Friday, January 8, 2010

Donut Days ~ by Lara Zielin, 2009

I have already quoted the first words of this book in a teaser:
I'm no Biblical scholar, but I'm pretty sure Adam -- as in the guy who named all the animals in the Garden of Eden -- wasn't a hermaphrodite.

Turns out my mom had a different opinion.

If I'd known my mom was going to give Adam a sex change in front of the entire Living Word Redeemer congregation, I would have stayed away from her Friday night service.
Emma's parents are both pastors of the church, but her mother went too far -- in the opinion of a number of the people -- when she preached this stuff about Adam. This is what drew me to the book, wondering what it would say about women preachers, and that is one of the main themes of the book.

But that's not all the book deals with.  Besides worrying about her parents and the church situation, Emma has her own problems, like a falling out with her best friend Natalie. And there's the problem between Emma and her parents, who want her to attend a Christian college while she wants to study geology and evolution, which goes against what her parents believe and preach. She thinks she has figured out a possible way to get a scholarship for college, at the opening of the new Crispy Dream donut shop. To top off all her problems, Emma has not spoken to her friend Jake all summer because she doesn't know what to say to him after he said ... well, never mind what he said. I'll let you find out by reading Donut Days, which I rate at 8 of 10, a very good book.
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GIVEAWAY:  Helen Murdoch commented on my teaser, "I just read this book and thought it was pretty good. I'm doing a give-away for it (in case any of your followers are interested)."  Click on this link to her review with the giveaway.

3 comments:

hcmurdoch said...

Thanks for posting my contest; I really appreciate it!

TheEnglishist said...

Ooh, that sounds intriguing.

Akilah
http://theenglishist.com

alisonwonderland said...

I'm definitely going to have to read this one. Thanks for the review!