Tournaments, Cocoa, and One Wrong Move

Saturday, October 30, 2010
“You tested positive for steroids, Cassidy.” 
“Steroids! I wasn’t – I mean, I’m not – taking steroids…” I let the words trail off as another voice whispered, ‘they’re supplements – experimental, perfectly safe…’

Book: Tournaments, Cocoa, and One Wrong Move by Nancy Rue, Zondervan Publishing, 2010

Genre: Realistic Fiction
Target Audience: Girls 13-19
Subjects: Perfectionism, parent relationships, friendships, dating relationship, steroids, showing love to others
Summary: When an injury to her knee sends Cassidy off to the emergency room, a chain reaction begins. Her father starts insisting she’s fine and trying to speed up her improvement by force, her mom starts hanging around more, her brother blames her for his not getting the money he needs to buy a house, and her brother’s fiancée, a medical student provides a way out of it all, a way that she tells Cassidy is perfectly safe and ok. However, when a random drug test shows this harmless drug to be steroids her world falls apart. The school won’t let anyone caught doing drugs play any sports – ever again. Until now basketball has been Cassidy’s whole world, the one thing she lives and breathes for. A mysterious book labeled “RL” claims the answer is found in Yeshua and in living for Him instead. Cassidy isn’t interested, but the more things in her life fall apart, the more she finds herself turning to this book for direction.
Notes: Once again, I was blown away by Nancy Rue’s book. She challenges so much in her writing. Her books are very realist, sometimes painful to read, but she always points the way towards truth. No hiding answers here. God’s Word, the Real Life book in the story and His quiet still voice inside Cassidy are truth and the answers to Cassidy’s problems. She makes good friends, but Nancy Rue does not even leave it at that. Cassidy had to learn to turn to God for the wisdom she needed, not just have a good set of friends or good moral values as many Christian Teen Fiction books imply. I very highly recommend this book, especially to any young girls struggling with trying to be perfect.  This is the 3rd book in her new series [Real Life].
Recommendation Scale: 5/5 (Can I give it a 10 out of 5!?)
Reviewer: J:-)mi
James 1:17 – Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.


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