Monday, June 15, 2009

Breaking Up is Hard to Do

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

FaithWords (April 16, 2009)


Anne Dayton & May Vanderbilt


ANNE DAYTON graduated from Princeton University and is earning her master's degree in English literature at New York University. She works for a New York publishing company and lives in Brooklyn.

MAY VANDERBILT graduated from Baylor University and went on to earn a master's degree in fiction from Johns Hopkins University. She lives in San Francisco, where she writes about food, fashion, and nightlife in the Bay Area.

Together, the two women are the authors of Miracle Girls


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?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, go HERE

Pattie's Review:

It's always tough to review book #2 in a series if I haven't read book #1. It's like missing an episode of a television show, or half of an interesting conversation.

I liked this book--but only after I got about halfway through. At first, Christine annoyed me. Yes, she lost her mother and her father was gone all the time for work and she was stuck with a future stepmother and stepsister in the house. Whatever. She seemed like a spoiled brat with a nose ring and an attitude, who just needed to get over herself. But then, as the events of the first book were revealed, and her motivation and heart were becoming more clear to me, I had more sympathy. By the end, I got teary-eyed and enjoyed the resolution of the story.

Teen angst, friend troubles, boyfriends coming and going . . . all the makings of a good teen novel. Thankfully, however, the authors take the story deeper, and the story is all the better for it.

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