Sisterchicks Do the Hula!

Sisterchicks Do the Hula!

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by Robin Jones Gunn
     
 

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Some dreams take a while before they come true. Best friends Hope and Laurie never made it to Hawaii during their college years. But when they're about to turn forty, the islands still beckon, and off they go - with an unexpected stowaway on board (Hope happens to be seven months pregnant). A little pineapple, a little sunshine, and a surprising little surfing lesson

Overview

Some dreams take a while before they come true. Best friends Hope and Laurie never made it to Hawaii during their college years. But when they're about to turn forty, the islands still beckon, and off they go - with an unexpected stowaway on board (Hope happens to be seven months pregnant). A little pineapple, a little sunshine, and a surprising little surfing lesson give these two sisterchicks all their crazy hearts could hope for - and more - as they enter the next season of their lives with a splash and with a beautiful vision of what God has dreamed up for them.

Wherever there’s chocolate, there’s sure to be a sisterchick celebrating, and this trip to Hawaii is no exception. Best friends Hope and Laurie are on an audacious mission to commemorate their fortieth birthdays in style. Surfing and sailing, sushi and snorkeling—these two macadamia nuts from the mainland sample it all, unhindered by a surprise little stowaway.

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Sisterchick n.: a friend who shares the deepest wonders of your heart, loves you like a sister, and provides a reality check when you’re being a brat.

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Luaus are only the beginning. The island experience binds Hope and Laurie’s souls together, gently restoring their unfinished dreams. Garlanded with leis or swimming with sea turtles, they join the dance of delight in their Maker, entering the next season of their lives filled with the unforced rhythm of grace.

Story Behind the Book

We lived in Hawai’i when our son was in elementary school and have returned many times for visits. I have a deep and abiding love for all that is Hawaiian so of course the islands were my location of choice for this second Sisterchick novel. The art of hula is an intricate form of storytelling has gone through many changes over the years. Every woman’s life has a story. Every woman goes through many changes over the years. But not every woman has yet learned to "hula". This book will encourage her to "hula" through life as she learns to live out her story with the unforced rhythm of grace.


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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307564177
Publisher:
The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/04/2009
Series:
Sisterchicks
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
458,554
File size:
4 MB

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Prologue

Laurie came up with the idea to go to Hawai’i. Both times. The first time she made the suggestion was in 1983, when we were sophomores at UC Santa Barbara. I was up to my eyebrows in shattered bits of my heart when I burst into our dorm room to blurt out the news: My engagement was off. While I had been busy trying on bridal gowns and ordering invitations for the June 19 wedding, my fiancé was leaving work early to smooch with some seventeen-year-old cinnamon twist who worked at Taco Bell.

Laurie saw it coming, but to her everlasting credit, she didn’t try to collect my heart’s fragments and glue them back together. Instead, she administered a steady supply of tissues for my big, globby tears and listened patiently until I had no more words to spit at her.

“Hope, listen to me,” she said firmly. “You’re going be okay. Better, actually.”

I said something about how the only thing that would make me better would be some serious chocolate. So we proceeded to the vending machine at the end of our hall and ceremoniously inserted our precious laundry quarters until all the Oreos and Reese’s Pieces were ours. Returning to the room, we ate every last dot and crumb while sitting cross-legged on Laurie’s sheepskin rug.

“I think we should go somewhere on June 19,” Laurie said. “Someplace exotic.”

“Why?”

“Because you need a fresh start. A new dream. Something wonderful to look forward to. Where should we go?”

The only place I wanted to go was a dark cave where I could hibernate for six months.

“I have an idea.” Laurie rose to her feet. She fluttered her arms about to the right and then the left while awkwardly swishing her hips. “What do you think?”

“I think you need hula lessons,” I said flatly.

“Exactly! I do need hula lessons. And so do you. That’s why we should go to Hawai’i. On June 19. Just the two of us.”

I let the word Hawai’i plant itself in my ravaged soul like a lone tiki torch flickering in the midst of all the smoke and ashes. Hawai’i.

All we needed was some money.

Laurie and I spent spring break in Napa Valley working at the restaurant Laurie’s parents owned. We hoped for many generous tippers, but it turned out there was only one. Gabriel Giordani.

Before my eyes, Laurie fell in love with this struggling artist who came to the café every day with his two daughters. His wife had passed away a few years earlier, and all the locals loved to gossip about Gabe and his paint-splattered jeans. Laurie gave them something to really gossip about our last morning there, when she kissed Gabe on the mouth, right in front of the café window.

She and I were about three miles down the road when Laurie said, “You know what, Hope? I’m going to marry that man.”

I studied her profile and solemnly said, “I know.”

I also knew that on June 19 Laurie and I would not be flying to Honolulu. Somehow, it was okay.

Many years later, when my husband and I saw one of Gabriel’s paintings in a restaurant, I told Darren that, looking back on that season of my life, I realized I didn’t need the actual trip to Hawai’i as much as I had needed the possibility of such an adventure. That was what Laurie gave me—she dared me to dream when I wanted to die.

Darren said I should get back in touch with her because true friends like that are hard to come by.

“I know,” I said. “But Gabe is practically famous now. They’ve probably moved to an estate. She might not remember me.”

“She’ll remember you.”

“I don’t know if the phone number I have is right anymore.”

“You won’t know until you dial it and see.”

But what would I say? I miss you, Laurie. By any chance, do you still have the key to the back door of my heart? Because I have yet to make a duplicate and give it to another friend.

No. I wouldn’t call Laurie or write her. The season of our friendship had passed.

Then, as only God can, He surprised me. I think He prompted Laurie to call out of the blue just to prove that He knows me by heart. He knows what I need even when I’m too timid or belligerent to ask for it. Laurie and I had an unfinished dream. Neither of us had yet learned to do the hula.

One

The day Laurie called me she was in New York.

I was in the garage, mopping up psychedelic puddles of Rocket Pops. Our ancient freezer had coughed its last icy breath sometime during the night, and the entire summer supply of Little League frozen confections was forced to seek alternate accommodations. Unfortunately, the Popsicles tried this on their own and met with disaster.

“Gabe has meetings all afternoon,” Laurie said, after I recovered from the shock of hearing her voice in the middle of my mess. “I know it’s last minute, but I’d love to drive up to see you.”

“Are you sure?”

“Yes, very sure. If it’s not too inconvenient.”

I warned her about the Popsicle massacre. “And it’ll take you a couple of hours. Are you sure you want to drive?”

“Yes, I love to drive. Remember?”

I smiled. Yes, I remembered. Laurie had a passion for the open road. “Are you going to rent a convertible?”

“You know it! Now don’t go to any trouble.”

I hung up the phone, rinsed my permanently cherry-scented mop, and frantically began cleaning the rest of my humble abode like Tigger on steroids.

Meet the Author

Robin Jones Gunn grew up in southern California and began writing for publication in 1985, when her children were young. Her storytelling attention turned to writing novels for teens as a result of being involved with her husband, Ross, in full-time youth ministry for over twenty years. Recently, Robin began writing the Sisterchick novels for women who are ready for God to meet them in new ways as they enter the next season of life. Robin and Ross live near Portland, Oregon, and have a twenty-year-old son and a teenage daughter.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Sisterchicks Do the Hula 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
JodyJ More than 1 year ago
I have absolutely fallen in love with the sisterchicks. This was the second book in the series so I did not even get to read the first one in the series so I ordered it online immediately; I want to read every single one of the books in this series. Hope and Laurie had such an awesome time in Waikiki celebrating their 40th birthdays together only in style, they did everything they could possibly do, they went on all the tours they could go on, they went snorkeling, surfing, sailing, to the luaus, and swimming with sea turtles. This trip brings Hope and Laurie’s friendship to a completely new beginning filled with the unforced rhythm of grace. I recommend this book to all Robin Jones Gunn’s fans. I received a free copy of this book for review from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group, for my honest unbiased opinion.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for those of us who like christian fiction, but aren't into romances.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In 1983 at the University of California at Santa Barbara, when Hope¿s fiancé dumps her, she turns to her best friend Laurie for solace. Though they have no money Laurie decides they will do the Hula in Hawaii to help Hope overcome her broken heart. However as Hope recovers, Laurie meets widower father of two, artist Gabe, and marries him. They did not go on their Hawaiian vacation............................ Years later, living in Connecticut Hope is happily married to a high school coach and raising three teenage sons; Laurie is in California also happily married but her three daughters have left the nest. Laurie decides it is time to do the hula on their upcoming fortieth birthdays just a few days apart. Though pregnant, Hope agrees that it is time to pull out all the guns and loose the superchicks on Hawaii. Can the fiftieth state survive the invasion of the superchicks?................................. The return of these super sisterchicks is a fun sort of chick lit tale starring two forty year old women. Laurie and Hope make for a fine tale as their friendship is the way relationships should be and their spouses add love and depth. The antics of the dynamic duo bring to life a different look at Hawaii as if Lucy and Ethel (not Gidget) were tourists on vacation there. SISTERCHICKS DO THE HULA is a warm run on the beach..................................... Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sisterchicks Do the Hula by Robin Jones Gunn Two grown women reconnect many years after being college roommates. Agreeing to take the vacation they never got to go on…Hawaii. These best friends learn what good can come from restoring an old friendship. I did enjoy this story but it wasn’t what I expected. This is one of those books you keep in your car for when you are stuck waiting at the DMV or doctors office. Even one to read on a beach or vacation where there are lots of people around. Or better yet…if you are planning a trip to Hawaii! This is literally a tour guide in the form of a story. Yes, it is fun and creative, I was not bored or waiting for it to end. Just very tourist style and no real point to the book. I recommend this to anyone who has interest in vacation places or planning to drop in on the homeland of the hula! This book was provided to me free of charge by Blogging for Books, in exchange for my honest opinion and review of the book. Everything above is my own words and honest opinion.
JamieLittle More than 1 year ago
I have been a huge fan of Robin Jones Gunn's books ever since I got my hands on the Christy Miller series. Her writing is easy to read and super relatable. They're the kind of book that you can easily breeze through in a single afternoon. Despite the easy reading, these books also pack a huge punch in terms of content. Gunn has a way of writing that always carries a good message and teaches the reader a little more about the loving, gracious God we serve while still being entertaining and fun to read.  Sisterchicks Do the Hula is no exception to Gunn's writing style. It follows the story of college friends, Hope and Laurie, who finally make good on an old promise to go to Hawaii together. Both are about to turn forty and facing various crossroads in their lives. Through their adventures on the island of Oahu, experiencing the island culture as well as the craziness of this tourist destination, both women find themselves becoming more and more aware of God's plan for their lives - as surprising as those plans might be.  I've read this book multiple times and picked it up this last time because I was feeling a little Maui-sick and the need to immerse myself in a little Hawaiiana. (It helps that the cover image is a shot from one of my favorite beaches on Maui.) I loved it this time just as much as I did the first time I read it.  Each time I pick up this book new things stick out to me, things that are more relevant to me as my life continues to change seasons. This time was no different, I was able to pick up some bits of wisdom from Hope and Laurie's story that I was able to apply in my own life.  I can't wait to see what I get out of this book the next time I read it.  Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best lessons are often those found in the least and most unexpected places. This book is a good example of that. It will have you laughing, living and loving before you even realize it’s happening. All about friendship and faith, with a bit of fun thrown in for good measure, this delightfully surprising book will inspire you. (4 of 5 Stars)
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BambiLin More than 1 year ago
Each of these books is a stand alone story of two close female friends, and the challenges of mature women everywhere. There faith guides them through some difficult personal challenges, but don't misunderstand, there is frequent humour and often hilariously funny moments, and the spiritual aspects are very insightful and powerful. Loved the entire series and recently purchased several for my "sisterchick" friends.....hoping we can plans our own trips soon. Great travel tips in each book, too.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The first book was touching and funny. This one seemed a bit forced. It's more sappy than funny and at the end of the book, I really didn't care how it all turned out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sisterchicks Do the Hula is an amazing story of real friendship. It is about a friendship that time and distance cannot stop. It is a moving story that allows you to see God for who He is, the Creator.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Climbs ontop of u and makes u enter me "i want to do this" starts thrusting trying to make u c<_>um