Book Review

This book has been reviewed by Focus on the Family Thriving Family, a marriage and parenting magazine. It is the second book in the "Real TV" series.

Positive Elements

Spiritual Content

Sexual Content

Violent Content

Crude or Profane Language

Drug and Alcohol Content

Other Negative Elements


Pro-social Content

Objectionable Content

Summary Advisory

Plot Summary

Briana Harris loves hanging out at her best friend Channing "Chickie" Wells' house. Chickie's fun-loving Christian family treats Briana like one of them. They make it easy for her to escape her troubled home. Chickie manages to get herself and Briana on their favorite reality show, Flip Flop, where each week, two best friends redecorate each other's bedrooms. Briana prays that she can enjoy the excitement of the makeover and a TV crew in her house for several days without anyone learning about her father's alcoholism. With the help of Chickie's cute brother (Sebastian) and one of the show's decorators (Petra), Briana discovers that God may have planned all this to bring her stressful secrets into the light.

Christian Beliefs

Church, mealtime prayers and spiritual searching are an integral part of the Wells family's life. Because of their example, Briana began attending their community church. Briana loves the serenity prayer, but spends much of her time realizing that she must let God have control over her circumstances. Chickie suggests that she and Briana pray before they go on camera for the bedroom makeovers; she asks that their actions will exemplify Him. Petra, the designer with whom Briana works, subtly shares the salvation message as she tells Briana about her own conversion.

Other Belief Systems

Petra says that before finding Christ, she investigated a number of other paths to spiritual enlightenment.

Authority Roles

Chickie's parents treat Briana like a family member; they share in the Flip Flop excitement by catering wonderful meals for the TV crew, and they behave warmly toward Briana's parents, with whom they've had little interaction despite their daughters' close friendship. Initially, Briana's mom's example is one of pretending the family has no problems; she remembers the husband she knew and loved before alcoholism overtook him.

Briana's father holds a respectable job and travels often. He never becomes violent when he drinks, but his rants often keep the family up all night. Petra opens up to Briana about her dysfunctional past and spiritual quest, encouraging Briana to hang on to God and not hide her pain.





Discussion Topics

Get free discussion questions for this book and others, at

Additional Comments/Notes

You can request a review of a title you can't find at

Book reviews cover the content, themes and worldviews of fiction books, not their literary merit, and equip parents to decide whether a book is appropriate for their children. The inclusion of a book's review does not constitute an endorsement by Focus on the Family.



Readability Age Range

14 to 16


Wendy Lawton






Record Label



Moody Publishers


On Video

Year Published





Get weekly e-news, Culture Clips & more!