Sunday, February 12, 2012

“Addison Blakely: The Confessions of a PK” by Betsy St. Amant


THE CONFESSIONS OF A 16-YEAR-OLD PK

My name is Addison Blakely, and I’m a PK. Yeah, I know that sounds like a confession, and trust me, some days it feels like one, too.

Addison Blakely has never had much trouble pleasing her widowed, overprotective father. After all, he’s a pastor, and she knows her reputation is closely linked to his. But when the bad boy revs his motorcycle into town and into her heart, the cute but arrogant quarterback, and a charming new guy in class all vie for Addison’s attention, she begins to doubt her resolve. When motorcycle boy begins to challenge Addison’ faith, whether it’s her own or has been handed to her, she isn’t so sure what she really believes.

To make matters worse, Addison’s best friend suddenly seems to hate her, a talent show has the entire school at odds, and a foreign exchange student from Germany is shaking everyone up.

Join Addison Blakely as she attempts to separate love from lust, facts from faith, and keep her head above water in her murky, fishbowl existence.

Addison Blakely: Confessions of a PK/Barbour Books/Available: January 1st, 2012/368 Pages/ISBN-10: 1616265558/ISBN-13: 978-1616265557
Bio: Betsy St. Amant lives in Louisiana and is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers group. Betsy is multi-published through Steeple Hill and has been published in Christian Communicator magazine and Praise Reports: Inspiring Real Life Stories of How God Answers Prayer. One of her short stories, ‘Kickboxing or Chocolate’, appears in a Tyndale compilation book, and she is also multi-published through The Wild Rose Press. She has a BA in Christian Communications and regularly freelances for her local newspaper. Betsy is a fireman’s wife, a mommy to a busy toddler, a chocolate-loving author and an avid reader who enjoys sharing the wonders of God’s grace through her stories.Betsy is proud to be represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of The Steve Laube Agency. Visit www.tamelahancockmurray.com & www.stevelaube.com
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My Review:

Addison Blakely’s life is about to unravel. The new boy, Wes Keegan, is continually standing outside her window with ‘Poodle Girl.’ Austin is hot after her, constantly kicking her chair in class. Luke stands up for her when Austin keeps acting like a jerk.

Addison’s best friend, Claire Pierson, starts to change for reasons unknown, and suddenly becomes Addison’s enemy. Marta, a German exchange student, steps in and becomes a close friend to her. In fact, because of Marta, she’s now in charge of the talent show.

Addison’s dad talks only mundane things with her, i.e., cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping, how’s school, etc. Nothing deep or personal. However, he has strict rules she must adhere to, though he’s not mean-spirited about it. Up until then, Addison never gave him any problems. Something else changes when her dad meets an old high-school flame.

Betsy St. Amant, in Addison Blakely: Confessions of a PK, takes you inside the mind and heart of Addison, the PK. She interweaves the wild thoughts and sneaky behaviors of Addison’s worldly ideas when she has three boys vying for her attention, while at the same time keeping cool with her dad. She normally is a not-going-to-date girl. Her foot-in-mouth disease is hilarious. Addison’s love affair with her chocolate mocha lattes with whipped cream and sprinkles at Got Beans also becomes her secret rendezvous place with Wes. The romantic tension with Wes is palpable. Is he really who he puts himself out to be? What’s behind his bad boy persona? Is he good for her?

I love Addison, but I also love the character of Marta. Being from Germany, she openly talks about sex and abortion, as well as the selfishness of American students. She asks in-your-face questions of Addison as only a close friend would dare. She challenges Addison’s way of thinking and brings out a side of her that one wouldn’t know was there.

With each rendezvous with Wes, he challenges Addison’s faith and current role as a PK, whether she wants to continue abide by the rules. While at the same time Addison is questioning her commitment to the Lord. Betsy did a wonderful job with the internal tension and pressure continually swirling within Addison’s mind.

This book brought back so many memories of high school and truly captures the distraught feelings of a teenager finding her way through high school as a PK. It’s an intimate read that pulls you into the emotions of Wes, Marta, and Addison, as well as the interactions and gossip that travel around, particularly with the other girls who are jealous. The personal decisions were sensitive and difficult, yet appropriate for the situations.

This was one of the best, perky, snappy YA read I’ve read in a very long time. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Betsy knows her way around the minds of young girls! It was real, painful, entertaining, and very informative of the issues girls go through in today’s world. You’ll fall in love with the characters, as they are so real. For a great read, pick up Betsy’s book! It’s an eye-opener and it’s entertaining.

This book was provided by the author in exchange for my honest review. No monetary compensation was exchanged.

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