Known for her Christian fiction titles written for adults, it was a delight last year to encounter Jacquelin Thomas’ debut YA title Simply Divine which is the first title in a series of books about fifteen year old Divine Matthews-Hardison. After turmoil erupts with her parents, she is forced to go live with a family she’s never met in Georgia. As I read Simply Divine, I pictured in my mind Bobbi Kristina, the daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown.
Readers who are avid fans of celebrity gossip will enjoy the Divine titles but understand that there is substance to these stories. In Georgia, Divine lives with her uncle who is a pastor, his strict wife, and their two children. Divine Confidential deals with teenage dating, teenage pregnancy as well as online dating. Divine Secrets tackles teenage relationships again with a look at abusive relationships. Nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Divine Confidential, Thomas does a wonderful job creating stories that connects with her young adult readers.
The Buzz on the Divine Series
Once again Jacquelin Thomas has brought a very serious issue that teens are facing to the light…online safety. The characters are real. The situations are real, and the book is entertaining from cover to cover. ~ Amazon reviewer
I am really enjoying this new inspirational writing for teens and Simply Divine doesn’t disappoint. My daughter loved the glimpse into the lifestyle of the young, rich and famous. And I loved the message in this book. This should be added to every teens’ library. Great read! ~ Amazon reviewer
Divine Match-Up coming June 17, 2008