Teen Book Club

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Amen, L.A. by Cherie Bennett and Jeff Gottesfeld

Andrea F.,    18   
Cherie Bennett and Jeff Gottesfeld   
Amen, L.A.    
Ember    2011

       Natalie has always been her preacher mom's model daughter, she gets good grades, she doesn't drink or take drugs, and she's got the most responsible Christian boyfriend. But on her last night in her small Minnesota town her boyfriend reminds her while fumbling for a condom "Who knows when we'll be together again?" The next morning on the plane to her mom's new job at the Church of Beverly Hills Natalie regrets the whole incident and promises herself that she will never do anything to compromise her values again. But the glamour of the rich and famous people she's constantly meeting quickly causes Natalie to reevaluate some of her more judgmental beliefs while compromising her valuable ones. The authors have achieved an enviable feat; they have written a book that is likely to be enjoyed by Christians and non believers alike with its message of tolerance and love. They go all the way with glitz and glamour to dazzle the reader but they're unafraid to talk about the serious issues behind the fame; drug abuse, alchohol, family, the morality of spending thousands of dollars on an outfit while millions starve. Liberal dashes of humor and a budding romance balance this book out to make a uniquely entertaining book that makes the reader reconsider their own values. 9 out of 10 stars.        5 Hard to imagine a better book

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