It’s Not about Me by Michelle Sutton

Note: This is the first book I have reviewed here that is aimed toward an older teen audience. As such, the content of this book is of a more mature level than what has been previously discussed at this blog.

Annie has a charmed life: she’s beautiful, graduated from high school with honors, has been accepted at the college of her choice, is surrounded by family and friends who love and support her, and has a handsome steady boyfriend. 

But one night, her perfect life is shattered and everything changes so quickly she’s not sure which way to turn.  Caught between her boyfriend and his brother, both of whom claim to love her, Annie is torn as to who she should choose to be with while trying to heal from the event that altered her once easy life.

Will she choose Tony or Dan? And will she finally truly come to know the One whose love will never fail, even in her darkest hour?

What a powerful and moving debut from young adult author Michelle Sutton.  Dealing with such topics as false Christians, pornography, peer pressure, alcohol abuse, and pressure to engage in sexual activities, It’s Not about Me meets teen readers right where they are, tackling issues that they come up against on a regular basis.

This first book in Sutton’s  A Second Glances Series, gets readers thinking, “What would I do in this situation?”  This book’s strength definitely resides in its well-developed, strong, often complex characters whose personal battles and desire to do God’s will is as challenging as understanding the world around them.  And while admittedly faith plays a significant role in this book, I wouldn’t say that the reader would need to be a Christian in order to enjoy reading It’s Not about Me.  Most of the issues the characters are dealing with affect all teens, regardless of belief system.

The second book of this series, It’s Not about Him is also available.  I look forward to reading that one soon.

With It’s Not about Me, Sutton delivers an edgy and entertaining story that young adults will devour with zest.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher: Sheaf House Publishers 
  • ISBN-10: 0979748518
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979748516
  • SRP:  $12.99

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