Wednesday, February 7, 2018

"Catwalk" by Melody Carlson

About this book:

  “Big Apple. Bigger Problems.
  The success of the Forrester sisters’ On the Runway TV show lands them a hot ticket to Fashion Week in New York City. Paige is determined to garner the attention of New York’s top designers, but her newfound fame threatens to go to her head. Erin wants to help promote the work of some eco-minded designers, but struggles to be taken seriously. Can Paige keep her prima donna behavior in check? Will Erin’s involvement hurt the people she’s really trying to help? Success in the big city comes with even bigger challenges, and as the pressure grows, so does the drama.”

Series: Book #2 in the “On the Runway” series. Review of Book #1, Here!

Spiritual Content- Prayers; Church going & sermons; Talks about God & His plans; ‘H’s are not capital when referring to God; Mentions of God & Jesus; Mentions of prayers & praying; Mentions of churches, church going, fellowship groups, sermons, & a pastor; Mentions of Christians & faiths; Mentions of witnessing; A couple mentions of blessings & being blessed; A mention of a Bible; A mention of a prayer list; A mention of a spiritual feeling;
             *Note: A couple mentions of the phrase “died and gone to heaven”; A mention of positive energy.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘duh’, two ‘dumb’s, and two forms of ‘stupid’; A couple mentions of curses (said, not written): Sarcasm & Eye rolling; Mentions of car accidents, deaths, & injuries (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of awful working conditions in other countries & the possibility of the workers’ deaths; Mentions of terrorists, criminals, & bombs; Mentions of vandalism, gangs, thugs, & juvenile detention; Mentions of assaults, being tackled, being handcuffed, & bruises; Mentions of mean girls & their hurtful words; Mentions of jealousy; Mentions of alcohol, drinking, those with drinking problems, parties with lots of alcohol, & clubs; A few mentions of (verbal) fights; A few mentions of lies & lying; A few mentions of gossip & rumors;  A couple mentions of a mother who died from an overdose; A couple mentions of prison; A mention of a prima donna saying she wants to go some where to die;
             *Note: Many mentions of designers & brand names; Mentions of celebrities, movies, & TV shows.

Sexual Content- a cheek kiss, a not-detailed kiss, and a barely-above-not-detailed kiss; a ‘sexy’ and three forms of ‘hot’; *Spoiler* Mentions of Erin’s best friend who is pregnant out of wedlock & their original promise not to have sex before marriage *End of Spoiler*; Mentions of dates, dating, couples, boyfriends, & breakups; Mentions of broken hearts; Mentions of jealousy; A few mentions of unmarried couples spending nights with each other; A few mentions of a cheek kiss; A few mentions of falling in love; A couple mentions of cheating; A couple mentions of crushes; A couple mentions of blushes; A mention of a jab about a girl sleeping with the right guy for a TV job (she didn’t);
             *Note: Mentions of a girl who had to go through a strip search at an airport; Mentions of curvy & stick-thin girls; A couple mentions of anorexia; A mention of a girl having a crazy idea that she’s fat; A mention of a dress showing a lot of a girl’s leg; A mention of some girls wanting to be shown in just their underwear on TV; A mention of tampon ads; A mention of getting a kick in the butt from God.

-Erin Forrester, age 18
                                1st person P.O.V. of Erin
                                                        206 pages

Pre Teens-
New Teens-
Early High School Teens-
Older High School Teens-
My personal Rating-
{Add ½ star for those interested in teen drama.}
{Add ½ star for those interested in fashion and designer names.}
It’s been a few years since I read this series for the second time, but it was neat to read it with a different view. I do remember enjoying this second book as a favorite in the series because of getting to see most of the Carter House Girls in this one, and to me, that really is like catching up with old friends. It’s like a cameo or guest star, it’s so fun!
There’s also quite a bit of faith content from Erin and I do like seeing her thoughts in a first-person POV. One of the more cleaner books of Melody Carlson’s many YA series, but still has some comments that some readers might not like.

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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