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Torch Red by Melody Carlson
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Mar 16, 2012

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bookshelves: christian, teen

This novel about teen sexuality is written from a Christian worldview. The author was trying to get across a few really good points. Unfortunately, I think those good points were presented a little to subtly to be picked up by many teens or worse, preteens who might pick up this book. My fear is that some may even get opposing messages from this read.

As an adult, I loved the realistic portrayals of the hormonally driven emotions that often accompany sexual activity and just dating in general. The author, Melody Carlson, is also particularly good at portraying all of her characters in a nonjudgmental manner. I think a lot of teens would just see this as a book about sex though. I would have liked to have seen some of the authors views (through the characters of course) presented directly, accompanied by less, mostly likely to be simply stimulating, innuendo.

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