My review is as a parent of teens, thinking about who I would recommend this book to as something beyond an interesting read--as something that will contribute help or insight for life. The author does a very good job of presenting this story from the perspective of a 16-17 year old girl and it is a very believable account of a year in her life. To me she seems like a typical teenager--sometimes making good decisions, sometimes bad ones. But rather than finding her convictions inspiring, I felt they were inconsistent. For example, she was convinced that abortion was a sin in God's eyes and so wouldn't consider it, but was also convinced that premarital sex and birth control were sins in God's eyes but did those anyway. She and her boyfriend regularly engaged in risky behaviors such as drinking and smoking (even while pregnant), pot smoking, hitchhiking, lying, drunk driving, running away, etc., which do not make her a role model for young people in my eyes. One thing I kept hoping was that the adult Judith would insert some perspective or reflection on the year's events that would explain what she learned, what she regretted, or some ultimate consequences, but there was very little of that. Based on these observations, I would hesitate to recommend this book to teenagers unless there was an adult around to provide some perspective and help the reader think through some of these things (since there isn't much of that in the book itself). On the other hand, I would probably recommend the book to parents of teenagers. It was a good reminder to me of the teenage mindset--often good-intentioned, but also immature, unrealistic, self-centered, and not thinking much about the long term consequences of their actions. It motivated me as a parent to be aware of what my teens are thinking, feeling, and doing, so that I can provide the right amount of restraint and encouragement to keep my children protected (even from themselves) and taught to make good decisions.