Just Ask

Just Ask

A Novel

Book - 2005
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Who Do You Ask When You Don't Have the Answers?

What's a girl to do when caught between a rock and a hard place? The "hard place" is losing the use of her beloved car, and the "rock" is her immovable dad. In order to regain driving privileges, Kim Peterson's dad talks her into writing an advice column for teens in his newspaper. Kim reluctantly agrees and writes under a pen name. But as she reads letters from peers and friends, she becomes keenly aware of two things: (1) Some kids have it way worse than her, and (2) she does not have all the answers! Who can she turn to?

Thursday, September 1

I've been saving for my own car, but my parents decided that I can only get a car if I keep a clean driving record. That means absolutely NO tickets--period--nada. And the policeman said he'd clocked me going 72 in a 55 mile zone. Oops.

When Kim Peterson gets a speeding ticket, her dad offers her a way to retain her driving privileges. If she'll write the anonymous teen advice column for his newspaper, she can still get a car. So Kim becomes "Jamie" of "Just Ask Jamie." No big deal, she thinks.

She answers letters about stuff that's everyday and stuff that's not: parents, piercings, dating, drugs, depression, and people who are just users. Nothing Kim can't handle.

But when a classmate is killed, the letters turn to questions about life, death, and what it all means. And Kim starts to wonder if she really does have all the answers--and if not, where to find them. The Christian faith of her adoptive family? The Buddhism of her Korean heritage? Who can she turn to--to just ask?

Story Behind the Book

"My teenage years remain vivid in my mind. It was a turbulent time full of sharp contrasts--love and hate, pain and pleasure, trust and doubt. Then, just as I reached my peak of questioning, rebelling, and seeking, I found God. And I found Him in a really big way! My life turned completely around and has, thankfully, never turned back. Hopefully this story will touch and change hearts--speaking to teen girls right where they live, reminding readers that God is alive and well and ready to be intimately involved in their lives right now! "
Publisher: Sisters, Or. : Multnomah Publishers, c2005.
ISBN: 9781590523216
1590523210
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 250 p. ; 21 cm.

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stargirl04
Mar 11, 2012

I am not a huge fan of christian literature and I began to read this series of "kim." Unfortunately the presence of God is really in your face in this book. If you are a fan of christian literature then you will probably like this series.
I did not finish this series just this one book so I can not ensure that it doesn't get better.

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fearlessforever
Jun 05, 2011

I know the description sounds a little corny, but i promise that once you start reading you won't be able to put it down or not read the whole series!! Melody Carlson is such an amazing author!! <3

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Nov 29, 2010

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AnamariaMihai
Nov 29, 2010

kim is anti-god at first but soon commits she starts writing an article for her dads newspaper where she answeres peoples questions in life. but soon she has her own questions to ask and answer and is finding it hard to answer others

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