The Lily series and The Elizabeth Gail series are both young adult books series for young girls who want to grow spiritually with God. I did not read the complete series of either of them as a teen but I read quite a few of the books and since I decided to read them again for my 50 book challenge, I figured I would do a compare and contrast book review since they both fit into the same genre!
Let's start with
the similarities these two books have. Each book centers around the
life of a 12 year old girl entering her teen years and dealing with
school and peer drama while they are also struggling to form a
relationship with God. Each girl is surrounded by family and people who
love them. That is as far as the similarities go with these two
books. As for the differences, both girls have different struggles
which is obviously a typical difference between books in the same genre
however both struggles are purely unique while the message is the same.
Both of our main characters have different attitudes and interests as
well as a different family history and a different relationship with
each book does a good job in depicting realistic characters and events
that young girls can relate to. Each book is about creating a
relationship with God and each book has unique characters and situations
that will help girls relate in different ways. The writing techniques
are fairly solid. Here's Lily features a lot of advanced writing techniques in terms of who the book is directed toward. The Mystery at Johnson Farm is very basic in terms of writing and I saw a lot of repetition.
I am going to give these books both 3 out of 5.
For young girls they are excellent and the message of the book is fresh
and unique but artistically, they definitely have more potential.