Born Again

What happens when a Bible Quiz Champion takes on Darwin Mel, a faith filled Pentecostal, has the chance to escape Slow Rapids, Indiana, by attending academic summer camp The only catch She has to read forbidden tomes like The Origin of Species So she forges the permission slip, promising God she ll bring him a lost soul in exchange.Mel conscientiously uses her BiblicaWhat happens when a Bible Quiz Champion takes on Darwin Mel, a faith filled Pentecostal, has the chance to escape Slow Rapids, Indiana, by attending academic summer camp The only catch She has to read forbidden tomes like The Origin of Species So she forges the permission slip, promising God she ll bring him a lost soul in exchange.Mel conscientiously uses her Biblical expertise to argue Darwin s theories, but meanwhile begins to realize that her parents, her pastor, and her church aren t what she thought She zealously battles demons every day lascivious heathens at school, the Frederick s of Hollywood catalog, her backsliding brother and sister But now, suddenly, she must also conquer the doubts of her own heart.
Born Again What happens when a Bible Quiz Champion takes on Darwin Mel a faith filled Pentecostal has the chance to escape Slow Rapids Indiana by attending academic summer camp The only catch She has to read

  • Title: Born Again
  • Author: Kelly Kerney
  • ISBN: 9780156031455
  • Page: 119
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Born Again”

    1. To say I'm in two minds about this book would be a gross understatement. I'm in about seventeen minds about it.Mel, aged 14, is the thoroughly indoctrinated youngest child in a fundagelical family. The eldest, Jared, has broken the bonds of the indoctrination, although he still occupies the basement of the family home. Mel's big sister Kyle has in a way broken those same bonds, in that she's living in sin with the periodically violent Lance and has borne his child; even so, she's swallowed the K [...]

    2. A good concept, but there was WAY too much going on behind the main plot: ex-alcoholic father! schizo mother! a sister who's a teenage mother! anarchist brother! Pick one and move on and leave the rest for another novel.

    3. What struck me the most about this novel is that the young protagonist, 14 year-old Mel, is far more complex than I originally expected her to be. She has been raised in a fundamentalist Pentecostal church, where she has won several Bible trivia championships and has recently pledged her virginity to God. Mel attempts to evangelize at school (and miserably fails) and she criticizes others for their sins or for attending non-fundamentalist churches. Yet at the same time, she longs for thong under [...]

    4. Oh, this is a beautifully written novel. Sometimes I would leave my bookmark back a page or two so I could reread particularly gorgeous passages. I think this is so far Kelly Kerney's only book and I hope she writes more. Mel, a young evangelical teenager, goes from faith and conviction to reflection, expanding awareness and doubt. The Origin of Species is assigned reading for Mel's invitation-only academic camp, but she knows her parents and God would not approve. Mel hides the book from her pa [...]

    5. A good premise, but horribly executed. It spins out of control with the family's multiple issues and abandons the original concept of main character challenging her religious beliefs. Towards the end, I merely skimmed through, hoping to see it improve, which it didn't.Not a book I plan to keep for my library.

    6. This book disgusts me. Boring, bloated, inconsequential, and absolutely wretched with shamefully cheap symbolism, this is a book that'd I'd hesitate to burn for fear of the flames. What if smoke or ashes from the book infiltrated my pores and sinuses? What if its shittiness became a part of me?

    7. I don't think I "got" this book. It's about an evangelical girl reading Darwin for the first time and her struggles with it. I felt that it was full of cliches and a bit over the top. There has to be a better book on this topic.

    8. One of the most messed up things I have ever read. I can't believe I wasted my time with this book.

    9. Reviewed by Jocelyn Pearce for TeensReadTooStarting this book, I wasn't sure what to expect. It deals with religion, so I thought it might be preachy. It talks about Darwin, so I was expecting some strong opinions on the subject--everyone has them. BORN AGAIN is Kelly Kerney's first novel, so I had no expectations as to the writing. In the quote on the back cover, Mel (the main character) talks about using the Bible to prove Darwin wrong. I, personally, am not a religious person and believe Darw [...]

    10. This is a book that every youth pastor should read and probably every Christian parent. It is the journey of a girl away from her faith in God toward neo-Darwinism. This is an eye-opener and can shed light on some of the reasons that our youth are rejecting faith as they mature. In just a few short months, the young lady goes from being the "perfect church girl," to a "demon-possessed maniac," back to a "perfect church girl." She settles back into the church routine, doing what is expected of he [...]

    11. Narrated by a bright, 14-year-old girl who's grown up in a Pentecostal family in Indiana with an older brother & sister who've both gone astray, while she's a model Christian & Bible Quiz Champion who has thoroughly absorbed the teachings of her church & family but is beginning to struggle with them. She has been accepted into a summer academic camp for which she's supposed to read Darwin's Origin of the Species. She's curious about it even though it's on a list of her church's banne [...]

    12. the average academic will wince while reading this book. why? because it's in the voice of a fourteen year-old who belongs to a strict pentecostal church. they believe in their own salvation right alongside pat robertson. however, the central character is too smart to buy all of it. oh, she buys plenty of it, but you'll find yourself cheering when she discusses contradiction between scripture and the real world. trouble is, she's only got about half a theory. her scope is too limited to understa [...]

    13. I'd read one of Kerney's other books and liked it well enough to try this. Seeing as I lived in northern Indiana and was raised in a fundamentalist church, I figured I'd identify with some of the situations. And to be sure, I did, and those parts were funny and true. But that was useful for about a chapter or two. The story wasn't carried by it. There was no subtlety to the plot: I could see each melodramatic point and each analogy, and it felt labored. I was battered by two-dimensional characte [...]

    14. This turned out to be a darker, more complex book than I had thought the first time I picked it up at Room of One's Own bookstore in Madison, Wisconsin. It turns out not to be a young adult book, at least not in the classic sense. It's a book about a teenage girl told from her perspective, but its themes are in some ways more adult--religious/faith crises, when parents lie to control their kids, when churches lie to control their members (!), etc. I certainly think older teens who question adult [...]

    15. An engaging read, but with many stones left unturned. How does Melanie reconcile her encyclopedic knowledge of the Bible with her newfound knowledge of her family, as well as evolution? Why doesn't she explore her mother's psychosis further, or examine it with her shrewd scientific lens rather than her God goggles? Does everyone get a free pass from Melanie for all of the shit they bring into her life because of the Jesus thing, even though Melanie's faith is shaken? The ending of this book is m [...]

    16. 14-yo Mel, a believing Pentecostal Christian, reads Darwin for a summer academic camp. She's got to hide it from her parents and the pastor. As she reads and analyzes it, it draws much more of her life into focus--in particular the dynamics of her abusive, dysfunctional, and frankly nutty family and her analysis of the natural world-- but also her relationships with her classmates. The Ohio landscape is also well-drawn--Mel goes fishing a lot, and many characters in the book work at a chemical p [...]

    17. i picked this book up and thought, oh ew. a christain book. you know, one of those where they preach to you the whole time. but something made me keep. No, we wont say "it was godly forces" curiosity. when i read it. i almost put it down after the first chapter. it was 'too godfilled' but i kept going. and i am glad i did. it challenged all beliefs in a way that i loved. and it made me think about, not about my faith, but about other situations where i thought i knew everything.

    18. A seriocomic look at growing up in a dysfunctional evangelical family. 14 year old Melanie is a crusader for God and bible quiz champion, who is committed to proving Darwin wrong when her assigned reading for an academic summer camp includes "The Origin of Species." As Melanie learns about Dawin's concept of adaptation, she also learns about her family and herself. Kerney is a little heavy handed with her message, but it's an entertaining book and the ending made me smile.

    19. This was a pretty good book. I really wondered which way the bias would go. I really think it was pretty good at not trying to sway the reader to a certain point of view. We're all looking for something. We want to have things all tied up in a neat little package, so we don't have to think so much. We want certaintly. But its just not that easy. Life is messy and there are no absolutes.

    20. Very insightful on how religon and Darwin's Theory are analyzed by a teenage girl - wonderful details on how the two are related yet can be so different. The relationship with the family members is the exact opposite from what one would expect but ironic that they all survived when they clearly they would have eaten eachother alive to fight to stay on top of the food chain.

    21. A young girl struggles to comprehend her world. She has extremist religious parents, but is attending a secular school. She's smart and wants to learn about science, but her church believes all of it is wrong.Really strange in the end. Exactly like the Pent. Church I attended as a teenager. Interesting book.

    22. Fundamentalist/Bible Quiz Champ girl meets Charles Darwin's Origin of Species. The results are surprisingly intriguing and far more impartial than expected. It's also adorable, and quite frequently hilarious, because the main character is just that likable.

    23. I feel like this should have been better than it was. As a former fundamentalist of the pentecostal variety, I really should have appreciated this, but if I couldn't relate to it, I'm not really sure who would.

    24. i'm not sure if this was meant to be ya or not. i thought it was a pretty believable and engaging portrayal of an evangelical kid coming to question her beliefs, although i'm not sure the characters were entirely consistent.

    25. i'm not sure if this was meant to be ya or not. i thought it was a pretty believable and engaging portrayal of an evangelical kid coming to question her beliefs, although i'm not sure the characters were entirely consistent.

    26. Not bad. Written by a Bowdoin grad. The best part of this book is the main character, Mel. The other characters, esp. the sexed up pastor and the crazy mom are without -- but it's worth reading for Mel.

    27. This is like Evolution, Me & Other Freaks of Natureif Evolution, Me & Other Freaks of Nature was overwritten, underedited, and boring. MFAs are wayyy overrated.

    28. Interesting coming-of-age story about a young daughter in a fundamentalist family, trying to reconcile her Christian born-again faith with reading Darwin.

    29. I can't wait to read this! I live in a Christian fundamentalist community, and this is a book that I need so that my thoughts won't be stifled.

    30. She didn't learn anything!!! I've read a couple of books like this one, and they usually learn something, but maybe after that twist at the end, it was all too much for her. Poor fictional girl.

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