My Amish Boyfriend by Melody Carlson ~ A Teen Fiction Book Review

Melody Carlson
Teen Fiction/Amish Fiction

Back of the book:

Shannon's summer just got a whole lot more . . . Amish?

Shannon McNamara has exciting plans for the summer--getting her driver's license, a job, and more--and she can't wait to dive in. But her ill mother has plans of her own: to relocate them both to the heart of Amish country in Ohio where she has relatives who can help her.

Turns out a "simple" life is actually a lot of hard work. But when a hot young Amish guy named Ezra enters the picture, Shannon's ready to get an Amish makeover and even consider making it a permanent change. Will these plans come crashing down around her too? Or can she really make the jump into a whole new way of life?

Teen favorite Melody Carlson brings fans another surprising story of worlds--and families--colliding.

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My thoughts:

Melody Carlson is well known for her fabulous Christmas stories, but she has also become prominent in the teen fiction genre. Melody has the distinct ability to write in a way that instantly connects with her adolescent audience. Her books often talk about subjects that are not addressed in other Christian fiction books.

In this story we meet Shannon McNamara who is a sixteen-year-old that has a lot of responsibility. Her father died when she was young and her beloved mother has a debilitating illness that leaves Shannon shouldering most of the weight of the household. The story picks up just as school is recessed for the summer. Shannon has plans for some personal freedom that get put on hold when they suddenly relocate to the Amish community where her mother grew up.

Once they are at her grandparent's house, things really begin to change. The handsome Ezra quickly catches Shannon's eye and she begins to contemplate becoming Amish herself. But are her motives honest? Does she really want to become a devout believer and assume all the requirements of the Ordnung? Or is this just another way to escape from a life that has become overwhelming?

I think this is a book that many teens will be able to easily relate to. I thought that the Amish lifestyle was portrayed honestly. Very few teens will be confronted with the choice of becoming Amish, but most teens do face some of the same challenges that are presented in the story.

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