The Miracle Girls (Miracle Girls Series #1)

The Miracle Girls (Miracle Girls Series #1)

by Anne Dayton, May Vanderbilt



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446407557
Publisher: FaithWords
Publication date: 09/08/2008
Series: Miracle Girls Series , #1
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Anne Dayton graduated from Princeton and has her MA in Literature from New York University. She lives in New York City. May Vanderbilt graduated from Baylor University and has an MA in Fiction from Johns Hopkins. She lives in San Francisco. Together, they are the authors of Emily Ever After, Consider Lily, and The Book of Jane.

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Nitestar on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I am always a little weary of christian based novels. Miracle Girls is a great mixture of teen chick lit, christian novel, humour and inspirational genres all mixed in together.We get to meet our main character Ana - who is an absolute over-achiever in everything she does. Best grades in school, part of every group in school, etc. Except that she does a very idiotic thing on page 4 of this book - she actually reports another student for cheating - and does so in front of the whole class, including the cheating student. This will set the scene for the entire rest of the novel.As I was reading this passage, I kept thinking "I don't believe she did that". I was not sure whether I admire her or thought she was the stupidest person alive! No matter, what ensues is a great read detailing how 4 girls get together at detention and have to work on a project that will make them really look at their lives and their faith.The writing is quite witty and there is alot of humour here. The girls are, for the most part, charming and entertaining and more importantly, this novel does not come across as preachy or too unrealistic. I like that the author incorporates everyday teenage issues and angst into the storyline.While I usually prefer my chick lit with a little more edge - I liked this book and recommend it to all teens looking for a good chick lit read.
ANovelMenagerie on LibraryThing 10 months ago
The ReviewBeing a HUGE fan of Shelley Adina¿s It¿s All About Us Series, Miriam at Hachette recommended that I try out The Miracle Girls. I was excited to read it and, now in the aftermath, am so glad that I did! Like Adina¿s series, The Miracle Girls is a book are about Christian girls navigating their way through high school. The Miracle Girlsis the story of Ana, a 14-going-on-15 year old high school freshman. She has recently moved from San Jose to Half Moon Bay and needs to start all over again in making friends. By the way, if you¿ve never visited Half Moon Bay or Santa Cruz, you¿re missing out! It¿s absolutely gorgeous! You look to the east and there are redwoods and pines forming amazing forests and parks and then you turn to the west and you are facing the ocean. Northern California is just so ¿earthy¿ and the trends and culture there is really cool. It¿s fabulous! Ana is being prepared for her quince by her EXTREMELY strict parents. Although she¿s not excited about it, her nanny/housekeeper Maria encourages her to be find enthusiasm for it and explains how special it is. The wonderful thing about Ana is that she is very smart. Ana truly cares about being a good Christian, studying hard to get great grades, and generally doing the right thing. She even recognizes that having mean thoughts about others is considered sinful. Like most other teenage girls, she has a crush on that gorgeous, popular boy. ¿The Miracle Girls¿ are formed via a writing assignment in detention one afternoon. Four girls, who are very unlikely friends, discover that they all have been in a ¿life or death¿ experience in which God spared their lives. This common thread eventually draws 3 of the 4 of them together. The 4th girl is the popular cheerleader who most likely would never join their small group. But, eventually God brings them all together just in time for the quince. Together the unlikely foursome build an incredible friendship.What I really like about this book is that our heroine, Ana, is actively involved with community service, church and school. And, she does it in such a way that it¿s COOL to be that way. She doesn¿t get discouraged when she is teased and called ¿God Girl.¿ She truly does care about what her parents think and she takes responsibility for her actions. All of these things, I feel, are a great influence on today¿s teens. These are the types of characteristics that we want our daughters to own. This book is something that I would definitely recommend to my daughters and other girls of a similar age or older. POSITIVE YA Fiction is so ¿in¿ in my book! On Sher¿s ¿Out of Ten Scale:¿I was curious about how two authors on separate coasts write a book together. I found on their website a recent ¿blog radio¿ webcast in which Miriam of Hachette (if you don¿t know her¿ she¿s just AWESOME) interviews Anne, May and also Shelley Adina. I wish I had known when this was taking place because I would have loved to have called in! The link to the webcast is below if you are interested in listening to it. I played it while I wrote up some reviews and read posts in my Google Reader. I thoroughly enjoyed it!If you can¿t tell by now, I really loved this book. I am looking forward to reading and reviewing Breaking Up Is Hard to Do, the next installment in The Miracle Girls Series. For the genre Fiction:YA/Christian, I am going to rate this book a 9 OUT OF 10.
calexis on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I gotta say first of all that I loved the photo on the book cover. I know that you should't judge a book by its cover, but when it's nice to look at, well it doesn't hurt. haha. Anyways, the book was a good read for a number reasons. It explored the relationships between parents and their children. It shows the way that God plays miracles in people's lives. It shows first love isn't the same as having a crush. All in all, I can believe in the characters in the book. It is rewarding to watch them grow and learn to become friends despite all their problems and troubles in life. The end of the book leaves it open for the authors to keep writing about the girls as they grow up.
sheelysmom on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This is the first novel I've read in the Christian Young Adult genre - and what a breath of fresh air it was.Ana's parents have moved her to Half Moon Bay - into a huge house that feels like its all for show. Her relationship with her parents is strained at best. Her first weeks at her new school are lonely and she manages to make enemies, just not any friends. One fateful mistake, however, lands her among three classmates she would never have chosen as friends - but they find out that they all have something in common that takes Ana's freshman year in a whole new direction.The writing of The Miracle Girls is fresh and realistic. Ana wants so desperately to do what is right and live her faith while still making a place for herself and learn to stand without her parents constantly dictating her choices. The friends she makes are complex characters with their own set of issues that help Ana realize that maybe her life isn't quite as hard as she thought. And while Ana works through her first real crush, prepares for her Quinceañera and navigates high school life - her God is always on her mind, reminding her of her responsibilities and helping her cope with the pitfalls that inevitably come.The authors have captured the teenage spirit and experience without compromising their character's values - not an easy feat. I'd gladly and without reserve put this book in the hands of any teenage girl I know.
schmadeke on LibraryThing 10 months ago
The Miracle Girls is written entirely in Ana's voice. As the mother of a 14 year-old I can vouch for the fact that the narrative voice is very authentic. It is sarcastic, intelligent, and distinctly teenaged. Reading The Miracle Girls feels like eavesdropping on a teenage girl's conversation with her best friend.Ana is a unique teen. Her parents immigrated from Mexico shortly after her birth. Her father is a lawyer, and apparently a very successful one because Ana wants for nothing in the material sense. She lives in a mansion and her mother spends her days redecorating the new house with the assistance of an interior designer. They employ a live-in cook-slash-housekeeper, and shop at Bloomingdales and Nordstrom. For a 14 year-old, Ana is only mildly rebellious, especially considering that her parents are extremely strict. Ana has her sights set on a medical degree from Princeton and needs to graduate high school first in her class in order to secure admission to the Ivy League.Current culture references abound in this book. Ana talks about iPods, email, instant messaging, Google searches, Nutter Butters and Vera Wang. Again, this adds to the authenticity of the story while giving it a distinctly contemporary feel. One of the more interesting aspects of this book is how the pressures of high school are depicted. Of course, there is peer pressure. Ana wants to fit in with the popular crowd, but she is different, mainly due to her Christian faith. Lucky for her, she finds two very good friends relatively quickly in her new school, and meets several other friends (and, eventually, a boyfriend) in her church youth group. The authors also dealt with academic pressures, which we've heard a lot about in the media in the past year or two. Ana felt that she needed to be first in her class in order to get admitted to Princeton. The pressure was strong and constant. Her extra-curricular activities were carefully orchestrated in light of the college application process. As a freshman in high school, Ana and her parents were already thinking in terms of 'key differentiators' and how having a 'passion' would look good on her application.The Miracle Girls is so much more than a story about a group of high school friends. Although it is full of likeable characters, it is really about Ana ... how she found a few good friends in a new school, and how in the end that turned out to be enough, and maybe even better than being part of the 'in' crowd. It is about how she balanced having a life in high school with having huge dreams for the future. It is about how she embraced her cultural roots even though at least one of her parents seemed a little embarrassed by them. And it was about respecting parents and rules and boundaries, and at the same time becoming a person who can both ask for and handle increased freedom.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in two days. It was very intriging, and had a great message.
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This book is really good. In the end your like is there more! Great read for like teenagers
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Loved it
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This book is awesome and riley is a girl. Theres no boy
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Anazing fantastic book !!!!
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QMS More than 1 year ago
The Miracle Girls is one of my favorite books, full of drama friendship and conflicts. I recomend this book to all girls who are going into a new school or town. This book made me realize that going into a new school and meeting new people isnt so bad and even though it might be hard at first everything will work out. I hope you guys enjoy this book like i did =).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I havent heard what the story is about but it sounds like a great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this whole series of book. When i was reading them i got so interested that i got excited reading and finding out what would happen. there were even parts that i would read over again. It was a really good book, and well written.
BOOKloverSMILES More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this book 2day and can't wait 2 buy the next 1. It's an overall AWESOME book. This book is about a girl named Anita, but most call her Ana. She just moved from San Jose to Half Moon Bay, California, and things have NOT been going good. She has no friends and her parents won't allow her any freedom! Literally. One day she gets detention from accusing the Freshman Queen Bee, Riley, of cheating on a test and gets detention. There is where she meets girls, who just like her, are so called miracles. Parents won't need to worry with this book. But I think many kids would like a little more edginess in a book. There is ABSOLUTELY no profanity or bad things in this book, the only thing someone might call "bad" or "disrespectfull" is when Ana challenges her parents, but she does it for good reasons. DON'T GET THIS BOOK FROM THE LIBRARY! BUY IT!!!!! Au Revoir!
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Was it just bad luck for Ana Dominguez to call out the most popular girl in school, Riley, for cheating on a quiz in front of her crush, resulting in both of them getting detention? Or was it fate?

Ana just came to Half Moon Bay from San Jose, and starting a new school definitely isn't easy, especially since she doesn't know anyone there and still hasn't made any friends.

Her first time in detention (ever), Ana is a little relieved that her favorite teacher is the one overlooking the class. That is until she gives the students an assignment which involves getting into groups of four, writing an essay, and sharing it with the group. What makes the situation even worse is that Riley is in her group.

Each girl begins to read her story on the one moment that changed her life forever. Turns out all four had survived accidents that could have cost them their lives. Automatically, Ana and Zoey see something special between them and they know it wasn't just a coincidence that the four girls were grouped together. Starting a new friendship will be easy - getting the other two to join them is the hard part.

Four completely opposite girls will journey into a friendship that may just last forever. From faith to family to guys and school, each will battle them all, but they have each other to help them get through it.

A promising beginning to a new series, THE MIRACLE GIRLS will entice all readers who enjoy a well-written and thoughtful novel. The characters are well-developed, each girls' story is extremely heartbreaking, and their blossoming friendship is just heartwarming.

Dayton and Vanderbilt have outdone themselves this time, and the best part is, there will be more books being released.
Deborah_K More than 1 year ago
I have always enjoyed Anne and May's books. They write for the the Christian girls that do enjoy living in a secular world. They know that there are Christian girls who like designer shoes, dating guys and going out for a night in the city. Their books are like a fresh breath of air to those who are tired of reading cookie cutter characters. This book tells what it's really like in high school. There's the over-achieving of trying to get into a top college, cliques, feeling out of place, trying not to stand out too of the crowd, it's all there in this book. I actually did appreciate how even fellow Christian girls are still capable of being snobs no matter how strong their faith is. This happened to me in high school and I felt a kinship with the girls who experienced Riley's attitude towards them. Off topic, I loved the name Riley for a female character. There is some label name dropping in the book but it's just enough to make the reader feel that the authors know their audience. It's certainly not the overload you get from mainstream series. The girls in this book do NOT live over-extravagant lifestyles and do not have phony teen slang so they seem more real than their other counterparts. Teens will really related to these characters. This is another great alternative to the mainstream teen lit that is out there today. It's a cleaner story but still edgy enough that teen girls will enjoy it. Also while it is targeted at teens, it's a book that any chick lit fan will enjoy. I'll be looking forward to the next book in the series!
DanceBree17 More than 1 year ago
I actually picked this book up because I thought it might be something good for my youth group to read for a book project, and I decided to review it on here. The Miracle Girls are a group of girls who by random chance, meet at detention their freshman year in school. They find out that they all have been saved from death by miracles, and they feel called to come together as a group. To complicate things for Ana, the voice of the book, she is locked in academic battle with Riley, who is one of the miracle girls, but she refuses to acknowledge the group. The setting is good for freshman to sophomores in high school because it deals with the drama and the troubles of these girls who are new to the high school scene and the struggle to make a place for themselves. Personally I thought some of the scenes were not all true for my experience in school, but still the message was good. I would say that if you are wanting a book to share with a youth group, or maybe have a group of friends that you know are struggling with things, this might be a good book to share.