Tuesday, July 13, 2010

FIRST Wildcard Tour & Review: "Motorcycles, Sushi, & One Strange Book" by Nancy Rue

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!

Today's Wild Card author is:

and the book:

Motorcycles, Sushi, & One Strange Book

Zondervan (April 16, 2010)

***Special thanks to Pam Mettler of Zondervan for sending me a review copy.***


Nancy Rue has written over 100 books for girls, is the editor of the Faithgirlz Bible, and is a popular speaker and radio guest with her expertise in tween and teen issues. She and husband Jim have raised a daughter of their own and now live in Tennessee.

Visit the author's website.

Product Details:

List Price: $9.99
Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Zondervan (April 16, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0310714842
ISBN-13: 978-0310714842

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My Thoughts

Book number one of Nancy Rue's Real Life Series, "Motorcycles, Sushi, & One Strange Book" deals with ADHD and bipolar disorder. Written in first person, 15 year old Jessie reveals what it is like to have ADHD and how she tries to handle it. She also tries to care for her mother, who has untreated bipolar disorder until she can no longer control the situation and her mother is hospitalized.

Jessie grew up with the lack of stability and finds it all normal, until her "dead" father appears and removes her from the situation. Her thought process, rebellion, and fear of getting close to others because of her secrets are so very real to what goes on in a dysfunctional home. The reality of the character and her situation is very well done. As Jessie grows and learns how to deal with ADHD as well as her mother's disorder, her views go from scattered to "normal" and her character not only matures but becomes confident and finds herself worth loving.

This is a wonderful book to give to any teen and would be helpful in both understanding what it feels like to have ADHD and for those that have it to not be ashamed.

This book was supplied by FIRST for me to honestly review.

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