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Product Details

  • Paperback: 326 pages
  • Publisher: L.M. Ink (May 26, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979123755
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979123757
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #383,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rhonda M. on April 25, 2010
Format: Paperback
****Please note that this is not a Christian Fiction Book. Explicit language and sexual references.****

3.5 out of 5 Stars

While this book is not what I would consider Christian fiction, it is an inspirational tale. I enjoyed this story a great deal. I thought it was imaginative and original. The exploits of these characters and the decisions they made would resonate with many of us that have been at low points in our lives, making rash decisions as young people who think they know it all and know nothing. And I won't even get started on the decisions made about men.

The story kept me turning the pages and I was interested to see how things would turn out for both of them, especially Anya who carried the book a little more than Karen, but in the end Karen and her ex had drama piled on top of drama. It really was a good story.

Ms. Michelle took care to have this novel properly edited and the cover art matches the story exactly. Although I'm an avid reader of Christian Fiction, I would read another book by this author, because in the end she does point the reader to the heart of God for us all and that's redemption.

Review by Juanita Paine for UCFT

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All I have to say is WOW!!! ((((CLAPPING)))) At first, I was loving Anaya's story and was bored with Karen, and then Karen's story got better than Anaya, and it kept flipping back and forth!!! Lol... I found myself reading faster to get to other person's story. Talk about an emotional roller coaster! I was laughing, screaming, yelling, saying "WHAT?!!", crying ... LaShanda really put her all into this book! Brava!!!! Thank you for sharing your gift with the world!
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By Amazon Customer on June 13, 2014
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I read this after the sequel and i would have to say I prefer the storyline of the second book. The story could have been developed a little better (although it did depict some behaviors of girls their age). It didn't draw me in as the first. Especially, with Karen's boyfriend helping her mother financially wasn't realistic.
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By Amazon Customer on May 27, 2014
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It really is hard trying to follow God's will and this book portrayed this well.
Michelle also captures the young adults plight when finally leaving the nest. This book was hard to put down, really pulling the reader in - I couldn't read this fast enough.
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Casting Down Imaginations is a "niche" book on the surface. The author is young, black, and fairly traditional in her views. That didn't slow me down much - I'm a big fan of Amy Tan, and I'm not Chinese-American. Good women writers sail across ethnic borders without ever slowing down. Behind the conflict between Tan's traditional Chinese mothers and their modern American daughters is the same loving wrangling of my own experience, as a daughter and a mother. And the struggles of the main characters in Casting Down Imaginations were startlingly familiar to my 19-year-old self, who's still here somewhere, even after nearly 40 years.

Both girls are headed for college. Karen, still dealing with the painful aftermath of her adolescent rebellion, is determined to do well, stick to her principles, and come out on top. Anaya doesn't yet have the wildness out of her system - she can't wait to get away and do as she pleases without limits. (Been there, done that, wore out the T-shirt!)

Ultimately, both women find paths to success, but "success" isn't what either of them initially envisioned. Family drama, internal and interpersonal conflict, and crises of faith test them both; growing up isn't easy for these young women.
LaShanda makes their stories real. The dialogue flows so naturally the reader can hear it - a couple of phrases have started to creep into my own middle-aged-white-woman vocabulary. (Insert blushing smiley face here. I sometimes feel a tad silly when I open my mouth and a 20-year-old pops out.) The girls and their families are all beautifully imperfect people; an old boyfriend is an endearing jerk; the right thing to do is sometimes clear as mud, and at other times quite obvious and apparently unattainable. It's life as we know it.
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More About the Author

LaShanda Michelle is a novelist who shares the message of God's love by presenting characters who face real life struggles and overcome them through biblical application and God's grace. She is quickly becoming a reader favorite in her genre of African American Christian Fiction.

Since 2009 she has published several novels and short stories. She also independently wrote and produced a stage play. All of her work has received favorable literary reviews.

Before launching her literary career, LaShanda Michelle spent her younger years in Huntsville, Texas, where she was born and raised. After graduating high school she enlisted in the United States Air Force, where she served as a Medical Logistics Specialist.

When not writing, LaShanda enjoys spending time with her family. She currently resides in Virginia Beach, VA with her husband, Vincent.

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