Wednesday, January 23, 2008
A Window to the World
Title: A Window to the World
Author: Susan Meissner
Primary Audience/age group: Young Adult
Genre: Young Adult/Christian Fiction
# Of pages: 315
Year of Release: 2005
Part of a Series? No
Rating: 5 - Highly Recommended
Description: Megan Diamond is an unbearably shy 6-year old who is unable to come out of her shell until her new classmate, Jen Lovett, befriends her. The two become inseparable until one unforgettably tragic day.
Megan must learn how to cope on her own even though the details of the devastating event haunt her life. Along the way, Megan searches for who God really is to her and who He wants her to become.
Review: It’s a wonderful coming-of-age story that deals with God, love, and overcoming tragic circumstances. It’s nice to read the type of story that teaches good, sound morals along the way, and what a refreshing love story.
Positive: Megan has always believed what her parent’s have taught her about God but must spread her wings and grow into the person God wants her to become. Megan makes some tough choices like all teens will eventually have to make and ends up finding God’s will for her life.
Spiritual Elements: Megan’s parents believe in God and raise their children with Christian values. Jen’s parents are not Christians. They have very relaxed rules, but Megan’s parents hope to be good influences on them.
Violence: Jen is kidnapped in the beginning of the book. This incident has an impact on every aspect of Megan’s life thereafter. Megan is petrified of dating because it reminds her of the physical intimacy and thus her deepest fear, that Jen was hurt by her male abductor. Somewhat of a spoiler: Jen, in actuality, was not molested
Language: “God, no!” is exclaimed. H*** is mentioned once.
Sexual Content: There are two kisses in the book.
Other: Charlie’s parents are unable to sustain their relationship after Jen’s kidnapping. They divorce, but both were unfaithful to each other beforehand. Both live with their significant others.
Rating: 5 for teaching good, sound morals.
Recommendation: I would recommend this book to older teens although it’s such a good story I think parents would enjoy it as well. It can really be used to lead to some needed conversations between yourself and your daughter, conversations about finding yourself through God and the benefits of having moral relationships.