Book Review: The Miracle Girls

Author:       Anne Dayton & May Vanderbiltmiracle-girls

Publisher:    Faith Words/Hachette

ISBN:          978-0-446-40775-7


Type:         Fiction:YA Christian

Pages:        292 Trade Paperback

Purchase:    $9.99 @ (HERE)

The Story

“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…

(Above excerpt is from the cover of The Miracle Girls)

The Review

dayton-vanderbiltBeing 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:”

mother-approved-button-3I 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. 

My MANY thanks to Miriam for sharing this book with me!



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8 Responses

  1. Sandy

    June 3rd, 2009 at 3:17 am

    What an awesome review! I am writing these books down as I speak. There are many good YA books, but few of them have that balance of teenagedom AND faith. Kids these days need as many positive influences as they can get. My kids go to a Catholic private school, and it would curl your hair to hear about some of the issues we have! Thanks for the tip on these books!

    Sandy´s last blog post..Wordless Wednesday

  2. Menagerie

    June 3rd, 2009 at 3:21 am

    Sandy, I sent you an email. The It’s All About Us Series by Shelley Adina is also another series that is a great influence for our girls! I can’t wait to read and review The Miracle Girls’ sequel!

  3. Julie P.

    June 3rd, 2009 at 4:55 am

    I really need to get these. I think Booking Daughter is almost ready for them and I love that the are nice, clean books with good messages. I bet she’ll love them!

    Julie P.´s last blog post..Review: Sunnyside Blues

  4. Kathy

    June 3rd, 2009 at 7:56 am

    I love the idea of having a “Mother Approved” button. There’s a lot of YA out there right now that doesn’t seem appropriate to young adults.

    Kathy´s last blog post..Wondrous Words Wednesday

  5. Becky

    June 3rd, 2009 at 11:49 am

    Hi! I wanted to let you know that I’ve started a mini-challenge for this summer. Summer Studies asks participants to choose one gospel to study over the summer. I hope you can join in. And if you do, I’d love for you to spread the word among your friends. :)

    Becky´s last blog post..Waiting on Wednesday

  6. Nely

    June 3rd, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    RYC: Hey Sheri: Send me an email at : nelaine[dot]sanchez[at] with your address and I’ll gladly send it you. I’m all for sharing the love you know. It’s no bother.

    ♥ Nely

  7. Menagerie

    June 3rd, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    Kathy, I had insomnia last night and I decided to do a “special interests” section to my blog. I added 3 pages. One page is “Christian Reading” books that I’ve read and reviewed. The next is “Mother Approved” and that is for the books that are 12+ years old ready. And, the last is A Novel Menagerie’s Seal of Approval AKA “Guaranteed Good Book”. Links to the pages are in the sidebar and I’m kinda excited about them! Thanks for the compliment!

  8. Menagerie

    June 3rd, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    I can’t believe that I’m reviewing Sunnyside Blues tomorrow and you just did! What a coincidence!

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