Although this book opens with a quick and nondescript scene in which Natalie loses her virginity before she moves to L.A., this is actually a pretty wholesome book with nice messages. Natalie is a good and very likeable person, and the reader will root for her. Her mother is a pastor, and Natalie has a very open relationship with both of her parents, who offer her solid advice. While the family do their best to follow their Christian values, the book never becomes preachy. When Natalie googles her new friend Alex upon another friend's advice, she discovers her to be a notorious party girl. Alex and her brother live alone (their parents died) and Alex has had several stints in rehab. Natalie notes how very different and how much faster life is in L.A. than Minnesota, and while she worries that some of it may be rubbing off on her, she does not pass judgment and wants to help those around her with her friendship. Although Natalie has several friends who party and attends parties herself, she struggles but succeeds in remaining true to her values, and decides not to drink or do drugs. Language is mild. Readers will be happy to know that this entertaining read has a sequel due out in 2012.