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Burnt Orange: Color Me Wasted (True Colors #5) [Paperback]

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Item description for Burnt Orange: Color Me Wasted (True Colors #5) by Melody Carlson...

The daughter of a pastor justifies going to drinking parties as helping others, disregarding the feelings of real friends.

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Up until her senior year, Amber has been the model of perfection--just like her dad, Pastor Conrad, taught her to be. But when Claire Phillips invites her to more and more parties, Amber's little white lies about her drinking spark a raging wildfire that threatens to overtake her life. Will she be honest with herself and her friends before things really get out of control? "Burnt Orange," the fifth book in the teen fiction series TrueColors looks at alcohol abuse, addiction, and temptation.

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Amber Conrad has a problem. Her youth group friends Simi and Lisa won't get off her case about the drinking parties she's been going to. Amber chalks it up to jealousy and just pokes fun at their concern--even though she secretly wonders if they might be right.

Everyone does it. What's the big deal?

Up until her senior year, Amber has been the model of perfection--just like her dad, Pastor Conrad, taught her to be. But when Clare Phillips invites her to more and more parties, Amber's little white lies spark a raging wildfire that threatens to overtake her life. Will she be honest with herself and her friends before things really get out of control?

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Burnt Orange: Color Me Wasted (True Colors #5) by Melody Carlson has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Ingram Children's Advance - 01/01/2005 page 63
  • Voice of Youth Advocates - 10/01/2005 page 297

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Item Specifications...

Pages   205
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.26" Width: 5.53" Height: 0.55"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 29, 2005
Publisher   NAV PRESS #111
Age  13-18
Series  True Colors  
Series Number  5  
ISBN  1576835332  
ISBN13  9781576835333  

Availability  0 units.

More About Melody Carlson

Melody A 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'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 Burnt Orange: Color Me Wasted?

GREAT BOOK!  Nov 2, 2008
This book is great from beginning to end. If I hadn't been so busy while reading this book, I would have read it all in one setting. It keeps you wondering and keeps you wanting to keep turning the page! Highly recommended!
Burnt Orange  Feb 16, 2007
Living a life as a preacher's kid is pretty much like living a sheltered and religious life for Amber Conrad. But her life twists and turns as she starts ditching Simi, her best friend, and starts hanging out with Claire, the most popular girl in school. It starts with one little party then it turns into lies, and fake IDs to get into clubs and drinking. This perfection of Christianity is not-so-perfect with her out-of-control drinking habits. Even though she's straying away her faithful life with God, in the end, it all comes to bite her back and make her regret these things more than she ever wanted to.

My favorite part in this book is when Claire and Simi gets into a wreck on the road while Amber was driving up to where she was going to meet Claire. Yea, I know, I'm twisted. It was my favorite part because the car accident helped Amber realize what can happen to her with her alcoholic obsession. Who should read this book? I think teens who have or had drinking problems should read this book because teens who have or had drinking problems can relate to her and it will totally change any person's mind about under the influence of drinking.
Burnt Orange Is Awesome  May 22, 2006

Ok, Burnt Orange is a really good book. It is about a teenage girl named Amber; her dad is a pastor at a church. She is very religious and so are her friends, Simi and Lisa. Well, she meets a girl named Claire, who is really rich and has really nice clothes and all that good stuff. Claire and Amber hang out at a party, and she has a drink and loosened up a little, so she had another. The next day she had a hang over. She met a guy named Slater. Amber gets a job. She starts ditching Simi to go with Claire. So Amber becomes an alcoholic but Claire already was in the first place. Slater, Amber, and Clair go to Lola's which is a bar, Amber gets really drunk, gets sick, and they all have to leave. She gets up in the middle of the night and looks at herself in the mirror and realizes she needs to quit. I don't want to tell the whole story so you will have to read on to find out what happens next.
Burnt Orange  Feb 26, 2006
"Hello, my name is Amber Conrad," I say in my most serious voice, "and I'm an alcoholic." is the first and last sentence of the teen novel Burnt Orange by Melody Carson. Amber Conrad, a senior in high school, has always led a very religious and sheltered life due to the fact that she is a preachers daughter. She is the perfect model of perfection to many people from her church. But what do they really know?
She has never been to a true "high school party" in her life, until her senior year. Where she just has a few drinks to fit in. After that one party Claire Phillips, a popular girl in school, begins to try to be Amber's friend. A lot of people don't like Claire because they think she is an alcoholic, her step dad is rich, and she gets what she wants. As they get closer and closer and go to more parties, Amber's drinking habits begin to spin out of control. Amber gets a fake ID, goes to wild parties, and doesn't act like herself at all. At the same time she strays from her faithful life that has always been dedicated to God.
Simi, Amber's best friend since day one, begins to realize that Amber is changing and begins to get worried about her. Amber has never missed church and all of a sudden she is hardly ever there, so Simi knows something is up. She tells Amber to stop, and Amber insists that a few drinks every now and then don't hurt, and she assures her that she knows what she is doing. She also says she is hanging out with Claire because she thinks Claire needs help and needs God. Is Claire really the only person who needs God, or does Amber need him too?
Finally after a lot of hangovers, rough nights, and driving drunk, Amber begins to realize she does have a drinking problem. She cuts back, and tries to get Claire to also. It doesn't work. One night after Amber goes on a date with a popular guy, Slater, from school. She gets more wasted than ever before. After spending the night with her new best friend, the toilet, she realized that she needs God more than ever. She sees that she should not being drinking and neither should Claire. She also sees everything they both risk by driving drunk.
Does Amber find her way back to God? Do they stop drinking? Does everything work out to be the best? Simi is working hard to see that all of these things happen. This book is written in language for teens to understand, and is the way many people in high school live, but ends in a way that no one would ever guess. After reading Burnt Orange no teen will look at underage drinking as they did before.
Color Me Wasted  Nov 30, 2005
Summary: A girl Amber Conrad is changing in her friends eyes. She is hanging out with a popular girl, Claire, which went to a party and brought Amber with her. Amber's father is a pastor at a church. Claire invites Amber to more and more parties. Amber's best friend, Simi, is always making a point about Amber's drinking. Amber then starts to realize that she does have a drinking problem. Then Claire's friend, Slater, really like Amber and asks her to the prom. They go on their first date and they go to a club. Amber gets trashed. Claire has a really bad drinking problem. At the end, there is a really bad accident that leads to a death.

I liked that Amber was making friends and having fun. I didn't like that she was partying all the time though. I also didn't like that there was a death because of drinking.

I think girls would really enjoy this book because these things can actually occur.

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