“Becoming Me” by Melody Carlson

“Diary of a Teenage Girl: Caitlin, No. 1 (of 5)”

16-year-old Caitlin O’Conner decides to start a diary and tracks her 6 month journey of her 2nd semester as a junior in high school. You see inside the mind of a teenager who faces life’s challenges, not only in her friendships, relationships, schoolwork, but her family as well.

Caitlin is your typical teenage girl. She’s not the most popular girl in school, but she also is not a nerd. She lingers in the middle, the limbo in high school, but wishes she was one of the coolest girls in school. So much to her surprise, popular girl and cheerleader, Jenny Lambert, starts talking to her. This leads to actually hanging out with Jenny. However, Caitlin starts to ignore her best friend, Beanie Jacobs, because she is a little excentric and didn’t want Jenny to make fun of her. Jenny takes Caitlin to a party where she doesn’t drink, but Jenny does and Caitlin actually lets Jenny drive her home when she is drunk.

Caitlin is a Christian and is always talking about what her youth group would think of her actions. What would her youth group think of her when she doesn’t stick up for Beanie when a mean cheerleader made fun of her clothes, called her a hippie and a pothead. She notices that her Mom hasn’t been real happy lately but doesn’t think too much about it. Caitlin is thinking about Nathan Parker, a basketball player who started showing interest in her. You can just see how invisible Caitlin used to be to the popular crowd because Nathan thinks she’s a new girl.

This is when the high school “games” start to enter Caitlin’s life. Jenny and her boyfriend, Josh Miller, had broken up, but Jenny wanted him back. She told Caitlin that she had a plan. She wanted to hook up with another guy at a party to make Josh jealous and she wanted Caitlin’s permission that it is Nathan she hooks up with. Because Caitlin and Nathan aren’t officially a couple, she reluctantly agrees. During the party, the drinks are flowing and Jenny gets a little too cozy with Nathan and that upsets Caitlin. “I thought she was my friend.” Caitlin finds an empty room to sulk in but in walks Josh. He offers to give Caitlin a ride home and when Jenny saw them leaving together, she was upset. Caitlin thought this would be the end of her one week popularity. But Josh wants to get to know her better and doesn’t care what Jenny thinks. Now Caitlin wouldn’t think twice about Jenny hating her if she had a chance to go out with Josh, the most popular guy in school.

Jenny calls Caitlin to apologize about Nathan which makes Caitlin apologize for Josh. Jenny said that Josh had been over and now they were going back out again. Caitlin lost Josh and Nathan in one weekend

All of this happened in 1 week. To continue to know the rise and falls of being a teenager through Caitlin’s eyes, check the book out for yourself.

For full book synopsis and review go to http://booksbysteph.com/Carlson__Melody.html

If you don’t believe me, check it out for yourself!

Until next time, live life one page at a time!

SZ

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