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Age Range: 12 and up

Kelly Louise's life has been turned around when her mother decides to move back to Heaven, Iowa. She is staying with her neat-freak and obsessive grandmother and cousin. All anyone in Heaven can talk about is the baby girl Grace found dead in a cornfield. Everybody is trying to figure who Baby Grace's mother was and how she got there. All the while Kelly Louise is trying to make friends but doesn't fit in with the ultra-religious sect that the kids belong to, including her cousin. But when Kelly Louise discovers her cousin's secret, she must struggle with her conscience about telling. Making friends, settling into a new home, and dealing with her mom dating her principal makes Heaven, Iowa anything but Paradise.

This was a really interesting and enjoyable read because it dealt with a lot of typical teen issues, such as fitting in, teen pregnancy, religion, and bad boy boyfriends. I was really amazed at how naive some teens are, Stranded showed the need for sex education in schools. This isn't just a teen book but would be a good read for anyone who enjoys a good book.

Book Blurb for Stranded

A farmer’s discovery in his cornfield thrusts a small farm town into a raging media frenzy—and Kelly Louise into a new home. Who knew a person could feel so completely stranded somewhere with national news coverage?

How is Kelly Louise supposed to shed her virginal status when the baby in the cornfield shadows her every hair flip, every wink? And the one boy around who rates anywhere near acceptable on the Maximum Man Scale only has eyes for her cousin, Natalie (who only has eyes for Jesus).
But Natalie has a secret. Everyone is so busy burying the truth about Baby Grace, they can’t see who they’re burying alive.
Welcome to Heaven, Iowa.

Night Owl Reviews Jun, 2010 4.00