Stealing Bradford [NOOK Book]

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The Carter House girls are just getting to know one another when the subject of boys comes up. Rhiannon’s dating Bradford, the most popular jock in school, Eliza’s seeing Harry, and even DJ has dated Conner, although now he acts as if he doesn’t like her. Boys aren’t always easy to understand, but every girl in the house wants a boyfriend—and will do just about anything to get one. So when Taylor decides to put the moves on Bradford, Rhiannon is shocked and hurt. Mistakes are made and feelings battered … there is...
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Overview

The Carter House girls are just getting to know one another when the subject of boys comes up. Rhiannon’s dating Bradford, the most popular jock in school, Eliza’s seeing Harry, and even DJ has dated Conner, although now he acts as if he doesn’t like her. Boys aren’t always easy to understand, but every girl in the house wants a boyfriend—and will do just about anything to get one. So when Taylor decides to put the moves on Bradford, Rhiannon is shocked and hurt. Mistakes are made and feelings battered … there is forgiveness for some and bitterness for others … but at the end of the day, the girls learn a valuable lesson about what it means to be a family.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780310856580
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication date: 8/30/2009
  • Series: Carter House Girls , #2
  • Sold by: Zondervan Publishing
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 158,933
  • Age range: 13 - 16 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Melody Carlson has written more than 200 books for teens, women, and children. Before publishing, Melody traveled around the world, volunteered in teen ministry, taught preschool, raised two sons, and worked briefly in interior design and later in international adoption. "I think real-life experiences inspire the best fiction," she says. Her wide variety of books seems to prove this theory.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2012

    I love these books!!!

    These books are awesome!!! I love how melody carlson doesnt sugarcoat the life of teenage girls. She tells it exactly how it is for us! Boys, temptations,friends,clothes,the whole nine yards! These books really show how hard being not only a christian girl in this world is but how hard it is being secular too. None of us have it super easy. You have to read all the books to understand whats going on like why all these girls are living together,whos who,etc... the post above has the order of the books.:-)

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2008

    2nd title in series another great read

    Stealing Bradford by Melody Carlson is the second book in the Carter House Girls series. The personalities of the girls have been well established in the first book, now we get to see how they react to high school. Rhiannon and long time boyfriend Bradford seem perfect for each other until Taylor sets her sights on him, setting up the title of the book. When they split up, all of the other girls of Carter House set their sights on bringing Taylor down. Taylor is an over-the-top witch with a b, but as DJ spends more time with her, her vulnerability begins to show through, and it forces DJ to step forward in her faith. DJ's growing faith is refreshing and makes a nice addition to the series. Because she didn't grow up in a Christian home, everything about Christianity is new to her, and some of the toughest lessons for teens (or anyone): judge not, lest ye be judged, and love your neighbors and your enemies are struggles for her. My one disappointment for this book was the ending. Having recently read I Heart Bloomberg, I was surprised to find that Carlson had used an almost identical plot device in that book. While the two books have different audiences, it's not a good practice for an author.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2011

    you cant stop reading

    its a book that will catch your attention. you fell like youve only read 10 pages when you have read a 100. best book.. you will not stop reading. 1 hr will feel like 10 minutes. believe it all happened to me. great book

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2008

    Wonderful Followup to Mixed Bags!

    Stealing Bradford is a delightful follow-up to Melody Carlson's first Carter House Girls book, Mixed Bags. This time, the girls deal with dating and competition for boyfriends -- a struggle many teens face. You'll cheer as the characters work through bitterness and rivalry, coming out stronger in their friendships and their Christian faith.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2008

    Teenage melodrama

    As a sequel of 'Mixed Bags' the author does not miss a beat. The reader is drawn to the middle of the action just as in the first book. This book includes even more scenarios of what teenagers are facing in this day and age. The tomboy girl to the fashionista, the challenges, the doubts and the fears we¿ve all experienced are there. But this book gives more, it gives an answer, a lifeline and that is God. These are definitely books I will gift to the teens in my life.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 25, 2011

    Awesome

    Read it!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 25, 2010

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    Stealing Bradford by Melody Carlson

    Great sequel to mixed bags. I found this one more entertaining then Mixed bags and am looking forward to reading the next one. If you are lacking drama in your life this is a great book to read

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 31, 2009

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    The Trouble with Boys

    Young Adult edgy Christian fiction is fast becoming one of my new favorite genres. I am enjoying reading about teens in real situations who act like how teens really would act. I sometimes get tired of reading about Christian teens who are always doing the right thing. Yes, we are supposed to stand out and not be a part of the world but at least show how hard it is to confront your peers. This series continues to show that very struggle that happens within a boarding house modern day setting. Taylor keeps shocking me with her everything she does. She is the girl who you hated in high school because she could get away with everything and never got caught. DJ's grandmother is really starting to get on my nerves. I cannot understand what is going on in her head. She seems to care way too much on appearances and favoring those who hide their true intentions and suck up to her. Those that are true to themselves either get ignored or reprimanded. I'm hoping for the day when she finally decides to open her eyes and grows up.

    Some people might complain about how this book focuses too much about boys and dating and is inappropriate for young teens. I feel however that this book is targeted at older teens who are dating and experiencing the same thing the Carter House girls are going through. For fans of Gossip Girl and other secular teen lit, this is an example of the perfect alternative for them. It's Christian fiction, but it's not preachy, it's fun and hip, and has characters and situations they will be able to relate too. Liking boys is a natural part of a teen girl's life and this book shows the negative consequences of what happens when you let them take over your life.

    I've also been hearing that this series is in talks to be optioned as a TV show. I think this will be an excellent idea if it happens and as long as they keep the story and characters intact, I will be eager to watch it. I hope it will be able to introduce more readers to Melody's books as well.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 4, 2009

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    More like 3.5 stars

    Stealing Bradford was an easy read like the first book in the series. I'm not sure I enjoyed it as much, though. I appreciated how the issues with Connor and DJ were worked through, but since this is part of a series it's still unresolved at the end, which is okay, but I don't like too many loose ends. There was a big loose end that is sort of dealt with because you see the first chapter for the next book at the end of this one, but that's the only reason. Without that you'd be left hanging.

    It seems like the characters are becoming more three dimensional as the series progresses, which is good. I like how gradually the deepening issues with Taylor are emerging and being peeled away like layers from an onion. It's great how the author shows that when you attempt to get to know people who you don't like, you will often see that their pain drives them to act the way they do. That's definitely the best part of this story. The scenario with Taylor at the school reminded me of A Walk to Remember's conflict, almost as if it had been taken from that story. And last, I don't know why I kept seeing Taylor as a blonde in my mind's eye, then to find out she has a totally different parentage kind of threw me. Maybe I just missed that in the first book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2008

    Fair trial precedes good judgment, even when it comes to Stealing Bradford

    Exactly how does someone steal a boyfriend? Doesn¿t the guy have complete control over who gets his heart no matter how alluring the temptation? That¿s precisely Taylor¿s point. The classic mean girl with an attitude kick starts a series of lessons we can all learn. I confess I jumped to the same conclusion as DJ when Bradford showed up to watch a movie at Carter House. Falsely accused, Taylor had it right. Things aren¿t always what they seem, and it¿s wrong and dangerous to make prejudiced assumptions. To DJ¿s credit, as she steps forward to walk out her faith, did seek out the truth and have the humility to apologize. Friendship and compassion take on deeper dimensions as Stealing Bradford invites the Carter Girls to look beyond the surface and embrace the true beauty hidden behind the mask. Both Goth Girl Casey and Terrible Taylor find safety and support as they open up and reveal the aching heart they¿ve been covering. Tucked beneath the layers of protective competition, stay-away-from-me façade, and putting your best face forward are lessons only life can teach. The girls learn through bittersweet experience that manipulating a situation can backfire, mercy and forgiveness make friendship grow, fair trial precedes good judgment, you never know the pain someone is hiding, revenge is not sweet, and taking things to God takes the pressure off of you. When some trashy but phony pictures of Taylor flash across the internet, things take a dramatic twist and the moment of truth surfaces for the girls as they team up to find the disappearing diva en route to who knows where on her motorcycle in the rain¿ Stealing Bradford leaves you hanging onto a thread of hope while dangling at the edge of a cliff squinting to catch the slightest glimpse of what will happen next. To find out, stay tuned for Book 3, Homecoming Queen coming Sept 19.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2014

    Such a gooooooooood book !!!!!!!!!!

    I loved the book it is so awesome

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