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NEVER BEEN KISSED
Genre: Inspirational, Young Adult
Carlson writes a realistic story that shows teenage girls how their choices influence others. Main character Elise dreams of having her first kiss, hopefully before she turns 16. Peer pressure and a friend’s bad advice lead Elise on a treacherous path. This book gives a powerful message of how young girls can respect themselves and hold true to their integrity.
With Elise’s 16th birthday coming up, she can’t help but daydream about her first real kiss. Starting the school year in a new town, Elise feels like this might be the brand-new start she needs. When a cute, popular boy in school starts to pay attention to Elise, she gets swept up in a secret relationship with him. What starts out fun and exciting leads to her being accused of sending vulgar pictures and text messages. Will the truth come out, and is Elise really the one to blame? (REVELL, Jan., 224 pp., $9.99)
Reviewed By: Angie Howatt
Published: January 2011