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Posted October 20, 2011
My daughter is loving this series. She says they are really fun books. She flew through this one... yes, I know, she flies through most books, but she really did seem to enjoy this one. And with a cover like that, I have to admit I want to read it. Though my daughter insists I have to read the first one...first.
Here's what she has to say:
This book was completely fun. While there were some sad parts, Christine Lee does some really stupid and really silly things to get her dad and soon to be stepmom a part. She does not want them to get married at all. Christine is an interesting character because of her history. You have to have something special about you to be a miracle girl and for Christine it's that she was in the car with her mom when her mom died. Christine went through the windshield and didn't have a single scratch on her. That qualifies as a miracle.
Now she's trying to find her way in this new world without her mom. It's not easy, but the story is filled with laughs. I would love to know Christine in real life. She's trying hard to keep her friends together. I can't wait to read book three.
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Posted August 2, 2013
Posted June 18, 2010
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The Miracle Girls, Ana, Christine, Riley, and Zoe, grew closer than ever over the summer, but school is back in session and things are changing. Christine's dad is still planning to marry Candace, even though it's only been a year and a half since Christine's mom died. Christine does everything in her power to break up the wedding. Unfortunately, what's breaking up is the Miracle Girls. For some reason, they aren't getting along. Are boys the problem or something deeper? Christine fights to keep her friends together and her dad's future marriage apart, but she may not have the strength to do it all alone.
I really enjoyed this book, though it was tough to read. I mean that in a good way. I couldn't put it down, then thought about it all day when I finished. A certain character made me SO MAD. (Yeah.I'm a sap!) I just wish guys wouldn't play with girls' hearts. I know many guys don't realize they are, but carelessness isn't an excuse. Every girl is different, but some girls never get over being hurt like that. So, "Boo!" to that certain character.
But I do highly recommend this book. It's a fun and thought-provoking story about a girl struggling with her mom's death and her dad getting remarried. Two thumbs up!
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Posted March 31, 2013
Posted September 10, 2009
When we were first introduced to the Miracle Girls, they were just four unique and very different girls who all survived accidents that were deemed to be fatal. Because of a writing assignment, as fate would have it this unlikely group was brought together.
In the first novel, Ana was the narrator. Now it is up to Christine to captivate us with her woes in life.
Seen as the loner of the group, Christine has her own style and way of doing things. Ever since her mother passed away in a car accident, a part of her went missing. Struggling to find herself again, Christine is used to keeping to herself, dressing the way she wants to, and only speaking how she really feels to the school's counselor - only when she is ready. Still not able to fully cope with her mother's death, Christine can't seem to move on. However, her father is already on that road, preparing to marry The Bimbo.
Throw in a soon-to-be stepsister who invades her space, a boy that could possibly be a heartbreaker, and the fact that she is struggling with the new school year, and Christine needs all of the advice and support she can get.
However, the other Miracle Girls are having trouble sticking together, despite the fact that the summer had helped them bond, as each takes up their own agenda. Hopefully, the girls are able to forget their differences and band together to help their friend in need, or else them breaking up would not be so hard to do.
Dayton and Vanderbilt once again captivates the audience with BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO with the realistic situations and problems that will most likely connect with readers. The MIRACLE GIRLS is a great series full of substance and meaning that will make any parent willing to go out and buy a copy for their teen - and secretly for themselves, too.
Posted June 17, 2009
Breaking Up is Hard to Do by Anne Dayton & May Vanderbilt is the second book in the Miracle Girls series. This volume focuses on Christine Lee, the rebel of the group with her thrift store wardrobe and nose ring. Christine is angry with her father for getting engaged just a year after her mother's tragic death in a car accident, so she's taking it out on stepmother-to-be Candace. She's struggling to deal with her mother's death along with the possible break-up of the Miracle Girls as each has boy issues and long-dead rivalries spring up again between them. When Christine hits bottom, she thinks that she has no one left to turn to, not the Girls, her father, or even the God she swears she doesn't believe in. I like this YA series. Each girl has a different personality and interests, allowing just about every teenage girl to find a character to relate to. I've watched my own daughter and her friends drift apart and come back together as boys come and go, and the authors portray that confused loyalty well. Christine's longing for a place to belong is the crux of this story, and author do a terrific job of keeping the other storylines tied to it. Her questions about God are ones that I think a lot of teens face, and they are answered well at the end of the book. Definitely a book I'd recommend to teen girls (and tell their moms to sneak a read when the girls are finished).Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 15, 2009
I enjoyed this delightful teen novel. Written in the voice of Christine, the story peels away like an onion--layer by layer--as she moves through the grieving experience from experiencing the recent death of her mother, to the idea of a new step-mother. Added to the mix are driving, dating, and her roller coaster relationship with her friends, the Miracle Girls.
The scene with Christine listening to Handel's Messiah is descriptive writing at its best. That scene along with another scene brought me to tears. This may have been written for teens, but it touched my old heart, and I give it a big thumbs up.
Posted June 12, 2009
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I actually got tears in my eyes at the ending of this story. Any book that makes me sniffle from happy tears is a good book. That means I cared enough to feel something for the characters. These authors did a great job pulling me into Christine's world. She was very much a typical teenager so their perspective from Christine's point of view was excellently done. Those heart-engaging endings are the kinds of endings I love seeing in inspirational books. One that offers hope and healing and encourages young adults. It's so much the opposite of what teens read in secular YA fiction.
Anyway, because this story wasn't typical YA fiction I enjoyed that slight difference. There were no pat answers and healthy grieving was encouraged. The struggles the teens experienced were typical and well-done. Everything is "embarassing" at that age. Also, I didn't feel like a bunch of girls of verying ethnicities were thrown together to make a multicultural book happen. It flowed naturally and didn't seem forced. I appreciated that. I also appreciated the subplot involving Riley's brother Michael. I can't wait until that story comes out. I think it will be the best story of them all.
Posted April 3, 2009
The problem with a lot of YA books these days are that they try to be too trendy, with constant label dropping and made up slang. It gets to the point where these things take away from the story and become so distracting that the reader gets turned off. However, this book does not follow that formula. As always, Anne and May have turned out an amazing work that is a hard-to-put-down page turner. This book brings me back to days in high school where you want to stick close to your group of friends and worry when everyone starts to drift apart. In this story, it's easy to relate to Christine as she tells the reader what her life is like and how she's trying to cope with her father dating a woman she doesn't like. I was glad to see that Candace was not a "mean stepmother" type but I do agree with Christine's nickname for her. The registry scanner scene was hilarious, it's something I might have thought of in my younger days.
I really like how in this book, the girls have become close friends despite their differences. Riley has pretty much given up on the popular clique and bonded with Christine, Zoe and Anna. This is poignant for Christine because she wants to be able to keep this close knit relationship and have everyone be together. However situations arise where the other three seem to drift apart leaving Christine alone and feeling left out, something I could totally relate to. It's a predicament many teen girls find themselves in and the authors portray that feeling excellently.
There were times though when Anna got on my nerves. It would annoy me when she kept bugging Riley about her grades. I mean, yes it's ok to be concerned about them, but it was the way she kept wanting Riley to do bad just so she could get first in the class. I just wanted to take her and tell her, "Look JUST CALM DOWN!!" Riley, on the other hand, while she wants to do well also, does not let school become an obsession in her life. She will try her best but if she does not come out on top every time, she won't stress about it. Anna should take note. I also didn't like how Anna kept pestering Riley about liking a guy. It just kept throwing me for a loop because Riley and Anna have gone from being enemies to being good friends and Anna seems like she's putting a barrier in between them on purpose.
Also, call me slow and not observant, but I honestly had no idea that Christine was Asian! While I do like it when Asian culture is on display full blown, it's also nice to see race issues just blend in the background. I thought this was great because it was a book that went against the stereotype that all Asian teens are either adopted into a white family or immigrated when they were very young. Christine was just a normal average girl who just happened to be Asian. Not every Asian family speaks with accents or has overachievers.
This is another wonderful book by Anne and May and it's a book any YA or chick lit fan will enjoy. It's a fun read and it's always great to read books that tell things like it is. I am eagerly awaiting to read the next book so we can discover Zoe's story. HIGHLY recommended.
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Posted October 26, 2009
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