by Varian Johnson
Publication Date: Mar 09, 2010
List Price: $16.99
Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
Imprint: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann
Joshua Wynn is a preacher’s son and a “good boy” who always does the right thing. Until Maddie comes back to town. Maddie is the daughter of the former associate pastor of Joshua’s church, and his childhood crush. Now Maddie is all grown up, gorgeous—and troubled. She wears provocative clothes to church, cusses, drinks, and fools around with older men. Joshua’s ears burn just listening to the things she did to get kicked out of boarding school, and her own home.
As time goes on, Josh goes against his parents and his own better instincts to keep Maddie from completely capsizing. Along the way, he begins to question his own rigid understanding of God and whether, as his mother says, a girl like Maddie is beyond redemption. Maddie leads Josh further astray than any girl ever has … but is there a way to reconcile his love for her and his love for his life in the church?