Wednesday, November 4, 2009

What Matters Most ~ by Melody Carlson

I have not read the other books in the Diary of a Teenage Girl Series, but that didn’t hinder me from easily following and enjoying What Matters Most by Melody Carlson. This was an entertaining novel that did two things for me: 1) Made me glad I’m way beyond those tumultuous years; and 2) Made me wish I’d have had my head so together back in the day. Maya was a lovable character who faced her great adversities with strength and grace. This is a great YA novel, and I think that many teens will identify with and be inspired by Maya’s pain, passion, and perseverance.

This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.


What Matters Most
By Melody Carlson

Maya’s Green Tip for the Day: Recycled fashion is one of the most fun ways to go green. A pair of jeans could be transformed into a denim skirt. A sweater into a vest. A bunch of old ties into a dress. A blanket into a poncho. Accessorize it in new way–with beads, buttons, appliqués, buckles, stencils, or ribbons…your imagination is only the limit.

Sixteen-year-old Maya Stark has a lot to sort through. She could graduate from high school early if she wants to. She’s considering it, especially when popular cheerleader Vanessa Hartman decides to make her life miserable–and Maya’s ex-boyfriend Dominic gets the wrong idea about everything.

To complicate matters even more, Maya’s mother will be released from prison soon, and she’ll want Maya to live with her again. That’s a disaster waiting to happen. And when Maya plays her dad’s old acoustic guitar in front of an audience, she discovers talents and opportunities she never expected. Faced with new options, Maya must choose between a “normal” life and a glamorous one. Ultimately, she has to figure out what matters most.


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1 comment:

  1. Sounds like a good book. We have a son and daughter out of those teen years and one daughter still in them (age 17). They can be tumultuous!