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Lindsey has always relied on God, but when she feels unnoticed and unappreciated, who will she turn to for security: God or her new boyfriend?
Lindsey feels alone, like no one truly understands her. That is, until she meets Noah, who possesses a calm self-confidence that Lindsey craves. But what price will she pay to escape to the comfort of Noah’s soft words and strong arms?
This novel uses the power of story to challenge teens to discover the relevance of faith. Young adults will identify with Lindsey’s feelings of insecurity and uncertainty. Promoting a personal trust in God, this story awakens the imagination through personal discovery, dynamic characters, and unexpected plot twists.
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HOT topic is Christian teens and sex before marriage
HOT by Laura L. Smith is definitely an apt title for this contemporary young adult Christian novel, as this book is all about the HOT topic of teens getting HOT and bothered about S-E-X.
High school sophomore Lindsey was raised as a Christian who always believed you shouldn't have sex until you're married. Teenager hormones, popular friends, and junior hottie hockey player Noah all cause Lindsey to reevaluate the why and why not of waiting until she says, "I do" to do it.
The author does a fantastic job (especially in such a short book!) of portraying teen characters realistically through and through, especially with the "little details" such as teen girls' obsession with clothing by having Lindsey describe almost every outfit she wears. The dialogue is also spot on, compared to other YA books written by adult authors who use too many "like you knows" and other verbiage to try to mimic "teen speak."
I also love the descriptions in HOT. They are very unique depictions I've never seen used before, and author Smith uses "appropriate" items a teen would think about comparing things. Some examples are: "My cheeks are hotter than my 370-degree flatiron" and "I need Noah right now like a magazine needs a cover girl."
It's been over 20 years since I was a teenager, but I certainly remember having several of the same feelings and questions that Lindsey has on the subject of boys, insecurities, friend's opinions, family problems, and "good girl" behavior. I think both parents and their teen children can relate to having experienced at one point in their lives several of the situations in this book.
Quotes from Scripture are sprinkled throughout the whole novel, and there are also a couple of footnotes that refer to actual sermons. It's great too you can upload a free discussion guide here on the publisher's website, which includes passages from Scripture that are related to the questions. (http://www.navpress.com/product/9781600066221/Hot-Laura-L-Smith)
This is the first contemporary YA Christian novel I've read, and I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed it. It was also a sweet deal because I got the book for free on my Kindle. I discovered HOT through www.christianebookstoday.com, a website I came across because it's co-founded by Christian author Karen Baney, whose book NICKELS I also liked.
I certainly will check out other novels by author Laura L. Smith, and I'll recommend Hot to readers who enjoy the YA genre.
1/31/2013 9:33:21 AM
good read but not for my 14 year old!!
The writing was great and the story line was well written as well. However, I gave it one star for the sole purpose of regretting allowing my 14 year old to read this book. Though this book may be good for a teenager who has experienced sex and the issues in this book, it is NOT a book for one who hasn't. My daughter doesn't need to read the steamy details to get a better understanding of things.
The moral was not in your face but more as a side note, in my opinion. I'm sure many loved this book but after reading it myself I was left in shock. Maybe we are just way too in love with Jesus and holiness than most "Christians" are. There are other ways to address these issues with our children than through this book.
12/31/2010 2:54:51 PM
Book Review: Hot by Laura Smith
The book talks about primarily what teenagers face – the need to belong, problems with the family, school and friends. The book reinforces the importance of having good parents and even church family for support system.
Read more: http://www.marriageandbeyond.com/2010/09/21/book-review-hot-by-laura-smith/
12/2/2010 6:01:46 AM
Hot by Laura L. Smith
This book is great if you love stories about teens and their problems. “Hot” talks about many subjects teens face such as problems with siblings, parents, friends, school, fitting in, sex etc…
Lindsey loves the Lord and has great parents, but troubles push her into something she isn’t ready for. “Hot” shows how important it is to have family and having your parents around. Lindsey finds herself trapped a in world of popularity, style and boys. She is torn between principles she has grown up with and the temptations that face many young people today.
Read this book and follow Lindsey, her friends and family as they try to do what’s right. I enjoyed this book, but the ending ended right in the middle of a very important part where Lindsey was talking to her boyfriend. I think it would have been better to finish the conversation before ending the book.
I highly recommend this book to all young people and their parents. It really gives you insight into what needs to be talked about and discussed.
9/6/2010 1:15:26 PM
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Sex addressed openly
Lindsey can't believe when a gorgeous hockey player named Noah talks to her in the hall at school and then continues to pay attention to her. As they begin to date, Lindsey concludes Noah is different from the other guys who've shown interest in her. They only wanted to grope her, but Noah likes hanging out with Lindsey. But when the passion starts to heat up between Noah and Lindsey and the tension flares up at her home, Lindsey must decide what's most important to her.
The novel examines (in a pretty true-to-life scenario) an issue that is very important for teens today and is often not addressed well by their churches. That issue is sexuality. The topic can be controversial because people wonder how much detail is too much. Yet too little detail only invites teens to learn their information from a multitude of other sources. Smith addresses the topic openly, but she's careful about details. She does a good job walking the line between necessary and too much.
Hot is written totally from Lindsey's perspective in present tense verbs. While this perspective allows a realistic, in-the-moment view of the events, it also requires a total presence inside the mind of a teen girl. At times, I think consistency is lacking. For instance, Lindsey thinks she's pretty (10), and not as in "God made us all, so we're all pretty in different ways." Many girls are pretty, but we often see ourselves more harshly than other people do. Furthermore, Lindsey comes off as very shallow and appearance-oriented in one moment (27), and then in the next moment, she's talking about different theological views (28). We all have more than one side, but her sides can be a little hard to reconcile within the limited characterization Smith can do in a shorter novel. But if you can accept such limitations, Hot could provide an opening into thinking about or discussing the Christian youth's approach to sex.
Rachelle Dawson, No-Spoilers Book Reviews
8/18/2010 11:18:49 AM