It’s Not About Me by Michelle Sutton –
Annie is a fresh-out-of-high-school young adult who seems to have it all. She’s beautiful. Everyone admires her. She’s got the guy of her dreams. The college of her choice. You know the type. Her main goal in life is to please others and to get by without ruining her reputation or ruffling feathers. But under the surface, there’s something brewing inside Annie. What she thinks is a focus on making others happy is really pride and selfishness disguised. When tragedy strikes Annie’s life, all of the things she based her worth on before now don’t seem to matter anymore. She has to fight her way out of this crumbling fortress to find what really matters in life. The problem is: she still battles with wanting to please everyone so making the right choices for her future has never been more difficult.
Michelle Sutton knows how to give you a glimpse into the minds of teens/young adults. Wow! At first, I was a little shocked at the thought lives of her characters. But only because I don’t usually read contemporary young adult fiction and probably because I’ve been in the homeschool world for fourteen years and have not witnessed a lot of what the average student goes through. Michelle holds nothing back when it comes to the behaviors of kids in this age bracket. She talks openly about sexual purity, alcoholism, lust, jealousy, and salvation. She lets you see right away that even good kids who go to church every Sunday and who claim to know the Lord may not only be fooling others—but themselves, as well. She allows her readers to see into the minds of numerous characters, letting us see firsthand what lies and sinful behavior can do to oneself and to loved ones. She lets us see beforehand how destructive revenge can be. She has a great way of showing when “the light bulb goes off” — when someone sees the truth for the first time. I loved the progression of the characters throughout the book. Michelle puts a nice little disclaimer on the back cover of the book that there is mature content within, which is a nice touch for parents who might pick this book out for a younger child. If you know a teen/young adult who is battling with sexual purity, alcohol, self-esteem issues, and doubt about salvation, this would be a great book for that person. Michelle’s heart for the young person who struggles is very evident in this book.