Monday, August 2, 2010

FIRST Wild Card Tour with Review: "Katy's Debate" (The Katy Lambright Series Book #2) by Kim Vogel Sawyer

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:

Zondervan (May 7, 2010)
***Special thanks to Krista Ocier of Zondervan for sending me a review copy.***


Bestselling, award-winning author Kim Vogel Sawyer has many titles besides “writer.” As a wife, mother of three, grandmother of six, Sunday school teacher, and speaker, her life is full and happily busy. In her spare time she enjoys drama, quilting, and calligraphy. Kim and her husband make their home in Kansas, the setting for many of Kim’s novels.

Visit the author's website.

Product Details:

List Price: $9.99
Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Zondervan (May 7, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0310719232
ISBN-13: 978-0310719236


My Thoughts:

Katy Lambright is a Mennonite teen who has graduated from her school and has received special permission from her church to attend "worldly" school. Katy is part of the school debate team, but since she was a late-comer, she is not part of the chosen team. She has learned many useful debating skills that she ends up using on her father, trying to convince him not to marry Mrs. Graber. She thinks her father is marrying her because Katy needs a mother and doesn't realize that he has other reasons. Katy's scheming is not the only worldly part she has picked up. She also has feelings for a non-Mennonite classmate that she's sure her father won't approve of, even though he is Christian. Katy's struggles between the "old" and "worldly" ways create some interesting problems for everyone.

Although this is book 2 of the Katy Lambright Series, it can easily be read as a stand-alone, but why would one want to? The first book "Katy's New World" is a great read as well! (see my review of "Katy's New World" here)

I enjoyed this book, but at times found Katy to be much too angry, self-centered and whiny which frustrated me. There did not appear to be much of a time difference between book 1 and book 2, but Katy's attitude changed. She went from struggling with worldliness to there being not much mentioning about it at all. I either assume that Katy has accepted it all as fact and doesn't struggle much with it any more, or she is leaning more to the worldly side. She is attracted to a boy on her debate team, lies and schemes and uses main-stream phrases. Had I read this as a stand alone, I wouldn't have thought much about it, but reading it after book 1, I noticed the difference.

The storyline itself is good. A girl tries to scheme to get what she wants and finds that it is never as one plans. She has consequences she must face, and learns from her selfishness and mistakes. This is a great read for any teen through adult!

I have received a copy of this book through Zondervan and FIRST for me to honestly review.

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