Departures: Two Rediscovered Stories of Christy Miller and Sierra Jensen

Departures: Two Rediscovered Stories of Christy Miller and Sierra Jensen

by Robin Jones Gunn


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ISBN-13: 9781601423467
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/03/2011
Series: Christy Miller Collection Series
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 784,445
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.57(d)
Age Range: 12 - 16 Years

About the Author

ROBIN JONES GUNN is the best-selling and award-winning author of more than seventy books, with over 4 million copies of her titles sold worldwide. Best known among them are the Christy Miller, Sierra Jensen, and Christy and Todd: College Years teen series. A Christy Award winner and a two-time finalist for excellence in fiction, Robin has also been a Gold Medallion finalist. She and her husband have a grown son and daughter and live in Hawaii.

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As beads of perspiration dripped down her back, Christy Miller lifted her long, nutmeg brown hair to try to get some air on her neck. She didn’t know why her parents had dashed so quickly off the plane when it landed at the Minneapolis–St. Paul International Airport. They had more than an hour before their connecting flight left for Madison, Wisconsin.

“Would it be okay if I went to the snack bar for something to drink?” Christy asked her dad.

“Sure,” Dad said, reaching into his pocket for some money. “Buy something for your mother and me—and take your brother with you.”

Christy tried to hide her lack of enthusiasm over thirteen-year-old David’s tagging along. This was the first vacation her family had taken in a long time, and she didn’t want to be the one to start an argument.

“Can we play one of those video games?” David asked, pushing up his glasses. He was big for his age, just as Christy had been, and he resembled their red-haired father more every day.

“No. We’re only getting something to drink.” Christy led her brother through a maze of small round tables. The two of them were almost to the counter when David tripped over a girl’s foot that was sticking out from under a table. She was wearing large clunky boots and had her dark hair up in a clip. David stumbled and bumped into her chair, causing the girl’s backpack, which had been slung over the chair’s back, to fall to the floor.

“Sorry,” Christy said, apologizing for her brother and urging him to move on quickly.

The girl and her friend, who was sitting next to her, were probably a year or two younger than Christy was, yet they appeared to be traveling by themselves. At that moment Christy wished she were traveling with her best friend, Katie. A summer adventure would be so much more fun with a friend than with her family.

When Christy had graduated from high school two weeks ago, several classmates went on senior trips to exotic locations like Mexico and Hawaii. This was Christy’s exotic trip—a family weekend in Brightwater, Wisconsin, population 832.

Two days ago Katie had told Christy, “You shouldn’t complain. At least you’re going somewhere—unlike some people we know.” Katie then had flopped onto her bed and let out a sigh. “If you come home on Monday and find me here, in this same position, call the Guinness Book of World Records.”

Even though Christy knew better, she asked why.

“Because I will be the first person in history who will have died from boredom.”

Christy had argued that her grandparents’ fiftieth wedding anniversary in Brightwater, the town Christy had grown up in, would be twice as boring, but Katie didn’t buy it. She reminded Christy that more than once mystery, romance, and adventure had found her when she had least expected it.

Then Katie had lifted her head and added, “And don’t forget. You happen to be very available at the moment.”

Yes, Christy thought while handing David his drink, this would have been a much more exciting trip with Katie along. Christy directed her brother to a nearby exit she had spotted where he would have less human traffic to navigate through. With each of them holding two full drinks, Christy knew the chances of disaster with David were pretty high.

They had just made it through the café when Christy caught sight of a flash of sandy blond hair that looked so familiar. She held her breath and watched a guy enter the bookshop next to the café.

“David,” Christy said, “stay right beside me. I want to check on something in that bookstore.”

“That’s not fair. You wouldn’t let me play video games.”

Christy’s heart pounded wildly as she caught another glimpse of the broad shoulders and a tan neck. He wore a white T-shirt with a familiar surfing logo on the back.

“Hurry up, David,” Christy said, walking faster.

“Where are we going?”

Christy couldn’t answer her brother. She was too absorbed in not screaming out “Todd!” at the top of her voice and running to the guy who was now standing with his back to her, looking at a magazine.

With cautious steps and protecting the drinks she held, Christy blinked away sudden tears from her blue-green eyes. She now stood only a few feet from the person who had held a special place in her heart. Only two months ago, as they watched the sunset at the beach,
Christy had said good-bye to Todd. She never dreamed she would be saying hello to him so soon.

“Hello,” she said aloud before she had a chance to think of a better greeting.

When he didn’t turn around, she stepped closer, her heart pounding loudly in her ears, and said, “Hi.”

“Christy?” David said. “What are you doing? Who are you talking to?”

The guy turned to face both of them, and Christy nearly dropped her drinks. This guy, who stood only inches from her, was definitely not Todd Spencer. He was good-looking, but he wasn’t Todd.

“Oh, sorry,” Christy mumbled. She turned before her crimson cheeks painted her whole face a bright red.

“What were you doing?” David asked, following her fast stride out of the bookstore. “Who did you think that was?”

Christy ignored David, trying to calm her emotions. How could she have made such a fool of herself?

“Did you think he was someone you knew?” David asked, trotting to keep up with Christy.

“Yes,” she answered. “From the back, he kind of looked like Todd.”

“Todd?! He didn’t look like Todd at all. You should have asked me before you went up to him. I could have told you it wasn’t Todd.”

Christy was about to turn and tell David to just drop the whole thing, when a voice over the loudspeaker announced, “Flight 73 to Madison, Wisconsin, is now boarding at gate 10.”

“Come on, David, that’s us.” Christy strode through the terminal, leading the way to gate 10. When they entered the waiting area, their parents were anxiously looking for them.

“Where have you been?” Mom asked, taking her drink from Christy.

“Christy thought she saw Todd,” David announced for the whole world to hear. “She followed this guy into a bookstore and started to talk to him.”

“David!” Christy scolded.

“Well, you did.”

Christy grabbed her backpack and started for the line of passengers boarding the plane. Mom stopped her. “We have to wait. They’re only boarding rows 15 and higher. We’re row 14.”

David tugged on the strap of Christy’s backpack and said, “Hey, look! There he is.”

The guy from the bookstore had entered their waiting area and stood in line to board the same plane. Christy tucked her chin and turned her head so he wouldn’t see her.

“He doesn’t look at all like Todd, does he?” David said.

“David, lower your voice!” Christy pleaded.

“Come on,” Dad said. “They just called our row.”

Christy slowly followed as her family stood in line. The guy was only two people ahead of her mom.

“He’s looking at you,” David announced, punching Christy in the side.

“David,” Christy threatened through clenched teeth. “Don’t you dare say another word. I mean it!”

David pretended to lock his lips with an invisible key. He stood with his shoulders back, playing the role of the model child. Christy moved along behind him with her head down, avoiding eye contact with any of the passengers, especially the tall blond surfer who was definitely boarding the same plane.

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Departures: Two Rediscovered Stories of Christy Miller and Sierra Jensen 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
VintageGal More than 1 year ago
Departures is the story of two teen girls, Sierra Jensen and Christy Miller. The book is split into two separate stories, one about each girl. Each girl is at a “What if?” point. Christy Miller is trying to figure out why her Junior High School friend, Matthew, is suddenly showing so much interest, especially since she ends up on the other side of the country. Sierra Jensen travels with her friend Jana to their family’s cabin. Jana sets her sights on having her first fling. Sierra, on the other hand, is not so sure about the idea of such a thing. This book is a great coming of age story. Robin Jones Gunn takes a fresh approach to showing how teenage girls can come upon a situation and gather their feelings and thoughts and come out on top. The girls’ relationship and ties to the Bible as well as their strong upbringing plays a vital role in both stories. Teenage girls will find a kinship with these characters and find themselves looking to face the unknown with new grace after reading this uplifting book!
TheBloggingBook on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This was a very cute story. I haven't read any of the Christy Miller or Sierra Jensen books before this. I thought it was going to be a novel but it's really two novellas. The stories were very cute, for the 18 and under age group. I always like books where two stories collide. When you can find characters from a series in the authors new books. It always makes me smile. My favorite of the two stories would have to be the Christy Miller story, Now Boarding at Gate 10. It was very cute. I was hoping there would have been more between Christy and Matt. That's the thing I don't like about novellas, it kind of feels like you get cheated. You don't get a full story. Everything's all smashed together. You get the point but still, I like long novels.Very fast, Very easy read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it
lovegodknowgod More than 1 year ago
Departures by Robin Jones Gunn is two novellas in one. Robin has done a fantastic job crafting these two stories. She has brought such depth and life to the two main characters that you immediately feel drawn into their lives. The first novella, “Now Boarding at Gate 10 A Christy Miller Novella,” is about Christy Miller as she and her family head back to Wisconsin for her grandparents 50th wedding anniversary. Adventure, mystery, and romance find Christy when she least expects it. through it all Christy learns what it takes to have a forever kind of relationship and what it means to truly display the love of Christ. The second novella, “In the Event of a Water Landing A Sierra Jensen Novella,” is about Sierra Jensen as she spends the Fourth of July with her best friend Jana and Jana’s family at their lake cabin in Montana. Sierra’s summer vacation is filled with adventure, mystery, and crazy roller-coaster rides, including the one her emotions and feelings seem to be on during this trip. Sierra finds that her best friend Jana is ready to blossom into womanhood, while Sierra on the other hand is far from ready. Through the trip Sierra learns what it means to blossom with wisdom and understanding. Both novellas are fantastic stories that any young girl will love to read. Robin has done a fantastic job developing characters that are good godly role models for young girls who are blossoming into womanhood. Being a Christy Miller fan myself for many years i loved being able to catch up with my favorite character, and i can’t wait til the day when I get to pass on these beautiful stories to my own girls! I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the series of both chrosty and soerra and this was a great add on!
Soaper_Ang More than 1 year ago
Departures is a book containing two separate stories. Both are about teenage girls on summer vacation. They talk about friendships, love and feelings. The book was a quick and easy read. I'd recommend it for a teenage girl but it wasn't really for me. It held my interest enough to get through it quickly but I didn't find it very captivating.
AutumnDawn0 More than 1 year ago
This book is really 2 in 1. The first story in this novel was "Now Boarding at Gate 10" and the second was "In the Event of a Water Landing". I enjoyed both of the stories very much. The stories were only connected by one part, while they were in the airport. I did not think that it was like that. I though that it would have been connecting many times in both stories, but I can say now that I enjoyed reading theses stories very much. The first story is about Christ Miller's Summer vacation just after her graduation from high-school, and the second was about a summer vacation of 15-year old Sierra Jensen. Both of the stories are the life as teenage girl, but I personally enjoyed Sierra's story much more than Christy's, but I did like readying them both. I would recommend this book to any teen or young adult for a nice novel to read. I think the author could have done a bit better on Christy's story, but overall I think this story was very nice! I received a free copy of this book from Waterbrook Press for review purposes. All opinions expressed are always entirely my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a really great book! I ave ead all of the christy miller series books and they are great and so interesting!
TheReadingNookBlog More than 1 year ago
Departures is a rediscovered book by Robin Jones Gunn, comprised of two novellas that feature her much beloved characters, Christy Miller and Sierra Jensen. Now Boarding at Gate Ten After her high school graduation, still aching from Todd's departure, Christy joins her family on a trip to Wisconsin to visit relatives. While there, she reunites with Matthew, and old friend from junior high. When Matthew starts to show a romantic interest in Christy, she realizes this summer vacation could change everything she thought her future would be. In the Event of a Water Landing Fifteen-year-old Sierra Jensen can't wait to spend her summer vacation with her best friend Jana at a pristine lake in Montana. But when they arrive, it becomes clear that Jana's only interest is acquiring a boyfriend. Sierra just wants to hang out with the guys as friends, but Jana turns every encounter into a possible romantic relationship. As their friendship begins to suffer, Sierra wonders if it's possible to find a Forever Friend who will listen to you, laugh with you, and keep your confidences. It was a very good christian read, and as I love all of RJG's books I loved this one as well. At first it was a little weird, for me, because I've read all the books in the Sierra Jensen and Christy Miller series already. These novellas were set during those books, and I have to admit that I missed the usual characters and settings. When I started reading each of them in turn, it felt rather awakward. Several of the main characters did make appearences alongside Christy and Sierra, but the setting was different and if they did appear, it was only for a few pages so it wasn't really the same. However, it was nice to get a fresh look into the lives of the girls. But they were a great set of novella's all the same. They were awsome little additions to the SJ and CM novels, and it was nice to be able to go back to the girls with a whole new story and new charaters to meet. All in all, I'd reccomend this and any other RJG books to all of my friends. I recieved a free copy of this book from Waterbrookmultnomah in return for writng an honest review.
Deal_Sharing_Aunt More than 1 year ago
I was given the opportunity to review the book Departures by Robin Jones Gunn. The book focuses on 2 stories. 1 about Christy Miller and the other is about Sierra Jensen. I chose this teen fiction book, because lately I have been reading really spiritual books and I wanted a fun book. I had thought that the book would be about the two characters mentioned above Crossing paths (as it eluded to on the back of the book). However the focus was on their seperate lives and vacations. After their vacations their part of the book was over. There was no finale. I kind of felt that I was missing something. You get to know the characters so well, and then its over. I loved the writing of the book, and I liked the plots. I just wish that the plots were closed better. However the author has written other books about these 2 characters and also offers book collections. I think that this would be a great summer reading program for teens, because they would have to read the next book in order to fully get the story.
Novel_Teen_Book_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Now Boarding at Gate 10- a Christy Miller novella Having just graduated high school, Christy goes back to Wisconsin with her family to visit relatives. There she reunites with Matthew, a boy she once had a huge crush on. Now that Todd is gone, could Christy start over with someone like Matthew? What if someone else was interested long before Christy came to visit? In the Event of a Water Landing- a Sierra Jensen novella Sierra heads off to a lake in Montana for a vacation with her friend Jana and Jana¿s family. Excited to have lots of fun, Sierra is frustrated with Jana¿s new boy-crazy demeanor. Will the whole trip be nothing but one big fight? And is Jana right? Should Sierra grow up and start looking for a boyfriend too? What sweet stories. It was nice to visit Christy again. She is a wonderful character, and Robin Jones Gunn always weaves such wonderful stories. How fun to have the chance to read two stories that weren¿t included in the new collections. I¿ve read all Christy¿s books except the college years, but this was the first Sierra-only book I¿ve read. I liked her very much and must start reading the Sierra Jensen collection soon. I¿ve you¿ve never read these, I highly recommend Robin Jones Gunn¿s books. They are a must read for any teenage girl, and for the nostalgic adult too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A story of two girls and a summer that they will never forget. Christy Miller just graduated from high school, just had a horrible breakup, and just got on a plane to Wisconsin with her family. At Wisconsin, Christy falls into a romantic relationship with a high school friend named Matthew. While Christy has her own adventure, another girl named Sierra Jensen has a different adventure. Sierra goes on a trip with her friend, Jana, but the trip turns out to be a total bummer. Jana is only there for the guys while Sierra only wants to have fun. As summer goes by Sierra's and Jana's friendship slowly begins to dramatize. Robin Jones Gunn did a great job with this novel. She included all the elements of literature in this book and the two stories are just fabulous reads!!!
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Beth_Strand More than 1 year ago
First, I have to admit that I had never read a Christy Miller or Sierra Jensen novel before I picked up a copy of "Departures" by Robin Jones Gunn. I had read one or two of her Sisterchicks books and found them enjoyable enough to pick "Departures" to review. As far as a good, solid, relatable YA or Middle grades story, I give this one 5 stars. The book is actually a pair of novellas where the characters of Christy Miller and Sierra Jensen have a brief encounter while heading to separate vacations. Both stories revolve around boys and crushes (no surprise for a YA chick-lit novel) and both involve a fair amount of introspective thinking on the part of the main characters. Both are told in an effective, first person voice that makes you feel you could have met (or been) either one of these girls at some time. Gunn's stories are a breath of fresh air in the Christian Lit market where too many of the characters are preachy or boring. Both Christie and Sierra crackle with real-life energy and both face situations that make readers of any age feel a sense of camaraderie and friendship. If you're passing through puberty or you can hardly remember being young, you'll enjoy "Departures." The characters are well drawn, settings are realistic and the stories are down-to-earth enough to be familiar but fresh. If you're looking for a quick afternoon read or a gift for a younger reader (middle grades or up), you'll enjoy taking a mental vacation with "Departures." This book was provided to me in exchange for this review by the Blogging for Books program.
Jenny Marthaller More than 1 year ago
This is a definet must have no really i want to havee this book it is going oon my wish list!
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jlynnp79 More than 1 year ago
Departures by Robin Jones Gunn is a book that includes two stories about two different teenage girls going on separate vacations. This book is actually one in a series of books. I have never read any of the books before, but I plan to catch up on this series in the near future after reading this book. It was a nice, refreshing story about a blossoming romance and a teenage girl coming to terms with growing up and becoming an adult. I think that the plot flows well without getting boring, and I really enjoy reading about the girls in the stories. In the first story Now Boarding at Gate 10, Christy Miller is a teenage who had to move away from her hometown in high school. When she comes back to town to celebrate her grandparents wedding anniversary, she reconnects with an old friend, Matt, and rekindle secret crushes that they had for each other before Christy moved away. When it is time for Christy to return home, Matt decides that he would like to spend more time with her, so he enrolls in college close to where Christy is going to college. The series continues for Christy in future installments. In the second story, In The Event Of A Water Landing, Sierra Jensen goes on a family vacation with her friend Jana and Jana's family. After they miss their flight and have to stay at the airport to wait for another flight, Jana and Sierra get to know Jana's brother and his friends better, and they discover that boys are not so terrible after all. Once they get to their destination, an old friend of Jana's is anxiously awaiting her arrival, but Jana does not return his feelings at first. When Sierra heads home earlier than Jana, she gets to know one of Jana's brother's friends on the way home, kindling some feelings in both Sierra and him. I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
LjAndy More than 1 year ago
Departures is a double feature that includes two novellas. The first, titled Now Boarding at Gate 10, is about Christy Miller's summer vacation just after her graduation from high school. The second, In the Event of a Water Landing, is a summer vacation story of 15-year old Sierra Jensen. I enjoyed reading the Christy Miller section because I read the series when I was younger. It was just the way I remember the books--entertaining, Christy-centric, and fluffy. In this particular novella, she joins her family on a trip to her old home town in Wisconsin to celebrate her grandparents' 50th wedding anniversary. She crosses paths with people (and a boy, go figure) from her past and knows herself better at the end of the trip. Reading the Sierra Jensen section made me want to read the Sierra Jensen series...almost. :-) She's a spunky 15-year old who takes a trip with her friend and friend's family to the family's cabin. She encounters the typical clashing with her friend as they find themselves in closer proximity than normal. They find that their perspective on things (cough, boys/boyfriends/dating, cough) differs, but Sierra decides that she's great with holding off on the dating scene until future notice and maturely enjoys the rest of her trip. If you have any connection to either series, I'd say you might as well read the book--it's fun and easy reading. If you're thinking of starting on either of the series, I'd just go right to the series then read this once you're done. If you fit in neither of the above listed categories, skip it. Both girl's are Christians and that's good. I like the incorporation of Sierra's faith in the book better than in the Christy story. If you're looking for a good option for non-secular fluff fiction for a pre-teen/teen girl, this is it! This book is part of the Blogging for Books program. I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for an unbiased review.
ParisAlexandra More than 1 year ago
Departures is a book about two girls and their very different holiday weekends. When 17-year-old Christy returns from California to visit her childhood home, she is surprised that her old crush, Matthew, seems to be interested in her. But is it too soon to pursue a relationship after her heart wrenching breakup with Todd? Sierra Jenson is 15-years-old, a little of a tomboy, and content. But while celebrating the Fourth of July with her best friend, Jana, Jana seems to want only one thing now-the attention of guys. When Jana starts openly flirting, Sierra feels the competition is on. Read how both girls work through life relationship with guys, and more importantly, with God. I didn't know what to expect from this book. Sometimes you have to be careful when reading romance, but I thought this book had a good balance of sweet love and age appropriate behavior. I don't know what is about the book that made me want to keep reading, but I did, into the night and early morning. It was simple writing, but good. A nice story. I think I would have like to see Christy and Sierra's lives intertwine more, but overall I really enjoyed the book and would love to read more from this author. I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
abarker More than 1 year ago
This was a very cute story. I haven't read any of the Christy Miller or Sierra Jensen books before this. I thought it was going to be a novel but it's really two novellas. The stories were very cute, for the 18 and under age group. I always like books where two stories collide. When you can find characters from a series in the authors new books. It always makes me smile. My favorite of the two stories would have to be the Christy Miller story, Now Boarding at Gate 10. It was very cute. I was hoping there would have been more between Christy and Matt. That's the thing I don't like about novellas, it kind of feels like you get cheated. You don't get a full story. Everything's all smashed together. You get the point but still, I like long novels.Very fast, Very easy read.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
As Robin was cleaning out her house for her move to Hawaii she found a couple of previously published manuscripts and we now benefit from this find. The book Departures are two novelettes and very quick reads. The first is the story of Christy going home to Wisconsin for her Grandparents 50th anniversary. There she finds Matthew...the boy she had a crush on for many of her Elementary thru HS. He takes her on a trip back in time around the area. Although she has already met Todd, he is gone on a Mission and they have broken us. Makes you want to read more of Christy's story! The Second novelette is the story of Sierra Jensen and her trip to spend a long weekend in Montana. The girls are growing up and not sure which direction they are headed. This one gives a few chuckles along the way, and is very enjoyable. This book is geared towards the Teenage set, and is the beginning of a set of great series! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Waterbrook. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
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sarahsmithstorm2 More than 1 year ago
"Departures" is book of two stories between the famous Christy Miller and Sierra Jensen. I have always been a huge Christy Miller fan and have recently read all of the Sierra Jensen collection. "Now boarding Gate 10" is about Christy after she graduates from Highschool. The main part of the story sets place when Chirsty goes to Wisconsin to visit her family and celebrate her grandparents 50th wedding aniversary. Shortly later, she meets up with Matthew, her elementary crush. During this time, Christy spend a great deal of time reflecting on her relationships and her relationship with the Lord. "In the Event of a Water Landing" is about Sierra summer vacations and as with anything, Sierra is always up for an adventure. Jana, Sierra's friend invites her to go along on a camping trip to Montana. Jana wants to spend a lot of time with the boys and really wants a boyfriend. Sierra just wants to hang out as friends. Their friendship is hindered by Jana's sudden interest in boys and relationships. Will their friendship stand Janna's romantic interest in boys? I would recommend this story to young tweens or teenagers. I would recommend reading all of the Christy Miller and Sierra Jensen stories before reading this book or the reader may be confused. Excellent job Robin! Your books are always fantastic. Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A newly discovered manuscript from my favorite series, times two? Yes please! This "two-in-one" can only best be reviewed as two separate stories (though there may be a surprise encounter between our two favorite heroines.) Now Boarding At Gate 10 (Christy Miller) This story takes place near the end of the original series; Christy is now 18 and visiting her grandparents in Wisconsin. While there she is reacquainted with her childhood crush, Matthew, and encounters all the emotions and questions that suddenly arise, especially when she discovers that she not only still has feelings for Matthew, but he also harbors feelings for her! I didn't like this story as much as I'd hoped, for a few reasons. Mainly, the absence of Todd (my favorite character, of course!). But I also disliked the flighty way Christy seemed to handle her emotions. Not only did she wonder if she was over Todd, but she also thought she had feelings for Doug back in California, at the same time as she was thinking of a future relationship with Matthew! However, while I disliked this aspect of the story, at the same time I appreciated it, and the truth of how flighty and confused emotions can become, especially with matters of the heart. I also disliked the pace the story took; it seemed to go by very quickly, leaving much of the character development lacking. In The Event Of A Water Landing (Sierra Jensen) This story takes place before the original Sierra series begins. Sierra is 15 and goes with her friend Jana to spend some of her summer vacation at Jana's family's cottage. Sierra's craving for adventure and the spontaneous is well satisfied as she begins to learn the ups and downs of emotions when it comes to guys. She watches as Jana flits from one crush to another and back again, and Sierra herself finds herself wondering if each gesture of her friends brother and his friend have a deeper meaning then friendship. Sierra and Jana are just beginning to bud on their journey to becoming women, and Sierra seeks God's wisdom in the situations she finds herself in. I liked this story better then the Christy one, perhaps because I felt that the situation Christy found herself in seemed redundant for her, after all, hadn't she found herself in similar situations with Todd and Rick? And again with Doug and Todd? However, with Sierra's story, I felt that the shallow, fickle ways our emotions could pull us to be well portrayed. As a young girl, just beginning to discover love, Sierra was experiencing something new, where Christy was trotting a familiar path. Both these stories speak of the fickleness that love can sometimes be, especially in the hands of a young girl trying to discover her way in life. I enjoyed the chance to see a new story from these old friends. Though I would defiantly recommend reading the original series' before picking up Departures.