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Diane H. Pitts
5 Stars Out Of 5
March 20, 2006
Diane H. Pitts
The mailman brought my copy of The Encore, and I couldnt wait to dive in! What happens in the fifth and final episode of Becoming Beka? Eighteen year old Beka is torn between two loves; someone targets her for revenge; family dynamics heat up; and an unexpected twist catches Beka and the reader by surprise. Author Sarah Sumpolec doesnt tie up Bekas life in a neat package, but a strong message of God's hope lingers. Beka can't wait to see God's plan unfold, and I can't either. I hope thats why the author kept the door cracked for future possibilties. Maybe we wont have to say goodbye after all!
I read all of The Encore in one day. I just couldn't put it down! This is the first book I have read in the Becoming Beka series, and it made me want to go back and read all of the rest. The Encore is both encouraging and entertaining. It is a must read for any girl who is fighting her way through all of the drama of high school life.
The Encore is just that, a great ending to a superbly written series for teen girls. As a teacher and aunt, I've recommended and purchased this series for many teens struggling with the same issues Beka faces. Sumpolec does a terrific job with character development, allowing the reader to feel the pain Beka experiences. In The Encore, Beka knows in her heart she needs to decide about her relationships with two boys. The only downfall of this book would be that Sumpolec may have drawn out this decision and Beka's relationship with one of the boys a bit too long. However, the character development, tone, and pacing carry the reader for the most part.The problems Beka faces in this book are "real life" for Christian teens who desire to "fit in" to the world around them. Without being preachy, Sumpolec expresses her message of trusting God in terms teens will relate to.It was a fun ride to be part of Beka's life throughout this series. I look forward to seeing what Sumpolec writes next, knowing with confidence it will be something well written.