- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Multnomah UK (7 Jun. 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1590521412
- ISBN-13: 978-1590521410
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.5 x 20.8 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,730,497 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Sold Out (Diary of a Teenage Girl: Chloe) Paperback – 7 Jun 2003
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About the Author
Melody Carlson has published over ninety books for adults, children, and teens, with sales totaling more than two million and many titles appearing on the ECPA Bestsellers List. Several of her books have been finalists for, and winners of, various writing awards, including the Gold Medallion and the RITA Award. Some of her popular multi-volume series include Diary of a Teenage Girl and True Colours.
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After reading through all of the CAITLIN novels in the DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL series, and then reading book number 1 in the CHLOE sequence, I must say that I feel as though this current installment, SOLD OUT feels a little bit as if it was bridging a gap between the first CHLOE novel and the next one. The story continues from where CHLOE #1 left off, and starts right in with Chloe, Allie, and Laura all working on their band, Redemption, and hoping and dreaming to make it big someday. They face different trials throughout the book, both things that seem trivial, and much larger issues as well. And through it all Chloe has to decide whether or not she will remain sold out for God, or if she should just give in to the pressures surrounding her every day. It becomes even tougher when Redemption is offered a once-in-a-lifetime recording contract. Should they take it and pursue their dreams? Or will the pressure and sudden popularity be their downfall?
In typical DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL style, each chapter is split into different segments from Chloe's diary, giving us her perspective on what's happening in her world. And a lot of things are happening. There's boyfriend trouble, parent trouble, bully trouble, church trouble and the pressure of stardom lurking in the corner. All of it serves to give one wild ride through Chloe's life. And it's almost too many issues at once. There's not really an over-arching problem in this book (not that many of the DIARY books have one), and the theme that Carlson tries to develop never quite makes it to the forefront. The novel remains stuck with the curse of being in the middle of a series and trying to continue the story to the next volume. Especially with the way that SOLD OUT ends, things are set up to provide a much more interesting plot next time around.
But in the end, it's the characters that won me over and made me want to keep journeying along with them -- through the ups and downs of life. There are a few scenes that had me scratching my head -- for example, a lunchtime conversation where they discuss some pretty deep theological issues. The scene works in a way, but when you take a step back to think about it, the likelihood that such a conversation would ever really happen among teens at a lunch table is slightly unlikely. Also, there were some strange words that just didn't seem to fit the speech pattern of teens that sneaked into this book, such as "groovy" and "tough chick," something that Carlson normally has no problem with.
Overall, SOLD OUT is a good addition to the series, but definitely a connecting book.
During all this confusion, Redemption, their band, receives a chance to travel to Nashville to perform for a recording company. This is when their life as celebrities begins, their entire class treats them like they are rich and famous but will it end up being anything? Will the fame disappear or will they get signed?
I enjoyed reading this book because it makes you realize that no one is perfect and you have to except them for who they are inside. This book shows you how many teenagers deal with the problems that come their way. I recommend this book to any teenage girl, who has a tough time dealing with the challenges that await her.