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Very enjoyable

  • Jul 9, 2010
"Motorcycles, Sushi, & One Strange Book" is a fast-paced young adult novel with some romance. This is the first book in the "Real Life" series, but you can read them in any order without missing information or spoiling the other books in the series.

The world-building was excellent in all areas and brought the story alive in my imagination. I liked the characters. They acted realistically and dealt with realistic, hard problems. I cared about what happened to the characters, so I had a hard time putting the novel down.

This was definitely a novel intended for Christians. Jessie found a strange, RL book with stories from the Bible about Jesus but they seemed written just for her and the situation she's going through. The Christian element was a main part of the story, but I didn't feel like the author was lecturing the reader or Jessie. It was handled in a way that was both comforting and challenging. It made me want to read my Bible more, and I already read it a lot!

There wasn't any cussing or swearing. There was no sex. Overall, I highly recommend this novel as a well-written, clean reading.

I received this book from Zondervan as a review copy.

Reviewed by Debbie from Genre Reviews

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From the cover of this book, this looks like it will be your normal, fluffy, Chick-lit YA story. Well as the old saying goes, don't judge a book by it's cover. The cover may be light but the story is heavy and deep. As soon as you start reading, Jessie's situation hits you from the get go. She's only 15 but she's experienced a lifetime of hardships that some adults will never have to face. It made me sad to think that she's had to deal with her mother who is bipolar all by herself and with no one …
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Gr 7-10–Jessie, 15, has just received a phone call from her dad whom she has never met and believed was dead. She is transplanted in Florida to live with him after her bipolar mother's suicide attempt. Jessie suffers from ADHD, doesn't get along with her new stepsister, and isn't sure of the intentions of a guy she meets. Jessie's father attempts to bring more structure to her life through his biker friends and working at his sushi restaurant. He is patient and understanding, unlike her mother, which helps change Jessie's perspective on life. The turning point comes when she finds a book that gives her insight and examples from Jesus's life. Christian readers will appreciate the references to scripture and the theme “Seek and you shall find.” Jessie is a likable character, but does she really not recognize “Yeshua” as Jesus? Because of this lack of recognition, can she really be transformed so quickly? Predictable at times, the story will not draw a large audience. It does, however, make a strong statement for reading and understanding the Bible and its teachings.Karen Alexander, Lake Fenton High School, Linden, MI
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ISBN-10: 0310714842
ISBN-13: 978-0310714842
Author: Nancy Rue
Genre: Teens, Young Adult Fiction
Publisher: Zondervan
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