Thursday, 3 October 2013

Confessions of a Boy-Crazy Girl by Paula Hendricks

Sound familiar?

1.  You spot a cute boy (we'll call him Boy A)

2.  You dream about Boy A

3.  You do whatever it takes to get Boy A notice you

4.  Even though Boy A doesn't pursue you, you hang on to your dream of Boy A  until he (a) moves to the North Pole with no access to a cell phone or computer, (b) dies and is buried or cremated, or (c) begins dating another girl

5.  You mend your broken heart by hating Boy A and finding another cute boy (Boy B).  You replace Boy A with Boy B and begin all over again.....

Paula has gone through an entire alphabet-and-more-of boys over the years.

As she shares her journal entries and stories- the good, the bad, and the ugly-you'll be encouraged to trust God with your love life and buckle up for the ride.

Written for teen girls, Confessions of a Boy-Crazy Girl will help you on your journey from neediness to freedom.

Paperback:  160 pages
Published August 20th 2013 by Moody Publishers
Genre: YA*

Terri's Review

I had received this novel as a GoodReads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.

I will start by saying that this book is nothing like what the synopsis suggests.  I had entered the giveaway thinking that this would be a nice light YA read that touches on the topics of self discovery and independence.  I was wrong.

From beginning to end this book read as a bible scripture.  If I had known, I would not have requested this book to read.  While I am not adverse to reading Christian literature and have enjoyed some recently this book goes beyond.  The main focal point is surrounding God and the book is dominated by passages from the bible.  So much so that the point of the journey is lost with the amount of scripture in this short read.  If the only point that is Hendrick's is trying to make is to love God than I guess she was successful.

I almost feel guilty about thinking so poorly about this novel.  I am sure there is a market out there that would find this read fulfilling however if this book continues to be marketed as a YA novel then it will be received to poor reviews.  The synopsis of the book does not indicate the true nature of this read and I am sure a lot of readers are going to be disappointed and put off by it.  I do not blame the author for this as it is obvious that she was passionate about her message.  I blame the marketing of this novel and the fact that it is not being represented for the true genre that it is.  For this I give it a 2 star rating

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