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Overview Popular teen Lissa Mansfield finds private school life harder than she anticipated, as she struggles with such challenges as her loudmouthed roommate and the role of her own faith in her pursuit of the handsome Callum McCloud.
Publishers Description Tall, blonde Lissa Mansfield is used to being one of the "in" crowd--but being accepted by the popular girls at posh SpencerAcademy boarding school in San Francisco is turning out to be harder than she thought. And then there's her New-York-loudmouth roommate, Gillian Chang, who's not just happy to be a Christian herself--she's determined to out Lissa, too! If Lissa can just keep her faith under wraps long enough to hook Callum McCloud, the hottest guy in school, she'll be golden. But when Callum pressures her to go all the way with him, Lissa has to decide for herself how far is too far. How can she see that line when he's so gorgeous and popular and she's so dazzled? And besides, she's too busy shopping for a Valentino and booking the hottest celeb for the Benefactors Ball. Who knew finding a place at SpencerAcademy would be so complicated?
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.03" Width: 5.27" Height: 0.68" Weight: 0.46 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2008
Publisher HACHETTE BOOK GROUP
Grade Level High School
Series All About Us
Series Number 1
ISBN 0446177989 ISBN13 9780446177986
Availability 0 units.
More About Shelley Adina
Shelley Adina is a world traveler and pop culture junkie with an incurable addiction to designer handbags. She knows the value of a relationship with a gracious God and loving Christian friends, and she's inviting today's teenage girls to join her in these refreshingly honest books about real life as a Christian teen--with a little extra glitz thrown in for fun! In between books, Adina loves traveling, listening to and making music, and watching all kinds of movies.
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Book Review: It's All About Us Jun 28, 2009
Having just read Who Made You A Princess?, I was curious about the prior 3 books in the series. So were the twins... "Mom! We want to read the others!" It's encouraging for me, as a mother, to see my girls excited about books that aren't about vampires, dragons, or other such fantasy (although, there is nothing wrong with that!). These are books that are about girls who are facing issues at school with their peers, parents, and boys. What these books communicate are for girls to maintain their dignity and chastity. But they are written in a way that makes it "cool." Anything better for young teens? I think... NOTHING!
In All About Us, the main character (Lissa) struggles with the pressures put in front of her by not only her boyfriend, but the popular girls' desire to sabotage her in wanting to preserve her dignity and virginity. Lissa struggles with peer pressure and, as a result, is faced with consequences with both the student body, her parents, and her peers. This book gives the perfect example of what may happen if you make the wrong choice in attempts to hold onto a boy. But, the thing that I appreciate most about this story is that it is written in a way that being a girl with self-respect and love for God is COOL, thus being worthy of trying to aspire to.
I am a Christian and am raising my daughters under the same those religious teachings and beliefs. One of the things that I appreciate most about Shelley Adina's series is the concept of chastity and promising God that you will wait until you are married to share that very special moment with your husband. I don't think that, as a young girl, that I received enough of that influence in my life. There was nothing "cool" about being a virgin and saving yourself for marriage. If there was that thought process, my parents didn't communicate about it with me. This series really puts the focus on tweens/teens putting God and Jesus at the center of their lives and hearts. Thus, boys and their physical desires take a 2nd seat to what's more important: self respect, love for God, and love for self.
I've heard so much lately on Oprah and 17 Magazine about the statistics about girls and sex: how they are hearing about it, how many are doing it, the outcomes of it, etc. From what the statistics are saying, parents aren't discussing sex and boys with their daughters as much as they should. In addition, they aren't furnishing girls with the information that they need to make informed choices. I want my girls not to make some of the poor choices that I made. I want them to love themselves first. I don't want them to ever feel that they have to do something with a boy because that will make him love her. The right boy will love her for the right reasons and not due to physical actions she performs. But, what I've learned is that a lecture from MOM about what not to do just doesn't have the same impact as discussing a story that we've all witnessed (via tv or book). What Shelley Adina's books do is provide a story that we can read and discuss. It works great for us because I don't come across as the boring, lecturing mother. I can talk about what I think the characters should have done and why. The girls then get their opportunity to tell me their opinions.
Now, I'm not saying that the content is easy to discuss. But the statistics are showing that girls in middle school are facing what I faced in high school. It's happening earlier. I want my children to trust me and talk to me about what pressures they are facing as much as they can. I realize there will be that day when they don't want to discuss their private lives with me, I want to make sure that they have the foundation to make better choices and have God at the center of their lives.
On Sher's "Out of Ten Scale:"
Having two more books to read to get "caught up" with the entire series, I must admit that I'm hooked. For my review of this Fiction: YA-Christian, I am going to rate this book an 8 OUT OF 10.
chicklit with depth Jun 6, 2009
I received this book as freebie at a writer's conference and left it sitting on my shelf for months... until last night at 1:00Am... when I was not able to go to sleep. I picked it from my shelf and began to read... needless to say I got very little sleep last night. I finished the book within 12 hours. The story is told by a girl named Lissa, who is the daughter for a famous director. She is sent to a boarding school and the drama begins! The book deals with tough issues and puts depth to the "popular" crowd, which most teen fiction books lack. It deals with issues such as... can I date a non- christian, how far is too far?, how important is purity?, the importance of prayer and how to be a good friend. I would highly recommend this book to anybody :) and I am definitely going to buy the next book.
-- Apr 18, 2009
Are you looking for a realistic view of teen life in a fictional setting? Do you have a teen girl who enjoys Christian fiction? Then Shelley's series about three friends is the perfect choice.
We are introduced to Lissa as she begins life at a high end boarding school where nearly everyone comes from families with money. We see the ins and outs of dorm life and how teens struggle with their faith. I honestly felt like I was snooping into a real teen's world. Shelley is able to capture the language and life of teens everywhere and makes these character's lives believable.
Lissa has been a believer for several years, but her desire to remain at the top with the popular kids has her making very poor choices. Thankfully, her roommate, Gillian is straight with her and tries to challenge Lissa's choices. Lissa on the other hand thinks Gillian doesn't understand that what she's going through and tries to convince Gillian as well as herself that she is praying and seeking God's will.
This book will help teen girls see that when boys are involved they may think they're making good choices and that going "a little way" isn't too bad because at least they're not having sex. Shelley is fantastic at showing that compromising isn't part of God's will for any of us. I really think teens will "get" this book and it will minister to those who have made poor choices while being a Christian.
Fresh, realistic, hip Christian YA Apr 16, 2009
This book (and the other books in this series) has got to be the hippest and most fun Christian YA book I have ever read. I read a lot of YA fiction, both Christian and mainstream, and it's interesting to see the different parallels between the two. Only recently has Christian YA fiction begin to branch out to reach the mainstream YA audience. This book definitely succeeds in being able to merge the two together.
The setting of the book takes place in a boarding school, which is the "in thing" for all current YA stories. The characters all act their age, there's pop culture references that are fresh, and just enough label dropping that teen girls will love but not feel like they are bombarded with. The book is written in a style that fans of Gossip Girl and the A-List will recognize. TheIM chats at the end of the chapter are reminiscent of these books and give a shout out to all the teens that use this service. The main attraction of this series is that Adina is fully able to write in a modernteen's voice. She does not include over the top slang that shows she's trying to hard, but neither does she make the girls act like miniature adults. She shows the in crowd and how mean girls really can be. I also appreciated the multi racial cast of characters. I still cannot understand why YA seems to be the only genre in Christian fiction that regularly has multicultural characters that don't happen to be either adopted or immigrants. It's wonderful to read about different cultures and see a truly real cast of characters but it baffles me as to why this hasn't caught on in the rest of the Christian fiction world.
There may be critics of this book that say that teens girls (especially Christian girls) shouldn't be focusing that much on boys. However I will disagree because, being a former teen girl, boys are a part of a regular teen girls life and this book shows what really happens in relationships. While it is a Christian book, the book is not preachy at all. If a non Christian were to read this book, they were neither be offended or feel like they are getting a sermon preached at them. On the other hand, Christian teens who do read this book will enjoy having characters who are Christians but act just like they do.
This is probably the best YA series I've read this year and I'm really glad that it's having such a positive reaction to it. If you are a big fan of YA and would like to read a book that has all the drama, fashion and fun of Gossip Girl but without the sex, language and alcohol use, this book is for you. It's a wonderful edge step for Christian YA lit. VERY HIGHLY recommended.
Realistically deals with romantic teen pressure Feb 6, 2009
Review by Jill Williamson
Since Lissa Mansfield's director father is moving up to San Francisco for a project, Lissa decides to transfer to posh boarding school, Spencer Academy, for the next two years. Her number one goal is this: befriend the popular crowd ASAP and gain the interest of hottie, Callum McCloud.
Unfortunately, Lissa's new roommate is a Christian, just like Lissa. This should be a good thing, but Gilliam Chang is determined to keep Lissa in check every minute, which doesn't exactly make her look very cool. And when things heat up with Callum, Lissa has to decide how far is too far. Will she consult God or her Christian friends on how to deal with her struggles, or rely on her own slightly skewed perspective?
This was a great book. It realistically deals with the everyday pressure for girls to get a boyfriend and to keep him. I identified with Lissa's struggles. I could see where she was coming from, even though it almost hurt to watch her make mistakes. Shelley Adina tells it like it is and her characters reflect that. They are honest, funny, sometimes shallow, and very realistic. Nicely done. Recommended.