Thursday June 9, 2011
I was intrigued by this book’s premise, and at the same time, I resisted it. Who wants to read a book about a girl who lost her mother in a tragic accident…and feels responsible for that?
For me, Shattered by Melody Carlson was kind of like the sad thing you can’t look away from. I signed up to review the book because I teach high school girls, and I hoped to find a book to recommend to them.
And I did.
At first, it was hard. The girls this book was written for are the age of my youngest son, so I found myself automatically reading from a mom’s perspective. Going from the two massive Rutherfurd tomes I just finished to this meant I had to shift my perspective. I needed to try to think like a high school girl thinks. (Melody Carlson, the author, is good at this.)
But I was intrigued by the tale, and at the end, I got the redemption I longed for. This was a hard story – not rose-colored, life is good and fun and easy, everything always goes well. But you know what? In life, it doesn’t.
Teens know that – they see it, they sense it, they see it at home, at church, or in their friendships. What better place to read about coping with tragedy than from a Christian perspective?
I’m a big lover of the classics, but I know everyone doesn’t read Doestoyevsky for fun. And we read books for different reasons – sometimes as an escape, sometimes to learn, sometimes to just veg out. This book takes the reader on a good ride that definitely pays off in the end. High school girls can relate to this book; they’ll feel the story. As the back of the book says, “As teenage girls read Cleo’s journey, they too will learn the value of having faith and receiving forgiveness as well as just how dangerous it really is to keep a secret.”
A little bit about the author: Melody Carlson has written more than a hundred books for all age groups, but she particularly enjoys writing for teens. Perhaps this is because her own teen years remain so vivid in her memory. After claiming to be an atheist at the ripe old age of twelve, she later surrendered her heart to Jesus and has been following him ever since. Her hope and prayer for all her readers is that each one would be touched by God in a special way through her stories. For more information, please visit Melody's website.