Wednesday, September 20, 2017

"Forgotten" by Melody Carlson

About this book:

  “With MIA parents, overdue rent, and no one to turn to, Adele is forced out of her home. She strives to maintain the pretense of a “normal” life while struggling to finish high school, all the while concealing that she is homeless. But is she strong enough to keep up the act?
  Every teenage girl has a secret. And every teenage girl loves hearing someone else’s secret. But some secrets are big enough to detour, derail, or even destroy a young person’s life. Each of Melody Carlson’s Secrets novels will propel readers into a world where promises are broken, life is not fair, and challenges can make or break them, while ultimately helping readers discover that solid faith, loyal friends, and a persistent spirit will see them through.”

Series: Book #1 in the “Secrets” series.

Spiritual Content- A couple Prayers; Church going & a sermon; A mission home & talking to a pastor; Talks about God, trusting, & peace; ‘H’s are not capital when referring to God; Adele isn’t so sure about God, but doesn’t think He believes in her; Mentions of church & sermons; A few mentions of praying; A couple mentions of a Bible & a picture of Jesus; A couple mentions of Christians; A mention of a youth group; A mention of Sunday School;
*Note: A few mentions of karma; A mention of a foster home “from hell”.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘cruddy’, a ‘duh’, a ‘freaking’, an ‘idiot’, a form of ‘wimp’, a ‘witch’, and seven forms of ‘stupid’; Sarcasm & eye rolling; Mentions of curses (said, not written); Thinking about suicide & dying (twice, but she doesn’t do it); Trying to fit in, jealousy, & lying; Many mentions of smoking dope, drug dealers, & highs (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of Adele’s father who left (she calls him a “deadbeat dad”); Mentions of Adele’s parents who are divorced; Mentions of alcohol, drinking, & drunks; Mentions of cigarettes & smoking; A few mentions of a serial killer; A mention of gambling; A mention of a middle-figure salute;
              *Note: Mentions of brand names (Banana Republic, Gap, Nine West, Express, Ralph Lauren, Valentino, Gucci, Channel, and Prada); A mention of Starbucks.

Sexual Content- two barely-above-not-detailed kisses, and two boarder-line barely-above-not-detailed // semi-detailed kisses; Remembering a kiss (barely-above-not-detailed); Hand holding & embraces (barely-above-not-detailed); Adele mentions that she was nearly raped twice while in foster care; two ‘hooker’s and three forms of ‘hot’; Mentions of “working girls” & prostitutes; Mentions of hand holding & embraces; Mentions of dating, crushes, & jealousy; Mentions of homecoming & dates; Mentions of flirting; Mentions of a girl changing & bathing in a public restroom (no details besides a mention of her being topless); A couple mentions of a girl’s boyfriend moving in with her; A mention of creeps expecting sex from teen girls & a girl trading her body for money; A mention of skanky invitation; A mention of pole dancing;
              *Note: A few mentions of anorexia & diets; A couple mentions of figures & Dolly Parton’s chest.

-Adele Porter, age 17
                                         1st person P.O.V. of Adele
                                                        197 pages

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My personal Rating-
{Add a ½ star for girls in Public School}
I read this book soon after I read “Wreath” by Judy Christie. Both books were very similar, but I have to be honest and say I enjoyed “Wreath” more than “Forgotten”. While I liked this one decently, it seemed too wrapped-up in a nice bow, if you get what I mean. I personally felt like what the back of the book talks about didn’t come in until 60 pages from the end, so it was laid out differently. Overall it was just okay, but not the author’s best, in my opinion.

See y’all on Friday 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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