Caitlyn Summer, soon to be fifteen, must practice old-fashioned courtship with high parental involvement, but she has a terrible crush on shy Roland West and she has competition from a girl with no restrictions. As Caitlyn struggles to remain faithful to God, her parents, and herself, her best friend gets pregnant and might get an abortion. When Caitlyn discovers her mother’s past mistakes, she begins to resent all the guidelines her parents expect her to follow.
The characters in Life-Changing Love face the questions: Who am I? Where am I headed? How am I going to get there?
Life-Changing Love and the entire West Brothers series would be a good fit for the Catholic Reads audience because it is a distinctly Catholic young adult series where characters find answers to life’s questions in the treasures of the Faith. This story is appropriate for 9th graders and above. Themes include courtship vs. current dating practices, struggling with purity, obedience, finding the beauty within, Eucharistic miracles, supporting a friend faced with a crisis pregnancy, abortion vs. adoption, speaking the truth when it’s hard.
Life-Changing Love is the second book in the West Brothers Catholic teen fiction series. It has been awarded the Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval.