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*The Noah Confessions* by Barbara Hall- young adult book review

 
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The Noah Confessions
by Barbara Hall
Grades 8+ 240 pages Delacorte November 2008 Paperback    

Lynnie Russo attends a high-class prep school in Los Angeles, where itís tradition for students to receive a car on their sixteenth birthday from their parents. What Lynnie gets instead is a big surprise: a strange, used charm bracelet that used to be her motherís (who died in a car accident), which her father thinks she will treasure. Lynnie doesnít. She rebels by cutting school to go surfing. Her fatherís response is surprising. He hands Lynnie a journal, written by her mother.

The more Lynnie reads, the more intrigued she gets. It is the story of her motherís lifeóbut not one Lynnie ever knew about. Who is this mysterious Noah her mother is writing to? The secrets contained inside shock Lynnie to the core. Is she mature enough to deal with the truth about her mother?

The Noah Confessions is an intriguing novel with a lot of life lessons thrown in. Teens should be able to identify with Lynnie and the things she goes through. The things she finds out about her mother help her to put her own life into perspective and to realize what is really important.

The story moves along slowly at times; more than once I grew a little bored waiting for something more interesting to happen. One complaint I always have with journal-style novels is the same in this oneóthe journal writing is totally unrealistic. People cannot remember long, involved conversations enough to write them down as a pages-long narrative in their journal. It always throws me when I see journal entries like that and causes me to pause.

Otherwise, The Noah Confessions will appeal to teens looking for a story with heart and a message about the choices we make and how it affects our lives.

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