Saturday, February 27, 2010

"Out With the In Crowd" Book Review

From a talented new voice in YA fiction:

Teens have embraced Skylar Hoyt, the title character in The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt series by debut author Stephanie Morrill. Skylar is a character readers can relate to, as she struggles with popularity, fitting in and figuring out what really matters in the midst of it all.

In the second book of the series, Out with the In Crowd, Skylar is struggling with her circle of friends: She’s vowed to change her partying ways, but it's not so easy to change her friends and her old life is constantly staring her in the face. Add to that two parents battling for her loyalty, a younger sister struggling with a crisis pregnancy, and a new boyfriend wishing for more of her time, and Skylar feels like she can't win. After all, how do you choose favorites among the people you love most?
When given the chance to review "Out With the In Crowd" I decided to get "Me, Just Different" and read it first. So I read them back to back in about a day, they were that good. The only problem? The third book "So Over It" isn't out yet so I couldn't continue reading about Skylar's journey to a new her.
I actually let my 13 year old daughter, Sarah, read them first and she zipped through them as well. Her comment was, "When does the next one come out?!?" And she was careful not to say anything else because she didn't want to spoil the books for me... likewise I will be careful what I say to you all.
Basically this series takes place starting at the end of the summer leading into Skylar Hoyt's senior year. She has always been the Queen of the popular girls, partying with the best of them. At one of the last parties of the summer something happens that changes her mind. She decides maybe it is time to change her ways. The only issue is that while she is deciding to change into a better person, those around her aren't. Is it possible to reinvent yourself in your senior year? Skylar is about to find out...

Out with the In Crowd
by Stephanie Morrill
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3390-2
January 2010, $11.99

With style and grace, Stephanie Morrill delivers another compelling story that addresses teen issues in Out with the In Crowd.

Romantic Times reviewed the first book in The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt series, with praise: “This is a good start to a promising new series. Morrill introduces a strong, relatable character to root for.”

Stephanie Morrill is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and the Teen Lit writers' group. Morrill is the author of Me, Just Different and Out with the In Crowd, and she also serves in youth ministry. She lives in Kansas with her husband and young daughter.

Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, offers practical books that bring the Christian faith to everyday life. They publish resources from a variety of well-known brands and authors, including their partnership with MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and Hungry Planet.

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******Special thanks to Revell Books for a review copy of "Out With The In Crowd", "Me, Just Different was purchased by myself*****

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