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Burnt Orange: Color Me Wasted (TrueColors #5)

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  951 ratings  ·  45 reviews
Up until her senior year, Amber has been the model of perfection--just like her dad, Pastor Conrad, taught her to be. But when Claire Phillips invites her to more and more parties, Amber's little white lies about her drinking spark a raging wildfire that threatens to overtake her life. Will she be honest with herself and her friends before things really get out of control? ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published January 29th 2005 by Th1nk Books (first published 2004)
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Hannah Talbot
I started to read this book because I am a teenager and now recently driving. Amber, the main character, is a Christian girl who's dad is a pastor. Amber meets this girl named Claire Phillips. Claire starts to ask Amber to go to parties sometimes, and then it turned into her going a lot more than she thought she ever would. Amber ended up going with this boy and then he left her in a house, in a corner, all by her self with a bunch of drunks. While she's sitting there, she notices a bunch of gir ...more
I love this "TrueColors" series. While it may seem that everything gets wrapped up "in a neat little package" when the main character finds God, I still enjoy them tremendously. This one is my favorite, even though the "dangers of drinking" is sort of ridiculous. But the ending made me gasp and cry, and for that, I was able to forgive the alcohol preachiness.
This was a fairly good Christian YA novel. It shows how a teenage girl temporarily turns away from God due to the temptations of alcohol because of the peer pressure of a "friend." She gets a total wake-up call when her "friend" gets in an accident while drunk, and the consequences are devastating. She recommits her life to Christ and joins AA, bringing her "friend" who is facing possible jail time with her. It was a simply written novel, but it was well done, and the characters were drawn well ...more
TWJ Magazine
Eighteen year old Amber Conrad is the perfect pastor’s daughter. Or so she thought she was, before popular and rich Claire Phillips befriended her and invited her to all the cool parties – which of course have alcohol involved. In an effort to cover up her new habit of social drinking, Amber starts lying to her parents. She even lies to the best friend she’s had since middle school, Simi. Now, one fake ID and many little white lies later, she finds herself getting caught up in a dark web of alco ...more
Joan Arning
Burnt Orange is the story of a pastor's daughter who decides she wants to be friends with the "in" crowd. She starts with one drink in order to fit in with the party crowd. This book is written for teenagers and ends in tragedy. The first part of the book seemed a little slow but the ending shows how life can get out of control if we don't stay close to God. I would recommend this book especially to high school age teens. I received this book from Clash Entertainment.
Ozi Fah
This book really did teach me a lesson and gave me an insight on teenage drinkers. I liked how in the end, Amber tried to solve her problem. The thing I disliked about Burnt Orange was the fact that the author talked way to much about religion. I understand that Amber's father was a pastor and everything, but if someone who is not Christian reads this book there are some parts that they cannot relate to.
Lauren Z.
Jan 03, 2008 Lauren Z. rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Teens
This book is about a generally good girl who gets into some bad stuff. Amber went to church and she was the daughter of a preast so she was a straight A student. But she started hanging out with Claire who was a heavy drinker and the rest goes down hill from there. Simi, her best friend, trys to pull Amber out of her rut and things go awall. I'm not going to give away the ending but it has an unexpected twist at the end and it makes you think really hard about the choices you make and the ones y ...more
Shirley (bknkck)
Surprise ending -- similar to Jodi Picoult's style.

The protagonist is 18 and although the conflicts and choices she makes are appropriate for her age, the writing style seems to appeal to an audience 3-5 years younger.
This was a book about alcholism. The teenage girl is a senior and has always done the right thing. She meets a new friend and is suddenly going to parties, drinking, lying and giving in to peer pressure. She gets a fake ID and her best friend is really worried about her. THere is a terrible car crash at the end and things will never be the same. IT was a good story for parents and teens. Many people think that once kids get into high school they can be trusted and left alone. If no one is there ...more
Mar 07, 2014 Ashley marked it as to-read
This book is the fifth book in the True Colors Series by Melody Carlson.

My Synopsis:

Amber is a pastor's daughter and starts giving into the peer pressure of drinking. At first she thinks it isn't going to hurt anything until it gets out of control and she starts hanging around the wrong crowd.

Questionable content: underage drinking, partying, being drunk, lying, and a car accident scene is described

Pros: This book has a very good moral to it. It does not promote the drinking at all.

Cons: While
"My name is Amber Conrad and I`m an alcoholic" Amber Conrad announces. If only Amber could stop coming to all of Claire`s drinking partys then maybe she could stop this drinking habit. Amber goes to high school and gets good grades, has lots of friends and is just about everything else except her habits of drinking. Good thing there`s Amber`s best friend Simi who can help Amber stop all of this nonsense! What will Amber do after a terrible accident happens to Simi? Will she stop going to all of ...more
Rebecca Land
Love this book it shows the effects of drinking so well, the True color series from the ones I have read are amazing and I can not recommend them enough to teens and young adults. Melody Carlson is an amazing author and captures what it's like to be a teen/young adult so well.
Oh my goodness. I'm surprised with myself, but this book made me BAWL. It was so sad, so sad... I think Meloday Carlson got better at writing, at least in skipping a book I've found out as much. Still have to read that fourth one... But this book is about alcoholics, can you believe. How could a book about alcoholics make me cry? Well it wasn't so much the drinking as what the consequences of drinking. So sad... And to make this book even better, there wasn't any boyfriend breaking-up that just ...more
Sabrina Miller
Burnt Orange color me wasted was one of my favorite books. I thought the author did a very good job at making it realistic so that many teens could relate to it. This book portrays friendship, alcohol, boys, and etc.

I would recommend this book to mostly girls, because the story is about a girl becoming an alcoholic, because she ends up getting in a wrong crowd, the ending is pretty sad. I recommend this whole series to Christians also, but even if you’re not a Christian, its still a really good
Crazy amazing! I never saw the ending coming!
I definitely enjoyed this book. I think that it was the easiest for me to relate to in the series so far, which made it easier to read since I didn't have to spend all my time thinking how some of the characters had some of the stupidest social ideas and felt like a waste of my time getting to know. I have to say, I was seriously shocked by the ending, and I kind of felt robbed, but I think that it was actually good for the plot line. I just get a little carried away with my optimistic endings.. ...more
This story is so realistic to my life in so many ways. I knew someone that was killed in a drunk driving accident that was not her fault. She died (as Simi did) and now I see much more of the details I never realized before. The reasoning behind claires drinking and how much God has a plan were clearly shown not only in this book, but also in my life. A true testimony has developed from this book and it has made a huge impact on me.
A Quickie Review

Each of the volumes in Mrs. Carlson's True Colors series deals with a specific problem that plagues many young people today; this time, it's alcoholism. The book does a great job of portraying the problems that drunkenness can cause, and the ending hammers the point home even further. Still, some people may be a little unsettled by it.

Score: 4/5
This was a gift from my aunt- which probabably kept me from enjoying it/learning from it as I otherwise might have.

It is a story about a girl who is thrown into the world of alchohol. It's a good book, one of those books that encourages you to be a good kid, but a good book none the less. I had a problem with it because in the back of my mind I was (am) contemplating why my aunt would buy me THIS book.
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Kayla Mannlein
I do not understand why young people of my generation and past generations are so obsessed with drinking alcohol before the legal age or drinking in excess. I think nothing is more unattractive than seeing a boy blot-toed or a girl drunk of her ass and acting desperate for male attention. I think alcohol is okay at the legal age and within moderation. A hang over is not cool or healthy.
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Great book very real and intriguing
Teen alcoholism. It's a serious topic, and the author did a good job of showing its many facets and prevalence. I am glad I read it since once I start a series I can't stop, but it was not my favorite in the series. The book did make me thankful that alcohol has never appealed to me and that the struggles of the characters are not the struggles of my life.
I confess, this book made me cry, which is usually a sign of great character development, especially in a book like this where there is little in the plot for me to directly relate to. Another really good installment in the truecolors series, with lovable characters and a heartbreaking climax. Melody Carlson is an author I will always recommend.
I'm really trying to remember what I thought as I closed this book... "Man why did it end like that" was one of my first thoughts. Next came I think I get it but still WHY! Ok I understand it had to work that way but still WHY! I kinda wish there had ben a better way to make them grow up but at least they do!
Angelica Fernandez
It was pretty sad. Makes me think twice about drinking and driving. The main character got annoying to me. She was Christian and just thought about her decisions to much which I didn't like because I like sort of more intense books.
Alyssa hoffmaster
i am very happy that caitlin and josh got married i think they make the perfect couple :) although they did go through some bumbs in there relationship throught the other four books they made it through and got married.
Starla Sunshine
This book deals with addiction.
This book is about how much drugs can ruin one persons life.

I really am loving this book. All of Melody's books teach you something. This is my second TrueColor book.

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Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books, several of them Christmas novellas from Revell, including her much-loved and bestselling book, The Christmas Bus.

She also writes many teen books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series, the TrueColors series, and the Carter House Girls series.

Melody was nominated for a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspi
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  • Pitch Black: Color Me Lost (True Colors, #4)
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  • Blade Silver: Color Me Scarred (TrueColors, #7)
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