Item description for The Miracle Girls: A Novel (Miracle Girls Novels) by Anne Dayton & May Vanderbilt...
Overview Hiding her unhappiness over her family's recent move from her parents, Ana inadvertently gains the enmity of the popular Riley and despairs of gaining the heart of a boy she likes. By the authors of Emily Ever After. Original.
Publishers Description 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. . . .
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.9" Width: 5.1" Height: 0.9" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2008
Publisher Warner/Faith Books
Grade Level High School
Series Miracle Girls
Series Number 1
ISBN 0446407550 ISBN13 9780446407557
Availability 0 units.
More About Anne Dayton & May Vanderbilt
May Vanderbilt and Anne Dayton were hired at nearly the same time as editors for Broadway in New York. Fast friends, they bonded over their efforts to blend a love for the city with a life of faith. May holds a Master s degree in Fiction from John Hopkins University and a B.A. in English from Baylor University. Anne Dayton is earning her M.A. in English Literature at New York University and has a B.A. in English from Princeton. Both live in Brooklyn."
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Reviews - What do customers think about The Miracle Girls: A Novel (Miracle Girls Novels)?
Ana's personality captured my heart Oct 14, 2009
Ana Dominguez is miserable in her new life in Half Moon Bay. She didn't want to move in the first place, hasn't found any friends, and has managed to upset Riley, the most popular girl in school. A huge mistake lands her in detention where she discovers that she and Riley, along with two other girls, have a unique, life-changing event in common. This realization gets Ana two new friends, but despite all their attempts, Riley is not interested in becoming a Miracle Girl. Will Riley ever forgive Ana for her original blunder?
I winced all through chapter one. I couldn't believe Ana! I can't imagine anyone doing something as bold as she did, let alone not having any proof. Talk about a great way to never make friends...
As I read on, however, Ana's personality captured my heart. I loved her struggles to obey her near-tyrant parents and her confusion over which boy she likes. The scenes where she volunteered with the Alzheimer's patients were my favorite. I just hope Mrs. Slater doesn't develop that picture of Ana and Dave, or Ana's papa will kill her for sure! Highly recommended.
Book Review: The Miracle Girls Jun 28, 2009
Being 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.
A Great Start to a Promising Series May 6, 2009
This is the first book in the Miracle Girls series. The four Miracle Girls were thrown together when they all unfortunately landed in detention. There they had to write an essay titled, "The Day That Changed My Life," after which they find the bond of all having escaped an almost certain death. Two of them feel drawn to the spiritual significance of their second chance at life. While two are less inclined to faith but still drawn to the other girls through the connection.
This first book is written in the voice of Ana, who miraculously survived a serious heart deformity as an infant. Ana's parents are strict, which I related to. But they don't seem to expect Ana to understand the reasons behind their rules and in fact seem convinced that she will fail. This leads to a troubling relationship with her parents, and Ana finds herself outside of their rules on more than one occasion. Ana's faith gets her mocked at school, but is strong enough not to falter. There is at least one scene in her church where the personal connection she feels to her faith is very evident and poignant.
Although I didn't personally relate to Ana very well (my parents were strict as well, but I was very close with them), she was very real and I immediately sympathized with her voice and situation. I look forward to reading the other characters' stories and watching the friendship grow.
Good girl lit for the younger set Oct 23, 2008
Ana Dominguez is the new girl in school. Just trying to blend in, she unfortunately finds herself in detention for trying to do the right thing. As luck would have it, she's stuck along with Riley the most popular girl in school. Their assignment is to group up with two other girls, Christine and Zoe, and write an essay on "The Day That Changed My Life." That's when Ana discovers that this group was meant to be together as they wouldn't be sitting there if a miracle hadn't happen in their life. Four very different girls who would normally never be friends find out that they have more in common than they expect. However friendship doesn't come quick and easy, there is high school drama that must ensue first....
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!
Good teen chick lit with a message Oct 10, 2008
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.