It's Christmas Break in the Carter House, and it's just DJ left alone with her grandmother. When Taylor offers an invitation to come to Las Vegas to see her mom perform DJ accepts. But when they get to Vegas DJ notices that all Taylor wants to do is party, and that she had invited Eliza along for the fun. When things spin out of control DJ calls on Casey who's visiting her parents in California to help. Will they be able to stop Taylors excessive partying and get her the real help she truly needs? What will Mrs. Carter think of all this when Fashion Week in NYC is just around the corner?
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This book pretty much is the downfall of Taylor. It's been foreshadowed since the day we met her in the first book. Seriously, this girl is totally uninhibited and just out to have a good time. However she goes for the extreme in whatever she does and doesn't seem to care about the consequences. I really could not stand her condescending attitude towards DJ just because she doesn't want to drink or anything else Taylor does. It had nothing to do with DJ being a Christian, she just knew that it wasn't healthy and it was dangerous. Yet Taylor keeps acting like she's the cool one and DJ is a freak for not joining her. Therefore DJ feels that she has to be always on the watch for Taylor and can't enjoy everything because she's like the baby sitter. The whole story just builds up until the ending when Taylor finally realizes that she has a problem.While I enjoyed this book, at the same time there's also a bit of a fantasy with the situation. Maybe it's just me, but there would have been no way, I would have been allowed to go to Las Veags at that age, l et alone be on my own while there. It just seemed very unrealistic for a bunch of 16 year old girls to be on their own around in that city and no one really questioning them. Also DJ's grandmother is REALLY getting on my nerves. Seriously, throughout the entire series all she cares about is looks and making the right connections instead of being concerned about the girls' safety. I cannot wait until she gets a reality check.Overall though, I have enjoyed this series and this one seems to be the edgiest one of all. I think it really speaks to teens and shows what they go through. Also I really like the cover, I think it's the first time I've ever seen fishnets on a Christian fiction book! I would recommend this book and the rest of the series for older teens.
Obviously, this book is meant to be read as part of a series. Reading it without having read the titles that come before it, puts the reader at a disadvantage. I did not understand the concept of Carter House, and so the living situation confused me. Somewhere in the middle of the book, I realized that six girls live together. I still don't know why.DJ is a seventeen year-old Christian girl who stumbles into awkward situations and then prays her way through them. She's a typical teen who wavers when making decisions. Taylor, DJ's roommate, leans toward the wild side, and this sets up a good tug-of-war story between good and evil.The theme is the dangers of teenagers drinking alcohol. The book ends where the next volume will begin. This one is labeled Teen Fiction.
The book starts out with the 6 girls getting ready to go to the Winter Ball - this preparation includes actually confirming their dates, shopping for new dresses and accessories, and for Taylor and DJ (roommates, but not necessarily BFFs) a day at a posh new day spa.DJ and Rhiannon are the Christian girls of the bunch with Eliza and Taylor being the self-professed party girls. Kristi and Casey fall somewhere in between. DJ and Rhiannon have the best time at the ball, without the alcohol offered to them and without compromising their beliefs.Christmas break is on the horizon and DJ is looking forward to "alone" time, away from the other girls. They are leaving soon to travel to various places to stay with family and friends. DJ is staying at Carter House with her grandmother. She as decided not to go to her dad and step mom's house, as she feels she will just become the babysitter for her twin sisters. When Taylor calls from Las Vegas (where she is spending Christmas with her mom who is performing there) claiming she is lonely and could use some company, DJ prays that if that is where God wants her to go, then he will clear the way. She is ready for some company herself!Once in Vegas, DJ questions why God has brought her here. Is she supposed to keep Taylor out of trouble? And when Eliza arrives, will she be able to? DJ questions why she is in Vegas at all and Taylor puts her faith to the test.Lost in Las Vegas is Book 5 in the Carter House Girls series (Mixed Bags; Stealing Bradford; Homecoming Queen; and Viva Vermont). It read okay as a stand alone, but it was hard to keep the girls straight at first. I am going to try to find the first 4 so that I can get caught up - because books 6-8 are coming out soon!This was a very quick read for me and I would highly recommend it - especially for teen girls struggling with their faith in the real world!