Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Come to the Table: A Review

In the second book of the SouledOut series, readers catch up with Kat and her friends right where the first book left off. Kat is still tutoring at the school and passionate about eating healthy. When she helps out at a food pantry, she decides SouledOut should help feed the hungry. Will her zeal push people aside or draw them in to truly feed the hungry?

I did read the first book in the series and enjoyed it. I know Kat is abrasive, but I could feel her passion for her topic shine through her immaturity in the first book. However, after a few chapters in, I thought it was time for Kat to grow up, and she does. By the end of the book, she's a changing (not yet completely changed) character who is learning how to match her enthusiasm with love and patience on people and on God's timing.

Some other things I liked: the realistic writing about a situation with a guy and three girls (and a kid) living together an the implications on Nick's character as he serves as an intern at the church. I also love Nick in general. He's sweet and a good balance to Kat. I enjoyed Rochelle's story and felt that the feelings she develops for a certain guy in the book were well-done. 

What I didn't like: the constant reminders about each character's race. I found this annoying and one of the reasons I quit reading this author's last series. I LOVE that the author chooses to write about many cultures. I go to a church that is diverse and serves black, Hispanic, and white members equally. I guess that's why it bothers me because I live in a diverse atmosphere both personally and professionally (librarian at a school), and I don't get the need to point out a person's race every time they are mentioned. 

Overall, fans of the YaYa Prayer series will enjoy this second book in the series. Fans who were annoyed with Kat in book one should give her another chance. She gets better by the end of the book. 

I received this book in exchange for my review. My thoughts are my own.

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