Everybody does it—sneaks out of the house now and then. It’s harmless enough, right? Not this time. Cleo Neilson faces the chilling consequences of her actions. Now she has a secret and can’t tell anyone, and it’s breaking her heart. As Cleo fights through her grief and guilt, she learns about faith in God and forgiveness through him. As teenage girls read Cleo’s journey, they too will learn the value of having faith and receiving forgiveness as well as just how dangerous it really is to keep a secret.
I remember as a teen that I would cover for friends and say they were sleeping at my house, when they were out elsewhere. I really didn’t have to worry about it so much. My dad had passed away and my mom was too deep in grief. So I didn’t have the “helicopter mom” thing going on. I used to wish that I did though.
However, I remember my friend Sonia’s mom was like that. I used to get jealous of it. But since she had it, she would just get upset at her mom. She just didn’t realize that her mom did it because she was concerned.
Cleo thought the same was as my friend Sonia did. She just felt that her mom was overprotective and should just trust her. What Cleo didn’t realize was that her mom did trust her, its just the rest of the world she didn’t trust. Especially not with her beloved daughter.
Cleo decides to go against her mom’s wishes and goes to a concert. What happens next is completely horrifying. Cleo then has to live with her decision. She sinks into despair and has problems finding her way out.
Only with the love and support of her aunt and God is she able to start coping again and find her way back into the light.
This was a truly wonderful story that helps teens see that there are consequences to their actions that they just might not be able to see at the time.
I highly recommend this well written book. It is definitely a tear jerker though so make sure you are well stocked with the tissues. You will definitely need them!
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