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Diary of a Teenage Girl: Caitlin Series, Book 5
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Saturday, October 22 My life changed today. It's as if I got up this morning as one person and will go to bed as someone else. Okay, maybe it's not THAT drastic. But I'm so excited I'm not sure I'll...
Saturday, October 22 My life changed today. It's as if I got up this morning as one person and will go to bed as someone else. Okay, maybe it's not THAT drastic. But I'm so excited I'm not sure I'll...
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  • Saturday, October 22

    My life changed today. It's as if I got up this morning as one person and will go to bed as someone else. Okay, maybe it's not THAT drastic. But I'm so excited I'm not sure I'll ever go to sleep tonight. Josh Miller asked me to marry him!

    First she "kissed dating goodbye." Now, several years later, Caitlin O'Conner is getting married--to the guy she's loved all along, Josh Miller! It's her senior year of college, and she has seven months to plan her wedding...but according to Josh's mom, that's not enough time.

    Meanwhile, Caitlin's roommate, Liz, has ditched her to move in with a boyfriend. Her new roommate and old friend, Jenny, is toying with anorexia again, and just when Caitlin needs her most, Beanie heads off to a New York City design school. On top of all this,an issue from Josh' s past rocks Caitlin's emotions. Can she handle it all?

    True to form, Caitlin is more concerned with following God than having the perfect wedding. But it is her big day. Can Caitlin have a lovely ceremony without spending a small fortune? Will she remember it's the marriage--and not the wedding--that lasts forever?

    Story Behind the Book

    "My teenage years remain vivid in my mind. It was a turbulent time full of sharp contrasts-- love and hate, pain and pleasure, trust and doubt. Then, just as I reached my peak of questioning, rebelling, and seeking, I found God. And I found Him in a really big way! My life turned completely around and has, thankfully, never turned back. Hopefully this story will touch and change hearts--speaking to teen girls right where they live, reminding readers that God is alive and well and ready to be intimately involved in their lives right now! Caitlin provides a very positive role model for girls. And her wedding is a great way to teach them about the things that really matter in life--their relationship with God and their willingness to be used by Him."

    From the Trade Paperback edition.

 
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  • Chapter ONE

    Saturday, October 22

    My life changed today. It's as if I got up this morning as one person and will go to bed as someone else. Okay, maybe it's not as drastic as all that. But believe me, things are definitely different now. Excitingly different even. I'm not sure that I'll ever be able to go to sleep tonight. And ironically, here I am in my old bedroom in my parents' home, the very same place I was when I began writing in my very first diary almost five years ago.

    And as a result of what happened today, I think it's time to break out a brand-new diary. Okay, this one isn't exactly "brand-new," since it's actually one that I've been saving for quite a while. It's a rather ordinary looking diary (really, more like a journal), but my friend Josh Miller gave it to me on my nineteenth birthday, just a couple of years ago. I thought it was sweet of him at the time, but I was also right in the middle of writing in another diary, so I tucked this special leather-bound book into my top bureau drawer--to save for another time.

    Another time has come, and that time is now because:

    Josh Miller asked me to marry him tonight!

    Okay, okay, let's start back at the beginning of this incredibly romantic day. I'd come home from college this weekend to attend a wedding. Two friends of mine were getting hitched--Willy Johnson (the manager of the incredible rock band Redemption) and Elise Curtis (mother of Redemption drummer Allie Curtis). I replaced Elise, last summer, when I traveled as a chaperone for Redemption. And as a result, these three gifted girls feel like family to me. Especially Chloe Miller, who will become my sister-in-law sometime next year. Wow, it's still sinking in! God is so amazing!

    The Johnson-Curtis wedding was absolutely beautiful. Oh, it was nothing lavish or fancy or over the top. And only about a hundred guests were there. But the ceremony felt very real to me, and the love between Willy and Elise was written all over their happy faces. I actually cried--it was that sweet.

    Chloe, Allie, and Laura were bridesmaids, all wearing the most gorgeous gowns designed by none other than my old best friend Beanie Jacobs. The dresses were autumnal colors with lots of beadwork and lace, but not a bit frilly. Just really elegant and classy and like something you'd see in a movie. Beanie's majoring in textile design now and is rumored to have the kind of talent that will take her places. I'm so proud of her!

    All right, I will admit that I had a brief fantasy during this particular wedding ceremony. I mean, what girl doesn't dream about her own wedding day? Especially when you hear those familiar notes of "The Wedding March" starting to play! Dum, dum, da-dum. I'm sure I've been humming that tune since I was a little girl putting my mom's old white negligee over my head like a wedding veil. And okay, I did wonder how I would feel to be the one standing up there in a scrumptious white gown and repeating my vows to...well, I even had a particular guy in mind.

    In fact, that guy was actually one of the groomsmen standing up there with Willy and looking totally awesome in his dark brown rented tux with velvet lapels. It was in that exact same moment that I realized Josh was actually staring back at me. It seemed as if our eyes locked for about five minutes, although I'm sure it was only a few seconds before I looked away. Maybe that's what made me cry.

    I suppose I was sort of embarrassed to be caught gaping at the same guy I have consistently pushed away over the years. It's hard to believe that it all started back in high school, when he was a senior and I was a junior. But then our relationship went...

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  • Melody Carlson has published over 90 books for children, teens, and adults--with sales totaling more than 2 million and many titles appearing on the ECPA Bestseller's List. Several of her books have been finalists for and winners of various writing awards. Her Diary of a Teenage Girl series has received great reviews and a large box of fan mail. Melody has two grown sons and lives in Central Oregon with her husband. They enjoy skiing, hiking, gardening, camping, and biking in the beautiful Cascade Mountains.

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