Thursday, July 05, 2012

The Miracle Girls Series by Anne Dayton & May Vanderbilt

About the Books
#1 The Miracle Girls
Ana Dominguez was happy in San Jose, but everything changed when her dad moved the family to Half Moon Bay, California, to open a law practice. Her parents think she's settling into her new school nicely, but she has them fooled. Riley, the most popular girl in school, has picked Ana as enemy #1, and Tyler, Ana's crush, doesn't even know Ana exists.
When Ana ends up in detention with Riley, her life suddenly changes. When Ana, Riley, Christine, and Zoe share their essays on "The Day My Life Changed," it turns out they have more in common than they ever would have imagined. Now as Ana lives out her faith, she and Zoe are determined to befriend Riley and Christine. But the drama of high school life has only just begun. . . .

#2 Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
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?

#3 A Little Help From My Friends
Zoe is used to being overlooked. As the youngest and shyest Miracle Girl, she was happy to fade into the background last year. But when she sheds her baby fat and shoots up four inches the summer before her junior year, everything changes. Now she's turning heads at school, and this new attention is beginning to strain her relationship with her sweet, serious boyfriend, Marcus. Pressure builds when Zoe's assigned partner for history class is Dean Marchese--a handsome New York transplant who isn't afraid to show her how he feels.
Just when she needs her three best friends the most, the Miracle Girls are suffering from boy troubles of their own. Even Zoe's rock-solid home life begins to shake underneath her when her parents' relationship frays in the face of serious financial burdens. As this uncertain year of growing pains comes to a frenetic head, the quietest Miracle Girl must find her voice at long last and take control of her own destiny . . . with more than a little help from her friends.

#4 Love Will Keep Us Together
Riley McGee has the whole world open before her. She could get into any college, major in any subject, become whoever she wants to be. . . . But the truth is, Riley has no earthly idea what to do. She's paralyzed by indecision, afraid of the changes she faces, and as graduation day inches closer, it feels more and more like a threat.
  Meanwhile, her autistic brother, Michael, is struggling to fit in at Marina Vista and stay on top of his classes. Riley tries to keep an eye out for him, but when Ms. Moore suggests pulling Michael out of school, Riley has to fight for her brother--and against her favorite teacher. And things take another turn when her ex-boyfriend, Tom, arrives, hoping to give their relationship one more try. On top of that, an ambitious new pastor makes her question everything she thought she knew about faith.

My Thoughts
I read this series over the course of many years, finishing the fourth and final book sometime in the past couple months. I loved these books! They were kinda like the christian Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Only there wasn't a shared object or any travels, but there was the shared experience of almost dying and being miraculously saved. The stories were all very easy reads that are each told from a different girl's perspective. I found it really cool that there was something in each book that I could relate to, whether it was a circumstance or feeling. I could go on but I don't want to spoil anything. If you like clean teen books about girls you should definitely read this series!

About the Authors
Anne was born in San Jose, California, where she wasted her childhood playing Nintendo and watching The Facts of Life. Eventually, she went off to Princeton where she learned many important things, including how to recognize a kumquat. Four years and a useless degree later, she landed a job at Random House, where she promptly got bored and applied to graduate school, trained for a marathon, and reminisced about her days as a competitive finswimmer. A few years later, a blond guy showed up at her door with power tools and gazpacho. They live in Brooklyn. An editor by day, she enjoys bad horror movies, good cheese, and Count Chocula.
May grew up in Panama City, Florida, otherwise known as the Redneck Riviera. She graduated from Baylor University in Waco, TX and went on to earn her MA in Creative Writing from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. After living in Brooklyn for four years and working at Random House as an Assistant Editor, Vanderbilt moved to fabulous San Francisco, putting an end to her long tour of undesirable cities. May is a Southern girl who is always on the search for decent grits in the Bay Area and makes artisanal cheese at home.
We met in 2002 when we were hired to be editorial assistants at Random House. May joked about having dated too many preachers’ sons, Anne commiserated, and a friendship was born. It’s not easy being a Christian in New York, and having support in the office was key.
People always ask us what it’s like to write with someone else. The answer: amazing. We bounce ideas off each other, help each other, and edit each other. We struggle together to create something new.
We’ve been through a lot in the years we’ve known each other, but as our lives change, one thing has always remained the same. We are friends first, writing partners second.
From NewReleaseTuesday


Unknown said...

Mary and May, I own the first book "The Miracle Girls" and I liked it a lot. It was amazing!!! I am an actual Miracle Girl and the book was a great way for me to learn about other girls like myself. You guys are amazing authors, and I will try to get the other books in the series.

Anonymous said...

I really love The Miracle Girls Series...I could read then over and over and over again! I really hope you all make some more books about them...I would really love to read more about them again.

Anonymous said...

'The Miracle Girls' series has really impacted my life. I relate to it in many ways. And each book teaches me and different lesson actually. Whenever i know... bothered by my family, i read these books instead of getting depressed or angry. Anne/Mary you've helped me spiritually and mentally as a teen. I will be reading ALL you stories, but this series is the one i will always love the most. THANK YOU <3 :* :D

Abbi Hart said...

Miracle-They are all really good and worth a read!

Anonymous-Me too!

Anonymous-That is really cool!

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