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Looking for Cassandra Jane

(Second Chances #5)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  321 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Written in first-person, memoir style, this is the heart-touching story of Cass Maxwell, a girl struggling to find her identity during the turbulent sixties and seventies. Forced to make her own way from childhood, Cass's strength of spirit lifts her above her circumstances as God calls her to a life of hope and freedom. ...more
Published May 1st 2002 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published April 22nd 2002)
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Oct 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone!
Recommended to Dawn by: My sister Nellie.
Loved this book. I have never read this author before, but the story she wrote kept me very interested. There are so many things that Cassandra deals with in her life (abuse, death, drugs, cults, religion). There are times you feel sad for her, times you are routing for her & times you just want to shake some sense into her. I think this book would make a great movie if it was done right.
Apr 19, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone struggling with people dictating their relationship with God.
I had a really hard time getting into this book for about the first third. From then on, I didn't want to put it down. The writing style is fairly simple, and the story isn't fancy, but it is a good tale of perseverance and strength.

I have a history of attending a church in which people were a little TOO involved in my relationship with God. It wasn't a cult, thank goodness, but I related to Cass' confusion about Sky's role in her spirituality. It was good for me to watch her work out that proc
Sep 03, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Christians, novel-readers
A heavy book of topics that is easy to read.

A young woman deals with an abusive past and stumbles into a cult. The story follows her through the stages of her life. You can't help but root for her while simultaneously wanting to shake some sense into her skull.

Heavy topics the book hits on: child abuse, death, Christianity to cult beliefs, anxiety, rape, drug addiction (use and selling), alcoholism, adoption/foster care, child loss, and a brief mention of suicide.
Nov 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
I finally got my hands on a copy of this one thanks to a used book store! It was a really interesting read, from the Jesus culture of the time period to a girl's growing into maturity. While it is a work of fiction and somewhat extreme, I imagine many believers can see parts of their story in the life of Cassandra. ...more
Hannah Brenneman
Hahahahaha! All I can say is this book is seriously messed up!!!!! As much as I love melody carson, this book is really weird!!!
Jun 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
A gem! I can't find it anywhere besides my bookshelf... couldn't order any for the bookstore! It is about a girl growing up in the 60's with multiple barriers and limited adult support. ...more
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
The story follows Cass as she grows up with no mother and an alcoholic father. Cass grasps for stability and someone to trust in her life and falls into a cult along the way. This story shows how even one person who really cares can make a huge difference in our lives and stresses the importance of forgiveness. An excellent book!
Gina Shupp
Aug 07, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed reading this book, there was a lot of action, and what this young girl went through.
Molly Ann
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely one of the BEST books I have ever read. It took me one day to read this book, I could not put it down.
Enyonam Dzide
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Totally surprised by this story. I was unsure how I'd progress with a faith based story. Although it wasn't heavy on the religious imagery, it spoke to what was important and Christianity and faith.

I enjoyed the story and couldn't put it down once I was a third trough the book. A really entertaining read, with insights on life.
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
Strangely written and hard to get into
Apr 25, 2010 rated it liked it
No doubt about it, this was a quick read. I don't know though if I would recommend it to anyone though. Cassandra Jane grows up with a heinously abusive father and a neglectful aunt. Her life is pretty crappy, and she gets the bad breaks all the way around. Whenever she has someone to love who loves her, they are separated permanently. Eventually she finds Jesus, but he comes in the form of a cult leader named Sky, whose madness grows more extreme, and people start to die. Cassandra's journey to ...more
Jul 23, 2012 rated it liked it
This is more like a 3.5 almost a four. An engaging story of one woman's faith journey through a lot of adverse situations beginning with the death of her mother and growing up with an alcoholic and abusive father. Highlights a good and faithful God, who is always near, and the power of faithful friends as well. ...more
Fartun Ali
Mar 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Made me kinda wish i lived in the 70's. ...more
Jul 27, 2008 rated it it was ok
Honestly, this wasn't my favorite book ever. It was very long and kinda sad. ...more
Aug 15, 2010 rated it it was ok
This book had few interesting parts for me. Aside from the bit about cults and Cass and Joey's romance, this book was way too much about "finding Jesus" for me. ...more
May 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was OKAY
Sep 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Fictional account of a step by step plunge into a cult in the sixties.
Mar 07, 2008 rated it liked it
My leave favorite of Melody Carlson's books. ...more
Apr 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian-books
Another excellent Melody Carlson 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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