“Beloved” by Kaitlyn Krispense

Beloved by Kaitlyn Krispense

Life without love is hopeless.Foster teen Cara Richards is unloved. With nothing left and nowhere to go, she is determined to find peace, no matter the cost. But despite her intentions, she’s tossed into another foster family and this time, there’s no going back to who she used to be. To make matters worse, one of her five new foster brothers is a Jesus freak, and she refuses to believe that God actually cares.Her world is thrown upside down in a way she never expects. Though she prides herself on a resilient heart, her mind is lost adrift among a sea of questions: Is death really the answer? Does God care about someone as unworthy as me? Can everyone truly be loved, no matter what?
Author: Kaitlyn Krispense

Rating: ★★★★ (Four stars)

Bible translation used: NKJV

Controversial: Cara does smoke in the beginning and she wears pants/shorts. One character dances with a broom. Book says Cara curses (but doesn’t tell what she said). Medicine is used. The words ‘whatever’, ‘I don’t care’, ‘stupid’, and ‘idiot’ are used. Cara does roll her eyes. Erich writes on Cara’s wrist (some people might see this as a tattoo). Does talk about a character who dare, and a minor character who was pregnant. Does say something about Bing Crosby. A line of the contemporary song Beloved is in the book.

Romance: A minor character gets engaged. (Minor, of course, meaning he’s not a major character, not under the age of 18.🙂)

Age: 14+

In a way, I liked this book better than Freedomand in a way, I didn’t like it as much as Freedom. Let’s see if I can explain…..

Like it’s twin, the topic is suicide. However (I don’t know if it’s just me), the story was not as heart-gripping as Freedom. (It may have just been Ms. Krispense’s writing style clashing with mine.) I loved the descriptions and how Cara’s name meant what she never thought/wanted to be again. Sometimes I just wanted to scream Cara! Listen to Erich!  The ending, oh how I wanted such a different ending! I do think it was a bit rushed in some places, and I think a sequel would be fun. Overall, I really enjoyed this serious, but fun, book.

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