I recently read the first two books of Jenny Hammerle’s Redneck Debutant series as it was the ACFW Bookclub pick for last month. It had been a while for me since reading any books geared towards teens, and in a high school setting no less. Once I got over feeling old, reading about characters half my age, I really enjoyed the series and was really into it by the end of book 2!
The stories follow Racheal, a young girl from an affluent family who has to make a major lifestyle change when her father falls into legal trouble. Along with her mother and brother, she moves to her aunt’s farm in a much more rural part of Florida than she’s ever known.
Rachael has a great personality and she seems pretty mature for her age. I know I didn’t have half her confidence at her age! She makes mistakes and gets into trouble a few times, but she’s such a sweet girl you can’t help but adore her. My favorite thing about her is how she embraces her new surroundings finding new hobbies that she enjoys and making new friends. I love the scene in the first book when she meets Travis, a neighbor boy close to her age. Shortly after her arrival she decides to explore and happens upon an all too inviting body of water. Take a dip? Sure! In her underwear… why not? Enter Travis!
I loved the humor, romance & drama of the story. It was fun to read as an adult and I can only imagine that it might be even more fun for teens who can relate to the current high school scene. If you’ve a mind to check it out, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed!
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