pillow fights. But sixteen-year-old Karen Duncan has bigger plans for her
slumber party. Family troubles have changed her over the past year, and she’s
no longer the petty, selfish girl she used to be. Now she’s ready to shake
things up with her friends. The guest list comes as a surprise to some and a
slap in the face to others. This popular girl has invited some not-so-popular
guests. Even more shocking, she’s left out some of the girls she’s hung out
with since middle school.Diane and Evette are outsiders, nervous about being stuck in a house with the
same girls who tease them at school. Kathy, Lisa, and Joann come to the party
with the confidence of the in-crowd, but they’re masking inner-turmoil that is
bound to surface. Sandy and Angela are usually the voices of reason…usually.
And then there’s Linda, the friend that got away. She may not ever forgive the
girls who abandoned her years ago. Karen hopes to change her mind.
Her agenda is ambitious, and it could spell disaster. But Karen is convinced
God will use this party to spark a new beginning for everyone involved. This
companion book to A Living Hope gives us the inspired story Sadie Cummings
wrote for the girls of Shiatown.
wiped a wet cotton ball over Karen’s cheeks. “Stop frowning. Keep still.” She
tossed the cotton ball into the wastebasket and picked up a makeup sponge.
“Parents need to give their teens more freedom. My folks are never in sync with
me. Of course, I’m always right.”
you’re wrong,” said Kathy. “My parents understand me perfectly, so they limit
my activities. My mom said, ‘We’re saving you from yourself.’ I like that.”
sounds like a conspiracy to me,” said Linda. “My dad said the same thing last
weekend. He keeps trying to ruin my social life. Three of my friends wanted me
to spend the night with them in Tulsa after the game Saturday.”
parents are different from my folks. They would laugh if I asked to spend a
night out of town with friends without a chaperone. I’m not allowed to ask them
pointless questions,” said Diane. “Did you expect them to say yes? Did the
other girls stay overnight?”
of them did, and they convinced three other girls to join them.”
had to get the room for them. Five parents allowed their teenage daughters to
spend the night unsupervised in Tulsa. Doing what?” asked Angela.