Wednesday, November 4, 2009

What Matters Most

Sixteen-year-old Maya Stark has a lot to sort through. She could graduate from high school early if she wants to. She’s considering it, especially when popular cheerleader Vanessa Hartman decides to make her life miserable–and Maya’s ex-boyfriend Dominic gets the wrong idea about everything.

To complicate matters even more, Maya’s mother will be released from prison soon, and she’ll want Maya to live with her again. That’s a disaster waiting to happen. And when Maya plays her dad’s old acoustic guitar in front of an audience, she discovers talents and opportunities she never expected. Faced with new options, Maya must choose between a “normal” life and a glamorous one. Ultimately, she has to figure out what matters most.

My Review: Although the characters in the book are 16 yrs old, I'm not sure the book would appeal to that age group. I will be passing the book along to my 14 year old to see what she thinks of it. I was glad to see that although dating was a topic in the book, it was not central. The issues at school seemed quite realistic but suddenly being chosen for a band was a bit far fetched (but hey, it's fiction). I couldn't figure out HOW the courts left a 16 year old with NO legal guardian when mom was in prison and dad didn't have custody; either her dad or uncle would have had legal guardianship even if the same person didn't have physical custody.

What Matters Most was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group

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