Glory Prep

Glory Prep by Shelley Adina
glory prep
book 1

American Christian Fiction Writers 2009 Book of the Year finalist
The Word Guild 2009 Canadian Christian fiction awards finalist


Friendship. Fashion. Faith.
Everything you need to survive high school.

When blond surfer Lissa Mansfield transfers from Santa Barbara to posh Gloria Stanford Fremont Preparatory Academy in San Francisco, she figures joining the in-crowd will be easy. But obstacles at the boarding school soon start mounting up—and it’s not just that the current queen bee is determined she’ll be a wannabe forever. There’s her new roommate, Gillian Chang, who’s as loud as a New York taxi about how happy she is to be a Christian. If Lissa can just downplay her faith long enough to get the attention of Callum McCloud, the hottest guy she’s ever seen, she’ll be golden.

But when the price of being Callum’s lady means he expects her to go all the way with him, Lissa has to decide exactly where the line is—and whether she’s prepared to cross it. Between that, discerning friend from frenemy, and finding a place on the committee for the biggest media event of the year … who knew life at Glory Prep could be so complicated?

“This book is so much fun. The characters are charming and right from the beginning I was pulling for Lissa to make the right choices.” —Jill Hart,

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“In the first novel of her new YA series, Adina does a good job realistically portraying characters who are not only growing up, but doing so with religion as a huge constant in their lives. Rarely, if ever, are the characters preachy, and Lissa and Gillian are fine role models for any religion.” —Romantic Times BookReviews

The Fruit of My Lipstick

The Fruit of My Lipstick by Shelley Adinathe fruit of my lipstick
book 2 

2009 Christy Award finalist

American Christian Fiction Writers 2009 Book of the Year finalist

The new year … when a young girl’s heart turns to new beginnings, weight loss, and a new term of chemistry!

New Yorker Gillian Chang returns for her second term at Glory Prep in San Francisco ready to share her faith, dive into her studies, and have fun with her new friends. She may be brilliant—playing half a dozen musical instruments and able to recite the periodic table backward—and ready to take on any challenge, but love is the one test she’s never taken.

Gillian’s falling hard for a junior who’s already preparing for his Ph.D. in physics. She’s got his attention—but can she keep it when she’s never quite able to measure up and be the perfect girlfriend? She gets that he’s under a lot of pressure, but is that a reason to take it out on her? In trying to help, she conceals more and more from her friends. So when scandal breaks with Gillian in the middle, even Lissa and Carly wonder where the truth lies …

“Shelley Adina hit a perfect balance. Her characters are strong Christians, and their faith is a big part of the story … but she never really hits you over the head with it. It’s just a part of their lives, just like shopping and cute boys are a part of their lives. …I laughed out loud during many of Gillian’s descriptions of her family, actually hearing my Asian husband’s aunties’ voices in my head. Shelley provides a fantastic glimpse into Chinese-American culture and the struggle of trying to fit into two different worlds.” –

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“The second book in Adina’s series, set in a posh San Francisco boarding school, allows readers to get to know the characters better … and never gets too preachy. The mystery will pique the reader’s interest.” —RT Book Reviews magazine, 4 stars!

Be Strong and Curvaceous

Be Strong and Curvaceous by Shelley Adinabe strong and curvaceous
book 3

Be careful what you wish for …

It’s the last term of junior year and Carly Aragon can’t wait—because it means a chance to compete in the prestigious Design Your Dreams contest. For a budding clothing designer who’s also a scholarship kid, this could mean the difference between launching a career … or merely settling for a job.

But an ugly surprise is waiting for her when she returns from spring break with her family in Mexico. The flamboyant, rich, and arrogant Lady Lindsay “Mac” MacPhail is her new roommate—and she proceeds to steal Carly’s privacy, her confidence, and worst of all, her biggest crush! But when weird, threatening messages start infiltrating Mac’s email, Carly is the only person she can turn to, and they must figure out what’s going on before the threats escalate into real danger.

Who could imagine that Mac’s fate would rest in Carly’s hands—or that Mac would hold the key to her success at Glory Prep? But God works in mysterious ways—even when it means digging deep to find the courage to face them.

“Reading Be Strong & Curvaceous flooded me with memories of my high school days. While the surroundings and scenes were different, there were certain staples that read just like my life: the close friendships, the longing to be accepted, the desire for my first real boyfriend, and most of all, being introduced to Jesus. I only wish Shelley Adina’s All About Us series had been around in my day. I recommend it for any young adult who wants to escape to another world and find that they are not alone in their feelings and experiences.” —Mandisa, American Idol finalist and contemporary Christian artist

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“The third book in the [Glory Prep] series is inspired by a true story. It’s a quick read with topics relevant to today’s teenagers, like fashion, cliques and dating.” —RT Book Reviews magazine

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Who Made You a Princess?

Who Made You a Princess? by Shelley Adina
who made you a princess?
book 4

The girl who has everything is dating the handsome prince.
What’s wrong with this picture?

Shani Hanna has always felt like the poor little rich girl—she has everything she wants and almost nothing that she needs, like the attention of her globetrotting parents. But all that changes during senior year at Glory Prep. After an amazing summer in Santa Barbara, where she meets Danyel Johnstone, who might be the hottest guy on the planet, she returns to school happy and determined to keep a relationship alive, to say nothing of acing her grades and snagging a place at Harvard.

But on her first day back, she meets a handsome prince—no, really! Prince Rashid of Amir is spending an exchange term at Glory Prep, and he only has eyes for Shani. Talk about an embarrassment of riches—Shani would give anything to see Danyel, but circumstances always seem to force her together with Rashid. What she doesn’t know is that her family and the prince’s go back a long way. In each generation, they’ve expanded their business interests through a tradition as ancient as it is inescapable … and despite all her plans, Shani is the next in line.

“What a fun read! Every little girl dreams of being a princess, but there’s a lot more to it than one might think.” —recording artist and Grammy nominee Jaci Velasquez

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“Adina shows that teenagers can lead the life God wants for them — one of sexual purity — and still be popular. She does a fabulous job of addressing teen issues like relationships and temptation while also stressing the importance of developing a relationship with Christ.” —RT Book Reviews magazine, 4 stars!

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Tidings of Great Boys

Tidings of Great Boys by Shelley Adinatidings of great boys
book 5

Home or school? Old or new? Family or friends?

With Christmas—and finals—coming up fast, Mac can’t make up her mind where to spend her vacation. In Santa Barbara with Lissa and Shani? In London with her mother? Or in Scotland with her dad in the family castle, trying to reconnect with old friends who just might not fit her anymore? For Mac, the best way to allay her doubts is to organize something—like a family Christmas and even a traditional Hogmanay dance for New Year’s Eve. So she invites everyone—Lissa, Gillian, Carly, and Shani—to join her! And if she can get her mother involved, maybe her parents will see what a mistake they’ve made and realize they’re meant for each other.

When they arrive they find the castle falling apart and the earl in denial about the family finances. Mac’s old friends hate her new ones. And a video has gone viral, forcing Shani to dodge men in black sent by the royal family of Amir. Can the girls find reasons to celebrate the season … and will a certain young man with an old crush on Lissa realize in time that Mac is really The One?

There are tidings of great joy in the hills of Scotland … if only Mac can believe it’s all part of God’s plan for her …

“A little romance, a little intrigue (how can you not have that in a castle?), and a whole lot of love among friends and family make this a delightfully festive read.” —Nights and Weekends

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“Shelley Adina puts God at the center of the hearts of her heroines and nothing can be better than that!” —A Novel Menagerie

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The Chic Shall Inherit the Earth

The Chic Shall Inherit the Earth by Shelley Adinathe chic shall inherit the earth
book 6

Let’s take a moment here. The words last term of senior year need some respect, not to mention celebration. They need to be paused over and savored. Excuse me.

Okay, I’m back.

Yes, Lissa Mansfield is back, ready for graduation after overcoming cliques, classes, and controversy (just don’t bring up the Callum McCloud video incident from her first term). Her friendships with Gillian, Carly, Shani, and Mac have been through the fire and come out on the other side like pure gold.

But the year isn’t over yet. Her nemesis, Vanessa Talbot, lets slip a secret so shocking that it could ruin her future—and Lissa holds the key to her total destruction. Lissa could rule the school, if it weren’t for her troublesome conscience prompting her to do the hardest thing in the world: the right thing.

“I applaud the series for its multicultural cast and the approach to broadening the reader’s cultural outlook. I have no idea what Shelley’s next books are going to be about but if they are anything like this series, I know I will definitely be picking it up. If you are have been following this series, this is a fond farewell that is done extremely well. If you are new to this series, pick up the first book and I guarantee you will be hooked.” —Books, Movies and Chinese Food

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“The series … shows us that girls can love God and still have fun. The books focus on the real important things: friendship, love, family, following God’s will and growing in God’s love. It’s like a breath of fresh air.” —I Like It Dog-Eared

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