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Saturday, February 4, 2012

The Jerk Magnet by Melody Carlson (Book Review)

Title: The Jerk Magnet
Author: Melody Carlson
Publisher: Revell

About the book:  When Chelsea Martin's future stepmother helps her transform from gawky and geeky into the hottest girl at her new school, Chelsea is pretty sure it's the best thing that ever happened to her.  But her hot new look has a downside.  She's attracting lots of guys who all have one thing in common: they're jerks.  Oh, and stealing the attention of all the guys in school doesn't exactly make her BFF material for the girls.

Finally a great guy catches her eye.  But he's the only one around who doesn't give her a second glance.  Can Chelsea come up with a plan to get his attention?  Or will her new image ruin everything?

Available January 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

My thoughts:  This book does a real good job of getting to the heart of how easily we judge people -- and even though this is a YA book, I don't just mean teenagers here.  Chelsea's new stepmom helps her transform from a wallflower into a rose, but she isn't equipped to deal with the attention that it garners.  Still being the insecure person on the inside, she either doesn't trust the friendships she is making or she gets too caught up in keeping the outside appearances and always feels like she is 'acting' so no one will know who she used to be, or really still is inside.

She eventually comes clean with her next door neighbor and new friend Janelle.  She has been attending some youth group functions with Janelle and rededicates herself to God (she had accepted Christ when she was much younger, but due to the death of her mom and some changes with friends, she didn't ever grow in Christ.)  So now she is trying to fit in with her new looks and new friends and is learning to trust in God to be her friend through it all. 

There is one guy though, Nicholas, who is a strong Christian, seems like a nice guy, and Chelsea has developed a crush on him.  For some reason, though, Nicholas won't give her the time of day.  She can't figure out what she might have done to make him dislike her so. Well, Janelle comes up with a great social experiment for her and Chelsea to try out at a fall church camp.  While they sort of knew what the results would be, to actually live it and then be able to share it with their peers was an eye opener for all involved.

This is a great book for any YA - boy or girl (though the boys may be a little bored with it.)  I think the message would relate to both sexes, and is one that we all need to be reminded of occassionally.


~I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Blog Tours in exchange for my unbiased review.~


Publisher/Publication Date: Revell, Jan 2012
ISBN: 978-0-8007-1962-3
217 pages


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