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Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers' Favorite
Claire has a best friend. The very best friend of all times. But there is something about Drew that confuses her other friends and her family. Drew simply appears and disappears; avoiding confrontations with other people, declining family dinner invitations, and evading contact with other people. It’s as if Drew is totally make believe. When she begins to think she is losing her mind, Drew’s visits become more public. He allows himself to be seen in public and even begins to interact with Claire’s friends. By leaving cryptic messages for her in his journal, Drew attempts to guide Claire in making better decisions, regardless of the heartbreak some of those decisions entail. By following Drew’s sometimes odd directions, Claire discovers the truth of God’s word and the peace that salvation offers, while learning to believe that “anything is possible with God.”
The Truth About Drew by Krista Noorman is one of the best reading surprises I have had in a long while. With its obvious religious undertones, Noorman has included the popular genre of the paranormal in this story of hope and encouragement for young readers. The language is perfectly in tune with contemporary teenage readers. The sub theme of promiscuous behavior is addressed in an appropriate manner that reflects the conflict many teens face. Noorman brings prayer to the written page without offense and with just the right amount of temptation to lure readers toward further study of the Bible. Thank you, Krista Noorman, for braving the critics and sharing this beautiful (and necessary) story. Also, kudos for an amazing book cover!