Item description for Mixed Bags (Carter House Girls V1) by melody carlson...
Overview DJ's grandmother is a former fashion model who owns a boarding house for rich, fashion-obsessed teenaged girls, presenting DJ with a conflict between retaining her tomboy image or trying to fit in.
Publishers Description When her mom died, DJ had to move in with her grandmother, internationally famous '60s fashion model Katherine Carter. Now Mrs. Carter's opened a boarding home for young ladies, and DJ---who would rather wear her basketball team uniform than haute couture---is just sure they'll all be unbearable fashion snobs. One by one, the girls arrive and begin to figure out how to fit into this new family, getting to know each other and forming friendships. Sure, there's an aspiring diva or two, but before long, the Carter House girls are dating, fighting, laughing, shopping, sharing clothes, purses, shoes ... and their deepest secrets. DJ may not turn into the perfect little lady her grandmother has in mind, but one thing's for certain---with all these new 'sisters, ' her life will never be the same
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.5" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date May 11, 2008
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
Series Carter House Girls
Series Number 1
ISBN 0310714885 ISBN13 9780310714880 UPC 025986714888
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 Mixed Bags (Carter House Girls V1)?
6 Girls + 1 House = TROUBLE! Mar 24, 2009
If you are looking for a clean alternative to secular YA fiction, like Gossip Girl and The Clique, then this is the series for you. I adore Melody Carlson's books. I'm past the age of the intended audience, but I can read her books and still feel like they relate to my life. This series is no different. While there are rich girls in this story, the situations that they go through, seem all too familiar. The diverse cast in this book is great. It's wonderful to see this in a YA fiction book and even more so that it's being featured in a Christian fiction story. The boarding school scenario is the hot thing in YA fiction these days and it was fun to see it put to use in this book. It helps to bring out the characters and lets you get to know them better. Each girl is very different, and boy did some of them get on my nerves. Taylor and Eliza were just like girls in my high school and I felt exactly the same way DJ did. I really liked DJ. She's a great character, the "everygirl" one that most girls will be able to relate to. I really did not like DJ's grandmother. Wow, talk about superficial and self absorbent. I do not think she is the right person to be in charge of six girls. DJ manages to hold her own with her grandmother, but it's plain to see that Grandma would rather have a skinny backstabbing model who has sex and smokes than an athletic, smart, normal girl for a granddaughter.
While those on the extreme conservative side might have problems with this book, I applaud its frankness. Unfortunately most teen girls do not live in sheltered homes where there is a Bible study and prayer time every night. A lot of girls have to go to their high school and face other teen girls who act just like Taylor. Even as a Christian, there are going to be times when teen girls are just going to get really angry and jealous of other girls. It's what being a teenager is all about. Also the relationships with the boys are very well handled and everyone acts according to their age. Sorry parents, but 16 year old girls do like boys and this is how they act around them. And I believe Melody Carlson is an expert at relating to teen girls and being able to show them realistic situations that they will understand and enjoy reading. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I truly think she is one of the best YA authors out there today. This is a series that you can pass along to a reader of secular YA and they will still enjoy it. HIGHLY recommended and I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series as well.
Pretty good YA fiction for girls Dec 28, 2008
If I could imagine being in a boarding house with a bunch of different girls it might look something like this story, even though the girls in this book are rich, or at least half of them are. I enjoyed reading about Conner and DJ's developing relationship and about DJ's innocence when it came to dating. I thought the author did a good job showing how difficult it is to understand what guys are interested in. Girls always think it's about beauty but with Conner he wanted a girl he could relate to. It's got a great message about the pressures of fitting in and provides a good platform for expressing different struggles teens deal with. The polaroid picture being taken at the hairdresser was a bit outdated, though. I don't know anyone who even has a polaroid camera these days. I ordered the next three books in the series because I am very interested in reading more about Conner and DJ and finding out who gets the guy in Stealing Bradford. Of course, I'm rooting for Rhiannon. So far I like this series.
Good YA fiction Nov 8, 2008
I am a late bloomer in discovering Melody Carlson. I recently read and reviewed a chick lit novel she wrote and felt that her style of writing would probably best be suited to the YA variety.
I have just finished reading Mixed Bags, the first in the series of Carter House. The premise is actually fun - an aging model/socialite needs money so that she can continue to live `in the manner in which she is accustomed' so she decides to offer her services as a `etiquette coach' and forms a kind of `boarding school for future debutantes'. As it so happens, one of the `debutante students' is grandmother Carter's own granddaughter DJ and DJ is in serious need of a makeover - not to mention an attitude adjustment!
DJ is having serious issues with this whole arrangement and becomes even more skeptical when she meets the other girls.
As DJ tries to figure out who is friend and who is foe - the usual high school, teenager stuff happens - lots of hanging out at the beach and lots of boyfriend stealing. What I really like about the book is that each girl is distinctly their own and have, in some cases, completely different personalities from each other. Of course, there is the `usual' rich girl and the `usual' mad at the world girl - but the mixture of personalities is very interesting and is the basis of this novel - and it works quite well. I like this series Carlson works better as a YA author.
Mixed Bags is number 1 in this series.
Easy Read Sep 13, 2008
This is a nice, easy read if you're looking for a relaxing book to get through.
Disappointing Jul 27, 2008
I am a big fan of Melody Carlson, so when I saw her new series I quickly bought this book. I was very disappointed when this story did not measure up. It seems to me that Melody Carlson is trying to draw in a new crowd of readers. This book was about many of the same things that the popular secular series Gossip Girl is about. This book is Not for young girls, I was sadly surprised to find that this book was filled with secular themes and almost nothing about God. Oh God is mentioned, in the last 5 pages . It almost looked like the author wrote this entire book and stuck a Christian message as an afterthought. I will not be finishing the rest of this series. If you want to read a truly well written series read the Christy Miller series by Robin Jones Gunn.