08 January 2013

Review: The "Christy Miller" Series by Robin Jones Gunn

This may not sound like something a guy who is nearly a quarter-century old would normally read, but, I usually enjoy teen-centric entertainment; after all, most of my favorite shows are on Nickelodeon or the Disney Channel.  Robin Jones Gunn has a companion series, Sierra Jensen, that I pretty much blew through last year, so, I figured, why not give this one a try?  What did I think? Well, let's get into the categorical assessment:

Story: 4/5
The title character finds herself in various adventures and predicaments, between friend dramas, relationship issues, and emergency situations, but, like a good television series, it keeps you interested episode after episode.  The only qualm I have with the story is that the ending is a bit pat, but I won't give away the details for those who haven't read it.

Writing: 4.5/5
Mrs. Gunn's writing is, for the most part, superb.  There is an awkward moment here and there, but it doesn't detract from the experience any.

Moral Content: 4/5
Though this is a Christian book series, it deals with some serious issues that teens face, such as drunkenness, abstinence until marriage, etc.  That makes it inappropriate for younger kids, but tweens and teens should be fine.  As you'd expect, there isn't any profanity, and as violent as it gets is a scene where a young man dies as a result of drinking alcohol, which is used as a moral lesson.

Robin Jones Gunn has written a wonderful twelve-book series here.  Aside from the above qualms, there's really nothing that I didn't like about it.  Those who enjoy Christian "young adult" fiction, whether they are within the target age or not, will find plenty to like about the tales of Christy, Katie, Todd, Doug, and friends.

Score: 4.5/5

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