By Leanna Kay
I am very excited by the young adult book, STEALING GOLD. It is well written, and the main character, Lily, has enough angst to satisfy any teen or young adult reader. Her father, a policeman, was killed in the line of duty, her mother needs a heart transplant or might die, and Lily is largely responsible for running the house and taking care of her younger brother. And, to top it off, Lily has developed a shop-lifting habit she feels deeply guilty about.
But even with all this darkness, a darkness Lily feels creeping in at the edges of her being, there is humor in the book. And there is just enough humor to lighten the tone without detracting from it.
This is a Christian young adult novel, but there is nothing “preachy” or overbearing about the Christian message in the book. Leanna uses a light hand on the religious message, but clearly gets her point across.
Lily wants to compete as an ice skater in the Olympics, a dream that seems impossible. The ice rink where she practices is put up for sale and she can’t afford a coach. She can’t even afford decent skates. So she steals a pair. All this weighs heavily on her heart.
As I read the book I kept thinking that Leanna had made some mistakes in some of the things she let happen to Lily or in the choices she lets her make. Boy, was I wrong! The very things I thought at first were wrong choices on the author’s part, became the best parts of the book and gave it real strength. By the end, I would not have changed a thing.
I highly recommend this book–whether you are a young adult or not.
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