Thursday, August 20, 2009

Serenity (#3): Basket Case

Serenity (#3): Basket Case
By Realbuzz Studios
Publisher: Barbour Publishing
Published: 2006
ISBN-13: 9781593108724
96 pages

Synopsis from the back cover: Serenity laughs at responsibility. But there's nothing funny about this job... The Prayer Club's pet project is at her flaky best, dissing a health class assignment that has teens caring for chicken eggs 24/7 to stimulate the round-the-clock nurturing a baby requires. But when an overwhelming responsibility falls in Serenity's lap, where can she get help--from the friends she's mocked, or the God she doesn't quite believe in?

Chapter 3: Why can't she just admit she's less than perfect? I don't hate her, I don't judge her! I actually do love her... even if she drives me nuts!

Genre: Manga. Inspirational. Young Adults.

What led you to pick up this book? I got the series (four books) for a really great bargain at Christianbook.com for just US$3.80.

Summary of plot minus spoilers: Please read the synopsis above.

What did you like most about the book? This installment has got to with responsibility, but before I go into that, there is this purity test downloaded off the Internet that gets circulated in Serenity's school by accident. It spreads so fast it is astonishing but in a good way albeit embarrassing. What comes next is the bit on "responsibility" that I was talking about. Serenity is defiant when she is given an egg to care for and nurture just like a baby. She just refuses to cooperate and breaks every egg given to her. Until she finds a REAL baby abandoned in a trashcan!

Reflecting on this, it is easy to judge a person based on their outward appearance and behavior, but we do not know them. Like Serenity, she looks tough on the outside, but inside, she is quite a softy. The same goes for Serenity's mother. She nags and scolds her all the time, but deep down inside she yearns to be a good mother. "I've failed. Serenity thinks I'm a terrible mother." The purity test that ends up in her hand turns out to be her scores instead of Serenity's.

What did you think of the main character? I'm getting more and more acquainted with this blue-haired teenager with an attitude. She is really quite likable once she becomes less obnoxious. The character development is good.

What about the ending? I can't wait for more!

Here are some of the relevant Bible quotes in context with story, which are only quoted at the end of the book as reference:
When Serenity's mother come to know about the purity test: "Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?" ~ Matthew 7:3 (NIV)

When Serenity rescues the abandoned baby in trashcan: "...I rescued the poor who cried for help, and the fatherless who had none to assist him." ~ John 29:12 (NIV)
Would you recommend this book? Yes and I will definitely continue reading the series. You can read it as a standalone without reading the first in the series, but you'd miss out on Serenity's development.

About Realbuzz Studios:
Realbuzz Studios is an international group of artists and writers creating exciting and entertaining original stories for inspirational and christian readers.

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