Friday, October 3, 2008

Review: It's Not about Me by Michelle Sutton

About the Book: Annie has it all. She's attractive, graduated with honors, was accepted at the college of her choice, has supportive parents, good friends, and a steady boyfriend who loves her. One night an unexpected visitor appears and Annie's safe world is destroyed by a brutal attack. As she tries to pick up the pieces of her broken life, she is torn between two brothers, both of whom claim to love her. She is attracted to both, but which one does she love? How can she choose when her decision may cause a permanent rift between them? And more important, will she give her heart to the One who will sustain her even when human love fails.

My Review: This book feels like it's been a long time in coming! (I'm sure Michelle feels that even more!) I've read Michelle's blog and "met" her on Shelfari awhile ago. I've eagerly followed the development of this book...from the cover to all the details in prep for its release.

What's funny is that from reading the blurb, I thought I knew what this book would be like, but it surprised me! Michelle is known online as the edgy inspirational author and this book is definitely that! I felt like I was transported straight back to high school...with all of those feelings (like the stakes feel so high) and maturity levels. I think Michelle accomplished that better than any of the other YA books I've read since I started reading YA again.

The spiritual content in this book is thick...meaning direct talk about the Christian faith. Each character wrestles with what it means to know God and what that means for their daily lives.

Teen girls are going to love how romantic the book is (two guys fighting over Annie?) and may be able to identify with many of the things that Annie encounters in her life.

If you like your Christian romance/fiction with no more affection expressed than quick pecks on the cheek this book is not for you. If you like, however, a realistic portrayal of what it means to be a young girl in love and with faith than you may enjoy It's Not About Me.


LeadHership: said...

I don't know you and I don't know Michelle, but I wish I did! And your review was so compelling, that I am off to Amazon to buy that book right now. Thank you!

Michelle Sutton said...

Thanks so much Amy! I am SO glad you loved it. I think Christians are finally ready for true-to-life stories and I love writing them. I just hope it touches lives. That's why we Christian authors write. You've made my day with your review, too, and I hope you post it other places as well (like CBD, Barnes and Noble, etc.) Peace!

Julie Lessman said...

Hey Amy -- WONDERFUL review, AND, I might add, WONDERFUL book!! I had the pleasure of reading Michelle's book, and it is a definite read for YA readers and beyond.


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