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Just Ask (Diary of a Teenage Girl) [Paperback]

By Melody Carlson (Author)
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Sixteen-year-old Kim Peterson learns more about herself and her friends, and practices her new commitment to God, by writing a teen advice column for the newspaper on which her father is managing editor.

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Who Do You Ask When You Don't Have the Answers?
What's a girl to do when caught between a rock and a hard place? The "hard place" is losing the use of her beloved car, and the "rock" is her immovable dad. In order to regain driving privileges, Kim Peterson's dad talks her into writing an advice column for teens in his newspaper. Kim reluctantly agrees and writes under a pen name. But as she reads letters from peers and friends, she becomes keenly aware of two things: (1) Some kids have it way worse than her, and (2) she does "not" have all the answers Who can she turn to?
Thursday, September 1
I've been saving for my own car, but my parents decided that I can only get a car if I keep a clean driving record. That means absolutely NO tickets--period--nada. And the policeman said he'd clocked me going 72 in a 55 mile zone. Oops.
When Kim Peterson gets a speeding ticket, her dad offers her a way to retain her driving privileges. If she'll write the anonymous teen advice column for his newspaper, she can still get a car. So Kim becomes "Jamie" of "Just Ask Jamie." No big deal, she thinks.
She answers letters about stuff that's everyday and stuff that's not: parents, piercings, dating, drugs, depression, and people who are just users. Nothing Kim can't handle.
But when a classmate is killed, the letters turn to questions about life, death, and what it all means. And Kim starts to wonder if she really does have all the answers--and if not, where to find them. The Christian faith of her adoptive family? The Buddhism of her Korean heritage? Who can she turn to--to just ask?
Story Behind the Book
"My teenage years remain vivid in my mind. It was a turbulent time full of sharp contrasts--love and hate, pain and pleasure, trust and doubt. Then, just as I reached my peak of questioning, rebelling, and seeking, I found God. And I found Him in a really big way My life turned completely around and has, thankfully, never turned back. Hopefully this story will touch and change hearts--speaking to teen girls right where they live, reminding readers that God is alive and well and ready to be intimately involved in their lives right now "

Citations And Professional Reviews
Just Ask (Diary of a Teenage Girl) by Melody Carlson has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • School Library Journal - 12/01/2005 page 142
  • Ingram Children's Advance - 07/01/2005 page 64

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Multnomah Books
Pages   250
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.28" Width: 5.28" Height: 0.72"
Weight:   0.56 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 7, 2005
Publisher   Multnomah Books
Age  14-18
Series  Diary Of A Teenage Girl: Kim  
Series Number  1  
ISBN  1590523210  
ISBN13  9781590523216  

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 Just Ask (Diary of a Teenage Girl)?

This is a decent book  Aug 9, 2008
This book is good for teens who are stuggling with their Christian faith or who need some encouragement, except I didn't like how Kim was interested in a non-Christian when she got saved. But, all in all it was a great book and I liked reading the advice columns even though some of them were dumb. It's hard to know which books in these series are the best and which ones to read, but I'd say this one was good enough to want to see what happens next.
Gives religion a bad name  Dec 28, 2006
I brought the book because it seemed interesting, yet it was a let-down.
Its about Kim, an adopted child, questions life and religion. While she is thinking about Buddhism, her ultra-Christian friend judge her and force her to go with the Christian faith. She also mentions how in Buddhism there is no judging, yet in the book there is judging within the Christian community. When a friend dies in the school she goes through a phase then finally goes back to being Christian, of course her friends approve. Her best (and most judgemental) friend offended me the most. She was always about being holy, yet Kim describes her wearing revealing clothing. Then later Kim dates a boy and her friends try to prevent it because the boy is not Christian.

In the book she is the author of an advice articles in a local newspaper. In the beginning she gave well planned out advice, when she "Re-converts" she gives half-hearted advice and ends with something about putting your faith in god. Not that its a bad thing but it is like she gave people a "Do this and im going to leave it half open"

I am a Catholic but i disliked how the Christian faith was shown in the book. It made seems everyone was small-minded and when Kim was open-minded her friends judged her. I do not recommend this book.
Great book!   Dec 9, 2005
I loved this book "Just Ask". Kim, the main character, is a 16 year old searching for answers. She was adopted from Korea, and has two loving parents. She's got this deal with her Mom and Dad that if she keeps a clean driving record, then they'll match what she's saved up (for a car) and she'll finally have a car of her own. When she gets a driving ticket, her hopes for a new car are gone. When she tells her Dad that she got a ticket, he says he won't tell her Mom as long as she writes for an advice colomn in his newspaper. She reluctantly agrees, and as she starts writing, she sees life from other people's point of view. And when a kid from her school dies, she doesn't know where to turn. She's got to turn to God for the answers.
I loved this book, and I'm hoping to get the next Kim book 'Mean To Be' for Christmas!!!!! I definitely reccomend this book.

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