Maggie McCarthy is more than ready to be just a regular teen. Ever since her mother's death, Maggie has found herself acting as a mother to her two younger brothers and serving as the resident housekeeper. All of that changes after she rescues a classmate and rival from sexual assault and becomes an accidental hero and celebrity at her high school. Now Maggie must reconcile popularity with true friendship, deal with the fallout of sexual abuse and redefine her place in the family. And with the help of an unlikely friend, Maggie begins to discover God's grace in her life. Author Michelle Buckman offers an edgy, realistic story for teen girls that honestly explores some of the most challenging issues today. Buckman balances tough themes with the hope found in God alone, leading readers to embrace their faith in everyday life. Sometimes everything you want is what you already have.
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Customer Reviews for Maggie Come Lately: A Novel - eBook
Review 1 for Maggie Come Lately: A Novel - eBook
Date:August 19, 2012
never read a book that impacted me so much, got to see this through the eyes of someone else. read this in one day
Whenever I read a book that contains any form of abuse--without meaning to--I remove my reader hat and slip on my professional one. I love it when an author gets the facts right. On the other hand, it irritates me to no end when the author gets something clearly wrong. In Maggie Come Lately, Michelle Buckman got all of her facts right. The tension is very well done and the conflict develops at just the right pace. The title even fits the story. It's hard to say why it fits without giving any spoilers so I will dance around the facts a bit and say this-- more than once I wanted to shake Maggie and say, "It's right under your nose." But on the other hand, she was well-portrayed because most people don't see abuse that is right under their noses either. The character Maggie, was a likable character with realistic issues. I know, because my childhood was a lot like Maggie's. I had to do a lot of things in our home that my mother couldn't because she was bedridden with MS. I remember feeling like Maggie did, like I was responsible for so much stuff that I missed most of my childhood. So that struck a real chord in me. The author also did an amazing job at showing how boy/girl relationships should be based on mutual interests, and not just related to kissing, attraction, popularity, etc.
Maggie Come Lately, by Michelle Buckman, is a poignant story about a young girl searching for herself. All her life Maggie has taken care of her father, two younger brothers, the housework, and the cooking. She isnt popular at school, has a crush on a boy who barely knows shes alive, and her father has a new girlfriend. Maggie flees to her forest sanctuary to get away from it all and stumbles onto a girl whos been attacked. She calls 911 and does her best to help the girl.When she goes to school, shes become an overnight celebrity hero. Maggie loves the attention shes getting, but not the reason. Why are people so obsessed with someone elses tragedy? Her dads new girlfriend starts spending more and more time at their house, rearranging the furniture and painting the walls. Maggie feels like shes losing her place, her brothers dont care, and shes got no one she can go to for help. A Christy Award finalist, this novel draws the reader into a compelling story with real-life issues. I was amazed how wonderfully Michelle Buckman wove characters and plot to write about such a serious topic without being preachy. Maggie is a real girl with real problems. Readers will identify with her struggles and hopefully admire the way Maggie pulls it all together to discover who she really is. Highly recommended.
This was an extremely powerful and moving story. The whole book you can completely relate to Maggie and feel for her. The opening scene is shocking with Maggie as a young child witnessing her mother's suicide and the effect it has on her for the rest of her life. I think a lot of girls will be able to relate to Maggie about not being popular and being on the outside looking in. And there will be also many who have to deal with parents dating and remarrying and the adjustments that come with that. The scenes where Maggie deals with having a taste of the in crowd, drinking and being with the popular guys are scenes that are all too familiar in high schools. The author obviously knows the way teens think and act. There are serious topics discussed in the book. The scenes of the rape are harsh and graphic but teens need to read about this to know how to protect themselves. You feel the pain and the fear for both Maggie and the girl who was raped. The same goes for the idea of a sexual predator in the church. It's sad and scary that this happens even in a Christian community and it shows that you have to be careful of who you trust. I woulddefinitely recommend this for older teens. Due to the mature content younger teens might not be ready for this but older teens should read this book. This book is comparable to Melody Carlson's books as a way to get teens to read. HIGHLY recommended.
It's so cool the way Michelle Buckman mentions our habits, hangouts, and fellow creatures of SC in this book. Maggie is a character most of us can relate to and look up to because of her desire to take a stand for what is right. I love the way her character relates honestly before God when she really wants to go far left on Him at times. Rich in description, this is the kind of book you read and then have to share with all your friend- adults and teens.