Thursday, January 27, 2011

Blog Tour: Never Been Kissed (Review)

Summer is ending, and for once that doesn't seem like such a bad thing to Elise. She's hoping that starting fresh at a new high school will turn her first-kiss prospects around. New guys, new friends, and a new lease on life.

What she wasn't counting on was all the new pressure--to hang with the right crowd, wear the right clothes, and date the right guy. Just when it seems she's on top of the world, everything comes crashing down. Could one bad choice derail her future? 

What I Thought 
This book is a bit hard to read.....not because of the writing style - which is fresh and in the "voice" of an almost-16-year-old girl - but because of the subject matter.

Without spoiling the plot of the book, Melody Carson uses this novel to explore the harsh realities of "sexting" along with themes surrounding the value of purity and making wise choices online. Through it all, Carson manages to tackle these tough subjects without being overtly preachy or superficial.

This is one of those "read and think" books. Using fiction, Carson explores why teens - especially girls - need to protect themselves online, as well as being smart when when texting pictures or sending e-mails.

The book definitely explores the reality that exists online - once a student posts something or transmits it electronically, either via text or e-mail, it never really ever goes away. It also contains a sub-theme of teen bullying.

On a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest, I give this book a solid 4. I can see giving this book to some of the teens I work with, in order to "spark" a conversation about their online activity.

About the Author
Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of more than 200 books, several of them Christmas novellas from Revell, including The Christmas Bus.

She also writes many teen books, including Just Another Girl, Anything but Normal, the Diary of a Teenage Girl series, the TrueColors series, and the Carter House Girls series.

Carter was nominated for a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her books, including the Notes from a Spinning Planet series and Finding Alice, which is in production as a Lifetime Television movie.

She and her husband serve on the Young Life adult committee in central Oregon. Visit Carson's website at

Other Reviews
Want to check out some of my other reviews of Carson's books?
Anything  But Normal
Always: A Teen Devo

Online Resources
Read an excerpt of Never Been Kissed here!
A complete list of Carson's books available at Amazon can be found here.
Buy Never Been Kissed at

About The Publisher
Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, offers practical books that bring the Christian faith to everyday life.  They publish resources from a variety of well-known brands and authors, including their partnership with MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and Hungry Planet. For more information, visit

Note: As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.

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