The story line follows a family a year after a tragic event involving the death of the grandmother. The grandmother and her incredible faith were the glue the held the family together. The main character of the story is a girl named Kate, who is presently dealing with her own struggles and the depression of her mother. The story is engaging and keeps you wanting to continue reading to find out what will happen next.
Overall, I think the story is very well done. The book has not only a good story, but a lot about Catholicism woven into the storyline, so it not only entertains, it also informs. I'd say this book will most likely appeal to teenaged girls. I'm not sure if the guys would get into this book, but I know girls would enjoy it.
One of the things I like about this book is it has discussion questions at the end. This is good not only for facilitating a conversation about the book with your teen, but also for reading the book as a group. Even as an individual reading the book, you could look over the questions and think about them. Several of them get you to think not only about the book but about how some of it can apply to your own life. So it's a good series of questions for deeper thought.
I was provided with a review copy of A Single Bead by the publisher, Pauline Teen, in exchange for my honest review. You can find out more about this book and view a preview here. It is also available at Amazon.