Sunday, July 26, 2009

Be Strong and Curvaceous

Shelley Adina has written a young adult series about five good friends at the fictional Spencer Academy, an exclusive private boarding school. The official website describes the girls this way:

Lissa, Mac, Carly, Gillian and Shani—five fabulous girls from Spencer Academy, who spend their time traversing the rocky terrain of high school social climbing while staying true to their faith, and remaining besties to the end.

The third novel in the series, Be Strong and Curvaceous, tells Carly's story. Carly comes back from spring break in Mexico with her grandparents to find she has a new roommate. Lady Lindsay MacPhail has landed, and Carly is feeling possessive of her privacy, her space, and her crush: popular Brett Loyola.

When Carly starts to feel like she and Mac are becoming friends, Mac reluctantly confesses that she's been receiving threatening emails, and she's not sure why. The girls band together to try to solve the mystery--and save each other from harm.

I think these books would be a great Christian alternative to the Clique or Gossip Girls or Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series. The characters face probably many of the same issues, but they make different choices.

To learn more, please visit the official website:

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