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Tuesday, December 06, 2016
Melody Carlson

Melody Carlson

Genres:
Children's
,
Contemporary
,
YA/Teen
Melody Carlson has written more than 200 books for teens, women, and children. Before publishing, Melody traveled around the world, volunteered in teen ministry, taught preschool, raised two sons, and worked briefly in interior design and later in international adoption. "I think real-life experiences inspire the best fiction," she says. Her wide variety of books seems to prove this theory.
Not-So-Simple Life (Diary of a Teenage Girl: Maya #1)

Not-So-Simple Life (Diary of a Teenage Girl: Maya #1)

(July 2008)
Genres:
YA/Teen
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Publisher: Multnomah Books
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ISBN: 978-1601421173
Fifteen-year-old Maya Stark seems to have it all: fame, fortune, a Beverly Hills lifestyle, and an eighties pop star dad who’s making a comeback. But looks can be deceiving, and on the inside, Maya's miserable. Her parents are divorced, her dad is away on tour, and being biracial, she struggles with her identity. To make matters worse, her mother has returned to using drugs and is quickly depleting their finances. In a plan to become emancipated from her messed-up mom, Maya takes a job on Rodeo Drive. Selling designer clothes compromises Maya’s earth-friendly “green girl” values, but she's desperate.

Just when Maya thinks she’s got it all worked out, her life caves in. Her mom “embezzles” Maya’s savings and is later arrested on DUI and cocaine possession charges and is facing jail time. With nowhere to live, Maya is sent to spend the summer with her relatives. In the collision of two very different worlds, Maya must figure out where she fits in–or does she fit in at all?
 
 

 

 

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