Tuesday, September 9, 2008

The Miracle Girls by Anne Dayton and May Vanderbilt

genre: Christian Young Adult chick lit :)
rating: 4/5
however, for the genre - I'd give it a 5/5 (it's just not life changing for me, but a fantastic read for teens)

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 QuinceaƱera 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.

3 comments:

Anne Dayton said...

Thanks so much for the great review! I'm so glad you likes it!

May Vanderbilt said...

Wow! That last line made me tear up a little! We wrote this book for all the teens in our lives we know and love.

Thanks so much for including us on your awesome site!

Ramya said...

hey.. i am going to be receiving my copy of this book from Anne and May as well.. can't wait to read it now after seeing your review!:)

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