Hello! For Good News Friday, I'd like to share the review Booklist gave Lifted, which comes out June 8.
Poppy isn't happy with her single mother for moving her to Texas and enrolling the decidely secular 16 year-old in a private Baptist high school. Soon, however, she become s fascinated with the two most elite girls in class. Befriended, she ignores (to her later peril) her initial contact at Calvary High, the frumpy Bridgette. Instead, Poppy becomes caught up in whirlwind mall trips; her new friends, despite all their pious attitudes, are shoplifters. Toliver does a good job of making clear the thefts are less about the desire for things such as designer jeans than about the adrenaline rush of getting away with something. She is also sensitive to the school's core values while still making clear the hypocrisy of people who hide behind veneers of holiness. Especially well drawn is Poppy's crush, a quirky, sincere minister's son who--as Poppy's world spins out of control--comforts her with unconditional support: "We all make mistakes. It says so in the Bible, so it must be true." Will appeal to all teens interested in wayward behavior. (Karen Cruze)
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