Monday, November 2, 2009

What Matters Most by Melody Carlson

Maya is sixteen years old. Her dad is a musician who left years ago and gave up all parental rights. Her mom is an addict who has been in jail. Maya lives with her uncle and has been doing well, active in school and the church youth group. She even has part time jobs so she can support herself.
Maya is working toward emancipation when her mother is released from prison. Her mother seems to want to reconnect with Maya. Is it just for money? Should Maya stay and work out a relationship with her mother or should she go on tour with a girl's band? Maya is a pretty new Christian. How is she going to deal with these issues?
Maya writes a "green" article for a newspaper and the author has added green tips at the end of each chapter in the book. A reader's guide is included which would make this book great for a teen reading group.
What Matters Most is book three in the Maya series of a Diary of a Teenage Girl. If the story line sounds interesting, I would suggest starting with the first title in the Maya series, A Not-so-simple Life.
This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.
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