As the pressures of high school threaten to break the Miracle Girls up, Ana, Riley, and Zoe must find a way to join together to help Christine Lee come to terms with her mother's death and her father's remarriage. Original.Publishers Description
Ana, Christine, Riley, and Zoe have grown closer than ever over the past few months, but summer is over and it's time to put their friendship to the test.
It's been a little over a year since Christine Lee's mom passed away in a tragic car accident. Now her dad is engaged to Candace--"The Bimbo"--and Christine couldn't be less
thrilled. When her attitude starts to take a toll on her schoolwork, the administration forces her to attend counseling sessions. At least she gets to skip gym class!
But with her father's wedding inching closer, Christine is growing even more bitter. To make matters worse, the Miracle Girls are beginning to drift apart. Christine's anger and the pressures of high school threaten to break the girls up when they need each other the most. Will they find a way to join together to help Christine come to terms with her mother's death . . . and her father's remarriage?
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8" Width: 5.1" Height: 0.8"
Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2009
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|Courtesy of Teens Read Too Sep 11, 2009|
|When we were first introduced to the Miracle Girls, they were just four unique and very different girls who all survived accidents that were deemed to be fatal. Because of a writing assignment, as fate would have it this unlikely group was brought together.|
In the first novel, Ana was the narrator. Now it is up to Christine to captivate us with her woes in life.
Seen as the loner of the group, Christine has her own style and way of doing things. Ever since her mother passed away in a car accident, a part of her went missing. Struggling to find herself again, Christine is used to keeping to herself, dressing the way she wants to, and only speaking how she really feels to the school's counselor - only when she is ready. Still not able to fully cope with her mother's death, Christine can't seem to move on. However, her father is already on that road, preparing to marry The Bimbo.
Throw in a soon-to-be stepsister who invades her space, a boy that could possibly be a heartbreaker, and the fact that she is struggling with the new school year, and Christine needs all of the advice and support she can get.
However, the other Miracle Girls are having trouble sticking together, despite the fact that the summer had helped them bond, as each takes up their own agenda. Hopefully, the girls are able to forget their differences and band together to help their friend in need, or else them breaking up would not be so hard to do.
Dayton and Vanderbilt once again captivates the audience with BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO with the realistic situations and problems that will most likely connect with readers. The MIRACLE GIRLS is a great series full of substance and meaning that will make any parent willing to go out and buy a copy for their teen - and secretly for themselves, too.
Reviewed by: Randstostipher "tallnlankyrn" Nguyen
|Book Review: Breaking Up Is Hard to Do Jun 28, 2009|
If you didn't happen to catch my review of The Miracle Girls, the first book in this wonderful YA Christian series... you may want to check that out first and then read about this AWESOME book!
I have just so much enjoyed reading both The Miracle Girls and Breaking Up Is Hard to Do. Both are great stories with good morals to them. This book takes off just where The Miracle Girls leaves off... the beginning of their sophmore year. However, this one is told from the viewpoint of Christine Lee... the eccentric one of the bunch. Her mother died in a tragic car accident in which she survived. Her father falls for another woman very shortly into his grieving period. Christine doesn't take well to the fact that Candace (aka "The Bimbo") is engaged to her father and will be marrying him sooner rather than later. Christine hasn't fully dealt with her mother's death and is nowhere near ready to let The Bimbo into her heart and life. So, she's determined to break them up before the impending wedding.
The Bimbo isn't quite as dumb as she looks. She is clever and really does try to blend her family with her fiance's. Candace has a daughter, Emma, who is in the 7th grade. Emma really looks up to Christine and is falling in love with being her little sister. Speaking of which, this is the only part of the book that I couldn't fully release my imagination to. I'll explain why... I've got two of those 12 year old 7th graders. They are much more mature than how Emma was portrayed. And, it's not just my 2... I know a lot of those 12-year-old-7th graders. I just truly feel that Emma's character behaved more like a 10 year old than a 12 year old. But... that is the only issue that I had with the book and, again, it's just because I'm surrounded by them. Besides that, I really loved the story and felt it was just as strong of a book as The Miracle Girls.
So... guess what's coming up next? Miracle Girls #3: A Little Help From My Friends!!!! Oh, Yes-O-Ree! I'm excited.
On Sher's "Out of Ten Scale:"
I loved the fact that Christine has to learn to open up about her great hurts, learn about relationships with boys, and find her way to rely on God more in this book. She's got real issues that teenagers face and I think that this novel shows that there is a way to navigate through these hardships and trials in life. Parents are tough when you're a teenager... you need them and yet they just suck! Your younger siblings are little pains in your tushie. And, boys will make those cheeks burn and your head spin. Despite all of these things, God will deliver you through safely and surround you with friends to protect you.
Anne and May get my applause, again, on a job well done. Like the first in the series, this book gets a my rating, genre: Fiction:YA/Christian, a 9 OUT OF 10. I would NOT HESITATE to share this series with tweens & teens alike. My twins both read The Miracle Girls in 1 day and loved it. They can't wait to read and share this one!
|2nd in Miracle Girls series another fantastic YA read Jun 17, 2009|
|Breaking Up is Hard to Do by Anne Dayton & May Vanderbilt is the second book in the Miracle Girls series. This volume focuses on Christine Lee, the rebel of the group with her thrift store wardrobe and nose ring. Christine is angry with her father for getting engaged just a year after her mother's tragic death in a car accident, so she's taking it out on stepmother-to-be Candace. She's struggling to deal with her mother's death along with the possible break-up of the Miracle Girls as each has boy issues and long-dead rivalries spring up again between them. When Christine hits bottom, she thinks that she has no one left to turn to, not the Girls, her father, or even the God she swears she doesn't believe in. I like this YA series. Each girl has a different personality and interests, allowing just about every teenage girl to find a character to relate to. I've watched my own daughter and her friends drift apart and come back together as boys come and go, and the authors portray that confused loyalty well. Christine's longing for a place to belong is the crux of this story, and author do a terrific job of keeping the other storylines tied to it. Her questions about God are ones that I think a lot of teens face, and they are answered well at the end of the book. Definitely a book I'd recommend to teen girls (and tell their moms to sneak a read when the girls are finished).|
|Thumbs Up! Jun 15, 2009|
|I enjoyed this delightful teen novel. Written in the voice of Christine, the story peels away like an onion--layer by layer--as she moves through the grieving experience from experiencing the recent death of her mother, to the idea of a new step-mother. Added to the mix are driving, dating, and her roller coaster relationship with her friends, the Miracle Girls.|
The scene with Christine listening to Handel's Messiah is descriptive writing at its best. That scene along with another scene brought me to tears. This may have been written for teens, but it touched my old heart, and I give it a big thumbs up.
|More like 4.5 stars. Great story and emotionally engaging. Jun 12, 2009|
|This was a wonderful story. I actually got tears in my eyes at the ending. Any book that makes me sniffle from happy tears is a good book. That means I cared enough to feel something for the characters. These authors did a great job pulling me into Christine's world. She was very much a typical teenager so their perspective from Christine's point of view was excellently done. Those heart-engaging endings are the kinds of endings I love seeing in inspirational books. One that offers hope and healing and encourages young adults. It's so much the opposite of what teens read in secular YA fiction. |
Anyway, because this story wasn't typical YA fiction I enjoyed that slight difference. There were no pat answers and healthy grieving was encouraged. The struggles the teens experienced were typical and well-done. Everything is "embarassing" at that age. Also, I didn't feel like a bunch of girls of verying ethnicities were thrown together to make a multicultural book happen. It flowed naturally and didn't seem forced. I appreciated that. I also appreciated the subplot involving Riley's brother Michael. I can't wait until that story comes out. I think it will be the best story of them all.
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