As a middle age mother, I actually found comfort in Tindell’s words as she recognized God’s intervening grace, love and redemption in her life. If you are a mother of a teenage girl who is testing the boundaries, this book could give a glimpse into what she may be dealing with and how to respond. I might recommend reading it before giving it to your daughter so that you can talk about it together. There are aspects to which we can all relate to and talk about – listening to lies and trading something good for something bad because it appears to be more self-gratifying at the moment.
I had the opportunity to read the book with my 17-year-old daughter Emily (strong-willed, independent and stubborn) and her teenage friend Miranda. In summary, they thought the author was too hung up on the idea of popularity when there are so many other reasons that girls may choose boys and booze. Here are their thoughts, one more enthusiastic than the other:
Miranda’s review: I think the temptations that teens face are more about getting away from feelings and wanting to have fun more than it is about being popular. Feelings are exaggerated and sometimes they just hurt really bad, and to escape them is a big part of it. Apart from that, I could really relate to what she had to say – especially about her first love, the heart break, and temptations to have sex. I wish I had read this book two years ago.
Emily’s review: I don’t like to read often unless it's a book that pulls me in from the start and has an awesome plot. This book was not one of them. The title of the book made me not even want to open it – my mom bribed me. The word “popular” is out of date. The subtitle of the book would have been more intriguing. I don’t know a single teen that has sex, does drugs, and drinks just to be “popular.” We do it because it feels good or maybe relieves pain we are feeling. This book has a lot of repetitiveness about popularity and I felt like the writer was just trying too hard. The second part of the book did get better. It didn’t repeat as much, it was just slower than the first part of the book.
I was provided a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for me and my daughter's honest review.