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Jill Williamson’s Ambushed


All Spencer wants in life is an NCAA scholarship to play D-I college basketball. He visits universities when he can and works hard at his goal of taking his team to the state basketball championship.

When disaster strikes, Spencer’s desperation sends him to the one person he was determined to ignore: his father.


Anyone who has been following my reviews knows two things: I love everything Ms. Williamson writes and Spencer is one of my favorite characters of all times. Because this series is encompassing Spencer’s school years and summers, you really get to know who he is and what he is made of. And, for the record, he’s a really great teenager.

What I liked about this one:

Spencer’s voice stays true to who he is. He is so authentic, that never once do I feel like he is not a teenage boy. I particularly like the way Ms. Williamson deals with heavy topics like drug use and alcohol because it comes across as natural. She is able to point out the bad without having the book stop and tell you it’s bad. There’s a natural flow to this novel that just works. And it’s funny. I laughed out loud several times.

Spencer’s friends. I love the way each one is different and endowed with a unique personality. There really are a lot of people who are introduced over the series and yet, when I come across them, they are like old friends and so I am not confused about who is who and what is what.

The mystery of Spencer’s father grows. We meet Spencer’s father in this book. Or do we? I cannot wait for the next one to come out.

I love that just like Spencer is authentic, the spiritual gifts in this series are authentic. These guys recognize them and they use them, and I love it. There’s also a scene where Spencer learns about Biblical manhood. Spencer being Spencer, it’s going to take him a while to get it, but I love to see the seeds that dropped and watered. And more importantly, I love watching Spencer grow.

What I didn’t like:

I didn’t want it to end!

Romantic Scale: N/A (though there are some interesting threads going on here. I hope Ms. Williamson continues the series until Spencer marries)

Overall, such a great followup. I can’t wait for the next one!

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