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Chop, Chop (Chop, Chop Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

L.N. Cronk , Barbie Halaby
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Book Description

Contemporary Christian Fiction.

It seems to David that both Greg and Laci are a bit . . . out there. Between each of them constantly chopping off their hair for charity and Greg's clandestine hand signals, neither of them seem likely to develop friendships with reserved young David. Despite their differences, however, all three grow closer to each other and - as they do - David grows closer to God as well. Nearing adulthood, David finds himself content in every way . . . but when tragedy strikes, David must struggle to find his way back to God.

Best-selling and top-rated, Chop, Chop was the winner of an Honorable Mention at the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference.


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"I loved this book. I will say it again. I loved this book. I was moved to tears more than once . . . It is not often that I find a Christian book that has so much depth. This book deals with love, faith, death, forgiveness, and the pains of going from childhood to adulthood." - Tiffany A. Harkleroad - Tiffany's Bookshelf

"Chop, Chop is a gem! Cronk weaves strands of humor, realism and heart-wrenching emotion into David's story so well that I read the book in one sitting. Readers will be touched again and again as they read about David and his friends. What amazing characters. Highly recommended." - Jill Williamson BlogSpot

"The writing is extremely easy to follow and read. It at first seems to be just a casual read, but by the end of the book, you find that the characters have become your family." - Kristin Schmitt, The Maine Stream

"It took no time at all for David to win my heart. I especially like David because his personality was like that of an old man in a little body. He wasn't particularly charismatic or fun, and that made him still charming all the same. Of course, the begining of the novel leads to the understanding that something awful happened in David's life, so you might read this novel feeling a little tense, waiting for the hammer to fall. And it does fall. There are tears, but there is also so much laughter, and when the novel ends, so much hope." -RemainInHisLove.com

Product Details

  • File Size: 1254 KB
  • Print Length: 204 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 098200270X
  • Publisher: Rivulet Publishing (July 12, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001CK7YV0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,858 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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200 of 202 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Jewel February 1, 2013
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I found this book completely by accident in June of this year. I was over my "allowed" Kindle Budget but I needed something to read. I couldn't pay to download anything else that month, so I started to peruse the free books. Before Chop-Chop, all the free books I downloaded had ended up abandoned on my Kindle, deemed unworthy and too bad to get through by me, the book snob. I did not have high hopes. However, this book had 5 star reviews and lots of them. And a few 3,2, and 1 star reviews mixed in too. The bad reviews gave me hope. I say that because I don't trust books that have all glowing reviews. I don't believe that there is anyway everyone is going to agree on a book, and I feel like if a book has all 5 star glowing reviews someone is either paying for reviews or has a lot of family and friends who want to help bolster the books ratings.

SO, I downloaded the free book and I started to read. I read fast. I devoured it. The dialogue was the most suprising to me. It was so real! I was sure she (L.N) was a he, because the narrating character of David sounded so believable to me. It took me back to my early teen years, growing up in youth group, and that made me happy. I laughed AND cried with the characters. It was a joy. It also reminded me a bit of another favorite series of mine "Yada-Yada Prayer Group" by Neta Jackson.

I've read some of the bad reviews on here who say this book is meant for the younger reader. It was an easy read, yes. But also uplifting and full of faith.I am not a fan of "cheesy" books or "fluffy" reads, and I wouldn't put Chop-Chop in either of those categories. It was just real.
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82 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it.... November 14, 2011
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For as long as he can remember, David has been friends with Laci. Even when she does things that annoy him, like chop off her long hair to send to a charity that makes wigs for cancer patients. David things this is the stupidest thing, until Greg moves to town. Greg becomes friends with both Laci and David, and a strong bond, as well as strong faith, develops between the three of them. When the tragedy strikes, with that bond, and that faith, be enough to see David through?

I loved this book. I will say it again. I loved this book. I was moved to tears more than once during the reading of this book. It is not often that I find a Christian book that has so much depth. This book deals with love, faith, death, forgiveness, and the pains of going from childhood to adulthood. We watch David, Laci, and Greg take a tremendous journey, and I felt as though I was taking it with them.

The characters in this book are really well developed, I think in part because we hear the story being told by David. To hear a character's thoughts allows the reader to connect with the character, and I felt very connected to David. I loved seeing that these kids were not perfect. As Christians, we often put a lot of pressure on our youth to be perfect, so I find it encouraging that these characters sometimes struggled with their faith, or with doing the right thing; young readers need to see characters in these types of situations.

The book is highly emotional, particularly toward the end. It was actually quite difficult for me to watch these characters go through the devastating event they went through, but it is a situation that is relevant and could have been taken from the headlines over the past few years. I think this book is an excellent read, to adult or young adult readers, and can actually be quite a source of comfort. As this is the first in a series, I can honestly say, I cannot wait for the second.
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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best series I've ever read! September 21, 2013
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I just finished the entire series and I miss these people already! I laughed out loud and cried. But it's more than just a series with characters that you cherish, it's written with such loving and warm faith I genuinely desire to be a better person, a more faithful Christian. I can't endorse this series more. I real a lot and never a book a second time, but this entire series I will most certainly read again.
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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful surprise April 7, 2015
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To almost quit reading the story, thinking it was more for the junior high age group. I'm glad I continued as it turned out to be an emotional and very worthwhile ending.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars non religious reader August 17, 2012
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Ok...the fact is though I do not consider myself "religious"... I have always respected people who have deep beliefs. That find comfort and peace in those beliefs. That being said... I enjoyed this book more than I expected. I would recommend it anyone no matter what their beliefs are. The characters are well written and are easy to connect with. The story line is easy fallowing and not overly preachy. It is about human experiences that most can relate to in their own lives. In the end it is life lifting and leaves the reader with a hopeful look for future generations.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And the greatest of these is love... April 4, 2015
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The first part of this book reads like a sweet story of friendship and young love. However, like a symphony, the story swells into a powerful crescendo, and spills over into a peaceful and emotionally satisfying conclusion. It is Christian fiction at it's best.

Chop, Chop is a story told from the point of view of a teenage boy, David. It is also about Laci, whose heart is always drawn to helping others. Every year, since kindergarten, she lets her hair grow very long only to cut it off and send it away so it can be made into a wig for a cancer patient who cannot afford a wig. In elementary school David thinks Laci is a little strange.

Then a new kid, Greg, moves into the neighborhood and the church. Greg's father starts a youth group. This is where Laci, Greg, and David really get to know each other and become close friends.

As she grows up, Laci develops a heart for missions. While David would prefer going on a ski trip, Laci is instrumental in getting their youth group to go to Mexico to help people who live on a landfill. While David's practical nature, which Laci calls "grumpy," sometimes clashes with Laci's idealism, he secretly admires her selflessness.

Halfway through the book, I thought I had figured out that this book was a well written, sweet romance novel. However, it is much more than that. It is about friendship, loss, grief, and God's plan which does not always correspond with our expectations or goals.

While I think young readers would enjoy this book, it is also relevant to those of us who have been around long enough to go through some of life's unexpected blessings as well as challenges. I enjoyed this fast-paced and emotionally and intellectually engaging book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth reading!
Even though this is likely classified as YA fiction, this old woman enjoyed it very much. Characters are developed nicely. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Judy Rawls
4.0 out of 5 stars Totally enjoyed this book!
While this book does not have a plot, it held my attention completely. It is the story of a friendship that developed between Laci, David and Greg, middle school age kids. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Susan
5.0 out of 5 stars Chop, chop
Excellent read, compelling story line. I love this novel....can't wait to read the next book in the story. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Lesyle C
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't put it down!
Once I started this book, I never did put it down until I finish it. Great story line and the characters too.
Published 6 days ago by Glenda
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read. Thank you for writing beautiful Christ based ...
Another great read. Thank you for writing beautiful Christ based books for young adults even though I am a grandmother I am always looking for books to share with my teenage... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Melody Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars Chop chop
What a perfect name for this series ! So very encouraging with the shootings we are experiencing in our real life as a Christian.
Published 10 days ago by Hazel McNew
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazed
Let me begin by saying this was a quick and very easy read. So... go out and buy it for your teenage child who is far too busy with academics and athletics to start a novel; they... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Melissa Chamberlain
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
Great read!! Loved that it was written from a male perspective! Grabbed my attention from the beginning and kept me enthralled the whole read!
Published 12 days ago by Ruth Peters
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, godly message, enduring and eternal truths
I enjoyed this fast read, clean, honoring to God, and clear presentation of Christianity without being preachy or legalistic. Read more
Published 13 days ago by T. M. Mace
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Can not wait to read them all.
Published 15 days ago by Suzanne
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the truth about locks of love--not for kids with cancer!!!
Thank you for your comments, however, I respectfully disagree with your statement that I have not done proper research. I never state the wigs are made for children with cancer. Because alopecia is LOL's main cause (and because to explain all that would have detracted from the story), David... Read More
Apr 10, 2014 by L.N. Cronk |  See all 2 posts
Chop Chop Series Books 7 and 8
:) - 7 will be out within two weeks - God willing! Book 8 will be out by the end of the summer (again, God willing!). There are two companion novels in the works as well - thank you for your interest and for your review as well. Many readers don't realize how important reviews are . . . I really... Read More
Jun 5, 2012 by L.N. Cronk |  See all 7 posts
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