Chelsea Warren is the most popular girl in school, and the leader of the tightest clique on campus. The most important things to her are her looks and the respect of her followers. But Chelsea has a secret she doesn't want anyone to know. Amber Walker is compassionate, trustworthy, and the most well-adjusted girl in school. The most important thing to her is serving God and her community. When an argument between Chelsea and her best friend occurs, she runs straight to Amber for help. Amber discovers Chelsea's secret and turns to Pastor David Owens for assistance. Ryan Evers is the smartest boy on campus, but when a careless accident leaves one of the girls clinging to life and Ryan the object of hate, he also turns to David. Can David help these three troubled teens before it's too late?
©2010 2014 Victoria Schwimley (P)2014 Victoria Schwimley
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A YA/ Christian / Romance/ Suspense / Coming of Age book. A teen girl leads a group of wannabes. They all like to bully and make fun of other kids. There are many twists and turns running throughout the book. I laughed in places and cried in others.
The narration was well done.The characters were well portrayed.Randi Larson does a great job with teen characters.
I chose this book mostly for my young daughter. Though she's not at a place where she could read it now, I think of her eventually in high school and wanted a book that would show what it is like being a Christian, surrounded by non-Christians, as a teenager. The character of Amber was very admirable in the way she lived a clean life and tried to win others by her actions to Christ. I'll admit that I had a hard time relating to the teens (maybe that's showing my age), but I did really relate to Amber's parents, and would have loved more information and background on them. The parts dealing with the abuse of caffeine SEEMED a little far-fetched and preachy, but I understand them and the tragedy that happened in the book was could very well happen in a similar circumstance. But overall, I liked the book and it is filled with realistic characters (school bullies) as well as admirable characters. I listened to the Audible audio version of the book narrated by Randi Larson. Though it wasn't my favorite narration by a female, it was still done well. The higher voice (which is what I didn't like) fit well with the characters when I remember they are just kids.
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Narration, Randi Larson - superb! Loved every minute of it.
This story - first I will tell you that this is a very spiritual book. Filled with references to God, the bible, kids going to bible study, kids doing good things, kids being hateful, gossipy and mean - and kids doing the right things.
Spiritual books are not normally my thing, BUT, this was a really good book. The pages were filled with love and kindness and kind of unbelievably good teenagers. I'm sure there are a lot of these good kids out there, just haven't personally interacted with them all that much. There were also your more typical snarky, mean teens who made fun of the kids who believed in God and went to church.
One of these mean gals is Chelsea - queen bee of the mean girls, but she has a fight with her second in command, ends up in a battle with her old group and comforted by Amber. So this is about some discovery for this girl who was shallow and hateful and learns a better way in life with the help of some good friends and a local pastor. Amber is like the super teen of super teens. She's just the way you want your kids to be. Kind, caring, smart, hardworking, even tempered, loyal and overall a great kid and example for others. (Yeah, a little paranormal here)
So - a lot of stuff happens in this book and I just can't tell you or it will ruin it. But there was a plot twist that had me pulling out the Kleenex and here came the ugly cry! I spent some major time being really mad at the author. Not her fault. She wrote an emotional twist with some really valuable lessons that had to be learned the hard way. I get that. It just tore my heart out. So, while these wonderful teens seemed kind of alien to me, it was not a paranormal book. It was a terrific Christian, teen, clean romance and I really enjoyed it!
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While Capturing Faith was written for a YA audience, I really enjoyed it. The characters are like teenagers today. As a teacher, I could easily picture the things that happened in the book. Teens in this day and time really struggle with many different issues, and in some instances, they don't turn out the way we want them to. I liked that Victoria G. Schwimley wrote about some of these problems especially of having too much caffeine in your body, and what it can do to you. Caffeine is a drug, and I hope that the young people that read this book will understand and share what they learn with others. I will be sharing Capturing Faith with my 13 year old granddaughter.
A very important part of this book is about the characters, especially Amber, who are Christians and aren't shy about sharing their faith with others. Hopefully this will encourage the Christian readers of this book to also share.
Randi Larson, who narrated this audio book, did a really good job. I thought that the tones in her voice were perfect for these characters. I look forward to listening to more from this author and narrator.
I was given this audio book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
Beautiful touching story.
Amber showed great strength while facing her daily torments from other kids from a young age to her teen years. Giving her the ability to help others, several of them being the ones that caused her the most pain earlier in life.
I have never heard this reader before and greatly enjoyed her reading of this book. She really made me feel the story.
I really enjoyed the part of the book towards the end when Ryan being unable to accept his guilt of what had happen was visited by Chelsea. It made me smile at the humor and cry at the significance of the meeting.
I really enjoyed this story from beginning to end. Having read several other books written by Victoria Schwimely, I will be waiting for her next book.
Despite the strong and interesting summary, the actual plot was shallow and lacked any real depth. The word choice and phrasing might have worked better as a children's book, rather then as a book directed at teens.
The book starts to raise interesting questions of a person's faith but then seems to shy away from the topic. As if the author felt the reader wouldn't be able to understand.
The main character, Amber, lacked flaws. She was jsut "too good" to be real. Again, in a children's book this sort of main character could pass easily but I expect more depth from a teen/YA focused story.
I'm not sure. I normally don't listen to faith-centric books. I picked this one up because of the strong plot summary but the execution of the ideas in the story were a letdown. I'm not sure if I'd listen to the author's other stories.
The scene where Chelsae wished her family was back the way it sued to be.
Disappointment was my reaction. I had high expectations of the story.
I enjoyed the narration. The narrator tried to give each character a different voice and generally was successful.
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