Addison Blakely: Confessions of a PK
By Betsy St. Amant
Addison Blakely is a sixteen-year-old pastor’s kid who lives in a fishbowl, well aware the whole town is watching her. Life gets complicated when she falls for the bad boy next door, her best friend suddenly hates her, and she accidentally volunteers to run the school talent show. Soon she decides she’s tired of always being the good girl and begins to question what she truly believes.
Addison Blakeley: Confessions of a PK is a very real look at the life of a teenager who grows up in the church. Addison knows about God and knows the rules she’s supposed to follow, but is finally challenged to make her own decisions about what she believes and why. All of us come to that point, and reading about Addison’s journey was both entertaining and encouraging.
The characters in this story were strong and relatable. Addison, and her addiction to mochas, is sympathetic as she struggles to do what is expected. Two cute boys fight for her affections, and I found myself wishing she didn’t have to choose because I liked them both. A German exchange student brings a nice perspective and challenges Addison in her beliefs.
The book deals with real issues every teen faces: love vs. lust, childhood friendships as girls get older, single parents starting to date. However, Addison’s charm makes it all a fun ride without ever bordering on preachy. When the book ended, I was sorry I wouldn’t get to find out what happened to Addison next!
What about you: when did you reach a point of deciding for yourself what to believe and why?
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