About the book:
For the first time that she can remember, Maya Stark is beginning to feel like a “normal” teen. Even with her mother in jail for drug possession and her pop-star dad away on his comeback tour, Maya’s new life with her uncle Allen and cousin Kim is coming together. Summer vacation’s just beginning, and with a new job, a new boyfriend, and a new car (hybrid, of course), things are finally starting to look up.
But that doesn’t mean life is about to get any easier. Maya’s still devoted to living Green, and her uncle offers her a Green column in his newspaper. With the opportunity to make a difference in the town’s attitude toward the environment, Maya wonders how this fits with her newfound commitment to Christ. And if she can really consider herself a Christian when her feelings toward a fellow youth group member are anything but loving…
This story was totally amazing. I'd had this book laying around and thought I'd give it a try. I didn't know when I started reading it that I'd absolutely love the story. It's not just about recycling. It's more about how God can take the junk in our lives and make something good come from it. I recycled in the 1980s in NY when I lived there, and when I lived in Phoenix in the 1990s, but where I live now there is no such thing. Sigh.
Regardless, I didn't think the theme of the book sounded all that amazing when I first picked it up. But when I started reading I realized it was about so much more than recycling. If I were a teen and a new Christian, I would treasure this book. There are so many good conversations about subjects that new Christians and teens would appreciate, from boys to pressure to what forgiveness looks like and how Christians are flawed, etc. just like the rest of the world.
It's a Green Thing is a theologically sound novel and I ended up being very inspired by it. I read this book first even though it's second in a series, and now I want to go back and read the first book. I was thrilled to discover that I actually had it on my shelf. Too bad I didn't notice that before I started this one. Ah, well. I'm still glad I read it. The story even made me cry toward the end. But it was a good, inspiring kind of emotion. I highly recommend this book. Oh, and there are some great recycling tips in there, too.
It's a Green Thing was published by Multnomah Books and released in February 2009.