Becoming Me (Diary of a Teenage Girl, Caitlin No.1) by Melody Carlson
Multnomah Books (August 10, 2000)
In the fictional Diary of a Teenage Girl, sixteen-year-old Caitlin O'Conner reveals the inner workings of a girl caught between childhood and womanhood ... an empty life without Christ and a meaningful one with Him. Through Caitlin's candid journal entries we see her grapple with such universal teen issues as peer pressure, loyalty, conflict with parents, the longing for a boyfriend, and her own spirituality.
Follow Caitlin O'Conner as she makes her way from New Year's to the first day of summer - surviving a challenging home life, changing friends, school pressures, an identity crisis, and the uncertainties of "true love."
Caitlin experiences heartache, and encounters a new reality in her life: God. See how rejection by one group can - incredibly - sometimes lead you to discover who you really are...
Portraying the life and struggles of a teen girl seems to come easy to Melody Carlson. Her writing style appeals to teens and she really brings readers into her character's world. In Becoming Me we get a glimpse into the life of 16 year old, Caitlin O’Conner, through her personal diary. She writes about all the issues she's facing like trying to fit in, family troubles, temptations, heartache, and all the drama that surrounds her.
I don't think I've read a book that's written in a diary style like this one. It was pretty neat. The ups and downs of a typical teen's life are pretty much what this story is about. Caitlin goes through a lot, but in the end she's so much wiser and stronger than before. I know teens will enjoy this novel and maybe they can find some kind of inspiration and encouragement through the way Caitlin dealt with and got through all the things thrown her way. Becoming Me was fast paced, deals with a lot of tough issues, and has characters that are easy to relate to. Definitely recommend!
My Rating - 4 stars
(Thanks to Glass Road Pr. for the review copy.)