Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Review -- Confessions of a Teenage Psychic by Pamela Woods-Jackson

Confessions of a Teenage Psychic by Pamela Woods-Jackson

This was a fabulous young adult novel. Don't let the title fool you. Even though the heroine had psychic powers, she was ultimately a fifteen-year-old girl who just wants to fit in at her new high school and be accepted by her friends. She was a likeable protagonist whom readers can easily relate to. She was not stunningly gorgeous and popular neither was she over-the-top sarcastic or tragically poor. Caryn Alderson has moved from Houston to Indianapolis and she wants to fit in at her new school and make some friends. She just longs to be a normal teenage girl. The problem is that Caryn is not your typical adolescent. She knows things about people without them ever having told her. She's psychic and she's also having conversations with her Uncle Omar, who happens to be a ghost. If that weren't enough to deal with, she falls hard for Rosslyn High School's star athlete Quince Adams. Problem is Quince thinks she's a little weird and he has a girlfriend, popular cheerleader Kensi. Can Caryn find acceptance by just being herself? She was just an average teenage girl dealing with a unique talent and wanting to fit in. I loved the fact that it was such a realistic representation of juvenile life. The setting was solid, it was nice to experience the location through the eyes of someone who has just moved there. The entire cast of characters were compelling because they were typical and also easy to connect to. I highly recommend you pick up this book and be sure to get a copy for any young woman in your life. This was such a poignant novel that I just know I will read it again and again. This author is going on my must-read list.

Caryn Alderson just wants to be a normal teenager. Moving from Houston to Indianapolis and trying to make new friends is hard enough, but when she meets Quince Adams, Rosslyn High School's star athlete, she wants more than friendship. Unfortunately, two obstacles stand in her way: Quince's girlfriend, cheerleader Kensington Marlow, and Caryn's Uncle Omar. So what's the problem? Kensington's cheating on Quince, and Uncle Omar died in Vietnam at age 20! Imagine hearing voices, seeing spirits no one else can see, and knowing things about people they never told you. No wonder Quince and all her new friends think she's weird! Then just when Caryn thinks her psychic abilities are under wraps, her friend Megan blurts out the truth on television. Can Caryn finally admit her secret and just be herself? Does she really have a choice?

5 out of 5

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