Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Review: The Embittered Ruby

The Embittered Ruby by Nicole O'Dell is a phenomenal read. O'Dell asked if I would be willing to review this book and I jumped at the opportunity. I was not disappointed one bit.

Summary of The Embittered Ruby
Carmen Castillo is mourning the loss of her parent's stable relationship as they separate and her dad moves in with someone she can't stand. Castillo has to move schools and loses her sense of control in her world. She loses her faith and is rejected by her boyfriend too. She ends up going to  Diamond Estates (a home for troubled teens) and finally ends up finding herself and her faith. She does experience battles and self lessons along the way. 

Age & Gender recommended for this book 
Teenage girl to young adult female

Content in this book contains...
Issues of divorce, pregnancy, separated families, illegal drug usage, and run away situations are discussed.

Would I recommend this book to someone? Why?
I would HIGHLY recommend this book to a teen or struggling young adult in my life. This book provides life lessons and struggles that a personal conversation would not. It doesn't make you feel bad for the choices characters make-it proves a point. 

Review Grade
A+: O'Dell does a fantastic job connecting with her readers.

Who is Nicole O'Dell?
She is a mother of six children, including triplets, as well as Christian teen fiction writer. She has a way with her words and can connect to struggling teens in a way that does not degrade or punish them for their actions. O'dell recently started a Choose NOW ministry focusing on the relationship between teens and their parents. 

Disclosure: I was provided with The Embittered Ruby to review. All opinions are my own.

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