Love Me Tender

Tuesday, August 20, 2013
“They’re rockin’ and rollin’, hoppin and boppin, twistin’ and shoutin’ across the country. Who, you ask? Teens. From soda shops to living rooms, slumber parties to beachside hangouts, they’re tuning in to hear those addictive Billboard hits. Excitement has never been higher, and neither has the volume.

Book: Love Me Tender (When I Fall in Love) by Janice Hanna, Summerside Press, 2010

Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance
Target Audience: Girls 16+
Subjects: Fame, God’s Will, Dating Relationships, Idolatry, Missions
Summary: A young boy determined to become a famous singer. A young girl determined to save her family’s soda shop. When these two dreams collide romance is the result! Debbie Carmichael is very aware of the craze surrounding young male rock and roll singers and actors. It’s all the young girls around the soda shop talk of. So when she realizes just how bad her dad’s health is and the necessity of raising enough money for the soda shop for him to stop working so hard, she determines to get the latest teen heartthrob to come do a concert at the shop. Johnny Hartman is new on the music scene and like all the others, wants to make it big, but when he is introduced to Debbie he begins to have dreams of another kind.
Notes: This book was written more as an adult romance novel than a youth fiction story, but with the characters being teenagers themselves, it has great appeal to youth as well. The spiritual emphasis aspects of the story are found in Johnny’s determination to follow God no matter what Hollywood throws at him. The other aspect is found as Debbie’s father encourages both her and her friends to make sure their focus is on God, not teen stars. It does a good job showing teens struggling to follow God in the midst of real world troubles.
Spiritual Content Recommendation Scale: 5/5
Reviewer: J:-)mi

Revelation 3:8 - I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.


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