Julie Arduini’s 2012 Reviewed Fiction Book of the Year

It’s that time of year again! I take a few days to let you know what my favorite reads of 2012 were. For fiction and non fiction, I choose from the books I reviewed. For my Kindle read, that comes from the free read (at the time of my purchase) that may or may not have been published in the year I read it.

The deeper into the writing process I dive, the more I look forward to announcing posts like this. A lot of casual readers are under the impression that it takes one draft to write a novel. That’s not even true for Karen Kingsbury or Stephen King.Writing is a lonely, hard job. Most authors also have a “day job,” so the book many of us hold come from early morning and late night writing sessions.

Today is my fiction pick.

If you are a regular reader here you might remember I reviewed this book and wondered if it would be my favorite.

It’s Betsy St. Amant’s Addison Blakely: Confessions of a PK

Sixteen-year-old Addison Blakely has tireless played the role of PK—preacher’s kid—her entire life. But after Wes Keegan revs his motorcycle into town and into her heart, Addison begins to wonder how much of her faith is her own and how much has been handed to her. She isn’t so sure she wants to be the good girl anymore. Join Addison Blakely as she attempts to separate love from lust, facts from faith, and keep her head above water in her murky, fishbowl existence.

Image courtesy Betsy St. Amant.com
Image courtesy Betsy St. Amant.com

I have a heart for teens and when I can find a book that they can identify with, I’m impressed. When I can find a book that makes me forget I’m not the target reader, well, that’s pretty special. Betsy wrote such a realistic YA (young adult) novel that Addison pouted off the page, cuz that’s what teens do. She has a lot of changes, pressure, drama, and romance. It wasn’t too preachy, but it wasn’t advocating sin, either.

Nearly a year later, I must confess, Addison Blakely stayed with me all year.

Purchase Addison Blakely: Confessions of a PK here.

Read my original review here.

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4 Thoughts to “2012 Reviewed Fiction Book of the Year”

  1. Susan K

    Thank you for this recommendation! I have some YAs in my home and they will be checking this one out.

  2. Betsy St. Amant

    YAY!!!! THANK YOU 🙂 What an honor.

  3. I don’t think they will be disappointed. I passed my copy on and she devoured it. Thank you for visiting!

  4. When a reader remembers the book months after reading it, the author needs a pat on the back. It was always a standout. Blessings to you for 2013!

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