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(Kennedy Stern #4)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  141 ratings  ·  33 reviews
A teenage boy begging God to make him straight. An evangelical father refusing to accept his son is gay. A college sophomore who could never predict the dangers about to overtake her and the ones she loves.

An intense and compassionate novel from beloved indie suspense author, Alana Terry, who has won awards from Women of Faith, The Book Club Network, Readers’ Favorite, a
Kindle Edition, 268 pages
Published October 24th 2016
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Lydia Howe
I just wrote a review for this book, but then somehow the internet went out and my computer didn't save it....

Overall this book wasn't quite as fast-paced as some of the other ones in the series, nor did I think the plot was quite as well worked out as the first two. The character development was great once again though, and I really enjoyed diving back into Kennedy's world. She thinks and reasons so differently from me, so it's always interesting to read from her perspective.

Woong, the adopted
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Like the other books in this series, this one confronts a difficult issue and makes sure that you are thoroughly thinking it over from every angle by the time you're finished with it. When you pick up a Kennedy Stern Novel, you can be sure that in adition to enjoying a great story,your mind and heart will get a good workout as well. You can tell that there is no agenda here, other than to get you to examine some questions more carefully.

In particular, Straightened deals with the topic of Homose
Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
1 girl...1 of today's hottest debates...

Straightened is probably the most controversial novel I've read this year. And I admit that I started it with some trepidation. Homosexuality and the Church is a very hot button topic in our society these days. But I also trust Alana Terry. She's taken on some controversial topics before, from persecution of the Church to abortion and Christians dealing with depression and anxiety. In those books she's never tried to force her own beliefs or agenda on the
Anne Rightler
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Straightened, fourth in the Kennedy Stern series by Alana Terry, is a book that does not disappoint. The author brings readers a well-written yet gritty tale that takes a look at a very real and raw issue in Christian does the church, i.e. the body of believers in the church, look at and deal with homosexuality. Ms. Terry brings out the harsh way and the compassionate way of dealing with those who identify themselves as attracted to same sex individuals, as several characters are e ...more
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What did I think? Well, to begin with, this book will really make you think. You will think about each of the characters. You will think about their upbringing, their family members, their religious teaching, their sorrows, their joys and their emotional pain. You will think about what makes us the person we turn out to be, and you will think about how one copes with who we turn out to be.

I want to thank Alana Terry for providing me an advanced copy of this book (ARC) to read in return for an h
Sharon Paavola
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Alana Terry takes on a controversial subject in this next novel in her Kennedy Sterns Christian Suspense series. One of her characters searches to place himself as a homosexual or not. His family who is from her first book in the series, holds to a conservative, Christian view. The novel contains varying opinions never preaching or maintaining one point over the other. It’s an excellent dialogue within a story and well worth reading. Kennedy battles with her thoughts and emotions for the young m ...more
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Straightened is the fourth novel in the Kennedy Stern series; it can be read as a standalone. The author has treats us to another fast-paced story, raising questions about a relevant issue in today’s church. When Kennedy returns to Boston for her sophomore year at Harvard, she stays with Pastor Carl and his wife Sandy. When she was back in China with her missionary parents for the summer, Carl and Sandy went to South Korea to bring their newly adopted son home. Kennedy speaks Korean very well an ...more
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Straightened by Alana Terry is another fabulous Christian suspense. It is the fourth book in the Kennedy Stern series. Alana Terry writes gritty Christian fiction about relevant topics, designed to educate and inform.
Straightened deals with the topic of homosexuality. She writes with sensitivity. She also revisits the HIV topic, introduced in book three.
This world is full of hate for those different to ourselves - be it sexual orientation, skin colour, religion. This was never God's design. God
Cheri Swalwell
Dec 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I had heard about the Kennedy Stern Christian Suspense Series by Alana Terry and had wanted to read them for quite a while now. During the Thanksgiving holiday, I was able to read four of the five books, only because the 5th wasn’t available yet. That one is on my Christmas list.

There really are two sides to every story. There are a few characters in this series that I think make the entire series: First of all, Kennedy, the main character, who is a young adult (college age) and she struggles i
Joan Arning
May 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Straightened is a well-written story dealing with a teenage boy who feels he is gay. The book includes adoption, arson fires, murders and other action. A quote from the book "Sometimes we might not agree, but that doesn't mean we're mad at each other. It certainly doesn't mean we stop loving each other." Alana Terry has done an excellent job of showing that we can show God's love and respect even when we disagree. I received this e-book from the author through Book Fun. This is my honest opinion ...more
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book deals with some tough issues, as all of Alana’s books tend to do.
She handles it in ways that represent all thoughts on this subject, although I found myself wanting her to preach what I believe, I had to remember that this is a work of fiction with characters that are supposed to represent the world, and they do.
If you are looking for something to challenge you and see things from different perspectives without changing your own, this would be a great book for that.

A copy of this book
Jul 18, 2019 rated it liked it
I was about to end my reading of this series, but I saw the topic of this one and gave it a go. This topic hits close to home for me, so I was interested in seeing a Christian author tackle it in fiction. It definitely gave a lot of differing viewpoints, so that was good I guess, but none of them matched with my own experience. It was a good story, I didn't know the answer too early. But I still didn't care for the main character, so this was the end of the line for me in reading this series.
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Noah's story is truly sad. The way Nick tries to help him is wonderful. Alana has you on the edge of your seat waiting to see what happens next in this story. The characters in this book are all very special people. You will feel God working throughout this whole book. This book deserves a higher rating than a five star review.
Melissa Henderson
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Tough topics are brought out in this compelling story. Mystery, intrigue and family disagreements can lead to many emotions. Read this story and learn how the characters deal with tough situations and learn to find hope. I received a copy of this story from the author and this is my personal honest opinion.
Jan 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, fiction, 2018
She doesn’t shy away from the hard stuff. I appreciate the honest look at viewpoints but it was a little heavy on the drama/trauma side.
Kerri Jenkins (Waterstradt)
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love the Kennedy stern series!
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Particularly enjoyed this quote: “Don't judge someone just because they sin differently than you. Don't judge someone who fails a test you yourself have yet to pass. Don't judge someone until you've crawled into his skin and walked around a bit.”
Diane Higgins
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Alana Terry has done it again! She has captured me in another Kennedy Stern’s novel. I love Alana’s writing style, and how her books make you feel like you are really living in the character’s world! Her books stay with you for days!

This book deals with the tough subject of homosexuality. Alana doesn’t take a side, but she makes you really think. She presents both sides of the argument in a very well written way. I highly recommend this book and all the Kennedy Stern books.

"I was given the book
Deana Dick
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am so enjoying reading this series and getting to know Kennedy . She is a young college student that has faced many obstacles. The author always does a great job of tackling controversial subjects with grace . I have come to really appreciate her stories and love how she gives readers both sides of the subject. The author never gives her personal opinion but let's readers see the struggles that go with issues that may be difficult to handle.

In this story a young boy tells his father that he is
Meagan Myhren-bennett
A Kennedy Stern Novel #4
By Alana Terry

Kennedy Stern is returning to America and her sophomore year of Harvard. She has days to acclimate to the total change in time night-is-day and day-is-night. Ruben won't be returning and Kennedy just isn't sure how she'll get through this year without her best friend and lab partner. The Lindgrens have adopted Woong a young orphan from Korea. And she's about to step into another potentially explosive situation with the Abernathy family - the last
Alana Terry is one of my favorite authors, and Kennedy Stern one of my favorite fictional characters, although I don't think I'd want to be her friend in real life because of all she goes through!

I just went on a Kennedy Stern binge and read all nine novels back-to-back. Although I had liked them tremendously the first time through, I enjoyed them even more this time around because of the continuity. I picked up on little things that I had missed before because I had forgotten an event from an
Jan 07, 2017 rated it did not like it
I cannot recommend this book at all

There are many important issues that are brought up in this book, but unfortunately the truth of God's Word is replaced with human emotions and feelings. Homosexuality is very serious to God. He makes it very clear that those who practice or embrace or condone it will not make it to heaven but will be in hell--it's nonnegotiable: read Romans 1:18-28, Revelation 21:8 and 22:14-15. However, because of God's great LOVE and MERCY, Jesus came to earth to show us His
Aug 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was a scary book for me to read. I'm one of those creatures that some people say don't (or shouldn't) exist--a gay Christian. I loved the first book in the series, and I trusted Alana to handle this topic as gracefully as she did abortion. She did.

Never did I feel a sense of judgment from the characters toward those who disagree with them. (Believe me, I looked for it.) I felt their struggle to understand each other and love in spite of their differences. I loved the reconciliation scene at
Dec 30, 2016 rated it liked it
This book, like her others, tackles another weighty subject--homosexuality. Not one to shy away from tough topics, Ms. Terry, seeks to present different views in the story. While one may not agree with some of the characters, she seeks to share a story that will get people talking, and that she does. I didn't agree with parts of the story as I am a firm believer in the Bible and homosexuality being a sin as the Lord indicates it is in His Word. The writing is excellent (5 stars); I just do not a ...more
Kim Paulus
Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Adoption, relationships, homosexuality, and a murder all await Kennedy as she arrives back in the States. After a trip to China to visit her missionary parents, Kennedy is exhausted and wants to get a sleeping pattern back to "normal" before classes resume at Harvard. Living with her pastor, his wife and their newly adopted son, may not be the answer after all. Kennedy is forced to reevaluate her views on all the above subjects. The reader goes on this mind searching adventure along with Kennedy ...more
Linda Rainey
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Alana Terry has not problem addressing issues of the day and this book is no exception.The subject matter is controversial but she addresses it in a sensitive manner.
I was surprised at the abrupt ending but the last few paragraphs helped pull it together and answer questions.
A copy of this book was given and my opinions are my own.
Michelle Sweeten
Nov 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Super fast paced.

A little too fast for me. But she did a great job in addressing the issue of homosexuality and the church. An issue I'm concerned about. She brought several perspectives to the table in a natural way.
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ibooks
This is another great book in the series. While it is a stand-alone, it continues to follow the events in the life of the main character. It truly got me thinking and I am looking forward to the other books in the series.
shirley brown
Good read

This book was very interesting. The author keeps you wondering what will happen to them and who will be the person who did it
Apr 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Straightened by Alana Terry is book four in A Kennedy Stern Christian Suspense Series. It thrusts Kennedy into a controversial and highly volatile situation—that of homosexuality and the way society looks upon those individuals and that lifestyle. A family that Kennedy knows through her pastor and his family has a son who is agonizing over his temptation for that life and his worry over his family’s reactions and feelings. He has sought counseling and wants to talk with his father. Before they h ...more
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When Alana isn't writing, it's likely that she's on the floor wrestling with her kids. Or playing outside with her kids. Or chauffeuring her kids. Or trying some random science experiment with her kids. But she's probably not cooking or cleaning.

Alana is a homeschooling mother of three who loves to write, hates to cook, and enjoys reading a good book almost as much as she enjoys writing one.


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Kennedy Stern (9 books)
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