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I first read a Susan Meissner novel in 2007, and eagerly snapped up her backlist at the time. Rereading such books now that they are finally released on audio has given me an opportunity to see how my viewpoint on Christian literature has changed.
Meissner has a way of interjecting real life into her novels without making them overly preachy. However, I found this book (more than others she's written) seems to preach more awkwardly and otherwise miss the mark. Tavia Gilbert's narration was somewhat over-dramatic, though her children's voices were particularly well-done (if annoying). I found Megan to be a weak character, never having to stand on her own, moving from one safety net to another... and that never changed. I never understood how she reached the faith conclusions she did, and she was such a loner that I never really did understand why... All of her friends her age were boys, and never again develops a healthy relationship with a girl her age.
And that ending... GAAAAH!
Meissner is certainly a writer to watch. Her more recent novels are much more mainstream and commercial, but her earlier books are generally good Christian fiction that don't tidy up neatly, sermonize, or otherwise fall into "Jesus is my BEST FRIEND!" territory. Unfortunately, "A Window to the World" falls into all three traps.