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Becoming Me: Becoming Me by Caitlin O'Connor (Diary of a Teenage Girl #1)

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In the fictional Diary of a Teenage Girl, sixteen-year-old Caitlin O'Conner reveals the inner workings of a girl caught between childhood and womanhood ... an empty life without Christ and a meaningful one with Him. Through Caitlin's candid journal entries we see her grapple with such universal teen issues as peer pressure, loyalty, conflict with parents, the longing for a ...more
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Published July 7th 2010 by Multnomah Books (first published August 1st 2000)
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Apr 25, 2010 Sandy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ATTENTION!!! I'm adding this paragraph to the beginning of my review because I just read some other reviews. Everyone seems to think the book was "preachy." This, my friends, is called a-feeling-of-guilt-or-uneasiness-when-one-is-shown-how-similar-they-are-to-a-character-who-isn't-Christian. You read about Caitlin pointing out her own faults, realize you are the same way, and decide you don't want to hear about it. This book makes you THINK, and seeing your faults is good. If you take one look a ...more
Sep 10, 2015 Lynna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-recommended
I am a Christian, and I liked the book upon the first reading, but in all seriousness, it is rather mediocre. Caitlin didn't have much of a personality. There was longing for popularity, dealing with parents going through marriage problems, dating problems, and teen pregnancy. It was a little predictable and cliched. It was also quite preachy at times. I'm all for not having premarital sex, but this is a subject that has been covered in sermons everywhere, and I didn't feel like the book approac ...more
Oct 13, 2010 Jaedyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Probably my favorite book ever! Caitlyn isn't the popular girl in school, but she has a good friend named Beanie. One day Jenny (popular girl) comes and soon they are best friends, Caitlyn just ingores Beanie so she doesn't look stupid in front of Jenny. Caitlyn is soon falling for Josh Jenny's on and off boyfriend, and he has feelings for her. They get together behind Jenny's back and soon enough Jenny finds out and dumps Josh and Caitylin is all alone now. The Beanie comes to the rescue and i ...more
Emily Rachelle
Apr 16, 2012 Emily Rachelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Becoming Me, a newly sixteen-year-old girl writes about her struggles with new friends, boys, family problems, and life in general. As she climbs the popularity ladder at school, gains the affection of the most popular boy in school, and discovers a secret that could destroy her family, she shares her innermost thoughts and feelings with her diary. Through this book, readers gain a peek inside one teenager's heart and laugh or cry along with her.

Just like her other books, Melody Carlson deals
I loved this book. I picked it up at the library and almost put it back until I saw it had christian stuff in it. Then I was like "heck yes I'll read it!" Because I'm a christian and a believer in Jesus.

So... it's written to be like a diary of a sixteen year old girl named Catlin. She is struggling to fit in with the popular kids in school. So she starts to put on an act, and pretends she's something she's not just so everyone will like her. Then when her parents start to get into marriage prob
Helen Chandler
I thought the book wasn't well writen and had a predictible story line. At first I thought the book was really good, then I realised it was to religious for my taste. Caitlin, the main character, tries to find God and love. She finds love with a guy, but it turns out to be a bad idea. He drinks alcohol, parties all night, and is popular. At the beggining of the book she is trying to be popular, she gives up her friends, so she can be with the popular clique, and get the guy.
Caitlin fines out t
Jason Sixsmith
Mar 20, 2008 Jason Sixsmith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
You may be asking yourself, "Why did he read a teenage girl's diary?" THe simple answer is that I was looking for some good Christian testimonial type of books for the kids in my youth group I worked with at the time... plus I have a daughter who is now a teenager.
Rachel Schrock
Feb 27, 2011 Rachel Schrock rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is no better feeling then sitting down with a blank page of a diary, just begging you to write on its empty space. Soon that emptiness is full of memories, emotion, and life experiences. A diary can remind us who we are and who we want to be.
I feel that way and most likely so does Melody Carlson, the author of Dairy of a Teenage Girl; Becoming Me. Her writing is brought to life in the main character of timid and lost Caitlin O’Conner. This character is one that readers are able to relate
Oct 11, 2011 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Caitlin O'Connor is invisible, at least she feels that way until she is noticed by Jenny, one of the "in crowd" girls. After Jenny befriends Caitlin, she finds that her old best friend doesn't seem to fit in with this new crowd and she starts avoiding her. Big mistake! Caitlin finds out that hanging with the in crowd is much harder than just being herself, there is so much pressure, worrying about what to wear, and if certain people are noticing you (aka boys) the pressure is fierce. Her grades ...more
Sep 30, 2011 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Author: Melody Carlson
Publisher: Multnomah Books
August 2000
ISBN: 978-1-57673-733-4
Genre: Inspirational/young adult

Caitlin O’Conner is a sixteen year old Junior in highschool. Her best friend is Beanie, and other than her dad being really strict, and hanging out at work a lot more than usual, everything is fine. But then she becomes friends with a cheerleader, Jenny, and starts being included in the in-crowd. That totally destroys her friendship with Bea
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
If you have ever wondered what the average high school girl would write about in her diary, then look no further than Melody Carlson's, Diary of A Teenage Girl, Becoming Me. The reader is taken into the diary of Caitin O'Connor, a sixteen-year old Junior in high school dealing with all the things a typical girl would and chronicles her journey in a diary.

From what it's like with her best friend Beanie, who has been with her through thick and thin, dealing with a father who was addicted to cocain
Apr 18, 2012 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This teenage memoir was an extremely emotional journey. It focuses on Caitlin O'Conner, who begins a journal at the start of the new year for the sake of posterity, and her sheer enjoyment of writing. Caitlin speaks like a regular teenager, and her words are neither pretentiously lofty nor idiotically ignorant. This is refreshing for teenagers to read. I instantly felt that I could relate to her very easily. It is as if she is talking to a friend whilst writing in her journal, so her tone is ve ...more
Sep 26, 2011 Krystal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
The best quality this book contains is the main character. She was really easy to connect with, very likable. She is brave and intelligent, she experiences a lot of "life" in the short span of this book; some of it is unfortunate, some is makes the reader cheer, and others are more neutral. Caitlin is the readers' guide in the book, speaking in the first person-making it even easier to connect with her too.

It is hard not to experience everything through Caitlin's eyes as if it is happening to yo
Emilie W
Feb 18, 2010 Emilie W rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Diary of a Teenage Girl: Becoming Me narrates the story of Caitlin just your average girl searching for answers in her life. The book’s appeal is its honesty because it is a diary that feels...well, REAL. In her writing, the author chose a font that gives it that handwritten appearance and like any girl who just needs to download Caitlin writes with parentheses, underlined words, and all caps to get her point across. It is a book of soul searching, which may relate to this generation’s unans ...more
MS  Student
May 23, 2012 MS Student rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Diary of a Teenage Girl Becoming Me written by Melody Carlson. This is a fictional book. Caitlin O'Conner Is telling her story in a journal form. Caitlin Was a very confused girl about her faith. At some parts of the book she was in love and couldn't shake the feeling off of falling in love with Josh Miller. The mood of the book is romantic, and rough.
In the Diary of a Teenage Girl, sixteen-year-old Caitlin O'Conner is living an empty life without Christ and is trying to figure how to trust
Lena Yuan
Oct 16, 2013 Lena Yuan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I liked about this book is that its a teenage diary and as a teenager I understand the book and the plot isn't too complicated for me to know what is going on in the story. What I didn't like about the book is I knew what the plot was going to be about and there wasn't any surprises or twists in the plot. I gave this a four star rating because it didn't have any twists in the story.

The Diary Of A Teenage Girl: Becoming Me , is a fiction book by Melody Carlson. The main character in this st
Jenelle Morena
Sep 16, 2012 Jenelle Morena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This is the perfect book I have always wanted to read! It made me realize that it is a lot more easier to fulfill your promises to yourself by committing yourself to God. :) It made me see how God can make a wonderful impact in our lives by directing us in the right direction, if only we listen to His still, small voice. It's a wonderful feeling to have read another book that narrates how God can make miracles, be it big or small, in one's life. With God, you can truly have the strength to do th ...more
Kelsey Messner

Sixteen-year-old Caitlin O'Connor is pretty sure that her life is too boring to write about in a journal. But at the start of a new year, Caitlin begins to chronicle her day-to-day life as she encounters the drama of peer pressure, popularity, and dating. Her life becomes more interesting than she bargained for when she uncovers a dark secret about her dad and when she gets caught between the attention of more than one popular high school boy. As she abandons old friendships, makes new on
Minty McBunny
These books have a very specific target audience. Outside of that target audience, I am sure they are met with a lot of eye rolling and skepticism. But since I once was a part of Melody Carlson's key demographic, and hope that eventually my daughter will be part of that group as well, I can appreciate her books for what they are.

Carlson has an excellent grasp on the teenage girl narrative voice. Her characters are believable & I sometimes get irritated with them, only because I have the adu
May 04, 2009 Ebby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book to make available to my upper grade girls, and found it really relatable. I usually turn away from Christian teen books that are all about like, totally getting down on their level, and like, speaking their language... but this one struck a happy balance. It is modern, and girly, but also Very real and deep. I plan on getting the rest of the series, because I think my girls will like them so much! Here's hoping they see it the same way I did...
Jul 26, 2015 Cheyenne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this series when I was younger (middle school), but now that I'm older, I see tons of flaws with it I never noticed. The writing is poor at times, and I feel like the author doesn't understand how teenagers think at all. I'm not 16 or in high school anymore, but I know I sounded nothing like Caitlin when I was.

I also really did not like the way sex was handled in this book. It bothered me that every female character in this book who had sex before marriage ended up either pregna
Dec 30, 2014 Autumn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
by far one of the best books I've read. I highly recommend this book to any teenager who is starting their walk with God. It really helped me through my walk with God and still to this day I think back to it. When you first start out as a Christian some of it isn't very easy and this book doesn't sugar coat anything about it. I really liked how real Caitlin was, I honestly expected her to be the stereotypical Christian (sorry) but she wasn't, she was just like you and me! I cannot wait to read t ...more
Claire H
Mar 27, 2015 Claire H rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grade/interest level: High School
Reading level: Middle School
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Main Characters: Caitlin
Setting: High school
POV: 1st
Caitlin is a very normal teenager struggling with very normal teenage things, like fitting in and worrying about going to the prom. Something's different about Caitlin though, she get's the offer to become popular when the most popular girl in school, Jenny, befriends her. When Caitlin gets too caught up in the luxuries of popularity though she starts losing he
Dec 19, 2014 Aubrey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I rated this book a 4 out of 5 stars. I followed this book well emotionally and also comprehension/vocabulary wise. I think that a lot of teenagers around her age, but also between ages 13-21 can relate well with Caitlin's feelings. She tries to find her real self, going through good and bad relationships and experiences.
This series of Caitlin and the "Diary of a Teenage Girl Series" by Melody Carson has this first book describe all of her experiences well enough so that I can understand and co
Veronica Vannoy

Okay, this was my second coming of age book that I picked up in a row, completely unintentional. I had no idea where this book was going to go, and I'm glad that it was easy to get through because it wasn't great, but it wasn't awful either. Just mediocre. It was very religious, and the main character seemed very immature in the first half, then once she embraced god she seemed all head strong. I don't know, I liked it, but will I continue with the series? No. There are other b
Nov 30, 2015 Elexis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"I used to think that being fifteen was bad... well, let me tell you, being sixteen isn't exactly a walk through the mall either. And so far i think today is the worst day of my life." now this kind of scares me but it is true because in a couple of weeks I am turning sixteen! i like this book because there is some good advice in here family, God, friends, and some for yourself.
Melody Carson's "Becoming Me" is very relatable, I can relate to what is happening in her dairy and her life, she is
Lexi Nelson
Jan 20, 2015 Lexi Nelson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 22, 2014 Ashley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Title: Becoming Me

Author: Melody Carlson

Description (Goodreads): In the fictional Diary of a Teenage Girl, sixteen-year-old Caitlin O'Conner reveals the inner workings of a girl caught between childhood and womanhood ... an empty life without Christ and a meaningful one with Him. Through Caitlin's candid journal entries we see her grapple with such universal teen issues as peer pressure, loyalty, conflict with parents, the longing for a boyfriend, and her own spirituality. Follow Caitlin O'Conne
Apr 04, 2010 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: xx-2010-xx
3.5 stars. Solid book for middle and high-school aged kids. This is the diary of high school junior Caitlin O'Conner. She struggles with many of the issues teens face, including questions about dating, sex, and alcohol. Midway through the book she becomes a Christian, and she and God then tackle those issues together. Other topics that come up include adultery, teen pregnancy, and adult alcoholism. This is a fantastic book for kids who are looking for a good example when faced with difficult cho ...more
Oct 17, 2009 Mackenzie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, 2009
I really enjoyed this book! It really moved me in ways books normally don't move me. I love the way Carlson writes, especially the way she wrote this one. The font looked as if someone had actually written by hand, which I thought was pretty neat.

This book was about a girl, Caitlin, realizing and accepting God in her life. I love this type of book, it's not for everyone because of the religious content but I just find it interesting. Anyways, I really enjoyed the characters in this book, and I l
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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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