Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Love Thy Sister, Guard Thy Man

Melena Russell spends a week of summer vacation at a youth camp with her best friend, April. She is beautiful with an athletic frame, but utterly shy and blushes easily. And get this – she has never dated. She meets Dylan Hart in the camp and harbors a deep crush on him. The mere thought of him will make her cheeks go crimson. It turns out that Dylan likes her too and soon, they begin seeing each other. Then, Melena’s bratty younger sister, Cassi comes into the picture and she is determined to snatch him from right under her nose.

I’m full of praise for Love Thy Sister, Guard Thy Man. I blame it all on Kimberlee Mendoza for my lack of sleep because I just had to know what will happen next. Every page screamed “read me!” and it took me a lot of effort to stop pushing myself. I finally relented and went to bed so that I will be able to wake up the next morning to go to work. I wish I could quit my day job and do just this: Read engaging stuff like Love Your Sister every day.

The YA novel spells fun, and there are lots of laugh-out-loud moments. It is interesting to see how Cassi is so determined in causing misery to her older sister, plotting and scheming. A huge misunderstanding ensues and Cassi hangs around Dylan every chance she’s got.

There are huge lessons to draw from the story: friendship, family, love, forgiveness, reconciliation, and relationship with God. Another clear lesson is not to jump into conclusion. It causes unnecessary heart ache for Melena and Dylan. Melena, when faced with difficult situations, turns to God and asks for His guidance. The thing is, she is also human and at one point, got into a fight with Cassi and causes a scene at – of all places – a party organized by their pastor.

The author penned a lovely and edifying story with highly likeable characters. Natural dialogues, clever and witty conversations -- everything just seem to flow effortlessly. All you need to do is just go with the flow. I feel connected with the characters as I devoured the novel. It is definitely an easy-to-read treat and I am already looking out for more of her works. I highly recommend this!