Friday, June 8, 2012

The Lily Series: Here's Lily

Grow with the spirited, sometimes awkward, but always charming Lily as she learns what real beauty is.
In this fun, entertaining story, readers meet awkward sixth grader Lily Robbins who, after receiving a compliment about her looks from a woman in the modeling business, becomes obsessed with her appearance and with becoming a model. As she sets her sights on winning the model search fashion show, she exchanges her rock and feather collection for lip gloss, fashion magazines, and a private “club” with her closest friends. But when the unthinkable happens the night before the fashion show, Lily learns a valuable lesson about real beauty.
This best-selling, Biblically based fiction series for girls—with a fresh new look and updated content—addresses social issues and coming-of-age topics, all with the spunk and humor of Lily Robbins as she fumbles her way through unfamiliar territory. As readers come to love Lily and her stories, they’ll also benefit from the companion nonfiction books that will help them through their own growing pains.

 Lily is an awkward sixth grader that gets picked on by the class bully for her height, red hair, and pale complexion. Until Kathleen arrives at her school to show the girls how to focus on their best features and chooses Lily to demonstrate her techniques on in front of the whole class. Lily struggles to find God while balancing social issues at school and her desire to start modeling for Kathleen's agency.

As the mother of three kids, two of which are girls (one is a red head too!), this book struck a chord with me. I want my children to grow up God-confident, as Lily and Kathleen talk about in the book. Having enough confidence in God's love for them that other people's opinions don't matter. Lily is in an accident just before the big fashion show and is shocked when Kathleen states that nothing has changed, Lily should still be in the show!

Nancy Rue has a writing style that works well for bringing Lily and her friends to life in a way that I think pre-teens would find engaging. Her message is one that every girl should hear again and again; God loves you as you are and we all have wonderful features we can focus on. Also, beauty comes from within.

I look forward to reading more books in The Lily Series, and sharing them with my girls when they are old enough. 

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of Here's Lily through the Thomas Nelson Publishing Booksneeze blogger program in exchange for an honest review.