I received the following book free in exchange for writing a review. While I consider it a privilege to receive free products to review, my review is my honest opinion and thoughts of the book.
I thought I would be able to let my oldest daughter read this book after me and do her own book review for her blog, but decided that she cannot. While the book is aimed at high schoolers, I don’t think this book represents what should be a typical high school experience for Christian kids.
Years ago it would be an incredibly shameful to show your face in public with an out-of-wedlock pregnancy; today it is the norm. But I question that it should be for Christians. I don’t think it should be, regardless of what the world around us is doing.
Out With the in Crowd reminded me of a teen soap opera with the boyfriends, break ups, teen girl meanness and teen pregnancy. It is the second in the series Stephanie Morrill has written about The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt. Skylar is a teen who is from a seemingly Christian home, but sows some wild oats by partying and drinking. Then an event occurs to get her attention back on God. The whole book is about her struggle to live for Christ when things around her are falling apart.
I don’t know about you, but we are trying to raise our children differently than the world. I realize that Christian teens attending high school are no doubt facing the very things that this book addresses, but that is one of the reasons we are homeschooling.
The book also fails to even mention Scripture verses that could help Skylar focus on truth rather than her own thoughts and circumstances.
Needless to say, I was disappointed in this book. You may or may not agree.
“Available January 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”