Memoirs of a Girl Who Loves God

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A story of a teen who finds hope in a place filled with the outcasts of society.

Fourteen-year-old Krystal's world shatters when her parents separate. What’s worse is she and her siblings are immediately moved into a stranger’s home, aka her mother's new boyfriend, who she refuses to accept. As her anger turns inward, she heads down a dangerous path. click 'see more' More

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About CL Wells

C.L. Wells is a JANE-OF-ALL-TRADES, with a passion for writing and animals. She lives in Kansas with her family, which includes a fat doggie who is not named Toto and a cat who moonlights as an escape artist. Feel free to ask her about the ‘escape artist.’ She plans to write about it someday. She would love hearing from you.

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Review by: Lana Axe on March 14, 2016 :
Young Krystal is only fourteen and dealing with some pretty typical teenage issues. I'm sure we can all remember how hard it was to be a teen, and young adult readers will find a character they can relate to. She is deeply emotional, and the writing to develop her character is top-notch. Every aspect of Krystal is believable, even that she resorts to self harm. This is a widely misunderstood topic, and I had wondered myself at the mindset of a person who could perform such acts. Now I have a better understanding. I would highly recommend this story to a parent whose child has begun exhibiting this behavior.

The religious aspects of the story are woven throughout, but certainly aren't mean to convert anyway to a particular faith. Rather, they illustrate the powers of faith and its profound effect on Krystal's life. It serves to otherwise lighten the load of a teen who has a lot on her plate. Well done.

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)

Review by: Christina Coryell on Feb. 19, 2016 :
Wells has written a strong YA novel that I'm certain will appeal to young readers, especially those who share the same troubles Krystal does in the story. It's a topic I honestly haven't given a lot of thought to before, and it seems to be well researched. The time frame the book follows is logical, the action makes sense, and the plot twists felt like they could happen in real life. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this to Christian fiction fans who are looking for a YA read.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)

Review by: Earl Chinnici on July 30, 2015 :
“Memoirs of a Girl Who Loves God” is about a teenage girl who uses self-harm as a coping mechanism after her parents separate and about her struggle to stop. While this statement is true, the book is about so much more. “Memoirs of a Girl Who Loves God” is a heartwarming and at times heart-wrenching story about hardships, friendships, love, and hope. It is a powerful story, filled with realistic and endearing characters. I smiled plenty, laughed much, and got a little choked up a couple times. Although the story of Krystal involves some dark subject matter, it is the message of love that demands the spotlight. Like icing on a cake, this story is wrapped in a beautiful cover. It is a great addition to any library, especially mine.
(reviewed 36 days after purchase)

Review by: Christopher Teese on July 17, 2015 :
This is a well-done first novel about a teenage girl going through real-life struggles and dealing with self-destructive tendencies, whose views on life and God start to change when she volunteers at a local homeless shelter and begins to be impacted by the people there. It’s realistically written, the characters are memorable and come across as if you’re reading about real people, and although there are a few sad parts (I won’t spoil anything), the story is largely heartwarming and about healing and redemption and leaves you with a good feeling when you’ve finished reading it, especially if you are a person of faith. The story tackles tough questions, such as why there is suffering in the world if there is a loving God, which is incidentally something I’ve spent a lot of time struggling with myself and doing a lot of studying over the years. I felt the questions and responses to them were dealt with very well in this book. The story also manages to respond to these subjects without being preachy or feeling like it has a sole agenda to convert its readers to religion. The love of God is simply shown through the characters, the conversations they have, and the way Krystal begins to change and see the world as the story progresses, which is the way stories like this (and all Christian fiction, really) should be written. All in all, this is a good first novel by an author with a promising future.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)

Review by: SandyMojo on June 27, 2015 :
Memoirs of a girl who loves God has touched me very close to home. The author could have been describing someone very close to me, and it helps me to understand things in a different light. This is a very heartwarming story. It grabbed my attention the moment I started reading, and I was not able to put it down. It made me laugh, and brought tears to my eyes as well. C.L. Wells is very talented for being a new author, and I am hoping to read many more of her stories.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Jannell Wells on June 25, 2015 :
Faith Restored -- I initially chose this book because my niece is the author. But don't let that lead you to read it. This book is fast-paced. It grabs you from the start and doesn't let you go. It takes your emotions for a full ride -- from tears to laughter and back again. It also restores your faith! Thank you C.L.Wells
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: memaw66 on June 25, 2015 :
Krystal's story is a story that will inspire you. She has real-life struggles, family, self-destructive behavior, being a teenager in a troubled world, and most of all her relationship with God. Once you start reading this book, you won't be able to put it down. This book shows how God can save a broken girl and make her whole again. God is Good!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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