Deep Green: Color Me Jealous

Wednesday, August 15, 2012
I don’t think I’ve ever really hated anyone before. I mean, I really disliked Miss Jones, my third-grade teacher, especially after she humiliated me by making me sit in the hallway for talking. But I don’t recall experiencing this venomous emotion, the kind of thing I would describe as real honest-to-goodness hatred, that I presently feel toward Shawn Frye.

Book: Deep Green: Color Me Jealous by Melody Carlson, NavPress 2004
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Target Audience: Girls 14-18
Subjects: Dating Relationships, Sex, Jealousy, Betrayal, Revenge, Salvation, Forgiveness
Summary: If green is the color of jealousy then what Jordan feels towards Shawna is a very deep green. Timothy was hers! She was the one he wanted. And Shawna resorted to going so low as using sex to steal him from Jordan. Now there are only two things Jordan can think about: getting Timothy back and getting revenge on Shawna. She’ll do whatever it takes to achieve her goal. Unfortunately, Shawna feels the same way about her. She was willing to do anything to get Timothy back from Jordan and she’ll do anything to see Jordan destroyed. After all, Timothy was dating her before he dumped her and pursued Jordan. Two girls deep green with jealousy over one another can lead to nothing but trouble for either one if someone doesn’t intervene soon!
Notes: A typical high school setting, Jordan and Shawna are high up in the popular crowd. Jordan is relatively new to this lifestyle but it doesn’t take her long to learn the rule: All is fair in love and war. She gets herself deeper and deeper into a mess with lies, cruelty and even dangerous actions. A friend who has become a Christian recently keeps challenging Jordan and sharing the message of salvation with her, pointing out that God and only God is big enough to clean up the mess Jordan has made. After Jordan becomes a Christian, the book also provides a lesson on forgiveness as Jordan realizes that just as God forgave her, she needs to forgive Shawna. At the end this book also briefly touches on the issues of sexually transmitted diseases.
Spiritual Content Recommendation Scale: 5/5
Reviewer: J:-)mi

Romans 13:13 Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy.


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