Monday, August 24, 2015

"Changing Faces" by Wendy Lawton

About this book:

  “Senior year = one word: STRESS.
  Stressed to the max in her senior year, Olivia O’Donnell fills every spare moment of her week with frenetic activity. Aiming to be valedictorian, homework is top on her priority list, but she always manages to find time to watch Changing Faces with her best friend since kindergarten, Jane Broga—at least it used to be always. Lately, Olivia is so consumed by her day planner checklists that the most important people in her life are somehow getting inched out of her harried schedule. To make matters worse, Jane strikes up a friendship with Olivia’s longtime archenemy, Aubrey Ainsley. Will Olivia hit a breaking point when she unexpectedly starts volunteering at a homeless shelter in order to clinch the valedictorian spot? Can she learn to have compassion for others who don’t seem to try as hard as she does? And when Changing Faces comes into her life, will it drive a wedge between Olivia and Jane or draw them close again?”

Series: Book #1 (of four) in the “Real TV” series.  

Spiritual Content- Many Prayers; Quite a few Scriptures are quoted, mentioned & discussed; Talks about God & gifts; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Many talks about having a quiet time with the Lord; Youth group & mentions of sermons/talks; Mentions of Church going.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘crud’, a ‘drat’, two ‘dumb’s, two ‘idiot’s, three ‘sheesh’s, seven ‘stupid’s; Many mentions of cancer (semi-detailed); Mentions of abusive situations; Mentions of illegal dealings.

Sexual Content- two forms of ‘hot’ when referring to how someone looks; Mentions of crushes & crushing; Aubrey flirts & is a boy magnet.
              *Note: Mention of skintight clothing & curves.

-Olivia O’Donnell, age 17
                                        P.O.V. of Olivia
                                                        219 pages

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My personal Rating- 
These past couple of days, I re-read this series as my first reviews (dating back to two years ago this month!) were on the old rating system. My opinion of the series didn’t really change; but I think I enjoyed this one a bit more because I totally get the stressing thing now. ;)  I do wish it was a bit longer and didn’t end so quick.

See y’all on Wednesday with a new review!

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.


  1. Was there any negative content? Any romance? I'm a 15 year old homeschooler and my parents have pretty strict guidelines, which is really great, do you think this would be an okay book for me? Thanks!

    1. Hi Eliza!
      I don't do spoilers in my review without marking them, so it's safe to read my reviews. ;)
      On this book, there's some minor cussing (stupid, dumb, etc.) and there's some mentions of crushes and crushing on someone. There's some other stuff, but since this book is written for a senior in High School, it's all pretty clean. For more info you can read my review up above. :)
      Have a wonderfully Blessed week!
      ~Lindsey Z.
      Owner of BFCG

    2. Cool thanks! I thought I read the review but somehow I missed all that, I see it now. I guess that's what I get for trying to watch American Ninja Warrior and read blog posts lol :D