Friday, June 10, 2016

"Homecoming Queen" by Melody Carlson

About this book:

  “The Carter House experiences a shake-up as one of its own returns home after an unnerving disappearing act. Then, friction grows as a school Homecoming Queen race heats up, turning friends and housemates against one another. DJ, Eliza, Taylor, Kriti, Rhiannon, and Casey show they have plenty of lessons to learn as the votes roll in. Some grow smarter and closer to God, while others seem to make the same mistakes over again. Despite all their differences and disagreements, the Carter House girls continue to grow together, forging a bond that strengthens through hardship. Hearts CAN change and friendship paves the way for at least one girl to move closer to God.”

Series: Book #3 (of eight) in the “Carter House Girls” series. (Book #1 Review Here! Book #2 Review 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 & a God-thing; ‘H’s are not capital when referring to God; DJ is still a new Christian and has some doubts; Taylor mentions that her grandmother is a real church-going lady; A guy says he’s an atheist; Mentions of prayers working; Mentions of youth group & church going.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘flipping’, an ‘idiot’, a ‘shut up’, a ‘sissy’, two ‘duh’s, two ‘sheesh’s, two ‘suck’s, three ‘dumb’s, three ‘witch’s, nine ‘stupid’s; Taylor curses & mentions of her cursing (said, not written); Sarcasm, sass & eye rolling; Taylor smokes (semi-detailed); Mentions of Taylor’s drinking & thinking of suicide/giving up in Book #2 (semi-detailed); Mentions of drugs & stealing them; A mention of shooting a horse;
             *Note: Mention of designers & celebrities; Mentions of Starbucks; Many mentions of pig’s blood and the movie Carrie.

Sexual Content- a cheek kiss; Touches (barely-above-not-detailed); a ‘sexy’, two ‘hot’s and two ‘skanky’s; A mention of a passionate kissing scene in a play; A mention of “a love session” from Book #2; A mention that Taylor engages in casual s*x; A mention that Taylor has condoms in her purse; A mention of having a child out of wedlock; A few mentions of a coach that some students think is gay (she’s not, she has a boyfriend); Mentions of flirting; Mentions of kissing & kisses; Mentions of Book #2’s crude pictures of Taylor; Lots of boys, boyfriends & girlfriends, dating, breakups, exes, & all that drama;
              *Notes: DJ wears a bikini to the pool & boys whistle; A mention of a lacy bra & mini-skirts; A mention of seeing another girl naked; A mention of tampons; A couple mentions of the boys’ locker room; Mentions of eating disorders.

-Desiree Jeanette “DJ” Lane, age 16
                                                P.O.V. of DJ
                                                        208 pages

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My personal Rating-
{Add 1-2 stars for girls in Public & Private School}
While this one was cleaner than the last one (Sexual Content wise), I wasn’t a fan of all the mentions of the pig’s blood…that is just gross! This series definitely gets better as it continues, though, the thing is you just have to get there.  

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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