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Becoming Bayley

4.64  ·  Rating Details  ·  39 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews

Bayley Albrecht’s dream is to play soccer on BYU’s South Field. When she is invited to soccer camp the summer before her senior year in high school, she just knows she’s one step closer to her dream. Things get even better when she meets Matt Macauley, the star of the men’s soccer team. When they decide to write each other while Matt is on his mission, Bayley figures her l

ebook, 214 pages
Published May 9th 2012 by Deseret Book Company

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I have probably read this book about five times now. Really, I'm not kidding. When I want to read something good, I grab this book and flip open to just about anywhere and let myself get sucked into its pages.

This is one of those books that I wish more people knew about, because it is just so good! At this time I believe it is only available via e-book and it makes me so sad/mad because it is honestly one of my top five favorite b
The Sweet Bookshelf
Jul 11, 2013 The Sweet Bookshelf rated it it was amazing
I was laying in bed the other night and I decided I wanted to start a new book before bed. I grabbed my kindle and I knew exactly what I was in the mood for. I'd had Becoming Bayley on my wish list for a few days and couldn't stop thinking about it. So, I purchased it and I'd only gotten 2% into the book and I knew I was going to stay up all night to finish it. I knew I was going to love it and I knew it was going to be an un-put-down-able book. I didn't know how this story would affect me.

I lov
May 29, 2012 Cathy rated it it was amazing
Bayley is a 17 year-old-girl. She loves to play soccer and she's kind of a tomboy, much to the dismay of her younger sister Fin. Fin is always trying to get Bayley to wear things like mascara and lip gloss and to do something different with her hair, but Bayley wants nothing to do with it, until she goes to soccer camp at BYU and sees the awesome BYU soccer player, Matt Macauley. When her roommates at the camp realize that she really likes Matt, they convince her that she's going to need to look ...more
Holly Wood
Jun 08, 2012 Holly Wood rated it it was amazing
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When I was asked to review this book I was a bit apprehensive. In the first place, I've never "officially" reviewed a book before. In the second place, when I saw the cover I was worried I wouldn't get into it because I admit I'm not much of a sports fan. But let me just say this: if you're a soccer fan you'll love this book. If you're not a soccer fan---you'll love this book! Every now and then I come across a new author that makes me thi
May 15, 2012 Lara rated it really liked it
LDS YA genre. I downloaded it after seeing a friend mention it on FB. I was sick that day, and needed something less heavy to read and it sounded like a good fit. And it was.

I appreciated that while it was still light and fun, it still had some conflict that made me think. Bayley's journey through alopecia, which is a disease I know about though I've never met anyone dealing with it, is inspiring. It's a great commentary on outer beauty vs. inner beauty and something I want my own daughters to u
H.B. Moore
Jan 06, 2015 H.B. Moore rated it really liked it
A nice offering from first time novelist, Susan Auten. With all my girls in soccer, it was fun to read about Bayley and her obsession, as well as how it was the catalyst for the development of Bayley's character.
May 24, 2012 Rachel rated it really liked it
This book pulled me right in from the beginning, I couldn't put it down once I started, and I finished it the same day. I cared about the characters, especially the main character Bayley, and the story was well told. It made me tear up a time or two, particularly at the end. I'm excited to share it with my teenage daughter, who's ready for some romantic content in her books. I'm happy to be able to give her a romance without thoughtless teenage sex, and with a strong female protagonist, and I li ...more
Jolene Perry
Jun 21, 2012 Jolene Perry rated it it was amazing
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This book was just...

I love it when I put a book down and know that the people will stay with me for a long time because Bayley definitely will.

THIS is the reason I love "coming of age" novels right HERE:

Something happened during Matt's talk. When I sat down I was one person, but by the time he was done, I was someone else. Someone changed. Someone new. Someone I didn't know. My arms were covered in gooseflesh. My stomach was doing this buoyant, top-of-the-roller-coaster thing. Suddenly
Jun 15, 2012 Rachel rated it it was amazing
I could not put this book down. I would compare Auten's style to Nicholas Sparks. Very sincere romances that the reader is immediately wrapped up in. The characters also face challenges similar to a Sparks' novel. This is so well done and I cannot wait to see what Auten comes up with next. I also love that this book was read by my twelve-year-old sister who loved it just as much as I did. I love when we get to share books, meaning that they are engaging enough for a 32 year old and appropriate e ...more
Jun 10, 2012 Jessica rated it it was amazing
I read the whole thing in one day. It's been a long time since a book has actually made me cry, made my heart ache, then made me feel the tingling butterflies of what it's like to be so happy and in love. Such a great message of courage, strength and the power of Christ to fix our hearts. I have a better, deeper understanding and appreciation for the story of the Woman with the issue of blood in the Bible. My daughters will be reading this one for sure!
Sep 30, 2012 Etta rated it it was amazing
This book was awesome! It was so easy to get into this story, from the very beginning I was hooked. I felt for Bayley when she struggled and dealt with her new life and challenges. I wish this book had been around when I was a teenager!!
Jun 26, 2012 Gayle rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books, read-in-2012
4.5 stars. Loved this story about a girl (from Star Valley!) whose dream is to play for the BYU soccer team. She learns she has alopecia (which makes all of her hair fall out) and must come to accept who she has become.
Melanie Jacobson
May 10, 2012 Melanie Jacobson rated it it was amazing
A seriously good LDS YA read with a spunky protagonist who takes a fascinating personal journey. This is a fresh look at the way we judge beauty and how it matters to us even when we think we're above stuff like that mattering.
Aug 15, 2012 Heather rated it really liked it
A nice offering from first time novelist, Susan Auten. With all my girls in soccer, it was fun to read about Bayley and her obsession, as well as how it was the catalyst for the development of Bayley's character.

Jan 18, 2013 Brooke rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. It made me laugh as it brought back memories of attending BYU. Plus it is nice to know the author. She's a great author, but also a fabulous person!
Oct 07, 2012 Sheridan rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, lds
I enjoyed this book about a young girl struggling with alopecia and what that would mean to her goals and her boyfriend who was on a mission when it started.
Sep 17, 2012 Laura rated it it was amazing
A quick. I was very drawn in to the main character and even researched alopecia. I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to more by this author.
Jan 29, 2013 Becky rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic book! I'm definately recommending this to my book club.
May 15, 2012 Michelyn rated it it was amazing
Inspiring LDS story about personal triumph and the strength of love.
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