Saturday, June 9, 2012

Blog Tour: The Best Friend (Review)

In her second book in the "Life at Kingston High" series, Melody Carlson dives back into life at the high school.

Through the relationship between Lishia and Riley and their interaction with the cheerleading squad, Carlson peels back the layers of angst that sometimes surround teen girl friendships.

The story is interesting - in a "non preachy" way, Carlson uses fiction to talk about a variety of issues: friendship, integrity, honesty and  more.

In a sea of teen books that seem "dark," this series is a "lighter" read. (No vampires or werewolf here). However, amid the storyline, Carlson unpacks topics like underage drinking, tainted drinks (date rape drugs) and teen blackmail.

In all honesty, the books are written about high school girls - and the things they will do for other people. Especially when they might have a low self confidence.

On the scale of one to five, I give this book a solid three. It's a good follow up to The Jerk Magnet - Chelsea's story (it introduces Lishia as a minor character.). I know from past experience, the tween/teen girls I work with love Carlson's books. So I anticipate this series being popular as well.

More About The Book
(From The Publisher)
Sometimes being popular isn't all it's cracked up to be.

Lishia Vance is totally baffled. One day she has friends. The next day everyone has turned against her. No explanation. Just complete social isolation. Even her best friend Janelle isn't giving her the time of day.

Now she has one goal for her junior year at Kingston High: make a new best friend.

When Lishia makes a connection with Riley Atkins, a popular cheerleader, things start looking up. But is Riley really as good a friend as she seems? Or is Lishia better off without her?

About The Author
Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books with sales of more than five million. She is the author of several Christmas books from Revell, including the bestselling The Christmas Bus, The Christmas Dog, and Christmas at Harrington's, which is being considered for a TV movie.

She is also the author of many teen books, including Just Another Girl, Anything but Normal, Double Take, and the Diary of a Teenage Girl series. She is the winner of a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her many books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series and Finding Alice. Melody and her husband live in Oregon.

Online Resources
For more information about Melody visit her website at
Read an excerpt online here.
Read my review of The Jerk Magnet - book one in the Life at Kingston High  
Buy it at Amazon

About Revell, 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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