Burnt Orange: Color Me Wasted

Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Here’s the truth: I actually had fun. And it wasn’t boring at all. It’s like everyone just really cut loose and had a great time. Sure, some kids drank too much and one girl even got sick and threw up in the pool which really put a damper on swimming. But I didn’t get drunk and I didn’t get sick. Mostly, I just had an unexpectedly fun time. And, really, what’s wrong with that? I mean, even Jesus drank wine with his friends. And wasn’t his first miracle turning water into wine? So seriously, what’s the problem?
Book: Burnt Orange: Color Me Wasted with Bonus Content by Melody Carlson, NavPress, 2005
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Target Audience: Girls 14-18
Subjects: Dating Relationships, Friendships, Alcohol, Reputation, Witnessing
Summary: Good little Church girl, pastor’s daughter is wasted. Totally all out drunk. And she’s not sorry enough to stop drinking. She’s tired of doing the same old thing all the time, going through the motions of being the good Christian girl. She just wants to have some fun. So when the Claire invites her into the world of parties and drinking, she willingly accepts. She tells her friends she is witnessing and being a good influence on Claire, but Claire is the one influencing her, not the other way around. But choices lead to consequences and the consequence of Amber’s choice is higher than she ever imagined.
Notes: This is one the books in the True Colors series, a set of books showing major issues teens today have to face. The character is thrown into the situation and someone in the story shows them how God would have someone respond to the situation. In this story, a girl who has lived all her life focused on doing the Christian thing decides she’s bored with that and enters the drinking scene. She quickly gets addicted and eventually, due to drunkenness, a friend of her gets killed. The friend has been pointing Amber back to Jesus all along though and after her death, Amber finally surrenders and lets God take control of her and even gets Claire to join her at Alcoholics Anonymous and makes the choice to forgive Claire for causing the death of her friend.
Spiritual Content Recommendation Scale: 5/5
Reviewer: J:-)mi

Ephesians 5:18 – Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.


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