Written by: Wendy Toliver
Release date: June, 2010
When 15-year-old Poppy Browne moves from Boulder, CO, to Pleasant Acres, TX, with her professor mother, she has to attend Calvary High even though she's not Baptist. She makes friends with the popular girls and has a date for the Sadie Hawkins dance. Poppy gets caught in an ex-BFF rivalry between her friend Mary Jane and another schoolmate, Bridgette. Then she starts shoplifting. The first time, it's an accident. The second, it's induced by peer pressure. Subsequently, however, it's for the rush. Poppy, Mary Jane, and Whitney steal regularly, and Poppy doesn't know whether or not she can stop. Eventually, she overcomes her fear of disappointing Mary Jane and Whitney, but she still faces the consequences when her mother finds out what she has been doing. Although the story is not entirely compelling, the rivalry between Mary Jane and Bridgette; the suspense of finding out whether Poppy will get caught; and her developing romance with “shithead” Dave, the preacher's son, build enough tension to grab readers' attention.
I started this book thinking that it would be nothing spectacular, it’s not like Poppy has a supernatural power and there are angels involved. After reading it , I’m happy to say it was spectacular in it’s own way.
Poppy is a young girl who is smart, strong- willed and independent. Her popular friends get her into shoplifting and they seem to like it, for now. The thrill, the excitement and afterwards the guilt was extremely well written. I really understood that the girls shoplifted just for the rush they got of doing something risky that has the potential to get them in serious trouble. Not only Poppy, but Whitney and Mary Jane are making these bad decisions they don’t think trough.
The plot is fast paced and therefore it makes the story a very quick read. From the very start the story drew me in. When Poppy gets confronted with her actions, she comes aware of how she feels, what she thinks and what values are more important to her. She really learned from her past mistakes and she becomes a responsible young adult.
Lifted is the first book I read by Wendy Toliver, but I know it’s not going to be the last.
I recommend Lifted to everyone who loves intense, character driven reads.
‘It's never too late to change things we don't like, or to act in ways that help us to be the person we want to be.’