Monday, February 22, 2010

Out With the In Crowd

Author: Stephanie Morrill
Publisher: Revell
January 2010
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3390-2
Genre: Inspirational/young adult

Skylar Hoyt has decided to change her partying ways, but this isn’t as easy as she thought it would be. Now she’s an outsider with her old friends. Not to mention it is really awkward going back to school for the second semester with a new boyfriend, but having to see her old boyfriend, and her new boyfriend’s old girlfriend, during virtually every class.

Home life isn’t much better. Skylar’s younger sister is battling a pregnancy, and trying to decide whether or not to keep the baby. If that isn’t enough, she also has a new boyfriend, yet the baby’s father is still trying to be involved. And Skylar’s mom has left, multiple times, leaving the home life rather unsettled.

As Skylar struggles with her identity, she’s fielding requests from her boyfriend to spend more time together. And now, Skylar feels that she can’t win. After all, how do you chose favorites among the people you love most?

OUT WITH THE IN CROWD is the second book in The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt series. I suggest reading the first book, Me, Just Different, first, so you will have some general idea what is going on. I didn’t read Me, Just Different first, so I felt like I came in the middle of the story and had no idea what was happening at the beginning

Once I got into the story I found Skylar a believable character. She is rather depressed acting, but with everything going on in her life, that’s understandable. I was rather glad I’m no longer a teenager, so I don’t have to deal with all the drama in real life. If you are a teen (or know one) who is trying to reinvent her life after making major mistakes, then perhaps OUT WITH THE IN CROWD would be a good book to read. Book three, So Over It is scheduled for release in July 2010. $11.99. 249 pages.

“Available January 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”


Teens have embraced Skylar Hoyt, the title character in The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt series by debut author Stephanie Morrill. Skylar is a character readers can relate to, as she struggles with popularity, fitting in and figuring out what really matters in the midst of it all.

In the second book of the series, Out with the In Crowd, Skylar is struggling with her circle of friends: She’s vowed to change her partying ways, but it's not so easy to change her friends and her old life is constantly staring her in the face. Add to that two parents battling for her loyalty, a younger sister struggling with a crisis pregnancy, and a new boyfriend wishing for more of her time, and Skylar feels like she can't win. After all, how do you choose favorites among the people you love most?
With style and grace, Stephanie Morrill delivers another compelling story that addresses teen issues in Out with the In Crowd. Romantic Times reviewed the first book in The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt series, with praise: “This is a good start to a promising new series. Morrill introduces a strong, relatable character to root for.”

Stephanie Morrill is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and the Teen Lit writers' group. Morrill is the author of Me, Just Different and Out with the In Crowd, and she also serves in youth ministry. She lives in Kansas with her husband and young daughter.

Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, offers practical books that bring the Christian faith to everyday life. They publish resources from a variety of well-known brands and authors, including their partnership with MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and Hungry Planet.

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