Details from Audible:

Bible Girl & the Bad Boy

Publisher’s Summary

Faced by an uncertain future and surrounded by hypocrites, Elisa feels her foundation crumbling. She doesn’t know who to turn to. That’s when she meets a mysterious man. But maybe she shouldn’t trust him after all. Will he help her, or make things even worse than they were before? Find out.

©2011 Elisa Morris (P)2017 Wayman Publishing

Initial Thoughts:

This book review was part of an exchange. I agreed to read EC Stilson’s book in exchange for her reading my book “The Chaos Stories”. Her book is fairly short (just under 6.5 hours) and as it is an audio book I finished it the other day. I don’t normally read YA books but I try to be open to new material.

Main Points:

The narrator does a good job with this book. She spoke clearly, does ok with other vices and there were no issues with mistakes or volume levels. I thought the characters were well done and I found myself liking Elisa early on. She is an interesting person, strong willed and actually has a lot funny moments. She has a lot of stuff happen to her that test her emotionally but usually she makes the right decisions and has people around to help her.

Some of the stuff that happens seems hard to believe but as it is based on true events you have to. I liked all the geeky references to things like Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. I also listen to two podcasts with people who live in Utah, so I appreciated the setting as well. I have to say the exorcism scene was pretty wild, especially considering it was real, just a bizarre thing, I’m always amazed with the crazy stuff people believe. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have anything against religion, I’m not religious but I understand it gives people hope, direction and comfort, I just think a lot of people let it consume their life and place far too much significance on it.

My biggest issue with this book was I’m just not the right audience for it. I was a geek in high school so I could relate a little bit to the being made fun of part but all the rest? Well my time in high school was very different and, of course, as a shy guy I only had one date (thankfully to my prom) and never had any kind of crisis of faith or with my identity. This book is much more meant for teenagers as it has some important lessons about love, drugs, friendship and school. That said, however, I found she described everything well and there were plenty of twists and turns, enough to make me curious for what would happen next most of the time.

Final Thoughts:

I appreciated the shortness of this book, I often feel many novels are drawn out. As I said I think this would be book enjoyed a lot more by teenage to early 20’s woman rather than a forty-something man. For me I did still enjoy it, I just found parts of it so far removed from my own life (and if it wasn’t a true story hard to believe) that there were times I lost interest. As before I listen to this on 1.25 speed and it takes nothing away from it. I give this a 7.5 out of 10 and I would recommend it, just not to a middle-aged man. I’ll also say that I really liked the ending and was pleasantly surprised by it. If the author would like me to listen to another one of her audio books, in exchange for another of mine, I would be happy to do so.