13 January 2013

Book Review: "Best Friend, Worst Enemy" ("Holly's Heart," No. 1) by Beverly Lewis

Author: Beverly Lewis
Publisher: Bethany House
Published: 1993 (as Holly's First Love), 2001 (retitled edition), 2008  (revised edition)
Synopsis: Holly Meredith, aka Holly-Heart, has fallen in love for the first time...but Andie, her longtime best friend, has fallen for the same guy!  When their mutual crush starts to come between them, Holly begins to notice how friendly the object of her infatuation is with every young lady he meets...but Andie refuses to accept the truth.  Will the two friends ever reconcile matters? Will the casanova be exposed for what he really is?

Story: 4/5
Such a plot has been seen before, but, really, are there any storylines these days that are even close to being new?  The tween drama actually isn't over the top or annoying, as it would be in some cases. (As Told By Ginger, anyone?)  The fact that Christian elements are brought into the mix makes matters even better.

Writing: 4.5/5
Easy to read, easy to understand, easy to follow, and appropriate for its intended audience.  What more could you ask for?

Moral Content: 5/5
This book may be about a girl who is nearly thirteen years of age, but it's as squeaky clean as an episode of Lizzie McGuire; so much so that it would even be appropriate for pretty much anyone who is old enough to read it.  However, I doubt most young guys would enjoy something like this, though I did.

Conclusion: After blowing through the Sierra Jensen and Christy Miller series, I needed another one to enjoy, and, between this one and Bill Myers' Forbidden Doors, I've found two!  Seriously, I'm excited to read all of the following volumes; look for the reviews soon!

Score: 4/5

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