Sunday, June 3, 2012

Sunday Salon: The Best Friend by Melody Carlson

It’s time for Sunday Salon where we gather to relaxN5CMD00Z and discuss the various books we’ve read during the past week.

Sunday Salon is the perfect time for the inspirational book I have to share with you today. It’s a YA that is the second book in a series, but is a stand alone read.

THE BEST FRIEND by Melody Carlson

thebestfriendLisha Vance can’t figure out what has happened seemingly overnight. One day she has friends and the next they ignore her.

Even her best friend Janelle doesn’t have time for her. Janelle has become friends with her new neighbor, Chelsea Martin. She tells Lisha that she’s just trying to be a good Christian.

When Riley Atkins, a popular cheerleader, pays attention to Lisha things start to change. Before long Lisha makes the cheerleading squad and has a new group of friends. However, she soon realizes the price for popularity maybe far more than she’s willing to pay.

Author Melody Carlson has captured the highs and lows teenagers face when trying to be popular. She weaves in a message without being overpowering.

Protagonist Lisha Vance is a typical teenage girl facing her high school junior year. Her problems are realistic when she loses her perspective and has doubts about her faith. She learns what friendship really means.

THE BEST FRIEND is an installment in the Life at Kingston High series. It’s aimed at young teens but is a thought-provoking read that adults will find refreshing too. The story is a quick read that may remind adults the trials they faced in high school.

Author Melody Carlson’s website is

Available June 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. 

The Best Friend by Melody Carlson, Life at Kingston High, Revell, @2012, ISBN: 978-0800719630, Paperback, 224 Pages   

FTC Full Disclosure - I request this book as part of a blog tour and it was sent to me in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.
Do you remember the highs and lows of wanting to be popular in high school? Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have a wonderful Sunday and enjoy a book today.


  1. Mason - Thanks for sharing this. I have so much respect for people who write high-quality YA books. The more we interest young people in reading, the better.

  2. Sounds like a good book with realistic setting. Thanks for the review. Have a great Sunday.


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