Thursday, August 22, 2013
SOMEBODY LOVE ME by Michelle Sutton
Melissa "Missy" Houghton is on a quest for true love, but she's looking in all the wrong places. She abandons her favorite activities in her pursuit of something better. Something that will give her life significance. Something that will bring her hope.
When her first boyfriend turns out to be a huge disappointment, she opens her life to more possibilities, only they aren't any better. In fact, Missy finds herself trapped in a situation that skews her view of people, and shreds her ability to trust. The resulting pain doesn't inhibit her search, but it may taint her choices and ultimately cost her more than she's willing to pay.
Fifteen year old Missy is looking to fill her need to be loved and she's going about it the wrong way. The choices she makes only take her deeper into a life no teen should experience. There were many occasions for the love of Jesus to be introduced to her throughout the book but the author didn't offer that option. I would classify this as more of a secular than a Christian book. It did make me aware of how some teens feel today, their lives full of attractive yet deceiving opportunities...sex, drugs, alcohol. Missy's father works a lot, her mother suffers from depression, her "friends" are not the kind of friends you would want for your daughter. What she gleans from her mistakes aren't always the right lessons to learn.
This is a fast paced, emotional, read. Heartbreaking as you go with Missy through these issues with sometimes devastating repercussions. It reminds us that we should love and support our children with all our might and lots of prayer.
I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.