Fiction for teens from respected Christian author Stephanie Perry Moore, this volume in the Laurel Shadrach series deals with the death of Laurel's grandfather and major decisions about her faith and salvation. During this semester at collge, Laurel will have her dreams crushed only to see a new dream grow out of the ashes, and she'll grown and learn through the tough times. 163 pages of good reading for Christian teen girls.
I didn't read the first three books in the series but I did read the last two and I thought they were both lame. The characters are unrealistic and so are the stories. In this book 4 people died within the space of a semester. That doesn't happen in real life. But I may not be the best judge since I couldn't relate to Laurel. She has a more 'preppy' attitude towards life where as I possess a more 'punk' attitude.And it was annoying how at the end of each chapter she says that she is going to try and talk to God more or not worry as much but she goes right back to where she started.And I thought this book was also very racist and the racist attitudes towards THEMSELVES annoyed me the most.I think Moore does write well but the story is pretty bad.
The conclusion to the Laurel Shadrach series is heartwarming and captivating. Laurel tries out for cheerleading after realizing that gymnastics is not what she's meant to do, and she has a great time with her roommates and her library buddy. Definitely the best book in the series.