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It's a Green Thing: Diary of a Teenage Girl: Maya, Book 2

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It's a Green Thing: Diary of a Teenage Girl: Maya, Book 2

Melody Carlson hits the mark again with the second installment in her Diary of a Teenage Girl series featuring Maya Stark, who was introduced to readers in A NOT-SO-SIMPLE LIFE. Maya's new adventure is to live a normal life, and in this current offering, IT’S A GREEN THING, this lovable fresh-to-Christianity teen is bursting over with questions and concerns on how to live the faith life with moral and ethical standards. To top off her inner probing, Maya also tries to find balance between going "green" to the extreme and adjusting her pre-conceived theories about how to best use and take care of our environment. She explores both her newfound faith tenets and the actual living out of them with equal zeal.

Maya wisely takes time to consistently meet with her youth pastor's wife, Caitlin, who offers Maya much insight into how to pair truth with life. Caitlin is not only a great mentor to Maya, she's young enough (and cool enough) to really get where Maya is coming from. But the best attribute Caitlin brings to Maya is abject honesty. Caitlin admits many Christians fail miserably to live and speak and think as Jesus taught, and it's no wonder that the glaring disjoint between the two confuses and discourages Maya.

As Maya adjusts to living with her widowed uncle Allen and cousin Kim, she tries to be as independent as possible realizing they are still dealing with the grief of losing a wife and mom. So Maya gets involved in a community art project where she takes issue with her friend Marissa as they discuss life and faith, partying and relationships. Soon, though, these minor differences don't even cast a shadow in comparison to the injury resulting in a bogus lawsuit by fellow churchgoing Christian Brooke Marshall. It’s unbelievable that Brooke could and would lie about her fall and then blame it on Maya. Then again, once these teens found out that Maya's father is a famous pop star, it made way more sense.

As Maya figures out how to forgive Brooke, she is also trying to determine the ins and outs of having a boyfriend and all the unspoken rules of dating. It doesn't take long before the physical part of the relationship has both Maya and Dominic struggling on multiple levels, and once again Maya goes to Caitlin for counsel and advice. Circumstances continue to edge up the not-so-normal life of Maya as she takes on newspaper column writing on environmental concerns. With these three challenges, Maya is learning how much her faith fits into the entire scheme of life, and though she still feels unsure about some of the details of her future (and her relationships), she is absolutely confident that God will stick with her all the way.

As a bonus for readers, Melody Carlson includes Maya's Green Tip of the Day at the close of every chapter. Each of these tips is practical, enlightening and easy to put into practice.

Reviewed by Michele Howe on February 17, 2009

It's a Green Thing: Diary of a Teenage Girl: Maya, Book 2
by Melody Carlson

  • Publication Date: February 17, 2009
  • Genres: Christian, Fiction
  • Paperback: 245 pages
  • Publisher: Multnomah Books
  • ISBN-10: 1601421184
  • ISBN-13: 9781601421180