Title: Jerk Magnet, The (Life at Kingston High)
Author: Melody Carlson
Primary Audience/age group: Young Adult, 13+
Genre: Christian Chick Lit
# Of pages: 224
Year of Release: 2012
Part of a Series? No
Rating: 4 (View Scale)
Positive: Chelsea stills seems to be the same humble, kind girl that she was before her transformation. She makes a new friend, Janelle, who always looks out for her. They are honest with each other even to the point of hurting each other’s’ feelings. Janelle especially is quick to forgive explaining to Chelsea how God forgives us, so we should forgive others. Chelsea learns some major lessons on being herself.
Spiritual Elements: Chelsea used to go to a church youth group in middle school, where she was betrayed by friends and has not been to church since. She throws up a few prayers here and there, but does not pray much beyond that. Then, Chelsea attends a youth group party with her new friend Janelle, where she hears Nicholas give an inspirational testimony about how God changed his life. Chelsea has a spiritual transformation of her own after she attends a Christian worship concert. Her friend Janelle mentors her some about what it means to be a Christian.
Chelsea receives attention from the drama teacher with a questionable reputation. He is very flirty and touchy-feely with her. He asks her to go over scenes privately, which she does. He makes Chelsea very uncomfortable but her friend Janelle steps in before anything happens.
Other: Chelsea searches magazines for advice on boys.
Recommendation: The story of Chelsea’s transformation highlights the struggles teenage girls and women face with choosing modest clothing. The media encourages dressing in revealing clothing, and portrays the attention received from it as positive. But, as the author shows through Chelsea, the clothing you choose can give others, especially guys, the wrong impression. You can attract the attention of guys who are only interested in you physically and not in what is on the inside.
Also, the Bible mentions on several occasions how God is more concerned about our internal selves than outward appearances. “Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious.” As 1 Peter 3:3-4 EVS says, do not make such a fuss over your appearance. Worry more about your inward self because a gentle and quiet spirit is more precious to God than outward beauty. However, we can still be stylish without being immodest. Here are some links on modesty from Clash Entertainment and PureFreedom.org.