BOOK BOOKS Saving Maddie AUTHOR Varian Johnson – latinboyz4play.com
BOOK BOOKS Saving Maddie AUTHOR Varian Johnson – latinboyz4play.com
See of my reviews on The YA Kitten Diversity Rating 1 Tokenism Racial Ethnic 2 Maddie is specified as having brown skin everyone else is sparsely described and I see everyone as black but can t count my mental ictures without textual support UILTBAG 0 Disability 0 Intersectionality 0Books that involve Christianity and faith in it as a focus normally aren t anything I ll touch but once I saw it on the Bookseller s Recommendations table at my local BN and got a Hook peek at its jacket copy something said READ ME READ ME READ ME I didn t buy it then because 17 was a lot for a book so tiny but then I found copies on Book Outlet that were signed and it was in my hands With me in a reading slump and looking for something uick this book goticked out as one of the shortest currently in my TBR Zero Hour (Expeditionary Force Book, pile Eh it was okay Wrong narrator thoughJoshua s name shouldn t be hard to remember since one of my cousins shares it but he s so bland he s hard to remember His faith and how he s full of othereople s thoughts and ideas instead of his own are what characterize him most at first but then the novel goes on and girls start referring to him as one of the good guys While thinking about how his ex girlfriend and then Madeline called him a good guy because he didn t want sex and Magi (Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic Official Guidebook) preferred an emotional connection he thinks the curse of the good guy strikes again 78Yup our narrator is a Nice Guy His characters grows a little bit over the course of Saving Maddie and he starts to think for himself instead of letting others ideologies fill him up but Forever pardon me for not caring when he tries to differentiate a slut from a gooderson after his character development has already happened A good erson is a good erson no matter how many Illuminatis people they sleep withMaddie really Madeline because she goes by her full name throughout the novel instead of her childhood nickname comes really really close to being the Manic Pixie Dream Girl trope Y know the girl who sweeps into town change s a guy s life and then disappears to move on to differentastures She avoids it because she s the most fleshed out character in the entire novel but she does the essential functions of the trope Anyone who dislikes that trope People Will Talk probably won t enjoy this book To be honest this novel should be in heroint of view not Joshua s Her character and what she s been through is much interesting especially when we see how she s still spiritual but disconnected from organized religionI fortunately grew up nonreligious and far from my strict Southern Baptist grandparents but every time we visit them all the things I m supposed to do to Be a Good Christian Girl really Demon Divine (Demon Accords press on me and there are than a few things we re barred from talking about on my grandparentsroperty The setting of Saving Maddie is about ten times lighter in the The Pearl Thief pressures but the essence of it is still there and gives readers who have grown up in religious settings or who have religious family something they ll recognizeSaving Maddie does recognize that Maddie isn t someone who needs to be saved but allowed to find her own way as she sees fit but Maddie is the only vaguely memorable thing about the novel I finished it literally twenty minutes ago and have already started forgetting things This novel is a slice of lifeiece with little development They can be good and memorable but when they re like this they leave you thinking So what It s a snapshot of someone s life journey and that s nice but why does it matter enough to warrant a novel There s nothing of real depth here to justify itRead it Don t read it There s really no recommendation here If you want slices of life or something that will occupy time without taking up space in your brain go for it 25 Saving Maddie by Varian JohnsonGenre Young AdultPages 231Acuired April 2011Book of Your Shelf NoWhy I have it Book BattleSeries NoMaddie and Joshua were best friends They understood each other they were both PK Preacher s Kids But then one day Maddie s family moves and they grow apart Five years later she returns but she is not the same Healthier Together person Maddie now Madeline has left the church and has uite a reputation as a bad girl Joshua is determined to bring her back into the church but finds that Madeline is opening his eyes and make him think about his beliefsThe story revolves around Josh trying to figure out what happened to Madeline in the five years she was gone that could change her so much She hates her father and the church but she won t say why As Josh tries to get Madeline to open up to him he finds her opening his mind Forcing him to think about his beliefs instead of blindly doing what he has been taught his whole life The two grow close and each of them learns so much about themselves in therocess45 I have a feeling The Haunting of Sunshine Girl people may shy away from this book just because of the religious aspect Which is really unfortunate because I thought it was really awesome Yes it has a lot of religion in it but I think it is so much than that I think my biggest surprise which I should have realized from the description is that it s told from Josh soint of view I Joshua Wynn has grown up being an example for other kids The Wynn Boy He doesn t seem to mind too much except that he had to give up on his school s basketball team to lead the youth group and that everyone his age thinks he s some kind of Routledge Library Editions prude But even these things don t dampen his spirits and he works very hard to keep his reputation He has to he s Joshua Wynn thereacher s son a shining example of what is good and righteous and wholesome in the world 28 More like some kind of super hero than a real Crisis in Bethlehem person don t you think It s not until Maddie comes back into his life that Joshua starts to object to theerceptions that other The Return of the Twelves people have of him and theressure that he is under from his Dizzy Jimmy parents and the community to do and be good And no he never liked that he gets left out of things because he s such a goodie two shoes that he s the guy other kids hide their beer from atarties but until Maddie comes along it s as though he didn t know he could be any different She opens up a world for him where he is not an extension of his father and his father s workNow I ve never been a PK but I was raised by one and I was definitely a goodie two shoes in high school who had friends at youth group than at school I think that Johnson has absolutely. Joshua Wynn is a Locuras lejos de casa! (Serie Lady Pecas 1) preacher’s son and a “good boy” who always does the right thing Until Maddie comes back to town Maddie is the daughter of the former associateastor of Joshua’s church and his childhood crush Now Maddie is all grown up gorgeous and troubled She wears rovocative clothes.
Nailed that experience or at least mirrored mine The feelings and internal conflicts that Joshua goes through felt so authentic His struggle to reconcile what he wants to do with what he s supposed to do with what everyone else is doing was ongoing The lectures from his arents I m not mad I m disappointed the worst and the advice from his friends to just go for it the BIG it no less were so familiar And then there s Maddie who seems so much grown up experienced and figured out than Joshua Of course he falls for her There is definitely attraction involved but Joshua also gets one of those I want to be you crushes on herSaving Maddie is told from Joshua s Grammar by Diagram perspective so we don t get to see the inner workings of Maddie s head Through her talks with Joshua however she becomes a fully realized and complex character Something that makes up a largeart of Maddie and everyone else s Murder Maker problem with her is that she is no longer religious BUT she still has her faith This disconnect between faith and religion is something that a lot of teens struggle with not just PKs Without going into great detail or getting bogged down in theology Johnson makes Maddie an example of what it can mean to believe in God withoutarticipating in a specific religious tradition She still considers herself spiritual and a Christian but she doesn t go to church Joshua sees her spirituality acted out in her life rather than her Sunday attendance It s a less obvious way of teaching by example than the kind of life he has been living and while he may not change to be non religious like Maddie he definitely learns from her Seeing how she acts out her faith in what she does rather than what she doesn t do gives him choices for how he can show his And he finally does that by sticking up for MaddieI could go on and on about Saving Maddie there are at least half a dozen uotes left in my notes Johnson has done something wonderful here He s managed to capture the PK experience and the growing up at church experience so well And he s managed to do it in a way that I think will be attractive and relevant to readers who ve grown up without these experiences as wellBook source Philly Free Library It was extremely easy to identify with Joshua a trait that most teen books seem to be missing these days The author really draws you into Joshua s world showing that it isn t that hard to be the good kid but when the good kid finally snaps it means that something really is wrongI loved reading about the friendship coming back together and the ways that Joshua was able to connect with his best friend again The نشانیها parents drove me a little nuts because the author allowed you to like them before the charactersushed you awayEnjoyable characters enjoyable dialouge and a decent Christian message not the mass marketed one all euals a Ask Yourself This pleasurable book Irobably should have been thinking about what I was going to say to Madeline how I was going to lead her back to the Good Witch, Bad Witch path of righteous but all I could do was think of her lips Their color Theirtaste I had no doubt that Madeline Smith needed saving I just wasn t uite sure if I was interested in being her saviorage 25How far would you go to save someone And at what The Tokyo Zodiac Murders point are you in danger of losing yourself in therocess On the surface Saving Maddie appears to be a black and white story about a Yours, Mine and Ours (Second Chances preacher s son and trying to save his childhood love from throwing her life away But one of the things I loved best about Saving Maddie was that everything wasn t so black and white Take Maddie for instance Through her interactions with Joshua we got to see inside her heart and find out what really made her tick Turned out she was one heck of a gooderson with a heart of gold and a clever mind Too bad she happened to have such a bad father who as a Riverview, Gone But Not Forgotten preacher was supposed to be one of the good guys And if you ve read Saving Maddie you know this man was clearly not I didn t bother looking at my watch as I walked to my car her book in my hand I knew it was late and I was sure Mom was freaking out I started the car and glanced at myhone Three messages all from home Yep Mom was worried all right But that made me wonder Did Madeline have someone who worried about her as much as my mother worried about me Boneshaker (BA 43-500, page 40To me Saving Maddie was about choices than religion Faith is an important component of the novel but in the end it really boiled down to love forgiveness and finding your own way in the world Joshua was so consumed with being theerfect A Star Is Born preacher s son it seemed like he had lost track of what he really wanted Not what hisarents thought best for him or the church but his own hopes and dreams If you spend every minute of every day trying to CSA Scenarios for the MRCGP, third edition please others and do only what they think is right from you while being miserable in therocess what kind of life is that For someone so young Joshua s character seemed so much older to me He reminded me of a heavily burdened adult who realizes that life is just The Ornament (Ornament, passing them by Many of hiseers didn t even feel comfortable around him Maddie might ve been the one everyone thought needed saving but in some ways it seemed to me like she was the one saving JoshuaWhenever I think of Saving Maddie it immediately calls to mind blackberries vanilla shampoo and coffee The imagery Johnson used to ut his scenes together astounded me For instance on age 6 Johnson writes The wind Rant picked up around usushing her scent toward me and I took in a deep breath The smell of her vanilla shampoo seemed right in Super Minds Level 2 Students Book with DVD-ROM place with the sweet taste of blackberry in my mouth Johnson s voice really drew me in he never got melodramatic butacked each word in each scene with such a Challenged to Win punch I felt like I was almost watching a movielay out At times I even wondered if he was basing this book on his own experiences They seemed too real to me too raw He Kids Draw Knights, Kings, Queens, Dragons painted a vividicture of the church community for me the dialogue the interactions between Joshua and his family they all worked The old timers at the Senior Citizen home rovided the erfect amount of comic relief when things got to heavy as wellBeing someone who normally isn t comfortable reading books with religious tones I initially The Color of a Leader put this one aside I m so glad I gave it a chance because it turned out to be a book I extremely enjoyed There were uite a few references to sex and drinking but in the context. To church cusses drinks and fools around with older men Joshua’s ears burn just listening to the things she did to get kicked out of boarding school and her own homeAs time goes on Josh goes against hisarents and his own better instincts to keep Maddie from completely capsizing Along the way.
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Of the story they fit and seemed realistic It was also great to read a book written from a male Into the Planet point of view with a malerotagonist I don t think we have enough of that in YA I think Saving Maddie could appeal to male readers though I worry that the Dusk (Rosales Saga, pink outer wrapping on the cover might throw them a bitOverall Saving Maddie was a well written unflinching look at two complex characters who find themselves in tough situations where their deepest beliefs are challenged I highly recommend it Favorite Funniest Lines You look like a chipmunk she said has she took the bottle from me You re supposed to drink it not store it for the winterReviewSaving Maddie was an interesting well written and uniue story full of religion finding your true self and romance between tworeacher kids The story was very different than most young adult novels and had many entertaining characters Since I m not very religious I was a little hesitant to read a book with religion about a George Washingtons Secret Six preacher s son and his best friend who is areacher s daughter The author wrote the story so the religion wasn t such a strong element of the lot but was enough to understand the charactersIt was retty interesting to read about a male The Caretaker protagonist in hisoint of view instead of a female main character like most of the YA books I ve read Joshua is described as the good guy but it s starting to define him which he starts to really dislike His best friend Maddie moved away when they were still children but she comes back many years later as a changed woman She has grown up and now does things he has never dreamed she would With Madeline back in town chaos stirs up Joshua s life She doesn t want to be changed and really hates her father who won t let her back home Her life is really screwed up but when Joshua and her start talking and become closer Clara After Dark - 01 physically she finds herself changing Sex drugs and alcohol is brought up but it isn t shown to be cool and shows how teenagers are really faced with those issues Because of that I really liked how the story and the characters were very realistic I was intrigued by Saving Maddie so I m really interested in reading Varian s other YA novel45 stars Joshua Wynn son of Reverend Isaiah P Wynn and First Lady Lily Wynn of Mount Calvary church is a seventeen year old Christian who lets his light shine He sresident of the church youth group and a member of the choir He visits senior citizens at the Faith Nursing Home regularly he can uote scripture as well as any adult Christian and he believes in abstaining from sex until marriage This young man has a heart for God and he cares about doing the right thing He also cares about Madeline Maddie Marie Smith He and she were friends when they were younger but then she left Conway South Carolina and moved to Norfolk Virginia Five years later Maddie moves back to Conway and she s certainly not a little girl any Joshua is surprised to see the young woman she s become Will he be able to remain true to his Christian values and help Maddie renew her faith in Christianity Or will he forget all about being a good guy and compromise his beliefs The Bible is Joshua s moral blueprint just as it should be for every Christian but his Quanta Reset (The Shadow Ravens, peers including Maddie attacked him for his beliefs He was called names likerude and self righteous and he was made fun of because of his good choices Sadly that is the reality not in every circumstance I hope but I didn t like it I especially didn t like the way Tony talked to Joshua Tony was supposed to be Joshua s friend but he was always condemning him for wanting to do the right thing And Christians are the judgmental ones Tony should have had the sense to follow Joshua s example There s nothing wrong with being a good guy And Joshua s ex girlfriend Jennifer She didn t know what she had when she was with Joshua Since Joshua s Over the River Through the Wood presence bothered hiseers so much they must have felt they were doing wrong They had to try to make him feel bad for his good choices so they could feel better about their not so good choices I m s What is Saving MaddieIt s a book about faith About finding your own faith About the reasons why make our choices About forgiveness and trying to look beyond others choice s into who they really areJoshua knows who he is He s the reachers son He s the leader of his church youth group He s roud that he doesn t drink and not ashamed to be a virgin Not reallyBut when Maddie his best friend from childhood moves back it s clear that she s no longer the Kenyattas Jiggers preacher s daughter that he knew The way she dresses and behaves is enough to show Joshua and everyone else in town that something happened to Maddie to turn her away from church lifeJoshua is asked to save herAnd in therocess of course he falls for Maddie who is a mix of the girl he knew and someone else completely She s not easy to save though and she makes him work hard to figure out what he really believes on his own termsThe book feels real the church community the interactions between Joshua and his Coupage (Blood Nation parents Joshua s emotional upheaval about Maddie I believed all that As much as I didn t like all the language and fooling around amongst the high school crowd I believed that too I liked Joshua as a character because as one of those good kids myself I know the desires that always lurk beneath the surface I like that sleeping around and getting drunk isn t glossed over orortrayed as a great idea and although I don t love reading about teenagers doing that stuff I obviously know that they do and that all kids will have to make choices about those issues at some In Search of Julien Hudson pointI think what Johnson does with his book that interests me is that he doesn taint any of his characters as completely black or white no one is all bad guy or good guy Despite all of Maddie s choices you can tell that some level of faith is still there We all SHOULD look at the choices we make and be sure that we re doing what s moral because of our own relationship with God not just because our arents or the Bible tell us soLike my friend Melissa said in her review the book ends with hope which is a great way to end anything This book felt so shallow the religion the characters the setting Also when I asked for this book at ALA it was on display the girl was like well if you want but I have to warn you it deals with religion Um okay Thanks for WARNING me. He begins to uestion his own rigid understanding of God and whether as his mother says a girl like Maddie is beyond redemption Maddie leads Josh further astray than any girl ever has but is there a way to reconcile his love for her and his love for his life in the church From the Hardcover editio.