Thursday, February 16, 2017

Teenage Temptation and Personal Honor by Meena Jelks | A Book Review

Teenage Temptation and Personal Honor by Meena Jelks | A Book Review iamnotabookworm

Here is another young love story fit for Valentine's Day. 

Teenage Temptation & Personal Honor by Meena Jelks 
Publication date: May 31st 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

Fifteen-year-old Gaby swore she’d always put books before boys. She could solve an algebraic expression faster than anyone in her class, play Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor with better technique than her teacher, but couldn’t tell her best friend Anna that she secretly adored her brother, Josh.

Gaby’s secret feelings tormented her for almost a year. Now that they were all going to be counselors at Camp Sesquahade for the summer, Gaby wondered how long she’d be able to keep her own secret.

Surrounded by temptation, she worries about shattering her good-girl image. Will Gaby get through the summer without falling victim to her furtive feelings? How can she be with Josh while standing firm on her values and morals?

This is the story of Gaby. She is a teenage girl with mixed race. She is half-African, half-Latina. She is a good girl through and through. Until her crush admits that he likes her too. Would Gaby be able to hold on to her good girl image and values or succumb to temptations and her hormones?

I guess we all can relate to what Gaby and her teenage friends have gone through. We know how hard it is to stop raging hormones from overruling our commons sense. How youth, inexperience, and disillusionment had all caused trouble, headaches to our parents, and even cost the future. 

This is a very good book not only for teenagers but for all ages. Not all lessons that are to be learned should come from our own experiences. We should also learn from the experiences of our friends and other people. Their hardship, challenges, and opportunities should also be our guide on how to deal with all the issues and problems of growing up and adulting. Life is a never-ending learning process and if you stop learning, then you are doomed. 

I give this book 4/5 necklaces with key pendants. A very inspiring story of growing up and holding on to one's firm belief and convictions. To never be swayed by peer pressure or go jump into the bandwagon because everyone is doing it. Life is what you make it. Your choices and decisions will shape the future. Mistakes are inevitable but the key is learning from them and to never repeat them. Life is hard enough, there is no need to keep complicating it. 

Always stand firm on the choices you make, even if you're outnumbered and nobody understands your vision.
- Meena Jelks, Teenage Temptation and Personal Honor - 

Thank you, Meena Jelks and xpressobooktours for the copy.