Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Book review: Latte Daze

I just finished up my newest book from NavPress, Latte Daze by Erynn Mangum.  Latte Daze is the second in the Maya Davis series of books, preceded by Cool Beans and followed by Double Shot. Here's some information on the book from the NavPress website:
Description: When Maya Davis’ ex-boyfriend proposes to her roommate, Jen, their apartment becomes Wedding Central. As if that weren’t awful enough, Jen’s obnoxious mom moves in to help with the planning!

Maya's relationships really start to get crazy when her genius brother and sister-in-law announce their pregnancy, and then to top it off there’s Jack—could it be love? Who wouldn’t need a coffee break!

This fun, lighthearted fiction novel for teens uses strong characters, humor, and quiet faith to promote trust in God.

First off, I should say that I am a mom in her early 30s, and this book is mainly geared to the teen/early 20s age group. That being said, I really enjoyed reading Latte Daze. It was a fun, fast read, and reminded me of the days when I was a new college graduate trying to figure out where God was leading me in my relationships and in my career choices.  The characters in this book are well-written, particularly the main character of Maya. I liked how the author doesn't just present Maya as a person who has everything under control, but shows her struggles and challenges as well.  I have to admit, my favorite character in this book was the pregnant sister-in-law, and I laughed out loud at her food cravings and aversions. And being from Seattle and being a huge coffee lover, I liked the coffeehouse setting in the book and the coffee drinks that were always being discussed.  Made me want to keep dashing out to get more coffee to drink while reading!

Woven into the storyline of this novel is a lot of spiritual truth. Maya is facing lots of decisions and changes, and I like how she turned to God and the Bible for help in these situations. A good reminder to me! I also really liked the way that Maya interacted with the non-believers in her life and her quiet, non-pushy, form of witness.  She really reflected I Peter 3:15 ("Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect") and was a great witness to others.

If you or the young person in your life is looking for a fun Christian book to read, I recommend Latte Daze. As for me, I'm going to have to go track down Double Shot to see what happens next to Maya and her friends and family!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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