I am really excited to do this review! It’s Not About Him is a young adult novel, by my friend Michelle Sutton. Michelle is known as the Edgy Inspirational Author for a reason. Her books are edgy and they smack of the reality of the world we live in – whether Christian or not!
This book is the follow-up to Michelle’s first novel It’s Not About Me. And it picks up where the first one left off – with a young Suzie, pregnant from a rape that occurred at a party, in which she remembers nothing about, because she passed out while drinking. While she can’t change the past, she’s determined to move forward and have something good come out of this tragedy, so she enters into an open adoption agreement with friends.
Michelle Sutton hits hard with realism and openness. She is not afraid to confront the issues that young people face every day. Her characters are imperfect people living in an imperfect world. They stand strong and they fall. They turn to God and away from God. Sutton does a wonderful job of portraying sin while never glorifying sin, and in fact clearly shows that there are consequences, often severe consequences, to giving in to sinful desires.
This is a good book for mature teens, young adults and adults, but I would not recommend for the tween crowd. It is both heartbreaking and hopefull. It is filled with lust and love, abuse and healing, selfishness and selflessness, wrong choices and right choices, along with romance and friendship. There is a Discussion Guide included at the back to assist in talking about the various issues.
It’s Not About Him
Second Glances Novel #2
By Michelle Sutton
Susie passed out while drinking at Jeff’s party and later discovered she’s pregnant. She has no idea who the father is and considers having an abortion, but instead decides to place her baby for adoption. Following through ends up being more wrenching than she imagined, but she’s determined to do the right thing for her baby.
Jeff feels guilty that Susie was taken advantage of at his party and offers to marry her so she won’t have to give up her baby, like his birth mother did with him. But Susie refuses, insisting he should marry someone he loves. Can he convince her that his love is genuine before it’s too late? Can she make him understand that it’s not about him – it’s about what’s best for her child?