Something To Believe In
Series: Katie Parker Productions #4
Published by Sweet Pea Productions
Publication Date April 24, 2020
Genres: Young Adult, Christian Fiction
Setting: Texas Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 18-24
Written for: High-School/Young Adult
Sometimes the hardest part of loving someone is knowing when to let go.
Katie Parker never dreamed she’d make it to college, but here she is, a freshman, ready to take on cafeteria food, quizzes, and pretending she’s read that ancient novel for English Lit. Already filled with angst over saying goodbye to her family, Katie is so not okay to learn an unexpected housing change lands her in the honors dorm. Especially when one of Katie’s nerdy new roommates decides to major in making Katie’s life completely miserable.
To escape the dorm room drama, Katie needs her boyfriend Tate more than ever. But when he gives all his attention to his fraternity, their relationship begins to quickly unravel. She wonders if they’re going to survive this first year of college. Or if she even wants them to.
As tragedy rocks her family, Katie finds herself drowning in grief and losing her grip on academic life. When ex-boyfriend, Charlie Benson, unexpectedly calls, Katie will cling to an old trusted friendship…that might become something more. Why does Charlie still get her like no one else? As Tate pushes her away, will Katie walk away from college and step back into the arms of the one who got away?
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Also in this series: Forever Your Girl
I have been watching and waiting for more books by Jenny B. Jones. I just never dreamed the next would pick up with Katie Parker’s life in college! After all, Can’t Let You Go is her post-college story. But we needed to know what happened in college. Or at least needed another opportunity to see Katie in action with her grandmother/best friend, Maxine!
Something to Believe In is a great blend of angst and humor. Katie is such a snarky, tough girl, yet heading off to college, leaving her new parents is hard! Especially when her dorm arrangements got changed and instead of the compatible roommate and the beautiful room, she is stuck in a dorm with two nerds, one of whom is downright hostile. And then, when things begin to fall apart…
Fortunately, Maxine is also in the story. Maxine is up to her usual quirky self. Charming the college boys and practicing for the Ms. Silver Texas pageant. And roping Katie in on her clandestine activities. I couldn’t help but laugh at her antics! And melt at her deep love for Katie and the sage advice she gives.
I loved the depths of these characters. The trials Katie faced were hard and helped to make her stronger. The lessons she learned were profound, especially how to love her biological mom, despite the pain she suffered while under her “care”. And how Katie learned that she is not her mom, and her past doesn’t define who she has to become.
It has been five or six years since I’ve read the other books in the Katie Parker Productions series. The author did a great job in this one by dropping the necessary reminders about what had happened without retelling the story. So if it has been a while for you, no worries, it is like riding a bike. Katie’s story will come back to you naturally. However, this series is so great, whether you have read them or not, start from the beginning and read them all! (But save Can’t Let You Go for later!)