Forgotten: Seventeen and Homeless

Forgotten: Seventeen and Homeless With Absent Parents, Overdue Rent, And No One To Turn To, Adele Is Forced Into The Hard, Cold World Of Homelessness While Striving To Maintain The Pretense Of A Normal Life, Adele Attempts To Finish High School, All The While Concealing Her Secret But Is She Strong Enough To Keep Up The Act Forgotten Will Propel Teen Readers Into A World Where Promises Are Broken, Life Is Not Fair, And Challenges Seem Unbearable, While Still Offering Assurance That Solid Faith, Loyal Friends, And A Persistent Spirit Will Prevail

Melody Carlson is the award winning author of over two hundred books, several of them Christmas novellas from Revell, including her much loved and bestselling book, The Christmas Bus She also writes many teen books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series, the TrueColors series, and the Carter House Girls series Melody was nominated for a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspi

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  • Paperback
  • 208 pages
  • Forgotten: Seventeen and Homeless
  • Melody Carlson
  • English
  • 02 October 2018
  • 9781600069482

10 thoughts on “Forgotten: Seventeen and Homeless

  1. says:

    About this book With MIA parents, overdue rent, and no one to turn to, Adele is forced out of her home She strives to maintain the pretense of a normal life while struggling to finish high school, all the while concealing that she is homeless But is she strong enough to keep up the act Every teenage girl has a secret And every teenage girl loves hearing someone else s secret But some secrets are big enough to detour, derail, or even destroy a young person s life Each of Melody Carlson s Secrets novels will propel readers into a world where promises are broken, life is not fair, and challenges can make or break them, while ultimately helping readers discover that solid faith, loyal friends, and a persistent spirit will see them through Series Book 1 in the Secrets series.Spiritual Content A couple Prayers Church going a sermon A mission home talking to a pastor Talks about God, trusting, peace H s are not capital when referring to God Adele isn t so sure about God, but doesn t think He believes in her Mentions of church sermons A few mentions of praying A couple mentions of a Bible a picture of Jesus A couple mentions of Christians A mention of a youth group A mention of Sunday School Note A few mentions of karma A mention of a foster home from hell.Negative Content Minor cussing including a cruddy , a duh , a freaking , an idiot , a form of wimp , a witch , and seven forms of stupid Sarcasm eye rolling Mentions of curses said, not written Thinking about suicide dying twice, but she doesn t do it Trying to fit in, jealousy, lying Many mentions of smoking dope, drug dealers, highs up to semi detailed Mentions of Adele s father who left she calls him a deadbeat dad Mentions of Adele s parents who are divorced Mentions of alcohol, drinking, drunks Mentions of cigarettes smoking A few mentions of a serial killer A mention of gambling A mention of a middle figure salute Note Mentions of brand names Banana Republic, Gap, Nine West, Express, Ralph Lauren, Valentino, Gucci, Channel, and Prada A mention of Starbucks.Sexual Content two barely above not detailed kisses, and two boarder line barely above not detailed semi detailed kisses Remembering a kiss barely above not detailed Hand holding embraces barely above not detailed Adele mentions that she was nearly raped twice while in foster care two hooker s and three forms of hot Mentions of working girls prostitutes Mentions of hand holding embraces Mentions of dating, crushes, jealousy Mentions of homecoming dates Mentions of flirting Mentions of a girl changing bathing in a public restroom no details besides a mention of her being topless A couple mentions of a girl s boyfriend moving in with her A mention of creeps expecting sex from teen girls a girl trading her body for money A mention of skanky invitation A mention of pole dancing Note A few mentions of anorexia diets A couple mentions of figures Dolly Parton s chest Adele Porter, age 17 1st person P.O.V of Adele 197 pages Pre Teens One StarNew Teens One StarEarly High School Teens Two StarsOlder High School Teens Three StarsMy personal Rating Two Stars and a half Add a star for girls in Public School I read this book soon after I read Wreath by Judy Christie Both books were very similar, but I have to be honest and say I enjoyed Wreath than Forgotten While I liked this one decently, it seemed too wrapped up in a nice bow, if you get what I mean I personally felt like what the back of the book talks about didn t come in until 60 pages from the end, so it was laid out differently Overall it was just okay, but not the author s best, in my opinion.Link to review BFCG may Read the review to see recommend this book by this author It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.

  2. says:

    Adele s mom is bipolar And there s nothing wrong with that It s a genuine illness that can be treated with proper medication, but can still cause disruptions It s not really the fault of the individual, it s just life But for Adele, she wishes for the umpteenth time that her mom could be normal and at least hold a job She has her college education in a solid field, could bring in a good paycheck, but she just can t focus All of Adele s hopes when her mom relocated them for her new job go flying out the window when her mom disappears on her with a new boyfriend She literally abandons her daughter and the facade that Adele has created at her new school, reinventing herself as one of the cool kids, is suddenly in jeopardy She can t pay the rent, but it kills her to think of losing the new friends she s just made, especially Jayden who she can t help but notice resembles Jude Law So she keeps up the pretense At least she has a job, albeit not one that pays enough But the day comes when the eviction notice is hammered on the door to her condo and her key no longer fits in the lock Forgotten, living out of her mom s boyfriend s equally abandoned van, Adele tries to make the best of a bad situation, being homeless at seventeen Is God even listening, and if He is, does he care I finally got around to reading the 1st book in Melody Carlson s Secrets and I m impressed with the strong start she made The only weak link in the series is Deceived, book 5 I think, about the cults At least so far Adele is a tough kid and while she might be down and out, there are certain things to which she will not stoop And just when hopelessness starts to steal her soul, God steps in and gives her a way out That s the beauty of this series and while some might find it cliche, I do believe God works in the lives of the downhearted and mistreated He truly cares and Adele finds that when she reaches the end of her rope, there are people, loving people from God, who are there to catch her when she falls This book teaches young people to care about those around them and not always jump to the worst conclusion about their peers When someone is down and out, help them instead of trample them further into the mud Well done, Melody, another winner

  3. says:

    I am not sure how to write the review for this book.On the one hand this was a book I couldn t put down The main character was very easy to relate to When Adele s mom just walks off and leaves her your heart can t help but break for this young lady Adele is a very determined young lady who has often than not had to play the parental role in her family So when her mom gets a job in a new town she hopes things might be changing She starts her senior year at a new school where she is actually befriended by one of the popular cliques, a group of kids who have come from money and don t have to worry Before long Adele s mom quits her job and starts bringing a druggie home Adele becomes consumed with keeping her new friends from knowing the truth about her home life, and when Adele s mom abandons her and then Adele is kicked out of her apartment she isn t sure how she will keep up with the charade Can Adele survive and finish her school year, and will she finally figure out that there are people willing to help if she will only let them I loved this story actually read in in about an hour, I found it to be a real thought provoking story, the story of homelessness and how people actually become homeless is something we don t often think about Now for the problem I had with this book What happened to Adele s mom We aren t told Also what about Adele s dad He is barely touched on But the greatest issue is how the book ended Throughout the book the story seems so believable, you can relate to whats going on in Adele s life, but then the author wraps the story up with an ending that really wasn t believable at all, and does it in a couple of pages Overall I am glad that I read this book and will find a teen to pass it on to I was provided a copy of this book to review by the publisher but in no way does it alter my opinion of this book.

  4. says:

    If you are not a believer or seeker of the Lord this may not particularly be the book for you If you are a believer this is an awesome reminder of the power of the Lord, and if you are a seeker this is an awesome opportunity for you to be moved It is a chance at beginning to understand the Lord, and where he might just fit into your life Forgotten is actually in the young adult genre, but I feel that this is a read for any Christian This is a excellent example to the younger generation of His Power, as well as, a look at the life of this incredible 17 year old that finds herself in a nightmare Over night Adele is stranded no home, no money, and no mother I find this story to be heartfelt and gut wrenching As a parent I was overcome by some much emotion toward Adele and her mother At times such as these, it is hard to sit back and believe that there is a plan Our responsibility is to believe in God s plan, and pray that he will look out for this young girl in her time of need As if being stranded and alone was not enough, this story continues a downward spiral that leaves her without her job, her savings, and the vehicle she had resorted to sleeping in I never thought that this story could get any worse, but it appears I was very very wrong Not only did that story tremendously move me, but I found myself reflecting on the story and relating it to my own life While I am not a seventeen year old, nor an I homeless I believe that out of this very complex story everyone will find a way to reflect on their relationship with our Lord and Savior I believe that you will find yourself one step closer to fully understanding your relationship with the Lord.

  5. says:

    This novel shares a heart wrenching story about a teenager with a loser mom and a runaway dad While most of us don t have to deal with the drama of deadbeat parents, we probably even less have thoughts of having to live on the street or out of our cars I cannot imagine what it must be like to be totally alone and homeless, I really give Adele a lot of credit for sticking it out as long as she did before turning to the only One who would be able to change her life The biggest lesson that I took away from this book was that lies always find you out in the end In Adele s case, one of her so called friends discovered the truth on her own, leaving Adele to fess up to her lies and the consequences And poor girl, just when she decided to start being honest, she got another realization of just how unfair life sometimes is.The only thing I didn t like about this book was the ending I didn t like that it ended up several months later, and instead, would ve liked some of the first portion of the book to have been shortened just a bit to allow for a fleshed out conclusion.Other than that, I thought this was another excellent book perfect for teenagers that s got a lot of lessons on honesty and genuineness I m anxious to see what the rest of the Secrets series has in store.

  6. says:

    A very well written YA book that I think adults will enjoy as well The first person POV works great for this type of tale.Adele is seventeen and her mom is bipolar Her mom gets a new job and swears her life is going to change and so they move to a new town Adele actually starts thinking maybe life will be good from now on She makes friends with the in crowd at school, starts dating a cute guy, and all that high school stuff But her mom loses her job and abandons her and soon Adele is living out of an old black van trying to pay her cell phone and keep a job as well as her snooty rich friends Everything goes to hell in a handbasket so to speak Soon Adele doesn t even care about maintaining pretenses She is just trying to survive The last 5 percent suddenly decided to try to convert me to Christianity tho All of a sudden it is god this and god that and of course, upon finding church, everything suddenly goes wonderfully for Adele If this is Christian fiction, it was not advertised as such the day I downloaded it Hopefully, someone has remedied that by now.Besides that, it loses a star for Adele be TSTL sometimes Um, you leave all your savings in cash format in your van Hello

  7. says:

    I don t quite know how to rate this book It wasn t hard to feel for the character Adele and the build up through out the story was done very well but the end was really disappointing to me Not because Adele found help where she least expected it but because it was so rushed We never found out what happened to Adele s mother and I would have liked to get of Adele starting to trust other people and open up and share here fears and worries What I liked about the book is that in made you think about how easy it is for a person end up in a situation like that and become homeless It also made me think again about volunteering somewhere to help kids in need.

  8. says:

    Even though I am a wee bit past my teens, I really loved this book and was glad that it only took a few hours to read because I couldn t put it down I cried two or three times during this book, which is something I never do The world is full of lonely, throw away people of all ages and they may be included as secondary characters, but it is rare that a book is told from their point of view This story shows how subsistence living allows no room for error or the whole shaky structure of life collapses like a house of cards.

  9. says:

    I read this last night, and what a heart breaking yet sweet story I really wanted to reach through the book and hug Adele and bring the sweetie into my home Melody Carlson did an excellent job of writing the story so the reader felt emotional for Adele and anger towards Adele s Mother This is one of Melody s best books I recommend this for all Moms and daughters Gives them something to talk about and bond over Well done Melody

  10. says:

    i really enjoy these books easy reads about scary real life situations.

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