[Revell Blog Tour&Review] Never Been Kissed by Melody Carlson

Posted 27 January, 2011 by Molly(Cover To Cover Cafe) in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

About the Book:

New School = New Chance for That First Kiss

Summer is ending, and for once that doesn’t seem like such a bad thing to Elise. She’s hoping that starting fresh at a new high school will turn her first-kiss prospects around. New guys, new friends, and a new lease on life.

What she wasn’t counting on was all the new pressure–to hang with the right crowd, wear the right clothes, and date the right guy. Just when it seems she’s on top of the world, everything comes crashing down. Could one bad choice derail her future?

About the Author:
Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books, several of them Christmas novellas from Revell, including her much-loved and bestselling book, The Christmas Bus. She also writes many teen books, including Just Another Girl, Anything but Normal, the Diary of a Teenage Girl series, the TrueColors series, and the Carter House Girls series. Melody was nominated for a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her books, including the Notes from a Spinning Planet series and Finding Alice, which is in production as a Lifetime Television movie. She and her husband serve on the Young Life adult committee in central Oregon. Visit Melody’s website at www.melodycarlson.com.

My Review:
Melody Carlson is AWESOME! She writes from the heart, and she writes for the teens. I love her work, both her adult books and her YA novels. And, this Never Been Kissed novel is by far the best one by her yet. She takes a combination of YA issues, sexting (child pornography), suicide, trusting in God, lies,being popular, bullying and boys and raps them up into one incredible, major impacting novel that will help ANY young lady through any number of issues. 

Meeting Elise was a fun experience. What happened to her-I won’t go into major detail for fear of spoilers!- wasn’t fun, but seeing the strong, tender hearted young woman who was dealing with MAJOR issues, issues that 16 year olds should NOT have to go through, I felt like her big sister. I prayed for her through this story and became quite up set with some of the other characters in this book. But, through Melody Carlson, she HAD to have those characters along side her or this story wouldn’t be worth reading, and wouldn’t have the same impact on young adults. 

This is a novel that I think should have more than 5 stars for it’s powerful, powerful messages. It’s PERFECT for EVERY young lady in high school to show how serious the issues I mentioned really are. Reality meets fiction in this HIGHLY recommended young adult novel and if you have a teen aged girl who loves to read in your life, then please, don’t hesitate to get this book for her. She will not only learn a lesson, but will fall in love with Melody Carlson’s work, as Carlson puts God as the center of EVERY book but yet hits home with real life issues in teens. 

~Available January 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group~

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*This book was provided for review by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group*

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