Memoirs of a Girl Who Loves God
Fourteen-year-old Krystal finds herself flailing when her parents separate. Withdrawing from her family and friends, she begins cutting. No one knows.
At her new school, she makes one single friend, Em, who invites her to volunteer at the local homeless shelter. There, Krystal discovers fellow misfits, including Brandon, a boy from her school. How can Krystal start a new life when the scars of her old one will never fully heal?
Plot/Idea: 9 out of 10
Originality: 9 out of 10
Prose: 10 out of 10
Character/Execution: 10 out of 10
Overall: 9.50 out of 10
C.L. Wells’s coming-of-age novel presents an accomplished portrayal of Krystal, a 14-year-old who alleviates psychological turmoil by cutting herself. Wells’s astute prose captures Krystal’s misery — the scenes when Krystal cuts are vivid and haunting — and her subsequent journey to well-being. As its title proclaims, the novel advances Christian faith, and the convincing characters who teach Krystal to welcome God into her life reflect spirited optimism and lift the gloom.
Date Submitted: June 11, 2016