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Author: Amber Albee Swenson
Publisher: Westbow Press
Publication Date: 12/28/2011
Synopsis from Goodreads: Meghan Shanahan is confident in her Christianity, if not a bit self-righteous . When she moves in with Jeff and Carol, her two unbelieving college roommates, she begins to unravel.
Meghan thought she could save Jeff, but in the first three months of college, she’s breaking more rules than she’s keeping. Even worse, she finds herself falling in love with Jeff.
When a young woman in their apartment building is murdered, everything starts changing. Through heartache and despair, tragedy and suspense, Meghan learns what friendship is all about, and more importantly, she discovers the voice she’s going to follow.
First of all, the book is nothing like it was advertised to me where I got it. It was advertised as a Christian Fiction book and nothing more. Turns out it’s a Christian Fiction + Bible Study book and not a very good one at that.
The writing in this book is very choppy – it reminds me of the poorly written fan fiction my friends’ kids like to read. Chapters end abruptly with phrases like “we laughed and went home” and then immediately segue into a Bible study section.
Even the Bible study sections are not well thought out or well put together. The very first one asks who Meghan’s friends/roommates are and literally asked questions such as did Meghan purposely sin by putting herself in danger in the first chapter.
While the book is meant to help college kids make the most of their college experience and stay true to their faith, I simply don’t see how these unrealistic scenarios are going to be of any help. For one, I don’t know of any strongly faithful Christian girls who would be roommates with a male who was not a family member.
All in all I was unimpressed with this book and it’s message. The messages could have been better taught in a Sunday school or weekly Bible study without the fictional elements and unimpressive Bible study questions.
I received a copy of this book free from BookLook in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.