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Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Zondervan/Youth Specialties
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
Series: Real Life
Nancy Rue has written over 100 books for girls, is the editor of the Faithgirlz Bible, and is a popular speaker and radio guest with her expertise in tween and teen issues. She and husband, Jim, have raised a daughter of their own and now live in Tennessee.
The book begins well, with narration of Cassidy's last game and her injury as the buzzer sounds. As the story progresses, Cassidy's knee injury is described and diagnosed. Right before she begins taking the pills, Cassidy happens upon the Real Life book. A new study hall and an art project force Cassidy to converse with Rafe, a self-classified loser who seems focused on robbing her of her sanity.
Tournaments, Cocoa & One Wrong Move has a theme described by Proverbs 18:12 as, "Before his downfall a mans heart is proud, but humility comes before honor." Cassidy continually is forced to give up her pride.
The progression of Cassidy's story is interesting, with problems mounting on problems, and a few subplots running with the main one, but the overall writing is disappointing. True enough, by the novel's conclusion Cassidy has become humble rather than proud, but her new romantic relationship with Rafe is rather premature for her age and rather ancillary to the purpose of the book.
Tournaments, Cocoa & One Wrong Move has a nice idea behind it, and its message is genuine and worthwhile, but this book doesn't seem to resonate with younger readers. Meredith Sell, www.christianBookPreviews.com