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

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  2,802 Ratings  ·  230 Reviews
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 (first published August 1st 2000)
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Jan 05, 2010 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
May 20, 2013 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
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
Emily Rachelle
Apr 16, 2012 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
Oct 13, 2010 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
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a challenging book!

I don't mean challenging in the sense that it was hard to read, it was very easy and quick. However I really felt like this book challenged me spiritually, which I love! Any girl can enjoy this book, especially Christians who are new to the faith. I felt like I was journeying with Caitlin the whole time!
Jason Sixsmith
Mar 19, 2008 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.
Loretta Marchize
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not quite as good as the other Melody Carson books, but a good read.
(I tell you, I read a bunch of books on vacation and can't remember what day I read Wich book,plus the vacation was over the last week in February first in March, so I don't even know what month!)
Abby Haymore
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Becoming Me" by Melody Carlson was an enjoyable read. The characters I felt, had good development. The only reason I'm giving this 4 out of 5 stars, was because I had trouble remembering the story line after a while of reading. This wasn't a book I could just pick up and read for hours and hours. Although, finally getting into the reading, it was well wrote and great for Christian girls.
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Nov 09, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: girls
Wow, this book is freakin AMAZINGG!! great book..
Jan 02, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Younger Teen Christians
It held my interest, it's an avarage book. Melody Carlson writes decently, but the book reminded me of the over-zelious into-God and serious about Christianity little girl I used to be.
Dec 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is beautiful and teenagers (females) must read this!!!
Yulia Graham
Jun 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought that this book and the entire series was a fantastic read, definitely going to reread once I finish more of Melody Carlson's books.
Olivia Jarmusch
This is one of the first Melody Carlson books I read. I myself was a teenager at the time, and I enjoyed the casual writing style of feeling as though Caitlin was talking directly to me. (The font was a little hard on the eyes, but oh well.) In a world where it's challenging to find good Christian fiction for teens, I actually enjoyed this series. It felt a little bit milky, and the characters surely had a LONG way to go in growing their faith, but I think this book was a sweet little start to C ...more
Rachel Schrock
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
Emilie W
Feb 16, 2010 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
Apr 16, 2012 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
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
Lena Yuan
Oct 14, 2013 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
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
Oct 11, 2011 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 21, 2011 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
I'm not big on stories about contemporary teens in ordinary situations, and I dislike diary format which is 100% telling. Even the most dramatic events lose their impact when someone tells you about it afterwards. Consequently this book was not destined to be a favorite of mine although the teens seem to like it. I read it because my church librarian wondered if it needed a warning label for the content: the fleetingness of popularity, sexual attraction, unchaperoned parties, parents' marriage p ...more
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May 23, 2012 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
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
Sep 26, 2011 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
Jenelle Morena
Sep 16, 2012 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
Christina B
Dec 27, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teenage Girls
Shelves: finished-reading

Becoming Me (Diary of a Teenage Girl) written by Melody Carlson, is the diary of a sixteen year old girl, Caitlin O' Conner, who is going through the typical struggles of every teenager. Caitlin is dealing with things such as friends, dating, her relationship with her parents, and so on. She begins to attend a church with her Aunt, and it is there she accepts Jesus. As a new Christian, Caitlin begins to deal with changing areas of her life that are not honoring to God.
Apr 23, 2009 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...
Nov 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is so realistic with how teen girls think! It was like I was reading my teenage diary all over again. I enjoyed this book and wish I would have had it to read when I was all boy crazy and trying to figure out what God wanted for me in the midst of teen dating. I recommend to those who have teen girls...or for yourself!
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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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