Glamour (On the Runway)

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Something about this conversation feels whacked to me And once again, I feel like the odd woman out.

Book: Glamour (On the Runway) by Melody Carlson, Zondervan Publishers, 2011
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Target Audience: Girls 16-20
Subjects: Fashion, Dating Relationships, Sex, Cancer, Friendship, Teen pregnancy
Summary: A trip to the Bahamas for a fashion show should be a great opportunity but things aren’t going so well. Their director is battling leukemia and trying to continue working without anyone knowing what’s wrong. A hurricane is headed their way. Old friends seem to be dumping them. Jealous competitors will do anything to get what the girls have. And even Paige’s engagement to Dylan is at stake. Can anything good come out of this trip?
Notes: Just like the other books in the On The Runway series, much more is taught about fashion than faith. The issues covered are looked at from a moral or logical negative consequences aspect, not spiritual. The big issue in this book is whether or not someone should have sex before marriage. Not once is the Bible considered as a reason for someone having those standards. Rather it is discussed in terms of culture – it’s popular, everyone is doing it, therefore Erin’s views on it must be wrong. Even Erin’s mom gives in and while it is implied that Erin will continue to believe that sex should be saved for marriage, she really isn’t shown as having any good reason. There are some discussions about faith and prayer in chapter 6. When Erin feels upset she prays and is reminded of God’s faithfulness to her. Then in chapters 15 and 16, another character challenges Erin to look at others through God’s eyes and reminds her of the power of prayer.
Recommendation Scale: 2/5
Reviewer: J:-)mi

1 Corinthians 6:18 – Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body.


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