A quick recap from Asking for Trouble: Sandra Byrd, an American author, does a remarkable job with writing a book series set in London. As I was reading, I assumed Byrd was a British author who had knowledge of American culture. I was pleasantly surprised to find out Byrd is not British. My hat is off to her!
The London Confidential Series follows the life of 15 year-old Savannah “Savvy” Smith as she copes with moving from Seattle to London. The second book in the series, Through Thick & Thin, picks up where book one, Asking for Trouble, leaves off. Byrd begins the book with this, “It was ten minutes before I had to leave the house to get to my school, Wexburg Academy, the first day back after Christmas vacation. And my hair was a mess. I mean the kind of mess that you can’t possibly show up to school with, not if you’re fifteen and your hair is third in importance in your life…” If you guys did not chuckle at that, well something is wrong with your funny bones! I thought this was such a great way to begin Through Thick & Thin. It brought me right back into this series, set up the humorous tone, and took off like a rocket.
In this installment, Savvy, who anonymously writes a column for the school paper, is given the chance that could catapult her name in inky letters. When faced with the ultimate dilemma, Savvy has to dig deep in order to make the right decision. She learns a valuable lesson, one that shows her what really is important in her life. Sometimes people want something so much they are willing to do anything to get it. Savvy, on the other hand, chooses a different path.
Sandra Byrd, uses issues most young girls are faced with in order to teach them a lesson. Her desire is to see teen girls make the right decisions. In life, everyone falls for the wrong crowd, the wrong path, the wrong hopes, yet there is always a way back. I admire an author that uses the medium of writing to send positive messages to today’s youth.
This story is modern, smart, sweet, and funny. I think young girls and teens will love this series. I recommend everyone read Through Thick and Thin and discover if Savvy does the right thing.
Until next time,
Savvy Smith, 15, sees her chance to write a full column in the paper, making her name and making her way in her new hometown near London, England. But the choices she faces when given the chance to choose between friends, family, and fame may turn her dream into a nightmare.
London Confidential is a new series where British fashion, friendships, and guys collide, and an all-American girl learns to love life and live out her faith.