Item description for Not-So-Simple Life (Diary Of Teenage Girl/Maya V1) by Melody Carlson...
Overview Maya keeps a journal the year following her aunt's death, in which she records her thoughts about her alcoholic and drug-addicted mother and her own feelings of depression, until she decides to give her heart to God. Original.
Publishers Description Fifteen-year-old Maya Stark seems to have it all-fame, fortune, a Beverly Hills lifestyle, and an eighties pop star dad who's making a comeback. But looks can be deceiving, and on the inside, Maya is miserable. Her parents are divorced, her dad is away on tour, and being biracial, she struggles with her identity. Then, to make matters worse, her mother has returned to using drugs and is quickly depleting their finances. In a plan to become emancipated from her messed-up mom, Maya takes a job on Rodeo Drive. Selling designer clothes compromises Maya's earth-friendly "green girl" values, but she is desperate. Just when Maya thinks she's got it all worked out, her life caves in. Her mom "embezzles" Maya's savings and is later arrested on DUI and cocaine possession charges and is facing jail time. With nowhere to live, Maya is sent to spend the summer with her relatives. In the collision of two very different worlds, Maya must figure out where she fits in-or does she fit in at all?
Citations And Professional Reviews Not-So-Simple Life (Diary Of Teenage Girl/Maya V1) by Melody Carlson has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
CBA Retailers - 08/01/2008 page 60
Publishers Weekly - 06/02/2008 page 9
CBA Retailers - 06/01/2008 page 33
Romantic Times - 07/01/2008 page 76
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Studio: Multnomah Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8" Width: 5.28" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Jul 15, 2008
Publisher Multnomah Books
Series Diary Of A Teenage Girl : Maya
Series Number 1
ISBN 1601421176 ISBN13 9781601421173
Availability 0 units.
More About Melody Carlson
I started writing "professionally" about twenty years ago. I quickly learned that I'm a fast writer and, as a result, I've published more than 200 books--with more than 6 million books sold. And it stuns me to write out those numbers today. How did that happen? I've been told I'm in the top twenty "most prolific authors" of all time. Although I'm not certain this is true, it does make me wonder--and I wonder how other authors (in previous generations) managed to write so many books without the use of a computer. Last year I won a Career Achievement Award from Romantic Times. But that doesn't mean I'm ready to retire. I have lots more books coming out and new ideas popping into my head all the time. I write from a studio right next to the house I share with my husband in Oregon. My dog Audrey goes to work with me every morning. I have to say...it's a pretty good life...and I am grateful to God for every bit of it.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Not-So-Simple Life (Diary Of Teenage Girl/Maya V1)?
Great read! Oct 29, 2008
Often today, we hear adults bashing teens without celebrating the ones who overcome adversity. Carlson portrays a teen whose back is up against the wall but comes out determined to overcome her negative situations. I liked Maya from the first page. Shoot, her courage inspired me.
I know she's a fictional character! But still.
This book will appeal to teens who hero worship celebrities and their lifestyles. The entertainment world is not always pretty and this story offers an realistic glimpse into it.
Keep them coming! Oct 22, 2008
My daughter tells me that this is her favorite book of the Diary of a Teenage Girl series.