Friday, October 9, 2015

"Stealing Bradford" by Melody Carlson

About this book:

  “The Carter House girls are just getting to know one another when the subject of boys comes up. Rhiannon’s dating Bradford, the most popular jock in school, Eliza’s seeing Harry, and even DJ has dated Conner, although now he acts as if he doesn’t like her. Boys aren’t always easy to understand, but every girl in the house wants a boyfriend and will do just about anything to get one. So when Taylor decides to put the moves on Bradford, Rhiannon is shocked and hurt. Mistakes are made and feelings battered there is forgiveness for some and bitterness for others but at the end of the day, the girls learn a valuable lesson about what it means to be a family.”

Series: Book #2 (of eight) in the “Carter House Girls” series. (Review of Book #1 Here!) {Another series by this author, “On the Runway” mentions these characters after the final book. {Read #1 of that series review Here!} I personally would read the CHG series then the OTR series. :) }

Spiritual Content- Prayers; Talks about God, how it works & praying; ‘H’s are not capital when referring to God; Bible reading; Scriptures are read, mentioned, quoted & thought over; Youth group, Church & talks about sermons; DJ is a new Christian; A mention of a Catholic crucifix;
*Note: DJ calls Taylor evil, a spawn of the devil & “the devil girl”; A mention that Kriti is probably Hindu; A mention of a “little hellhole”; A mention of a goddess.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘bull’, a ‘freaking’, an ‘idiot’, a ‘moron’, a ‘oh my gosh’, a ‘sheesh’, a form of ‘wimp’, two ‘duh’s, two ‘give a rip’s, two ‘sucker’s, three ‘crap’s, three ‘dumb’s, five forms of ‘witch’, ten ‘shut up’s, fifteen forms of ‘stupid’; A possible curse is cut off; Sarcasm, sass & eye rolling; Mean girls & bullies; Thinking of suicide; Taylor & Casey smoke; Mentions of martinis & wine; A mention of tobacco; A mention of cannibalism; A mention of Taylor’s father who’s in rehab & abuse when drunk;
             *Note: Many mention of designers & celebrities; Mentions of Starbucks.

Sexual Content- a cheek kiss and two not-detailed kisses; A mention of Book #1’s passionate kissing & touching scene; Talks about kisses & first kisses; Taylor is a flirt & flirts with taken guys; a ‘babe’, a ‘baby’ and two ‘hot’s; When Casey & DJ hug, mean girls call them lesbians and to get a room; Five mentions of the rumor that the girl’s PE teacher is gay, and because of that rumor DJ feels uncomfortable when Ms. Jones gives her extra attention (it’s revealed in book #3 she has a boyfriend); Taylor asks if a teacher is gay (no, he’s not); A mention of a girl being bi & coming on to another girl (she isn’t & didn’t); Mentions of skanky-looking photos, photos of girls kissing girls, hoots from boys & someone asks if she’s “Training to be a porn queen?” (no, she’s not, the photos are edited); Mentions of guys noticing girls; A mention of the episode on the beach (Book #1) when Taylor embarrassed DJ; A mention of accusing someone of cheating; A mention of a pastor who had an affair; Two mentions of a pervert & one that might have kidnapped a girl as his sex-slave (did not happen); A mention of doing it in a back store room (but really just a “heavy make-out session” that could have gone to doing it but “it would be rather tacky to have sex in the backroom.” Then later a mention of going to a cheap hotel to do it.) Taylor says she doesn’t “want a guy who’s only interested in having sex.”; Lots of boys, boyfriends & girlfriends, dating & all that drama;
              *Notes: A mini skirt is shown on the front cover; Mentions of Taylor’s breasts & lacy bra; Mentions of bras & “the girls”; A “butt out”.

-Desiree Jeanette “DJ” Lane, age 16
                                        P.O.V. of DJ (Epilogue in Taylor’s POV)
                                                        209 pages

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Early High School Teens-
Older High School Teens-

My personal Rating-

{Add 1-2 stars for girls in Public & Private School}
If I remember right, when I first read this series, this one was my least favorite in the series due to all the Sexual Content. But, the ending makes getting through all the icky stuff worth it! ;)

See y’all on Monday 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.

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