Saturday, June 30, 2012

Double Shot by Erynn Mangum

Published: October 29th, 2010
Publisher: NavPress
Pages: 288
Rating: 5/5
Now that Maya is engaged to Jack, the love of her life, everything should be perfect, but actually, it’s the opposite. Maya must trust that God is in control even when things seem to be a disastrous mess.

This fiction novel uses the power of story and humor to challenge teens to discover the relevance of faith in their lives. This fun, lighthearted read promotes trust in God.

This last installment of the Maya Davis series tied the trilogy up wonderfully. Maya experiences a lot of change in her life, and it’s both funny and enlightening to watch as she learns, grows, and trusts God with her every need. Something that makes this series so appealing is that teen girls can easily relate to the obstacles in Maya’s life. Relating to the main character of a book is an important aspect in making the book appealing, and Erynn does just that.
I’ve always wondering why Erynn makes her characters older when her books are categorized under YA fiction. Now that I’ve read both her series (Lauren Holbrook and Maya Davis), I think I’ve come to the conclusion that she does this to show her younger readers that things like trusting God and letting Him rule our lives aren’t actions that expire when we grow up. We don’t ever come to the point where we’ve learned all we have to learn about our Savior. We don’t get to a certain age and automatically stop having to trust God. Erynn’s books show that a lot of the troubles that we experience now will follow us into adulthood (though they might now seem as severe then as they do now). She shows us a glimpse of the kinds of decisions we’ll have to make when we’re older, and how trusting God now will prepare us for trusting Him then. And I absolutely love how she does this.
Double Shot holds the same undeniably witty humor and sweet romance that both Cool Beans and Latte Daze have. By the end, you’ll discover that Erynn’s characters have found a way into your heart. I know I did- the sinking reality that I felt when I finished Double Shot confirmed how much I loved this series. Though the ending felt a bit rushed, that didn’t bother me much at all. If you haven’t gotten your hands on this series, make an effort to soon. It’s not one you’ll want to miss and one you’ll never forget. I’ll definitely be pulling this one off my shelf to read again sometime.
Quick Content Review: *may contain spoilers*
*clean read!*
Language: None.
Violence: None.
Sexual: None- Mild (some kissing)


  1. I absolutely love Erynn's books!!! She is my favorite author! Which series did you like more? The MissMatch series was my favorite :) Have you read Sketchy behavior (it's very different than her series but so good) or her novellas for kindle? Ah I jet love her stuff!!!

  2. Really?!?! You're like the first person I've come across that likes her books too! I'm so glad I finally found someone I can discuss them with. I liked the Maya Davis series more than the Miss Match series, though I loved that series too. I haven't read any of her other books (Sketchy Behavior, Easter Carats, etc) but I want to soon. I've been following her blog- she has the cutest little boy! Have you read any of Jenny B. Jones' books? She writes alot like Erynn does. I bet you'd love them.
    Happy reading!

  3. Yes, I adore her stuff! You should read Sketchy Behavior. It's actually about a high school girl instead of twentyish year olds. Yes, I read her blog all the time! I feel kind of creepy sometimes cause she has no idea who I am lol but she has the cutest family. I read So Not Happening by Jenny B. Jones and wasn't a huge fan. That was a few years ago though and I've been meaning to read Save the Date. I've heard great things about it! If you want to e-mail me that might be easier than talking back and forth in the comments :) My e-mail is smilesalot2010(at)gmail(dot)com


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