September 1, 2012

Whiskey Creek Press



The Color of Grace
by Linda Kage   


When my mother remarried after thirteen years of being a widow, I had to move to a new town and enroll in a new school. Suddenly thrust into an entirely different kind of life, I just wanted to go home. I didn't want to meet new people, didn't want to leave my old friends, didn't want to become a third wheel to my mom and her husband….and I really didn't want to see Ryder Yates again. Ugh, I still don't know why I turned down that too-good-to-be-true boy who flirted with me when we were attending separate schools.

But honestly, it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. It was worse.

Who knew becoming lost in a new life could help a girl find her true colors?


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Why do parents live to ruin your life? As a teenager, we have all been convinced as some point that this is their sole purpose for living.

Good girl Grace Indigo, a nerdy, sixteen-year-old, is suddenly uprooted from her life in the middle of her high school career when her mother remarries after being a single parent for thirteen years. Grace is not happy about leaving her friends to attend a rival school, but she is excited about the prospect of having a real live father for the first time in her life. Losing her father as a small child and never having a father figure, she is unclear about the role this new man will play. Aside from the typical trials and tribulations of being a teenager, she is also dealing with the normal anxiety of being the "new girl" at school. Compounding the situation, the relationship between Grace and her mother seems to be disintegrating on a daily basis as they each try to find their place in their new home and cope with the changing family dynamics.

As a former member of the "nerd herd," Grace is not delusional; she knows she will eventually team up with other fellow nerds. So, imagine her surprise when she finds herself smack-dab in the middle of the cool kids, but she's not complaining because some of these kids are a lot deeper than they appear and some are just as superficial as you might expect. In an effort to play it cool, she disses "Mr. Popular" and accidentally starts dating his best friend which lands her in a game of tug-of-war with the boys...SO NOT COOL!

THE COLOR OF GRACE deals with a lot of tough issues teens are faced with—rumors, peer pressure, drinking and sex, just to name a few. Without giving anything away, there is another tough issue that is thrown into the mix of the new family dynamics that makes for a lot of drama in this great read. Pick up THE COLOR OF GRACE if you are looking for a heartfelt story with a strong heroine that you would like your teenaged daughter to idolize - a good story for you or your teenager.