Dizzy Blonde Kindle Edition
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|Age Level: 11 - 18|
|Grade Level: 6 - 12|
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She starts by chopping off her hair in the fashion of her favorite rock star, Dizzy. Everyone, including Lenni, is amazed at the resemblance. Then new make-up and a drastic choice of clothing style and she's created a new person.
Turning from her Christian friends, Lenni befriends Rayna. Lenni tries to help Rayna whose father has lost his job and is soon manipulated into a very bad and potentially dangerous situation.
While this books connects with age old high school problems dealing with friends, prom dates and clothes, the real message for this reader, and I hope the young adults who buy this book, are the dangers of the internet, bullying, and exploitation.
Ms Kittrell did an excellent job with this fast paced novel. She handled a very current and troubling situation involving children and teenagers. The intrigue and danger keeps the reader turning pages and the meaning of true friends and a relationship with God clearly shines through.
The focus is on Lenni, trying to find a new normal after her parents separate. Some children of divorce believe the conflict is the fault of their poor behavior and they try to reunite their parents by being perfect. Lenni, however, has always been the perfect child. Maybe perfection isn’t the answer, she decides, and starts to test boundaries and relationships and scruples. The problem with Lenni is that she is still sweet and naive. She doesn’t have the savvy to understand that the changes she makes because she wants to take control of her life actually turn on her and bring her where she doesn’t want to go. When she finds herself in a truly frightening, threatening situation, she discovers that the people she can trust are the ones she rejected.
Once again Ms. Kittrell writes of teen life with compassionate insight. When her characters make wrong choices, we can see what led to those poor decisions. Even the ‘mean girls’ have a back story that lets us see why they are unpleasant and even dangerous. We might want to shake some sense into Lenni but only because we care about her.
This is a great book for teens—those going through major life changes and those who just feel as though any change is a catastrophe waiting to happen. It could also be a great resource for parents just beginning to navigate those exciting, nerve-wracking teen years. And it is a well-written, fast-moving story that will leave the reader looking forward to the next book in the series.
When Lenni's new friend proves to be the kind of person the old Lenni would never have trusted, a lot of growing up follows. As a parent, I read Kittrell's story with an eye on Lenni's mom, who also had choices about how to handle her daughter.
Told in first person, well done. Great, well-developed characters in believable situations. Readers will also read the first story, Witch'abe. I look forward to Kittrell's next book.