Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,
You can relive your teenage angst, but laugh at it this time, by reading Bible Girl & The Bad Boy by E.C. Stilson, available at http://www.amazon.com/Bible-Girl-Bad-EC-Stilson/dp/1463653654/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1341446406&sr=1-1&keywords=bible+girl+and+the+bad+boy in paperback or a kindle edition.
Seventeen-year-old Elisa likes to be different. She wears thrift shop clothes -- including polyester pants -- and dyes her hair with red Kool Aid. She also carries her Bible with her at all times.
Now, we all know that with teens, different isn't so cool, especially when the girl with the Kool Aid hair is suddenly judged a hypocrite and a bad girl instead of a Bible girl.
But how does Elisa get to be a bad girl?
She meets and falls for a bad boy. His name is Cade.
This memoir, the second from Stilson (the first is The Golden Sky), is absolutely adorable with its Romeo and Juliet motif and Stilson's memories of meeting her true love. Of course, Romeo and Juliet -- and Cade and Elisa -- go through some very tough times, but in this case, our Romeo and Juliet end up living happily ever after!
I highly recommend Bible Girl & The Bad Boy because of its comedic elements and because of its portrayal of how tough it is to be a teen. Parents should definitely read this book, just in case they've forgotten what it's like to get through those difficult high school years.
Ah, high school: Not exactly the days of wine and roses. But Elisa's descriptions of Cade make my heart go pitter-pat.
Infinities of love,