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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (July 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414375247
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414375243
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #199,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book broke my heart three times, and then healed all of it. And I didn’t even buy it for myself.

I am dad of a teenage girl getting ready to go to high school, and I bought the book for her as a gift. So the first time my heart broke, it was for the author, as she so candidly expressed her struggles with the prices she paid for her popularity.
The second time my heart broke was for my daughter because I know that she is going to face the very same temptations as she enters high school and I see and hear the seed of these temptations already as middle school comes to close.

My biggest temptation was to give this book with speech, but fortunately I read through it before I gave it to my daughter and I decided to let the author’s words speak and not add any parental subtext to an already well-communicated message, or mess up an extremely poignant and heartfelt message with some added-on lecture of my own. So I’m watching my daughter read it and letting her absorb it on her own terms. This is proving wise.

As for my third heartbreak, it’s for women I know and even dated. I’m a single dad, and I can’t express to you the number of women who I know or dated that found a path similar to the author in high school and have never been able to authentically get away from it. They’re still trying to be popular in their 30’s and 40’s.

The healing here is amazing, as it always is when it’s truly spiritual, and I hope that teenage girls and older women (with broken teenage pasts), and even a few dads who just want to understand and love, all read this book. Just remember dads, let the book speak, or maybe I should write let Him speak because He’s got an awesome plan for her.
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I may be in my mid-30's now, but I remember my heartaches and teenage mistakes like they were yesterday. Maybe if I had read such an honest testimony as is given in this book, those mistakes could have been avoided.

Movies show us the glamorous side of being popular, going to parties, drinking, and having casual sex. In her book, Tindell shares her story in the hopes that teenage girls can understand the other side not commonly talked about. She wishes she had known "not more cold facts and statistics, but more of the emotional reality...The challenge is that while the feelings are real, they are fleeting, and the pain that follows is not." She says making the right choices "might mean you're lonely today, but it also might mean you aren't scarred tomorrow...It's true that God can bring beauty from a pile of ashes, but rising from the ashes is not easy or fun - it's so much better to avoid that type of death." Tindell then shares about her Christian faith and how Jesus has made all the difference in her life. She says that her desires weren't the problem, but the way she was filling them was. I'm sure it is not easy to bare your soul for the world to see, but in doing so I believe that Tindell will be able to connect to girls where they are, and then show them a better way.

I would recommend this book to all teenage girls and the adults who love them. It may keep some girls from making the same mistakes. It may help parents find the right words to explain "why" not to make certain choices. It may also allow others to develop an understanding and compassion for girls trying to navigate through all the emotions and decisions that come during the teenage years.

On a side note - I think it would be beneficial if Tindell's parents wrote a book.
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Funny thing about being in high school. A few years ago, I went back to my old high school. Since I had lived out of state for years and this was pre-Facebook, I had lost touch with almost everyone. As we stood around reminiscing about our past, I had an epiphany. Almost everyone in high school thinks they are not popular!

As I heard people I would have identified as some of the most popular kids in our class talk about being teased or not feeling like they fit in, I realized maybe the whole popular thing is more about learning to be comfortable in your own skin. Perhaps it is about realizing there is no "normal" person and being different can really be just great (in healthy, godly ways of course). Maybe our shared angst was actually more about discovering who we were than about how popular we thought we were.

I was curious to read the book Popular: Boys, Booze, and Jesus by Tindell Baldwin. The author was raised in the stereotypical "good" Christian home, but went through a period of serious rebellion in high school. She tells the story of her slide into alcohol, drugs and sex as well as finding her way back to God. Along the way she shares with readers the painful lessons she learned and the Biblical truths she wished she had heeded.

I am really torn about books like this. As a former "good" girl, I find them in some ways to have an almost opposite effect on me. Was I really the only teen left that was trying to abide by God's commands? My daughter, who is probably a bit more grounded than I was at her age, just finds them annoying. She says she really has no desire to spend time reading about other people's bad decisions.
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