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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Mistaken Identity by K. Dawn Byrd

Mistaken Identity by K. Dawn Byrd
Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing, Inc.
Genre: Inspirational, YA, contemp
Length: Short Story (110 Pages)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 4 books
Reviewed by Fennel

Eden Morgan makes a list of six goals to accomplish in order to have the best summer ever. Getting a boyfriend, which is perhaps the most important goal, becomes complicated when she and her best friend, Lexi, fall for the same guy. Since Lexi is popular, gorgeous, and always gets her guy, Eden thinks she doesn't have a chance.

Channing Johnson is everything Eden's ever dreamed of and she can't believe he just moved in next door. When he starts showing interest in her, she's overjoyed...until she sees him out on a date with Lexi. He says Lexi talked him into it to repay her for tutoring him. Lexi says they're in love.

Eden doesn't know who to believe and is forced to choose between her best friend and the guy of her dreams. Nothing is as it seems and no matter who she chooses, someone will get hurt.

This is an inspirational – with bite. Mistaken Identity deals with faith and friendship. Add in a new boy in town and the faith and friendships becomes sorely tested. In this first effort of genre switch from adult to teen Inspirational the author maintains her fluent writing style, depth of characterisation, and on the edge-of-your-seat action.
By writing in the first person, Ms Byrd allows her readers to get right into her heroine Eden’s head and there you find all the angst and insecurities of the average teen. That said, Eden is no wimp.

When she discovers Lexi, her ‘best’ friend, is nothing of the kind, Eden has choices to make. Does she remain in character or does she make a push beyond her comfort zone and go for what she wants? In Lexi Ms Byrd dramatically highlights the dilemma Christian teens face in today’s ‘because I want it, I can have it’ culture. The tension between Eden and Lexi takes off into the stratosphere when Channing, the new boy, arrives in town.

From a writer as visual as Ms Byrd, it is hard not to imagine yourself there beside Eden, Lexi and Channing. She creates realistic characters and then places them in situations most people can relate to in some form or other, and bingo, the empathy is there between reader and the characters and kept me engaged to the end.

Despite being unfamiliar as I am with the American school culture and atmosphere, I had no problem engaging with her cast.

I’d be surprised if Ms Byrd’s transition to the YA genre does not create a whole new raft of reader/fans for her books. A very good read.