Monday, May 29, 2006

Sarah Anne Sumpolec's The Encore~Reviewed

Becoming Beka~The Encore
by Sarah Anne Sumpolec
Published by Moody Publishers
ISBN 0-8024-6458-0

Life is never easy, or simple.

Beka's senior year is in full swing when she finds herself at the center of a controversy that threatens to get a popular teacher fired. Of course, Mai is probably behind it all. She's still determined to make Beka's life miserable.

But Beka has bigger problems then Mai. Her sister is acting aloof. Her dad seems really worried about something at work. Gabby is going to be her stepmom. And Beka is still thinking about Josh. He's away at college, but says he wants to get to know her better. What does that really mean?

Thank goodness for Mark. He always seems to be around with a shoulder to cry on. Then again, he's also always leaning in for a kiss. Could se really have a future with him? And what does the future hold anyway? College seems likely until a whirlwind trip to L.A. opens the door to a whole new world of opportunity in the music industry.

Nothing is easy or simple in Beka's world. But one thing's for sure. As she tries to pick out melodies on her guitar & in her life--she also wants to keep her ears open to what God has to say.

This book had a great Godly message, and really kept you on your toes. It's perfect for the teen age group and I would recommend it to my friends. It had a slow start but it picked up with the action soon after. The characters were all well-written and thought out; the plot was very well planned. I really liked it & it's intense, but enjoyable. Everything flowed perfectly and tied to a good end, making you ready for another book.

Reviewed by Hilary St. Laurent


Ane Mulligan said...

Thanks, Hilary. Good job.

Hilary is a high school student and member of my church who reviews YA books for me. She's also the daughter of ACFW member Fred St. Laurent.

Trish Perry said...

Nice job reviewing, Hilary! I'm not a YA reader (I'm waaaaaay too old for that), but even I started wanting answers to the questions you posed in the review. So will other readers.

How nice to know you're a writer, so early in life! Blessings to you.

Michelle said...

Sweet! Great review!

Cyndy Salzmann said...

Great review for a great YA series! Sarah Anne Sumpolek is a writer who really GETS teens and has a message that -- as a mom -- I can trust. The Becoming Beka series is on my daughter's summer reading list. : ) And today is the first day of summer vacation... Yikes!