Small Town Sinners by Melissa Walker

Small Town Sinners by Melissa Walker

Release Date: July 19, 2011
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 288
Format: Advance Reader Copy
Source: Teen Author Carnival
Interest: Author
Challenge: None
Buy the Book: Amazon

Lacey Anne Byer is a perennial good girl and lifelong member of the House of Enlightenment, the Evangelical church in her small town. With her driver’s license in hand and the chance to try out for a lead role in Hell House, her church’s annual haunted house of sin, Lacey’s junior year is looking promising. But when a cute new stranger comes to town, something begins to stir inside her. Ty Davis doesn’t know the sweet, shy Lacey Anne Byer everyone else does. With Ty, Lacey could reinvent herself. As her feelings for Ty make Lacey test her boundaries, events surrounding Hell House make her question her religion.

Melissa Walker, I have one word for you… WOW.

Normally Small Town Sinners is not the type of book I would go for. Had it not been Melissa Walker, an author that I absolutely adore, I’m not sure I would have picked this book up. And I would have been upset with myself later!

I’m not an overly religious person. I’ve struggled with my faith throughout my teen years and into my adulthood… it’s still something that I struggle with now. I usually avoid reading books about it for that very reason. And I’ll admit that I was a little apprehensive with those first few pages of Small Town Sinners… but there is something about Lacey that will keep you turning the pages.

I loved this book. Absolutely did not put it down, totally invested in these characters… where did my afternoon go, kind of love for this book. It’s about Lacey and her faith, what she believes in, and her struggles with that, but it’s also about so much more. I never felt like the book was preaching to me. It was a masterfully crafted balance of those gray areas. I commend Walker for tackling those issues in such a serious manner. Making it really matter to the characters and not just portraying the stereotypical religious girl.

I can’t say enough good things about this book. Once of the best contemporary novels I’ve read this year.

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