Monday, December 22, 2008

A Couple of Reviews

It's really interesting to see the different viewpoints of people who read the same book, especially the female vs. male opinions. Here are a couple of new reviews of Rebel in Blue Jeans. Enjoy.

BOOK REVIEW
STORIES FOR CHILDREN MAGAZINE

BOOK: Rebel in Blue Jeans
AUTHOR: Beverly Stowe McClure
PUBLISHER: Twilight Times Books (2008)
ISBN: 1-933353-49-X
SUGGESTED READING LEVEL: 10 and up
RATING: 4 stars
REVIEWED BY: Wayne Walker

Rebel Ferguson is a sixteen (almost seventeen) year old girl who lives with her father and mother on a ranch in the country near Whispering Springs, TX, along with various animals. Or did live with her father and mother. As the book opens, her mother, Liz, is leaving the family for her new boyfriend Bo, a drummer in a rock band. With the help of her neighbors and best friends, cousins Will and Sully Garrett, Rebel learns how to deal with her anger towards her mother, her disappointment with her father in not going after her mother, and the attentions of a handsome college guy named Rick who has a less than savory reputation. Will she ever come to terms with her mother's new life? And will she fall for the charm of Rick or find true love from a better source?

I will be honest. This book probably does not appeal to me as much as others have because it would likely fall into the category of "chick lit." It certainly has its sad aspects because the breakup of a home is always regrettable. However, there are situations that are beyond our control and we have to learn how to live with them, even if we do not like them. This, I think, is the main message of the book. The story is put together well and keeps the reader's interest. The language is not too bad--a few common euphemisms and childhood slang terms for bodily functions, but no outright cursing or profanity. Parents will want to know that there are references to drinking alcohol, taking drugs, kissing, other boy-girl and dating activities, and sexual talk ("make love" and going "all the way"). There is one scene where Rick tries to seduce Rebel, but she rejects him.

The book is listed for "10 and up," but on the back, there is a quote from Fran Shaff, romance and children's novelist, who said, "Rebel in Blue Jeans is a book teens will love," and author Beverly Stowe McClure is said to have written "two other novels for teens." I would tend to agree with the teen novel classification. Because of the subject matter, a lot of parents whom I know would be a little uncomfortable letting their children on the younger end of the suggested reading level have this book. But older teenagers, especially girls, might find it interesting and perhaps even come across something that would be helpful to them in reaching certain decisions. We may not always agree with all the choices that Rebel makes, but she learns some important lessons, and that is what matters. Therefore, my basic reaction to reading the book is a positive one.

Related websites: http://rebelinbluejeans.wordpress.com, http://beverlystowemcclure.wordpress.com and http://beverlystowemcclure.blogspot.com (author), www.twilighttimesbooks.com (publisher)


Here's the second one:

About the book:When her mother runs away with the drummer in a rock band, sixteen-year-old Rebel Ferguson decides to do whatever it takes to bring her home.

My review:

This was a fun story. I read it from start to finish in one sitting. It was hard to put down. The characters seemed like real people and the conflict was believeable. The only weakness was that sometimes the dialogue didn't seem to fit their ages, but it was still a great read so that didn't take away from the story. I truly enjoyed it. There was nothing in it that was off-color or offensive, either, yet it dealt with real life issues such as dealing with divorcing parents and the emotional conflict that results from that type of trauma on a teenager. The romantic element was fun, too. I'd recommend it to all young adults.

Posted by Michelle Sutton at 3:56 PM 0 comments
Labels: book review

Dec. 21, 2008
I'm Editor-in-chief for Christian Fiction Online Magazine, Sheaf House Marketing Director, a member of ACFW, an edgy fiction writer, a book reviewer, an avid blogger/alliance member, CWOW blog mistress, mother of two teenagers, wife, pet owner, social worker by trade, and follower of Jesus Christ.

2 comments:

  1. Hey there,

    I enjoyed your book. Chick lit? He's gotta be kidding. He obviously doesn't read the genre. :)

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  2. Hi, Michelle,

    Yeah, I guess it's not really a "guy" book, but chick lit it isn't.

    Thanks for a super review.

    Bev

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