Melody Carlson is a Christian author of over 200 books, many of them especially for teen and preteen girls. One of her latest, The Jerk Magnet, is the first book of the Life At Kingston High series.
Chelsea Martin’s life has been less than spectacular. She doesn’t like the way she looks and doesn’t have any friends. On top of that, her dad is marrying his girlfriend AND moving the family halfway across the country! When Chelsea’s stepmom-to-be treats her to a makeover and new wardrobe, Chelsea thinks that starting a new school with a new look might be a great opportunity for her. For the first time in her life, she can attract boys and make lots of friends. Things start of great at her new house… she becomes friends with her neighbor, who takes her to a youth group where plenty of boys find an interest in Chelsea.
Although everything appears to be going great as the school year rolls into action, Chelsea can’t help but notice that, although she’s constantly surrounded by boys, the one boy she actually wants to meet seems to be going out of his way to avoid her. In fact, all the guys who do go after her are complete jerks! And she’s not doing a very good job at making or keeping female friends, either. Did her makeover on the outside change who she became on the inside? Throughout this book, you’ll discover with Chelsea what outward appearances really mean and who God has created us to be.
This is a great book for any girl- preteen, teen, Christian, or non-Christian. It’s a fun read, understandable, and well-told. I’m excited to read the next books in the series!