Item description for Spring Broke (86 Bloomberg Place) by Melody Carlson...
Overview When the four roommates of 86 Bloomberg Place plan a vacation in Hawaii they really need but cannot afford, they schedule a big garage sale, but fraying tempers threaten the teamwork needed to pull it off.
With creditors hounding her and all her available cash going to make payments on her debt, Kendall's spendthrift lifestyle has finally caught up with her. To complicate matters, she's pregnant and not sure who the father is. Kendall needs help, but her roommates are caught up in problems of their own: Megan is trying to manage her crazy boss and remain true to her Christian principles. Lelani is still trying to work up the nerve to go home to Maui for a visit with her parents and her young daughter. And after a gaffe on her first job, Anna is trying to regain credibility in the workplace without relying too heavily on Edmund. So when Lelani's parents offer to host the girls in Hawaii, it sounds like the vacation everyone needs--and no one can afford. A really big garage sale is scheduled, but fraying tempers threaten the teamwork needed to pull it off. Will they finally turn to the One who can really help?
When you've got your first apartment, a real job, and grown-up responsibilities, life can be tough--loaded with confusion, emotion, and secrets you can't tell to anyone but God. In the 86 Bloomberg Place series, Melody Carlson has captured all the uncertainty and joy of being twenty-something in pitch-perfect detail--and their stories just might sound like someone you know.
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Studio: David C. Cook
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.34" Width: 6.18" Height: 0.87" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2009
Publisher David C. Cook
Series 86 Bloomberg Place
Series Number 3
ISBN 1589191072 ISBN13 9781589191075
Availability 0 units.
More About Melody Carlson
I started writing "professionally" about twenty years ago. I quickly learned that I'm a fast writer and, as a result, I've published more than 200 books--with more than 6 million books sold. And it stuns me to write out those numbers today. How did that happen? I've been told I'm in the top twenty "most prolific authors" of all time. Although I'm not certain this is true, it does make me wonder--and I wonder how other authors (in previous generations) managed to write so many books without the use of a computer. Last year I won a Career Achievement Award from Romantic Times. But that doesn't mean I'm ready to retire. I have lots more books coming out and new ideas popping into my head all the time. I write from a studio right next to the house I share with my husband in Oregon. My dog Audrey goes to work with me every morning. I have to say...it's a pretty good life...and I am grateful to God for every bit of it.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Spring Broke (86 Bloomberg Place)?
The story continues... May 9, 2009
This is the 3rd book of the series and I enjoyed it the most so far. Very easy read.
True value of faith & friendships Mar 30, 2009
Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (2/09)
In "Spring Broke," Melody Carlson takes you into the lives of four young women who are residing in a home at 86 Bloomberg Place. It is Kendall's grandmother's home. Her grandmother is now in a convalescent home and Kendall, who is buried under financial debt and pregnant, is renting rooms out to three other ladies. Kendall's bad choices about overspending and her relationships have caused her world to be torn apart. She has to learn that her true value is based upon who she is, not what she has. I think that there is a lesson in here for most of us regarding this.
Lelani, Anna and Megan are the other renters. Lelani ran away from her parent's home in Maui, after she had a baby. Her domineering, cold mother coerced her into leaving her baby behind. Dealing with post-partum depression and the threat of being a single parent made it easy for Lelani to run. Nine months later, she feels ready to go back to Maui and create a relationship with her daughter. Her mother will not make it easy for her. Lelani convinces her other roommates to go with her to Maui. They will stay in her parent's guest house. Each of them, especially Kendall, will have to figure out a way to pay the airfare to get there. Megan has to stand up to her bosses to get the time off. Lelani really needs their support. Their boyfriends will be going as well, but staying in a hotel. Anna's brother is dating Lelani. Her Hispanic family has issues with him dating someone outside his race, and they judge her for leaving her baby. Anna has to learn to appreciate and heal her relationship with her own mother.
One way for the girls to raise money is to have a yard sale. They assist Kendall with going through her grandmother's attic looking for items to sell and treasures to put on E-bay. This does help Kendall catch up on her debts and buy her ticket. She also realizes that items that she paid hundreds of dollars, plus interest, for are now pretty worthless.
When the girls make it to Maui, they stand by Lelani in dealing with her mother. They get a rude awakening to how bad it really was for her. As they bond together, their faith in God strengthens. They realize the importance of their faith and the value of the friendship that they share.
"Spring Broke" by Melody Carlson is a wonderful story that has strong Christian elements running through it. I really enjoyed watching the characters develop as they each grow through their personal hardships. There are many values taught in this story, including the value of self worth and life itself. I highly recommend this novel, especially to young adults who might be dealing with similar issues. They will enjoy the story and their faith will be strengthened.
The best yet in the series Mar 1, 2009
--Fun, dramatic and exciting reading with lots of character-driven plot and character development. All the characters grow and develop a lot throughout the story.
--This book seems to de-emphasize money and appearance, especially as Kendall learns that being a shopaholic is destructive. (I felt the first book focused a little too much on designer clothes and expensive makeup.)
--In book 2, Anna seemed at best not interested in her Catholic upbringing and at worst maybe ever-so-slightly offended by it, admitting she's "not sure" if she believes in God or fully believes in her religion. In book 3 (this one) she's staunchly pro-life because abortion is "against [her] religion." I thought she wasn't sure about her religion?
--Wow, Megan is an (unbelievably) good missionary. She won over Lelani in book 2 and it seems like Kendall's close to believing too (also helped by the new devoutly Christian boyfriend she met in Maui). "Missionary dating" has turned Marcus from a not-so-committed maybe-believer to a regular churchgoer and prayer partner. We don't need to worry about Catholic Anna or her boyfriend Edmond (who is apparently Episcopalian, we learn in this book). Who's left? Gil? In book 2 he at least said he was "open," so it won't take long.
I know it sounds dumb, but in real life people get very offended by Christianity. You'd think at least one (or more) of the gang would not be so "open" to it.
**Overall, a fun read, and I can't wait for the last book!**