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Popular: Boys, Booze, and Jesus

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  356 ratings  ·  54 reviews
Tindell Baldwin’s words best describe her passion and this book:

“My heart is for teenage girls because my story is much like so many of theirs. I was just a girl who made a lot of mistakes. I was a girl who had sex before marriage and then had a broken heart. I was a girl who did drugs and drank to fill the void that was deep in my heart. I was a girl who was desperate to
Paperback, 238 pages
Published July 1st 2013 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published June 21st 2013)
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Stephanie Thoen
Feb 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you spend any time with any teenage girls then read this book. If you are a Young Life leader, or work in any form of Youth ministry, if you work at a church camp, then read this book! If you are a teenage girl then read this book. If you are a college girl, read this book! I can't even tell you how powerful Tindell's story is. Praise God that he is using her story for His Glory!
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First of all, this is not my usual genre of books here-- I just saw the cover and read the blurb, and then I knew that I needed to read this one. Popular was a very surprising read, actually. It's really hard to review, though, because in the back of my mind I'm thinking about how this is Tindell's actual life story,'s just kind of different, you know?

I liked the way the first part, "Dark" was told. It
Popular was written well and easy to read. The author went deep into the things that happened in her life and I really felt for her and some of the things she went through.

All in all, a good read. I think it is more for teens, but I still liked it.
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Let me begin with the good:
Baldwin is a good writer, her story is engaging, and she deeply desires for young people to know Jesus. As someone who never went wild in high school, having come to know Jesus early, this book helped give me vocabulary to describe the dissatisfaction of sex and drinking. It was encouraging to hear her say exactly what I say to my students - "it's fun but not satisfying."

The first half of the book is solely dedicated to Baldwin's story of - as the title says - boys and
Jun 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was excited to read this book because I knew it was going to be an honest experience. I like reading about real people and past experiences. Also, I figured this book would hit pretty close to home and my life story. Boys, Booze, and Jesus describe this book and the lives of many people, not just teens. I love Tindell's story, she doesn't not sugar coat anything and simply states her choices, the motivation behind them, and the outcome.

One of my favorite parts about this book is when she is ta
Jun 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It takes courage to open one's life to the world. Tindell has presented an authentic look at life as she experienced it. The unfulfilled life, filled with boys and booze (from the subtitle). But she moves beyond just lessons learned, the reasons behind the decision as made by teenage girls/young women. And she offers a path of hope with encouragement that includes forgiveness, restoration, and wholeness in Jesus Christ.

If I had a daughter in that age group (late junior high, and high school, col
Apr 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Good read about redemption and grace. It is so evident that Tindell has a heart for teenage girls and the pressure they face as they move through high school.
Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In her memoir, Popular: Boys, Booze, & Jesus, Tindell Balwin shares her story of her personal struggles as a young girl trying to find her place in a world that left her feeling empty. Although she was raised in a very positive Christian environment, she struggled to find her own place in her family and among her peers. Throughout a few years of her life as a teen and in her early college years, she fell victim to the moral decline made so popular by modern society, only to feel more emptier tha ...more
Jul 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
By: Tindell Baldwin

I decided to read this book by Tindell Baldwin due to the subject matter. The first sentence on the back of the book captured my attention and I had to read it. “All I was asking for at fifteen was to belong, to be loved, and to be a part of something.” My big question when I started reading this book was how do you explain to your daughter why they shouldn’t act a certain way or why they shouldn’t do certain things? As Baldwin explains in her book, sometimes answers ar
Toccara Feliciano
Jun 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
This summer for me is all about reading. It is one of my favorite things to do during the summer. There is a new book by an author name Tindell Baldwin. It is a non fiction book about her life. It's is about her struggles as a team all the worldly things she got into and how she went from a crazy, spiraling out of control life to accepting her Christian life and ultimately living for God. This book is excellent for moms to get a glimpse of why teen daughters May do some of the things they do and ...more
Jessica Marquis
Oct 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
This one was a real blessing. It took me a while to finish (it seemed repetitious and kind of all over the place), but improved as I went on. There is much wisdom to be found in "Popular."

Some of my favorite parts:

“God’s love is never faulty, and ours is. God’s love is never selfish, and ours is. God doesn’t rely on a feeling to know He loves us, but rather a painful choice He made to win our hearts. If we count on this type of love to fill us, understanding that no human will ever be able to of
Aug 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading Popular because the author’s story is one that is not uncommon. The author was raised in a loving Christian home, but she never felt like she belonged. By the time she was in high school, she was living a life that went against everything she had been taught. She was drinking, going to parties, smoking pot, and was sleeping around. The author became one of the popular girls at school, but she still felt an emptiness inside and no matter what she tried, it would not go aw ...more
Samantha Jo
Jun 17, 2013 rated it liked it
This book is a bit out of the norm for me but I was drawn to it from the beginning. Maybe it was the ease of reading or the blatant honesty or the deep rooted pain, I’m not certain even still, but Tindell’s story is one you should read.
Let my start by saying that I do not have a story like Tindell. I saved sex for marriage, I didn’t drink, I didn’t do drugs, but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t desperate to fit in. And that is why this book works. It’s not just a story for teenage girls on the wrong p
Apr 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
An autobiography of what happens when a teen tries to find herself in boys, booze, and popularity. As the author explains, all of her attempts led her to become a promiscuous alcoholic. Despite her rebellion, her family remained loving and Christ-like.

While in college, she finally cleaned up her life and began to live in God's grace. She's pretty honest about the consequences following her, like taking a test for HIV just before her wedding. This is what I appreciated the most about the book, m
Jan 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
I highly recommend Popular for all high school girls because it is an honest look at the struggles girls face on a daily basis. I especially love that it is not a self-help book but a memoir. Tindell shares her story about the untold emotional pain that comes from the decisions many girls make to be a part of the popular crowd. She breaks the book into two parts: "Darkness" and "Light."  In the "Darkness" section, Tindell is very open and honest about her goal to chase popularity, beauty and boy ...more
Jun 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Positive Message but a Bit Too Long. This author has a valuable message, and does a fairly good job of expressing it. She could have said it in fewer pages, though. I agree with her that a story relays the lesson better than plain advice. She had good stories. It took strength to admit to her failings. The lesson was hard learned, but worth telling teens about. I agree with another reviewer who felt that parents should read this book before deciding whether it's one they should give to their dau ...more
Jun 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: summer2013
In this beautiful memoir, Tindell Baldwin shares her journey from searching and heartbroken to redeemed and loved. Really, she was loved all along, and that's what Tindell wants you, the reader, to know. The Healer of cracked hearts, broken homes, and unreachable dreams loves you no matter what. Tindell's story proves it.

Tindell writes honestly about her path away from her Christian life and family toward the popular crowd at her high school. Her experiences, from drinking herself silly to sitti
Nov 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love reading books that change me a little bit. I love books that touch me. I love being able to relate to the narrator in this case the author. I love books that make me feel closer to God.
At first, when I bought it I was not really sure I was gonna like it because the author said she wrote it for teenage girls and I'm nineteen. I was able to see me through the author. Of course, I did not do half the things she did but I could get her. Like her and a lot of people, it's hard to fit in and be
Wendy Hall
I read this book with my small discipleship group of middle school girls. I think the message in this book was very timely and appropriate for them, as they were hearing it before many of these vices became significant temptations for them. It sparked good conversation and led to some significant depth of our group. I pray that this will be a foundation for them to hold each other accountable about these issues in the years to come. I felt like the second half of the book got really preachy. It ...more
Kim Paulus
Jun 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow, Tindell Baldwin did not pull any punches! She was very open to what happened during her teenage years. I am so glad I got the chance to read it. Being a leader of a small group of girls, I now have a better way of conveying the truths that need to be spoken. Not just the "rules" but the emotional and physical consequences that can follow an action. By showing what Jesus did for us and how forgiveness is offered in His blood even for the things we think are unforgivable, we need to point tee ...more
Hannah • So Obsessed With
Jul 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
Although I'm not a teenage girl and not necessarily the target audience for this book, I knew I wanted to read Tindell's story. She grew up in a family with parents who loved each other, loved Jesus and raised their kids to glorify Him. I was actually familiar with her brother's name because he is a well-known worship leader at a church here in Georgia. So, I was intrigued and wanted to hear her story.

Read my full review at So Obsessed With
Nicole Sikorski
Aug 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was absolutely amazing. I'm a teenager & I felt like she knew exactly where I was coming from. It's like she took every word that is hard for me to say, & wrote it all down for me. She really shows that the partying life isn't what it's cracked up to be. Even if you don't face the partying life of drinking, boys, & smoking weed, you can still get something from this book. Her story has something for everybody & show's the beautiful love of God & how He really does pursue His children, ...more
Simone Black
Jul 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I really enjoyed this book and its stories. As a 15 year old girl I used to often search for satisfaction in material things or the way I dressed. I never felt good enough. But After reading this book and Gods word I realized I'm enough because I am. Gods love is unconditional and forever. My biggest takeaway is that you can always come back to God no matter what you've done or where you are in life. I recommend to everyone!!!
Aug 05, 2015 rated it liked it
This book is an insightful story about a Christian girl who becomes a prodigal and is rescued by Grace. I didn't give it many stars because though it is truth, I just couldn't see how this would be helpful for a daughter who isn't seeking the path of rebellion. Do you show how life can be the pig pit or do you not encourage by showing it? Not sure I can explain in this short review. I still let my daughter read it, see what she thinks.
Kalee Humphrey
Jun 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Tindell, my second cousin, writes a candid experience of her teenage years, laced with her newly found Christian perspective, once she overcame her adolescent "demons." Her story is full of hope for young girls/ladies who need direction from a God who forgives. Two thumbs up!! A must read for all parents and teens!
Jul 21, 2014 added it
Shelves: 2014
Great Book! I just saw Tindell in May with her Mom and daughter. I had last known of her the day she came into this world, as her Mom was in labor at our pool. What guts it takes to open up your life story in order to help others. I read her book as fast as I could. Her message is so true for all of us. She is wise beyond her years
Jul 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: loved
This is a good book. Definitely gave me a lot to think about in regards to my daughter and how I'm going to teach her about boys, sex, and drugs/alcohol. I like how Mrs. Baldwin gave instances of, "I wish my parents had said...". It made me think about my youth and what my parents didn't teach me. I want to do things differently for my kid.
Sep 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Must read for all moms and teen girls

As a daughter, I wish someone would have given me this book when I was 15. As a mother, I an going to have my daughter read this book so prayerfully she will not make the same mistakes as the author. Tindell bravely shared her heartache and poor decisions with the sole intent of keeping other young girls from doing the same.
Aug 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a must read for any teenager or parent of a teenager. Without going into a lot of detail, Tindell Baldwin tells her story, and she is brutally honest and transparent in her telling of that story. I bought multiple copies and have been giving them away to teenagers I know, begging them to read's that good!
Jun 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is frank and real. It us helpful for any young woman (Jr high they college) to read. The author is insightful and would help you understand your friends, your daughters, or yourself. Ms. Baldwin also shares her turning point, and it may be your turning point s well.
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Tindell Baldwin has spent the last two years growing her audience through her speaking engagements to youth and youth leaders. She also blogs regularly. The first chapter of Popular has been available for download on her website and has received a great response. She has also spent some time speaking to teenagers through a camp called Big Stuff. Currently she works in Roswell, GA in youth ministry ...more

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“Tell us your life story.' I look up. Twenty sets of eyes looked back. Only forty-five minutes left in class. I wish I could tell them my life story. I would tell the popular girls to be nice, because later in life they'll realize isn't about them. I would tell the pretty girls that looks aren't all they have. I would tell the kids in black that is just a phase and the real world isn't quite so harsh. I would tell the tough girls that getting hurt is part of life. I would tell the pretty boy with the hair swoosh that there will be a million of him wherever he goes next and the thing that will make him stand out is his character. I would tell the girls trying desperately to fit in that one day it won't be so hard. I would tell the in-betweens that one day they'll have a place in this world. Mostly I would tell them there is a Jesus who loves them, a Jesus who knows what thy are going through and has a relationship waiting for them that is more then they could ever imagine. There are so many things I would like to tell this class, but for now they have to take a test.” 6 likes
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