happy release day!

The first book in Shelley Adina’s series: It’s All About Us. Visit her website for an interactive community based on the books.

Tall, blonde Lissa Mansfield is used to being one of the “in” crowd–but being accepted by the popular girls at posh Spencer Academy boarding school in San Francisco is turning out to be harder than she thought. And then there’s her New-York-loudmouth roommate, Gillian Chang, who’s not just happy to be a Christian herself–she’s determined to out Lissa, too! If Lissa can just keep her faith under wraps long enough to hook Callum McCloud, the hottest guy in school, she’ll be golden.

But when Callum pressures her to go all the way with him, Lissa has to decide for herself how far is too far. How can she see that line when he’s so gorgeous and popular and she’s so dazzled? And besides, she’s too busy shopping for a Valentino and booking the hottest celeb for the Benefactors Ball. Who knew finding a place at Spencer Academy would be so complicated?

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All About Us #2: The Fruit of My Lipstick (August, 2008)
All About Us #3: Be Strong & Curvaceous (January, 2009)

9 responses to “happy release day!

  1. Very fun covers! Congrats on a new release. 😀

  2. I must be living in a fantasy world. I wasn’t aware that Christians were closeted in this country…

    • In high school, where there’s peer pressure to fit in, be popular, have sex, etc? I don’t know this story, but there could possibly be the pressure to drink or do drugs as well. Yeah, a lot of Christians (or people of any strong faith) do feel the pressure to keep their faith under wraps, and don’t want to be the one on the sidelines declaring, “This is wrong!”

      • As a high school atheist, I felt a great deal of pressure (from Christians) to keep my lack of faith under wraps. Being on the sidelines telling other people they’re wrong is never a popular position (been there, done that, have the emotional scars), but that doesn’t have anything to do with religion (or lack thereof).
        As a high school teacher, I don’t see students harassing each other on the suspicion that the target is Christian. The abuse is reserved for the homosexual, transgender, or learning-disabled students. They, not the Christian students, have reason to be reluctant about “coming out”.

        • I’m going to posit that much of this depends on geography and just the individual school climate, and that given the right context, everyone is someone else’s target. I have seen Christians bullying non-Christians (including, as you mention, homosexual, transgender, and learning-disabled students), and non-Christians bullying Christians (as well as Jews, Muslims, etc). As a high-school Christian, I was mocked for my beliefs at times, even though I was mild-mannered and didn’t impose them on anyone else. But where I grew up, Christianity wasn’t the default- there were lots of us, yes, but not a majority. I witnessed these things both as a student and in my admittedly brief stint as an educator, and found both to be shameful.
          I don’t think Christians have as much reason to hide as the groups you mentioned (as yes, they are more frequent targets for bullying and worse, unfortunately), but I don’t find it unbelievable that the girl in this story would feel pressured to shut up about her faith to fit in with the crowd. If she had really strong beliefs, that would make her different, and different is bad.

          • For me, the phrase “happy to be a Christian” doesn’t conjure up images of Episcopalians or Catholics or even mainstream Lutherans, nor does “used to being one of the ‘in’ crowd” conjure up an image of a girl trying desperately to fit in enough to get by. So I’m not as willing to be convinced that the protagonist is a bullied innocent just trying to fit in. After all, this would hardly be the first book where “Christian” means “fundamentalist Christian.”
            Then again, I’m too sick of seeing teenagers be more interested in expensive fashions than in treating each other as human beings to want to read about it, so I’m not the target demographic for the book anyway. I just hope, for my students who do pick it up, that it ends with the protagonist realizing that, regardless of anyone’s religion, only a complete jerk pressures someone into having sex.

  3. Congratulations Shelley and Jennifer. I read about this book already somewhere on the net and it sounds great! :*)
    ~Tyhitia
    http://obfuscationofreality.blogspot.com/

  4. That’s a very cool cover. 🙂

  5. ALL ABOUT US
    Congratulations, Shelley, for giving us a book about moral and fashion choices! Love your cover!

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