Small Town Sinners
Lacey Anne Byer is a perennial good girl and lifelong member of the House of Enlightenment, the Evangelical church in her small town. With her driver's license in hand and the chance to try out for a lead role in Hell House, her church's annual haunted house of sin, Lacey's junior year is looking promising. But when a cute new stranger comes to town, something begins to
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Why I didn't read past chapter seven:
- Main character is a Mary Sue.
- Main character's boyfriend is also a Mary Sue. Gary.. Stu?
- They can't stop thinking about each other right after they've exchanged words for the first time... Romantic, right? No!
- He stalks her.
- She creeps up on him.
- They go out the second day they meet each other.
- This is just plain stupid.
- I hate my life.
- I hate my life even more after this.
- I want chocolate.
Gosh, I am so sick and tired of the main characters m ...more
Lacey Anne Byer is a parson’s daughter, nearly sixteen. With her best friends Starla Joy and Dean, she is eagerly awaiting her church’s annual Hell House, a haunted-house like event ...more
Normally Small Town Sinners is not the type of book I would go for. Had it not been Melissa Walker, an author that I absolutely adore, I'm not sure I would have picked this book up. And I would have been upset with myself later!
I'm not an overly religious person. I've struggled with my faith throughout my teen years and into my adulthood... it's still something that I struggle with now. I usually avoid reading books about it for that very reason. And ...more
Walker creates re-latable characters that pretty much hit home for me. Growing up in a Christian family and having the same thoughts as Lacey. I saw myself in every character. I think at one point in everyone’s life they question things and that just makes a better person. Stepping outside of the box, Breaking the mold.
The strength and independence the characters portray really made me ...more
Lacey Anne Byer is a sixteen-year-old girl, excited about performing in the Hell House put on by House of Enlightenment, her church. The Hell House is similar to a haunted house, but each room represents a sin. Lacey wants to be Abortion Girl, because that's the message she's ...more
Okay, you guys, a book like this one is a perfect example of why I am so glad I am doing this Contemporary Month: I have found a new author to love! Small Town Sinners is the second book I have read by Melissa C. Walker. I picked it up just minutes after finishing her latest book, Unbreak My Heart. What I have learned from these two books is that this author is not afraid to t ...more
Small Town Sinners tells the tale of Lacey Bryer. Lacey's always been the good girl th ...more
Synopsis: The story of Lacey Anne Byer, a small town girl who is excited to star in Hell House, her church's annual haunted house of sin, until a childhood friend reappears a ...more
My Rating: 5 of 5
My Cover Thoughts: I so love this cover. It captivated me because you see a girl lying down on the ground holding her eyes while an apple with a heart in it is laying a few inches away from her. It makes you wonder if she had her heart broken.
My Thoughts/Review: WOW Melissa did an awesome job weaving a st ...more
Religion is, as ever, a sensitive topic, one that is often difficult t ...more
Lacey lives in a small town as an only child of conservative Christian parents. Church is a big part of her life and she's thrilled that she's finally old enough to a. driv ...more
What a refreshing book! I honestly don't think I've read anything like this story. I know of a few recent YAs that have religious undertones, but this is the first (for me) where the overall theme is faith and sin. This story reminds me a lot of my own childhood. I grew up in a strict Christian home and I found myself wanting to rebel the second I turned 14. I was just like Lacey, I wanted to find my own way and start to make decisions based on what I believed, and not necessarily what ...more
+ Focus on human struggles. I loved that the church itself wasn’t the focus of this novel. I find that it’s become very easy to accuse any religion of being wrong simply on the basis of human action and it was refreshing to see that Melissa Walker was fair in her portrayal of evangelical Christianity. In the hours since I read i ...more
This is a pow ...more
Lacey is a character everyone can relate to. She is the all-religious girl, but as the book goes on you see her exploring her faith. I think a lot of us go through that, you see her question ...more
I liked that the question of one of the character's sexuality is never really answered because, in the eyes of the characters closest to this one, it doesn't matter. The cast of characters, as an ...more
|What's the Name o...: SOLVED. YA contemporary - teenage girl's father runs a Hell House, best friend's sister is pregnant, very conservative/religious themes. [s]||4||17||Jul 25, 2019 08:37AM|