R U 4 Real?

Thursday, July 8, 2010
You know, even if you don’t care what you look like, I do. 
And believe me, someone needs to care how you look.

Book: r u 4 Real? by Nancy Been Peacock, Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2000
R U 4 Real? (TodaysGirls.com #4)
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Target Audience: Girls 13-18
Subjects: Fashion, friendship, God's view of us
Summary: Maya is determined to not only have the prefect magazine body herself, but to force all her friends to as well. She has decided that the ultimate back to school mixer should be a fashion show. She will convince stores to give her their best clothes and she, her friends, and some of the popular people in school will model them. The problem comes when she takes it too far. She expects all her friends to lose weight, exercise all the time and devote all their time to preparing for the fashion show. A trip to the lake with smores? Definitely out! A chili dog with a guy friend? Definitely out! Maya may drive away her friends and her sister if she does not stop pressuring them to be something they are not.
Notes: This book is a valuable lesson in what’s really important. One of the girls keeps trying to remind Maya that God doesn’t care what we look like on the outside, it’s the inside He’s concerned with, a big part of which is how we treat others. Maya refuses to see it. She reads the verses and walks away doing the opposite of what they say. And she nearly loses everything that really matters to her in her pursuit of fashion perfection.
Recommendation Scale: 4.5
Reviewer: J:-)mi

1 Peter 3:3-4 - Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight.


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