Item description for Road Trip (Diary of a Teenage Girl) by Melody Carlson...
Overview The success of Chloe's band leads to a concert tour, but the stresses of life on the road bring possibly life threatening behavior.
Publishers Description After signing a contract with a major recording company, Redemption's dreams are coming true. Chloe, Allie, and Laura begin their concert tour with the good-looking guys in the popular band Iron Cross. Allie's mom and her brother with Down's syndrome add a little variety to their entourage. But as soon as the glitz and glamour wear off, the girls find life on the road a little overwhelming. Even solid, well-balanced Laura appears to be feeling the stress - and Chloe isn't quite sure how to confront her about the growing signs of drug addiction... we want it all, or so we say / but what gets lost along the way? / along the road to riches, fame / we know we'll never be the same The guys in Iron Cross occupy Chloe's thoughts a little more than she cares to admit. Still, life on the road gets less and less glamorous and more and more overwhelming-especially when solid, well-balanced Laura begins acting strange. Her hostility toward Chloe's concern makes the girls wonder how much longer they can keep their act together... Story Behind the Book Over the years, I have worn many hats, from pre-school teacher to Young Life leader to political activist to senior editor. But most of all I love to write In the past few years, I have published more than ninety books for children, teens, and adults. I hope the Diary of a Teenage Girl series will impact the lives of teens through an honest and gutsy approach of a "diary style" book.
Citations And Professional Reviews Road Trip (Diary of a Teenage Girl) by Melody Carlson has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Romantic Times - 01/01/2004 page 68
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Studio: Multnomah Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.34" Width: 5.2" Height: 0.81" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Dec 15, 2003
Publisher Multnomah Books
Series Diary Of A Teenage Girl: Chloe
Series Number 3
ISBN 1590521420 ISBN13 9781590521427
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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Facing Life Situations Feb 11, 2006
Through this book you can enter the world of a first time band on their first tour. Three girls, Chloe, Allie, and Laura, are faced with many problems and tough situations along the tour. The only way they are able to deal with these problems is by talking to each other and leaving everything to the glory of God. When Laura is faced with a tough situation in her life, and denies the whole thing, she has to decide what the best choice for her is. She is ultimately won over by the devil until she realizes what she has actually done. Will Laura be able to face the rest of her band members and confess to God what she has done wrong? This was one of the best books I've read in the series. All of the books, including this one, are great because you can take the situations that happen to these three girls and relate them to your own life. I also liked this book because you see how normal girls can go from a rural country life to big time music industry in a matter of months. This would be a great book choice for you if you're into reading about how teenage girls lead a Christian based life while still doing what they love, playing music. Before reading this book I would recommend reading the first four books in the Chloe series; the story would make much better since if you did. However you do not need to read the Caitlin series before the Chloe series. Again, this is a great book choice for anyone who is interested in reading about three teenage girls going through similar situations that you are.
Poems, writting and more Oct 10, 2005
This book, truly just got me hooked. I never wanted to put it down. Personally, I would say out of all of the chloe books the poetry in this book was by far the best. Melody Carlson really did a great job in chloe's poetry. I loved how she added a little romance of friends to this book. I felt liek I was right there and I was chloe falling in love with this boy. She potrayed the feelings of Chloe in such an amazing way, I had no idea a book could be so moving. It really helped me build a stronger relationship with Jesus.
Hit the Road of Success Sep 28, 2005
This book was about Chloe, Laura, and Allie. These 3 teenage girls have formed a band called Redemption and in this book they are on tour after being discovered by a Christian music industry called Omega and it was a success! Well, this book is in first person view and told by Chloe. Chloe loves being on tour but feels uncomfortable singing autographs and being praised so much. Sooner or later she comes around and gets used to it. Well they have constant practice and have concerts that normally turn out great. But Laura starts getting grumpy by the loss of sleep but normally gets pepped up in time for the concert. Then Chloe discovers Allie's Ritalin bottle is empty. Allie doesn't take her Ritalin because it makes her too groggy. Chloe gets suspicious and discovers Laura's got hooked on drugs including Allie's Ritalin. Laura uses her weak strength to get out this mess but of course, uses God's help. Laura comes through and gets off drugs. She tells Omega and they just make her got to a rehab program and Allie and Chloe have to attend Al-Anon classes which are classes for somebody's close friends, family, etc. that are trying to help that person get off of alcohol problems, drugs, etc. During this tour Redemption tours with Iron Cross, a big-hit Christian guy band. Laura confesses her problem to them and national TV. You have to read the book to find out the ending with the band, the romance, the drugs, and what God has in store for them next! I liked the idea of Redemption touring with Iron Cross because since Redemption is a girl band and Iron Cross is a guy band so it gives a romantic twist. I also liked the idea that the angelic girl, Laura, got hooked on drugs even though drugs are awful and I despise them, but it thickened the plot and proved anyone could get hooked on it. It also added suspense and thrills to the story. I disliked the part when Cesar "kisses dating goodbye" because it took away a relationship and like a part of the book which made it interesting. I also disliked that the book ended without a real ending and that you have to find out the ending in the next book when it's just starting. People who enjoy music and want to take a career up in music might like it because it talks about an average group of friends who make it into fame. Girls might like it also because it is told by a girl who falls in love with a guy but the girl admits a silly little crush. So people interested in music and girls might enjoy it the best.
A fun book, but a tad unrealistic. Aug 6, 2004
"Road Trip" continues the story of Chloe Miller, a punky teenage rebel-turned-Christian who's in a band, Redemption, with her two best friends, Laura and Allie. In this addition to the series, they go on a tour with Iron Cross, the most popular Christian band in the country. They encounter many problems on their tour, such as Laura's sudden drug usage. But of course, in the end, everything turns out alright...almost. At the end of the book, the girls are waiting to see if Laura's mom will let her continue to be in the band.
She probably will, because even though the Chloe books are supposed to be easier to relate to than the Caitlin ones--which they are, in a sense--the Chloe books seem to be becoming more & more unrealistic. It's very rare that a band that has only been together for six months gets on the bestseller list. And it seems as if every time something goes wrong for the band, it works out for the better.
I'm not trying to sound pessimistic or anything, but sometimes, that's not how it works in real life. Some problems are never solved. Yet it seems that, even though Laura did have her drug problem, and other obstacles popped up in the book, Chloe is usually happy. Most teens, even if they are Christians, are battling depression, but Chloe's band is apparently headed straight to the top, and everyone around her seems to be becoming Christians.
I'm not saying I hate these books or anything. In fact, Melody Carlson is probably my favorite author right now. If you're looking for a fun read, definitely choose this book. It's just frustrating that everything in Chloe's life, no matter how un-perfect it is, seems to become almost perfect within the next few pages.
I'm sure everyone who reads this is going to bash me in their review, because I know I'm sounding like I'm really against these books. I guess I should accept the fact that there's barely any books out there that are completely realistic. But don't get me wrong, I'm definitely going to read the next book in the series.
A Wonderful Addition to Chloe's Story Jan 2, 2004
Chloe Miller tells of her journey as a developing musician in her band, Redemption. She faces many hindrances and problems with her friend and bass player, Laura Mitchell, her oldest brother, Caleb, and her very good friend, Cesar. Chloe is just a normal teenager, even if her band is becoming increasingly popular. Nevertheless, even if I adore this novel, I know Melody Carlson can do better. I enjoyed the Caitlin O'Connor books much more, and I am overjoyed that the ninth and final book in the series will again be from Caitlin's point of view. I hope every Christian teen girl will read this series, and don't forget to read Face the Music, Chloe's last book, which comes out in early summer 2004.