Friday, January 3, 2020

"Don't Kiss Him Good Bye" by Sandra Byrd

About this book:

  “Now established in her quirky British village, Savvy works hard to get an article with her own byline published in the school newspaper. When an attractive and mysterious boy asks her for help with his school work, Savvy is slowly pulled into his circle and soon finds out that the wrong set of friends—boys and girls—can influence her own behavior. Following her own advice to cut ties with a charming bad boy would mean abandoning her dearest wishes, and it just doesn't seem as wrong as it feels. Is it? Read on for surprise twists throughout the book!
  London Confidential is a new series for young girls. In the series, British fashion, friendships, and guys collide as an all-American teen girl learns to love life and live out her faith. The series follows Savvy's entertaining attempts to fit in during her first year at a new school in a new country.”

Series: Book #3 in the “London Confidential” series. Review of Book #1 Here and Book #2 Here!

Spiritual Content- Matthew 6:4 at the end; Prayers & Thanking God; Scriptures are read & mentioned; Church going & going to youth group; Talks about God; ‘H’s are capitalized when referring to God; Mentions of God & Jesus; Mentions of prayers & praying; Mentions of Bibles, Bible reading, Bible studies, those in the Bible, events, & Scriptures; Mentions of churches, church going, youth groups, services, & pastors; Mentions of worship teams & worshiping; Mentions of Christians; Mentions of a Christian ministry; A couple mentions of missions trips; A mention of a Christian romance book;
             *Note: Mentions of a girl saying she’s not interested in “religious stuff” but later changes her tune when she needs something from Savvy in the next book.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘drat’, a ‘duh’, a ‘rats’, two ‘stupid’s, three forms of ‘dumb’, and three forms of ‘idiot’; Some eye rolling & sarcasm; A few mentions of lying & lies; A few mentions of gossip; A couple mentions of bullies; A couple mentions of girls doing diets; A couple mentions of acne; A (teasing) mention of burying bodies; A mention of a war; A mention of divorce; A mention of a child picking their ear and eating the stuff from it; A mention of cigarettes;
             *Note: Mentions of movies, celebrities, singers, songs (Taylor Swift, Savvy says she writes about stuff she relates to and understands and chooses one of her songs to sing at a Church event), books, & characters; A few mentions of designer names; A couple mentions of car brands; A mention of Communist implications on a holiday; A mention of Starbucks; A mention of vampires.

Sexual Content- Savvy starts hanging out with a boy who has a reputation as a player (and an earring) & he affects her attitude (she comments on his “wolfish good looks” twice and later he wants a kiss from her but she won’t give it); Savvy changes her screen saver to a picture of a cute classmate; A few Touches/Hand Holding/Hugs; Noticing & Smelling; Many mentions of boyfriends, girlfriends, couples, & dating; Many mentions of dances & dates; Mentions of kisses, kissing, & seeing couples kiss; Mentions of crushes & blushes; A few mentions of jealousy; A few mentions of flirting; A few mentions of romance books.

-Savannah “Savvy” Smith, age 15
                                         1st person P.O.V. of Savvy
                                                        256 pages

Pre Teens-
New Teens-
Early High School Teens-
Older High School Teens-
My personal Rating-
Unlike the prior two books in this series, this third book dealt more with relationships and dating. Still very clean when talking about those topics, but maybe a little less relatable for preteens

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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