Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Book Review: Asking For Trouble by Sandra Byrd


Asking For Trouble by Sandra Byrd
Publisher: Tyndale
Publish Date: April 1, 2010
Paperback, 266 pages


My Review:
This is an adorable book about 15-year-old Savvy Smith whose family has moved to a village outside of London during her high school years where they all pretty much have to start over.  The book shows that starting over isn't easy, whether it's for Savvy, her mom, her little sister or even for her dad.  It's very entertaining and I love Savvy's outlook on things.  She never gets too down and in her times of deepest need she turns to the Bible and to God in a very realistic way.

I also felt this book was very realistic as Savvy tries to find her place.  Things are not completely resolved over night and Savvy has lessons to learn and that is what makes it interesting.  Savvy has a lot of character building moments that are interesting and not too over-the-top.  I think it will be helpful for tween/teen girls that are going through a lot of the same things as Savvy.  I feel that Ms. Byrd has a great handle on the teen/tween readers she is seeking (as well as their moms because I found this book wonderful).

I laughed and was touched in this book.  It's well-written and I look forward to the next book, Through Thick and Thin, which is also available now from Tyndale House.

Rating: 4.5/5.0

About the Book:
When her family moves to London, 15-year-old Savvy Smith has to make her way in a new school and a new country. She just knows the school newspaper is the right place for her, but she doesn’t have the required experience, and the cute editor-in-chief is not looking to train anyone. She has to come up with a way to prove herself and nab the one available position on the newspaper staff at Wexburg Academy.
London Confidential is a new series where British fashion, friendships, and guys collide, and where an all-American girl learns to love life and live out her faith.

About the Author (from Goodreads.com):
Best-selling author Sandra Byrd has published nearly three dozen books in the Christian fiction and non-fiction market, including her latest series for adults, French Twist, which includes the Christy finalist Let Them Eat Cake (2007) and its sequels, Bon App├ętit (2008) an Piece de Resistance (2009). Her newest series for young adults debuts in April, 2010: London Confidential. The first two books are entitled, Asking For Trouble, and Through Thick and Thin. London Confidential Books Three and Four will follow in September, 2010. Sandra's next series for adults will debut in June, 2011. Sandra also has a number of nonfiction titles available for women and tweens/teens.

Several of Sandra's shorter works appear in periodical markets such as Today's Christian Woman(Kyria), Relevant, Clubhouse, Pockets, Decision, Susie, and Guideposts. For nearly a decade Sandra has shared her secrets with the many students she mentors through the Christian Writers Guild. Before turning to full-time writing, Sandra was an acquisitions editor in the ABA market. She lives in the Seattle, Washington, area with her husband and two children.

FTC Information: I received this book through FIRST Wild Card Tours from Christy Wong of Tyndale House Publishers for review.  I have Amazon links on my review pages but I do not make any money from these because of NC laws.  I put them solely for people to check out the books on a retail site.



1 comments:

brizmus said...

Sounds utterly adorable - it's so great when writers get the kids AND their parents right!

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