A Not-So-Simple Life

By Melody Carlson
(Multnomah Books, Paperback, 9781601421173, 248pp.)

Publication Date: July 15, 2008

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Fifteen-year-old Maya Stark seems to have it all fame, fortune, a Beverly Hills lifestyle, and an eighties pop star dad who's making a comeback. But looks can be deceiving, and on the inside, Maya is miserable. Her parents are divorced, her dad is away on tour, and being biracial, she struggles with her identity. Then, to make matters worse, her mother has returned to using drugs and is quickly depleting their finances. In a plan to become emancipated from her messed-up mom, Maya takes a job on Rodeo Drive. Selling designer clothes compromises Maya's earth-friendly green girl values, but she is desperate.
Just when Maya thinks she's got it all worked out, her life caves in. Her mom embezzles Maya's savings and is later arrested on DUI and cocaine possession charges and is facing jail time. With nowhere to live, Maya is sent to spend the summer with her relatives. In the collision of two very different worlds, Maya must figure out where she fits in or does she fit in at all?



About the Author
Melody Carlson (www.melodycarlson.com) is the prolific author of over 200 books, several of them Christmas novellas from Revell, including her much-loved and bestselling book, The Christmas Bus. She recently was nominated for a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series, the Notes from a Spinning Planet series, and Finding Alice, which is currently in production as a Lifetime Television movie. She lives with her husband in Sisters, Oregon.
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