Title – Life Just Got Real (Goodreads)
Author – Sadie Robertson (Goodreads)
Published – June 7th 2016
Genre – Young Adult
Summary – From Dancing with the Stars runner-up and Duck Dynasty star Sadie Robertson comes a fun novel about two teenage girls from different backgrounds and opposite lifestyles who discover there is more to friendship than what meets the eye.
Sixteen-year-old A.J. Stewart, born and raised in backwoods Tennessee, loves nothing more than repairing broken cars with her father and hanging out with her brothers and their friends. Not far away in the busy city of Nashville, Kate Kelly is always dressed in the latest fashion, wearing clothes from her mother’s boutique and jetting around the world with her father.
When A.J. starts going to the school Kate attends, they instantly dislike each other. But as the year progresses, Kate’s brother Val is drawn to A.J., and when prom comes around, he asks her to be his date—much to his sister’s displeasure.
The following summer at camp, the two girls continue their dislike of each other, until a surprising moment of openness when A.J. shares her faith with Kate. As their bond grows, they discover that they share an inner resolve to live life as God intended, and to live it in their own individual and original ways.
In Life Just Got Real Sadie Robertson inspires teens to find the value God has placed inside us all and to live with confidence and purpose in a very complicated world.
To be honest, I solely picked this book up because of the author. And that is A-okay with me!
Life Just Got Real was on my 2016 Summer Reading List but my library didn’t have it for me to checkout. Fast-forward many many many months later and it was finally in my hands!
So this book has a very obvious lesson: two very different girls with different backgrounds, interests, and hobbies can indeed be friends. In a weird way, though, it was made a bit too obvious.
What I mean is, although it is a YA book, it was clearly written for younger younger adults. This is not a bad thing, but the writing was pretty cut and dry for my taste. It is geared more towards the younger tween reader.
One thing that bothered me was some of the dialogue. One of the girls would say something that I would take pretty mean and offensive. But the conversation would continue along like it wasn’t said in a mean way. I would try to go back and interpret what they said with a “normal” tone, but I just couldn’t read it in any other way.
Life Just Got Real is a pretty slim book which I thought didn’t allow for much character development. For my own reading pleasure, I think that in order to expand on the plot a bit and add some character depth, it would have had to be a longer story.
I don’t know much about the co-author, Cindy Coloma. I can’t seem to find much about her. Can anybody find anything on her?
This is a good tween read but too surface level for me. Still love you Sadie 🙂
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