Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Never Been Kissed by Melody Carlson

About the Book: (from the publisher)

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?

My Thoughts:

Well, this is definitely a 21st century story, because when I was a teenager I was not allowed to call boys, and I wasn’t allowed to receive phone calls from anyone, male or female after 8:00pm. Now, every child is running around with a cell phone…talking, texting… and in extreme cases sexting. That is the problem faced by the teens in Melody Carlson’s latest book, and it makes me SO THANKFUL that my phone doesn’t have a camera and none of my teenagers have their own cell phone! I may not have understood my parent’s rules, but after reading this book, I know that they were light years ahead of today’s parents, and I am proud to follow in their footsteps!

Kids are going to be kids, and they are going to fight over boyfriends, talk and gossip viciously about one another, and they will do insane things out of jealousy. If you equip them with a camera and a phone and unsupervised access to the internet, TROUBLE of all sorts is soon to follow. This group of teens find themselves in trouble with the law for sexting…a form of child pornography if done by young adults under the age of 18. And the reason? Typical teen age jealousy, angst and immaturity.

This is a disturbing scenario to me, and yet I know it is a modern problem that parents and teens face because of technology. As parents we must be VERY VIGILANT to guard our teens from this form of “entertainment”. This is a SCARY time in which to raise teenagers!! Great day in the morning!!

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

My copy of this book was provided by Revell Publishing in exchange for my review.

1 comment:

Kav said...

Topical for sure. I hear about it on the news all the time and can't quite comprehend how girls can be talked into (or talk themselves into doing it). I mean, they've got to realize once they hit send they can never get it back, right? Good for you for following in your parents' footsteps!