Thursday, November 03, 2011

Review: The Wishing Pearl

About the Book:
Sixteen-year-old Olivia Mansfield dreams of a land far, far away. . .A land far away from her stepfather’s abuse and torment. A land far away from her mother’s blind eye.A land far away from the haunting memories of her past. But then reality sets in, and Olivia knows she must make the best of her dire situation—at least until her high-school graduation. But when poor choices lead Olivia to the brink of a complete breakdown and she finds herself dealing with the unexpected death of her best friend, she comes to a crossroads. Will Olivia find the path to ultimate hope and healing that her heart longs for?  Or will the demons from her past prove too much to bear?

My Comments:
This troubled teen ends up at a faith-based treatment program.  It is clear that it is the staff's belief that the only way to truly heal these girls is for them to develop a personal relationship with Jesus.  To the author's credit, she doesn't present religion as the whole cure, but in the end, once Olivia accepts Jesus everything else falls into place--almost too well if you ask me.  I found the story to be engaging and I really grew to care about Olivia but the book is obviously trying to make a religious point and in my opinion does so at the expense of realism at the end.  Grade:  B-

I'd like to thank the publisher for making a complimentary review copy available via NetGalley.

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