Book Review + Giveaway: Flummoxed by Kristin Spencer

Hey, everyone!

I’m super excited that today I’ll be posting a new book review…and doing a giveaway! 😀 Keep reading to the end of the post for giveaway details.

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Thank you to the author for providing me with a copy of Flummoxed, the sequel to her middle grade contemporary novel, Newfangled (you can read my review of the first book here). This was a really fun sequel! Flummoxed continues where Newfangled left off, but with new challenges in Olive’s life. A family friend is getting married, Olive awaits to hear back on a writing contest she entered, and Olive has some boy drama of her own.

As I mentioned in my review of the first book, Olive is a likable and relatable character. She may not always go about it the right away, but ultimately she wants to help others as best she can. I loved reading about a character who wants to raise awareness of certain issues through writing. 😉 She has a good support group of friends and family who help her out along the way.

Flummoxed deals with controversial issues, like refugees and racism, as well as some other hot topics among Christians like if it’s okay to date a non-believer and the dangers of social media. I may not have agreed with the conclusion the characters reached on every single one of those issues, but the author’s heart was easy to see. I appreciated reading a book (like Spin by Darcie Gudger) that wasn’t afraid to address difficult topics. All are addressed in a manner appropriate for younger teens, though!

Overall, this series has been a lot of fun and definitely points the reader to Christ. I think late middle-school and early high-school age readers are definitely the target audience, but I still enjoyed it. I look forward to seeing what direction the series takes in the third book!

Now, I’m super excited to announce that I’m giving away one paperback copy of Flummoxed. To enter, just sign up for my blog e-mail updates (which can be found on the right-hand side of the screen, beneath the “Welcome to My Blog” box). All you need to do is enter your e-mail address and follow the instructions in the following confirmation e-mail. Then you’ll be entered for a chance to win the book! 🙂

The contest will be open from April 6 through April 20. The winner will be notified via e-mail after that.

Thanks for reading!

Do you think authors should address controversial topics in their books? Is there a book that dealt with these kinds of issues that you particularly enjoyed? 

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  1. Hey there! How’s college treating you? 😉
    Personally, I think you have to be careful when you’re talking about certain themes. It’s best if it’s things you’ve been through as it’s relatable and close to home for you. Otherwise you can unintentionally reactions from readers who feel like they’ve been stereotyped.

    1. Good point! I think its important to discuss controversial topics tactfully, and yes, it does help if the author has been involved in some way.

      Thanks for commenting!

  2. I think it is a good way to keep topics discussed that would normally go by the waste side. I agree writers need to know what they are talking about whether they have personal knowledge or take the time to research it.

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