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Trade Paperback
196 pages
Apr 2004
NavPress Publishing Group

Deep Green: Color Me Jealous

by Melody Carlson

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"Deep Green: Color Me Jealous is a teen novel by Melody Carlson, second in the True Colors series dealing with issues such as alcoholism, depression and suicide. The style immediately draws you in, sounding like a typical American teenage girl. The story moves along at a pace fast enough to hold interest, even when the narrator is musing to herself. The study questions at the end of the book are an interesting idea, and I wish that I had noticed them before I began reading.

"Having said that, I confess I was troubled by what I felt was explicit material. I’m not naïve enough to think that sex and drinking doesn’t happen at high school parties, but would I want my three high school aged teens to read a novel in which the protagonist describes some of the details of those events?

"I also felt the resolution was a bit simplistic: come to Jesus and your circumstances will instantly begin to improve. Even the “villains” in the story get their comeuppance in the end. The parents, though not major characters, are remarkably benign in the wake of some pretty catastrophic events.

"In a recent interview, Melody Carlson did say that the books in the True Colors series were for teens that are already facing the problems discussed, or for those who know someone is and want to help. I thought about the teenagers in my life, and decided that Deep Green was probably not for them." -- Pam Glass, Christian Book Previews

Book Jacket:

Jordan Ferguson and Shawna Frye became good friends a few months back—when Jordan made cheerleader and started hanging with a new group of friends. That's how the Timothy Lawrence incident happened.

When Timothy suddenly dumps Shawna—to start seeing Jordan—rumors start flying. Shawna gets her revenge, first by smearing her former friend's reputation. Then she steals back Timothy by tempting him with an offer he can't refuse. Jordan feels absolutely green with envy—so much so that she considers doing everything in her power to get him back. Everything. Luckily, her old friend Kara Hendricks has been down that road too and knows Someone who just might be able to help Jordan as well.