It’s senior year, and Whitney Richards is tired of the constant pressures to be perfect. When she gets a D in Calculus, her mother immediately hires a tutor, worried Whitney won’t get into the “right” college—her alma mater—with imperfect grades. Her tutor, Taylor, is a quiet, mysterious boy who is unlike anyone Whitney has met before. But Taylor’s rougher upbringing has her mother and friends discouraging any type of relationship. Tired of having to play a part for everyone else, Whitney quits the cheerleading squad that once defined her social identity, and begins spending more time with Taylor. Her mom and friends worry Whitney is making a huge mistake, and even Taylor begins to show concern for some of her choices. But for the first time, Whitney is in the driver’s seat of her life. Will she be able to find her identity—and God’s plan for her life—before she throws everything away?
This book is the sequel to one titled, Roadside Assistance, which I haven’t read however this book was really good even without having read the prequel to it. Even though it’s a juvenile Christian fiction book I found myself quickly caught up in Whitney’s world, though I’m 35 I still remember, vividly, the days of parental directions, rules and high school woes. While I cringed each and every time Whitney back talked her mom, with no consequences, I know that for some this is how teens assert their independence and begin to have a voice (it’s not without it’s consequences when it’s done without respect but as outright rebellion though) but I wished that Whitney’s mom would have taken the time to talk with Whitney and explain her reasons for not wanting her to do certain things.
Whitney’s world comes crashing down as she’s grounded and has to have a tutor to bring up her calculus grade – I can also remember the days of needing a tutor although it wasn’t the end of my world as it seems it is to Whitney. Enter the tutor, a good looking guy from the wrong side of the tracks, who Whitney falls in love with – yet something else that Whitney and her mom butt heads on and again Whitney’s mom only gives “he’s not good enough” or “because I said so” excuses instead of explaining why she feels this way about Taylor who works hard, gets good grades and cares about his mom and sister.
Like I said I did enjoy this book, there were the typical mom and daughter issues that while realistic drove me bonkers and now I’m having to take another look at the answers I give my children and some of the conversations sound too adult like even between the teens but regardless this was a well written book by a well known author and one that I would feel comfortable giving to my almost 12 year old if she’d like to read it.
(c) 2014, Sarah Bailey/Growing for Christ, All Rights Reserved, Unauthorized Duplication is a Violation of Applicable Laws