I'm stunned. This is not your normal YA book. The twist at the beginning left me with my mouth hanging open, and the ending left me in tears. (Really, I'm not normally a big baby when it comes to reading, but I couldn't turn off the waterworks.) I almost hate to get specific because I don't want to ruin surprise. Suffice it to say, Melody Carlson's YA isn't as "gentle" as her adult books. If you have a teen girl in your life, you need to get her Shattered! I can't wait to pass this to my daughter. Take a second to read the blurb, and click HERE to get your copy!
Cleo Neilson's best friend is moving away and she wants to make Lola's last night in town special. For Cleo, that means going to the big Christian concert in the city, but her mom won't allow her to go. She says that area of the city is too dangerous for two unchaperoned teenage girls.
Convinced her mom is just being an overprotective "helicopter" mom, she sneaks out of the house. After all, her mom has to let her grow up sometime, right?
Cleo now faces the chilling consequences of her actions and a secret that it is eating her up inside. As Cleo fights through her grief and guilt, she learns about faith in God and forgiveness through him.
Melody Carlson has written more than a hundred books for all age groups, but she particularly enjoys writing for teens. Perhaps this is because her own teen years remain so vivid in her memory. After claiming to be an atheist at the ripe old age of twelve, she later surrendered her heart to Jesus and has been following him ever since. Her hope and prayer for all her readers is that each one would be touched by God in a special way through her stories. For more information, please visit Melody's website at www.melodycarlson.com.