GrowingForChrist

Faith, Family, Love and Reviews

The Lily Series: Here’s Lily by Nancy Rue

on May 26, 2012

 

About the Book:

 

Grow with the spirited, sometimes awkward, but always charming Lily as she learns what real beauty is.

In this fun, entertaining story, readers meet awkward sixth grader Lily Robbins who, after receiving a compliment about her looks from a woman in the modeling business, becomes obsessed with her appearance and with becoming a model. As she sets her sights on winning the model search fashion show, she exchanges her rock and feather collection for lip gloss, fashion magazines, and a private “club” with her closest friends. But when the unthinkable happens the night before the fashion show, Lily learns a valuable lesson about real beauty.

This best-selling, Biblically based fiction series for girls—with a fresh new look and updated content—addresses social issues and coming-of-age topics, all with the spunk and humor of Lily Robbins as she fumbles her way through unfamiliar territory. As readers come to love Lily and her stories, they’ll also benefit from the companion nonfiction books that will help them through their own growing pains.

 

My Opinion:

 

Okay, I started out really not liking this book, but my daughter asked if I’d request, so I did and had to read it.  From the get go, the reader is introduced to Lily and her school mates, one is a boy who is a cruel bully.  The teacher doesn’t seem to want to curb the bullying and when Lily goes home she is teased mercilessly by her brothers and even sometimes by her parents, under the guise of “we’re just kidding.”  As a victim of bullying, I find it hard to read books where it seems nothing is done about it, and yes having children call one another ugly is a form of bullying.  I also found some of the children to be very disrespectful to their parents.    I have other concerns such as young girls hanging model posters, reading Seventeen magazine (even my 10 year says she wouldn’t touch it), and make-up.

 

So as much as these things bothered me I kept reading, since I agreed to read it in it’s entirety to review it.  I am actually glad that I did keep reading, and I won’t provide any spoilers, but when something occurs that changes Lily’s opinion of beauty we see a truly confident girl who grows in her faith.  She doesn’t get rid of her make-up and still reads fashion magazines but I do believe that even with these things this book can be a great discussion starter for young girls and their moms to discuss what their family believes.  Would I let my 10 year old read this, yes but I’m not so sure I’d let my impressionable 7 1/2 year old read it just yet.

 

**Disclaimer:  I was provided an e-copy of this book from Booksneeze in exchange for my honest opinion, no other compensation was given.

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