Thursday, July 21, 2011

In Between {A Katie Parker Production ACT 1} by jenny b. jones

Book Description: Unlike most kids, teenage Katie Parker never got a fair shot at a normal life. With a mother in jail and a missing-in-action dad, she's never known what it's like to truly be loved. Low on options and family members, she's soon shipped off to a foster home. Now in an unfamiliar town, Katie's rebellious attitude is at odds with her new family, school, and classmates. And after falling in with all the wrong people at school, things go from bad to really bad after she takes the blame for vandalizing the local performing arts theater. But in the midst of a dark situation, Katie finds light in the most unexpected places: through her new friendship with an eccentric senior, the commitment of her foster family, and a tragic secret that changed them forever. And as she inches closer to acceptance and forgiveness, she finds that God has been there all along.

My Review:  This book, In Between by Jenny B. Jones, begins with Katie telling the reader, "I'm what you call an orphan, I guess.  I'm officially a ward of the state of Texas.  Knowing that your greatest achievement to date is becoming a dependent of an entire state can totally blow a girl's confidence." (p.9)
Katie is at a girl's home for a total of six months before being shipped out to foster care or as she calls them "pretend-o-parents."
One can't help but love Katie.  She's funny, quirky and she's a survivor!
Ms. Smartly, the director of said girls home, tells Katie that Mr. & Mrs. Scott will be her foster parents.  Katie tries to talk Ms. Smartly out of sending her to the Scotts but Katie goes....Katie is impressed with the pink room that Mrs. Scott has prepared for her.  She can't help but like the Scott's!
Then Katie meets Maxine (aka foster grandma)!  The most outrageous senior citizen in the history of the world!  Boy! Can this woman eat!
Katie is funny so when she decides she doesn't want to go to school Millie (Mrs. Scott) asks, "What are your symptoms?"
Katie instantly thinks, "My symptoms?  Let's see, fear, embarrassment, regret, and the strong desire to morph into someone else." (p.174)  Katie goes to school.
The Scott's introduce Katie to church.  She seems to enjoy getting to know what church is all about and learning about God.  Then Katie finds out why Mrs. Scott is so sad....the mystery behind the tears.  And God is always for us not against us!
This is one of those reads that gives us a glimpse into the life and times of a foster kid~the emotion, the feelings of aloneness, and being cared for by a stranger(s)! I loved this teen fiction read!  
*This book was provided for review by NavPress*

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