Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Enchanting Review: Oh Brother, You're Not My Keeper

Inspirational YA
The Wild Rose Press
ISBN 1-60154-168-6
148 pages
$6.00 eBook
eBook – Available Now
Print - Available July 2008

Rating: 4 Enchantments

Sixteen-year-old surfer Nick Russell signs up for tutoring with Sherry, also commonly known as 'the whale'. To the amazement and then horror of his friends, he asks Sherry to be his girlfriend. He is taunted by his friends for choosing the overweight Sherry over other girls. But Nick ignores them all and falls in love. Tragedy strikes when a drunken driver hits his truck, killing Sherry, the girl he knew was 'the one.'

Then he meets Regina 'Gina' Cunningham, an Elvira wannabe in his theater class. Gina is used to being an outcast and doesn't want anything to do with surfer dude Nick.

Heartbroken over the death of his girlfriend Sherry, Nick struggles with the emotions he feels around Gina. Both fight against the growing attraction they have. The odds seem to be against them. But Nick is used to not judging others by their appearance alone. Will he be able to do the same with Gina?

OH BROTHER, YOU'RE NOT MY KEEPER is a sweet tale that is sure to appeal to Christian teens. It also has a good Christian message of not being judgmental to those who are different. Nick's struggle of feeling like he's betraying Sherry is very realistic. The only thing that didn't work for me was the end surf meet. But other than that, I know this book will appeal to its audience; teens that like tales without language and sex.

Kimberlee R. Mendoza resides in San Diego with her husband and two sons. She is a graphic designer for Faith Chapel, as well as a cover designer and young adult editor for The Wild Rose Press. She leads the Spring Valley Critique Christian Writer's Guild.

Kimberlee's website is www.kmendoza.com

Enchanting Reviews
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