May 10, 2011

Take Your Stand • What Would Emma Do?

What Would Emma Do book cover
What Would Emma Do? by Eileen Cook
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: December 30, 2008 
Source/Format: Bought || Paperback

There is no greater sin than kissing your best friend’s boyfriend. So when Emma breaks that golden rule, she knows she’s messed up big-time...especially since she lives in the smallest town ever, where everyone knows everything about everyone else...and especially since she maybe kinda wants to do it again. Now her best friend isn’t speaking to her, her best guy friend is making things totally weird, and Emma is running full speed toward certain social disaster. This is so not the way senior year was supposed to go. Time to pray for a minor miracle. Or maybe, just maybe, it’s time for Emma to stop trying to please everyone around her, and figure out what she wants for herself.

What Would Emma Do (WWED) is an interesting book. It was a short, sweet and easy read, which I appreciated since I was feeling quite under the weather when I read it.

I like Emma. I think it's because I identify with her in some ways; the most important of these is her journey into discovering that it's up to you to stand up for what you believe in. When you know something is right in your gut, when you know what you believe in, you become a smarter, better, stronger person. And I can appreciate the journey Emma takes towards becoming that person.

And about the religion thing, I really personally don't feel offended by any of the questioning or doubt portrayed in the book. It's normal, as a believer, to doubt what you believe in every now and then - that's just human weakness. I think the book did a remarkable job of exploring what it's like walking on the fine line between unbelief and religious fanaticism. The book was funny, entertaining and definitely worth a read.


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