my all time favorite book series. I have got to say that I was not disappointed.
The first book, Asking for Trouble, introduces us to Savvy Smith, a 15-year-old who has just moved with her family from Seattle, WA to London, England. Feeling all alone in a new country, Savvy must learn how to make her way in her new school and her new life. Struggling to make friends and fit in, Savvy just knows that her perfect fit will be as a member of the school newspaper. Unfortunately, she doesn't have the required experience that the super cute newspaper editor requires. So she sets out to prove herself and earn a staff position. But, does she have what it takes? And will she ever truly feel at home in London?
I have to say that I found this book absolutely delightful. I was pulled in from the start and I instantly loved the characters. While reading it you could definitely relate to what Savvy was feeling and the struggles she was going through. The more I read, the more I wanted to see things go right for Savvy and her slightly wacky, but loveable family.
This book was refreshing and charming and I honestly cannot wait to read the next book in the series.
This book was one of my favorite books by Sandra. Once you pick it up you wont be able to put it back down. When you finish it leaves you wanting to get into the car and drive to the closest book store for the second book.
Fifteen year old Savvy Smith has relocated to London with her family and is now attending a new school. She longs for a place to fit in, but the school is very group-oriented, and if you aren't a member of something then no one wants you. Savvy tries gymnastics, science club, art, and other things with humorous results, but the only thing she really wants to do is write.
There is a school newspaper, one that is floundering and they are advertising for help, but the editor doesn't think Savvy has enough experience to do the job. What can Savvy do to change his mind? Or will she find someplace else where she can fit in?
ASKING FOR TROUBLE is the first book in Sandra Byrd's London Confidential series. I read book three first, and then was anxious to get my hands on the earlier books as I loved it and so did my daughters.
ASKING FOR TROUBLE grabbed my interest from page one and held it all the way through. I loved reading about Savvy's struggles to find a place to belong and how she grew along the way. She learned a couple valuable lessons in ASKING FOR TROUBLE, one that girls anywhere can learn from and apply in their lives. If you have a daughter in the young adult age range you will want to consider ASKING FOR TROUBLE.