Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Shoot the Wounded

Reviewed by: Shawna
Title: Shoot the Wounded
Author: Lynn Dove
Primary Audience/age group: 13+
Genre: Contemporary Christian Fiction
# of pages 147
Publisher: Word Alive Press
Year of Release: 2009
Part of a series Yes, 1 of 3
Rating: 3 (View Scale)
Recommend? Yes

Description: Leigh and Veronica (aka Ronnie) have been best friends since childhood but their relationship grows strained as they enter high school. Ronnie begins spiraling down a wrong path, and Leigh isn’t quite sure what to do. They both befriend the new guy in town, Jake. But, even though he appears to be a nice Christian boy, he’s hiding a dark secret from his past. All are faced with tough choices that will affect them for the rest of their lives.

Review: Shoot the Wounded is very indicative of what high school life can be for a teenager. The book deals with some very relevant issues and shows how the choices teens make even in high school can affect them for the rest of their lives. I like how the author portrays “real-life” dynamics in two very different Christian households and how parents can have a good relationship with their teenaged children even if they haven't had one before.

Rating: 3 for mature themes: teenage pregnancy, domestic violence

Positive: We see the dynamics of two families and how the relatioships the parents have with their teenaged children affect their children. Leigh’s parents are more restrictive than Ronnie’s, and Leigh comes to realize that they set boundaries for her own good. Ronnie sees the difference between her relationship with her parents and Leigh’s and envies what she doesn’t have. Many other topics are covered within the book including gossip and how damaging it can be, teenage pregnancy, and domestic violence, all issues that teenagers may face.

Spiritual Elements: Leigh, Ronnie, and Jake all attend church (or at least did at one point), but Ronnie starts down a rebellious path. Leigh tries to live a godly lifestyle and has the support of her parents to do so. Her mom prays with her. Jake moves into a mentor role for Ronnie as she’s struggling with the consequences of her choices. He is shown as having faults but tries to rely on God and His word to be a better person.

Violence: Ronnie is rejected and verbally abused by a guy she's been seeing. Jake smacks Ronnie when she threatens to kill herself.

Language: none

Sexual Content: See other

Other: Ronnie gains a rebellious reputation and is considered a “sleaze.” She sneaks out of her home, smokes, drinks, and is seen making out in a car at school.

Recommendation: Since the book deals with more mature themes I feel it is most appropriate for ages 13 and up. I think it would be an excellent book to read together with your teen and discuss some of the major themes.