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Olive is once again starting a new school and also starting her very first year of high school. Thankful, the Mashables, her quirky group of friends, are there loyally for each other. She’s forever grateful for them as problems seem to pop up right and left. Her mother’s photography business is failing, and Olive still struggles with knowing what to say around Dean after she made her decision to stop hanging out with him because he wasn’t a Christian. And then she is concerned for Adam, one of her best friends who has been acting strangely and has seemed so distant lately.
Wow! I was not expecting some of the controversial topics that came up in this book, but I am very grateful the author decided to address them. Homosexuality is a topic that is so often avoided in the Christian church- except to say that it’s sin- which I think is the wrong approach to handling topics that we are not comfortable with.
When Adam admits that he struggles with same-sex attraction, many in his church call for him and his family to leave the church. It does not matter to them that Adam has chosen not to live a gay lifestyle and is determined to continue serving the Lord despite his temptation. Olive and her brother James continue to stand by Adam, but they have a lot of questions. What does the Bible really say about homosexuality? How can they help Adam beside just in their prayers?
While obviously those issues concern and worry Olive, she also has other things happening and we’re introduced to another character that I’m looking forward to seeing more of in upcoming books- Chance, a classmate in her Spanish class who calls her Carrots.
The author writes in such an open manner that it’s impossible to really feel preached at or judged. These books come from her heart and are issues she’s passionate about, but she’s also open to talking and discussion- you can tell by her writing. If you’re curious at all about these subjects and seeing them through the eyes of a Christian teenager who’s struggling to understand them too, then this is the book for you to read. Kerfuffle was an excellent read, and I’m looking forward to seeing Olive’s story continued in the next book.
*Disclaimer: I received free copy of this book from the author in case I wanted to write a review. All opinions are my own.
Teens today are confronted with issues I never dreamed of when that age. Sexual abuse at a young age is one. Another is same sex attraction. Another is disagreement in a church and the real possibility of a church split. Spencer did a good job of addressing these issues in the context of a teen novel. We experience the anxiety of a teen being confronted with such issues through the eyes of Olivia, a high school freshman.
I really appreciate how the issue of SSA is explored, particularly the response of Christians and the church as a community. There is much meat for readers to chew on that topic. I also liked the teaching on the desirability of remaining single. To paraphrase one of the characters, “Being single isn't popular in the church today but that doesn't change what the Bible says.” (1 Cor. 7:8 and Matt. 19:9-12) I also appreciated the insight Spencer offers about Christians lashing out at others. Fear and lack of understanding often makes Christians very uncomfortable, hence the reaction.
This is a good book for teens. There is enough about boys and clothes and makeup to keep teens interested. There are also some serious issues explored in the book. I recommend this book to teens and suggest that parents read it too. There is much to discuss in it.
I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. My comments are an independent and honest review.
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