Reviewer: Danielle Mason
Title: What Matters Most -Diary of a Teenage Girl
Author: Melody Carlson
Publisher: Multnomah Books
Release Date: September 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Inspirational YA Fiction
Publisher’s Age/Grade Recommendation: Ages 15 and Up
OUAR’s Age/Grade Recommendation: Ages 15 and Up
Year/Setting: Present Day
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: None
Melody's Website: www.melodycarlson.com
Maya is a 16 year old girl who just wants to be normal. But that is hard to do with a famous musician as a father and a mother who is in prison. Maya also has a couple really big decisions to make. She has to decide if she wants to be a Junior or Senior in High School and if she wants to join the girl Christian rock band Redemption.
As Maya struggles with these decisions, her mother is getting released from prison makes things harder on her. As does her father's constant non-support of her having a music career. Maya does have support though in her Uncle Allen and Cousin Kim. They are the ones Maya has been living with since her Mom has gone to prison. Maya also has the support from her best friends, Dominic and Marissa. Marissa is disabled from a drunk driving accident and leans on Maya just as much. While Dominic is May's ex-boyfriend and would still do anything for her. Both are always there for Maya to bounce things off of or if she just needs to talk some things out for them to make sense.
I love how in this book you go through Maya's struggles with her step by step. The journal format of this book is perfect for keeping you on the edge of your seat wondering what Maya is going to decide or how she is going to go about accomplishing something. I think this book is great for girls that are 15 and above. It teaches them how to make the right decisions with or without a distinct path leading them.
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