An engaging and compelling young adults fiction that is inspiring hope in Christians and non-Christians alike. This should be at the top of your reading list for the year.
“Through heartwarming and heartbreaking moments, Kennedy’s struggles in being a minority, a Christian, and a teenage girl were not only relatable, but real life issues. Losing Rylie, put me through a myriad of emotions. I laughed, blushed, cried, and got angry right along with Kennedy. I felt what she felt and her experiences turned into mine as well. As a Christian teenager in modern America, I understand how easy it can be to slip away from God and into the world. Losing Rylie presented Kennedy to me as not only a role model, but also as an example of how to come to God with all of my issues and struggles, especially when times get tough.” – Madison K., 17, James Wood High School.
“The Kennedy Chronicles: Losing Rylie, is a riveting, inspirational, and most of all, relatable novel. As a biracial young adult, the main character of the book, Kennedy, reminds me of myself. It is modern and refreshing to read, especially as a Christian. The author did a great job of tying together all of the elements of being a young teenager going through life. Young women of all cultures will definitely not only enjoy and relate to this book, but will learn how to depend on God in the toughest of situations.” – Dariona Lewis, 18, a student at Lord Fairfax Community College.
The 21st century teenage experience of living for God is one like none other. Times have changed but God still remains true to His Word no matter the situation. Meet Kennedy, a Bi-racial fourteen year old whose life is turned upside down during a freak rainstorm in Southern California. But after the Event that steals the life of her little sister and the soul of her African-American mother, her Caucasian father goes into survival mode, leaving her and twin brother KJ to fend for themselves. Just when things are on the brink of spinning out of control, Grandma – a God fearing, faith-filled woman – steps in and moves the family to Virginia to help nurse her daughter back to health and to get the family back on track. The Kennedy Chronicles: Losing Rylie is the first in a trilogy that takes its readers through a myriad of emotions that deal with authentic, humorous, mildly romantic, and sensitive situations. It is far from a fairy-tale and modern readers with even a hint of spirituality will relate to the challenges faced by Kennedy and her family and find inspiration in her journey. It speaks to a relationship with a true God and deals with the age-old question, “Why does God let bad things happen to good people?” It delves into the heart, soul, and mind of today’s teenager with all of the pressures of just living in this fallen world. What will life bring her in Virginia? Will her mom ever snap out of her depression? And does God really hear her when she cries?