It’s Not About Me – Michelle Sutton
2008, Sheaf House

(From michellesutton.net)

Annie has it all. She’s attractive, graduated with honors, was accepted at the college of her choice, has supportive parents, good friends, and a steady boyfriend who loves her. One night when an unexpected visitor appears, Annie’s safe world is destroyed. As she tries to recover the pieces of her broken life, a war ensues between two brothers who both claim to have her best interests at heart. But who will Annie choose? Or will she decide to turn her life in a different direction?

My Review: By the time you finish the first page of this book, you’ll be hooked. By the time you finish the first few chapters, no one will be able to remove it from your hands. It’s Not About Me moves at a lightning-fast pace and is very hard to put down once you start reading it.

Annie’s struggles are so real-to-life! This book addresses many things teens deal with but the two main issues are sexual temptation/physical boundaries and finding yourself spiritually, even if you’ve been raised as a Christian. This is not a watered-down book, either. If you’re looking for Elsie Dinsmore-perfect examples, this might not be the book for you. ;-) I almost found it a little too detailed when it came to Annie’s struggles with temptation which made me think twice about giving it to a young friend of mine, but after musing on it for awhile I realized that these are the kinds of things teens have to deal with when it comes to influence and temptation in the world right now. As much as I wish to ignore it, it’s reality. I believe this book could have a very positive impact on the teens who read it and the fact that it is “real” and not preachy or assuming that it’s easy to do what’s right makes it a winner. I recommend it!

You can read the first chapter (but I warned you about getting hooked) at MichelleSutton.net – HERE.


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2 Responses to Review of It’s Not About Me by Michelle Sutton

  • I read this for the CFBA group and I really enjoyed it too.There were parts that I felt very uncomfortable with, but I’m a middle aged mom with three girls, so I think I was looking at it from a moms view and how my girls would be in so much trouble! heehee

  • LOL! I love this review. I wonder what I did to make it so hard to put down? Everyone seems to say that about it. Hehehe. Anyway, if you thought this was REAL life, wait until you read the next one. It doesn’t get more real than this. And poor Tony’s life just keeps getting more messed up. :)

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