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Summer Promise (Christy Miller #1)

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From a Wisconsin farm to a California beach, from a measly allowance to unlimited shopping sprees, from an uncomplicated life to a highly sophisticated one. These are the head-spinning changes that lead to Christy Miller's...

Summer Promise

As 14-year-old Christy leaves her family's Wisconisn farm to spend the summerat her wealthy aunt and uncle's beach home in Newport, she
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this book is awesome i gave my life to christ before i even finished the story. two of my friends did too. its amazing.
I think it's safe to say that I am not the intended audience for this book.

The best thing about this book is that my edition was written in blue ink!!! I love when authors/publishers take the extra money to do this. My favorite is Cherie Priest's BONESHAKER, published in brown ink.

Christy is a farm girl from Wisconsin who goes to spend the summer with her aunt and uncle in California. They are rich and spoil her rotten. They buy her new wardrobes, get her hair styled, buy her tons of make-up, s
Abigail the Fangirl
I first read this series when I was 12 years old. I was absolutely in love with Todd and I adored the lessons that I learned in this book. I am now seventeen and I still am such a huge fan of Christy Miller. The first book, this book, is my least favorite book in the series but I still enjoy it. I just have trouble getting through it because Christy is such a whiny little baby!! I am not an emotional person and I have trouble trying to be patient with Christy because all she does it cry... She d ...more
Larissa Langsather
The first time I heard about the Christy Miller series I was only ten or eleven years old. I had won them in a Focus on the Family reading contest. I barely understood the choices that Christy faced and many of the concepts were a little over my head at the time. But when I reread the first 6 or so books again after turning 15, they made a big impact on me. I love Christy. If she were real she would be the closest of my "book" friends- except for maybe Mallory from the Babysitter's Club or Kate ...more
***The following review may contain slight spoilers. You have been warned.***

Summer Promise is the first book in the Christy Miller series. This is a book series aimed at young Christian girls. I think I would have liked this one better back when I was really big into Melody Carlson's True Colors series. I thought that this was at least worth checking out because I read Beverly Lewis' Holly's Heart series a while back and enjoyed it. Christy Miller seemed similar.

I'd probably actually give this
It seems a fairly common question to ask someone what book changed their life. Whenever I hear this, I immediately go to the Christy Miller series (and then feel like a bad English major because it's far from literature). But it's the truth. It's certainly not everyone's cup of tea, but for young teen girls confused about God and life as they fully transition into adolescence, it's perfect. It shows that there is more to romance than what is currently marketed to teens and that taking it slow ha ...more
I finally got the chance to read my first Christy Miller book, after hearing so many great things about the series. Summer Promise is definitely an enjoyable read! Christy's story drew me in from the start and I finished it in one sitting.

Christy is such a sweet and innocent character that I think a lot of younger girls can relate to. She reminded me a lot of my younger self. Occasionally I thought some of her actions made her appear younger than a fourteen-year-old girl, and that sort of drew
I received an electronic copy of this book from Librarything's Early Review program in exchange for an honest review.

Book Summary from Amazon:

"As 14-year-old Christy leaves her family's Wisconisn farm to spend the summer at her wealthy aunt and uncle's beach home in Newport, she realizes this could be the best season of her life. She's full of hope that surfer Todd will like her; the beach crowd will accept her; and she can become like her gorgeous new friend, Alissa.

But the summer doesn't unfol
Jennifer Short
Robin Jones Gunn posted this week on a social media site that during a radio interview she was introduced as Christy Miller. I can see why. The character she created is so realistic that I, as a non-fiction aficionado, enjoyed this book greatly.

This is a Christian book, and I normally have a bias against books that weave the "plan of salvation" into the story line, but aside from that I want to read the rest of this series, and I'm not even the target age range!

I believe this was ooriginally pub
Katrina Gudgeon
I was browsing through my old bookshelf looking for a specific book when I came across this one. I remember reading this serires a long time ago, wehn I was about 9 or 10 and I really enjoyed it. Other than it being a Christian book, I didn't remember anything else from it as it's been about 9 years since I've read it. It's a bit preachy, but it was a cute story despite that.
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I honestly couldn't finish this book. I had no idea this was going to be religious.

The entire time I was reading the book I felt like I was being preached at. There was a part where Todd, Christy's love interest, made it seem like if you weren't Christian then you weren't worthy.

I strongly disliked her Aunt Marti. From the beginning she was trying to change everything about Christy;
There were elements of this book that I really enjoyed and thought were totally appropriate and applicable in a young girl's life today, issues that she would be hungering to know more about and I liked how the author dealt with these heavy topics. What I didn't care for was how young Christy was to be obsessed over some boy that she had only just met, I felt like she was a little too immature to try juggling a boyfriend. While this book had some good points I wasn't too impressed with the quali ...more
I read this whole series when I was about 13 and I really liked it. Probably would have given it 5 stars.

I just re-read this first book today because I was curious to see if it was as good the second time around. I'll be honest... 2 1/2 stars is the most I would give it. Perhaps it's because I have different taste in books now. Perhaps it's because I'm ten years older than the main character. Or perhaps I was just too young when I read it the first time to realize that it really wasn't that grea
Young teenager Christy spends the summer in California with her rich and worldly aunt and uncle. Christy faces challenges in her friendships and self-image and questions what is important in this life. I've wanted to read these books since being impressed with other titles by Robin Jones Gunn. I thought this was a very realistic look at some issues facing teenagers in the 90's (its a tad bit dated! :-)) and maybe even a little too realistic. I would recommend it for teenagers on the mature side. ...more
Another fantastic book by Robin Jones Gunn. The settings for her books are always just right for her storys.
i love this book especially because it is christian and i dont see anything bad about the book.
Jul 25, 2011 Theresa rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: tween to teen girls
Recommended to Theresa by: ER
Targeted toward tweens to young teens, this well written story tackles the challenges of being a teenager and kicks it up a notch by focusing on the Christian teen. Christy is the average teen who only wants to be accepted and ends up in some very uncomfortable and unsafe situations. She lives on a farm, goes to church every Sunday, and is the all around "good" girl. She is soon to be 15 and not only wants friends, but wants a summer romance while she stays with her Aunt and Uncle. Her being boy ...more
Summer Promise is the story of Christy Miller, a 14-year-old girl from Wisconsin that is spending her summer with her aunt and uncle in California. She has trouble making friends in the beginning, but after her aunts gives her a complete makeover she gains the confidence to finally go out and socialize. Her new friends seem wonderful, but looks can be deceiving. Christy has a wild and eventful summer, during which she learns all about herself.

This is another book that, as a mom, I would encourag
Kyana Petersen
Summer Promise by Robin Jones Gunn is a fantastically written book that I feel many teenagers or young-adults can relate to. In case you haven't had the pleasure of reading and being sucked into this exquisite book yet you could almost relate it to the same setting as "Summerland." The story of 14 year old, Christy Miller, venturing off to her aunt and uncles at Newport beach California for the summer turned out to be a lot more than what she bargained for. Christy, a Wisconsin native, had alway ...more
I requested this book through Librarything early reviews. I had never read anything by Robin Jones Gunn before.


Christy joins her Aunt Marti and Uncle Bob for the summer in California. She is excited to hit the beach and make new friends. Christy does not have success the first day on the beach. She is so upset that her aunt decides to cheer her up by taking her shopping and getting a new look. The second day was more successful and Christy is able to make friends. Aunt Marti wants to co
In a Judy-Blume-meets-Karen-Kingsbury style, this opening novel in the Christy Miller deals with serious issues--some spiritual, some not--from a youngster's perspective. Frankly, as a longtime reader of Christian fiction, I've seen this kind of thing before in the works of other authors, such as Melody Carlson. Summer Promise is well-done, don't get me wrong; I just found it to be everything that I expected from a female-fronted young adult novel...and nothing that I didn't expect from such a b ...more
This was a great Christian teen book. After making a promise to her parents not to do anything she will regret, 14 yr. old Christy goes to stay at her aunt and uncles at the coast of California. Here she learns, as her aunt tries to change her and make her into a fashionable girl, that getting everything you want can't bring you happiness.
She meets a girl named Alissa and really wants to be like her, not knowing how hard Alissa's life is.
Then she meets handsome surfer Todd Spencer. She gets to
I remember reading this series when I was a teenager and really loving it. I know now that it's a little different since I'm not a teen anymore, and I've experienced a lot more over the years than I knew possible then, but although a part of me loved reminiscing and remember Christy and Todd's story, a part of me also forgot what Christy's character was like! I forgot how young she was, and she seemed almost desperate through a lot of the book. I also remember thinking that the love story in thi ...more
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I honestly couldn't finish this book. I had no idea this was going to be religious.

The entire time I was reading the book I felt like I was being preached at. There was a part where Todd, Christy's love interest, made it seem like if you weren't Christian then you weren't worthy.

I strongly disliked her Aunt Marti. From the beginning she was trying to change everything about Christy;
Short and sweet by very preachy. My sister absolutely loved it when we were growing up, rereading it as an adult, I'm not quite as impressed. But that's mostly because of the forceful nature with which the religious aspects are pushed at the reader.
Ms.Gunn's first foray into writing fiction -- and it shows. Luckily she kept writing and turned Christy Miller and her friends into a delightful series of books (in spite of some typical hallmarks of Christian fiction one can't seem to get around). Christy's story of her summer visit to her aunt & uncle at Newport Beach is forced, and the writing is awkward. There are spelling and grammar errors that should not be in a final edition. Her newfound attraction for Todd is a bit flimsy and Chris ...more
Hmmm... I'm interested to see how the next books turn out, I thought this one was well written, but poorly developed. However, it's great to read Christian books about teens!
Courtney Dodd
It was written in a bit of a cheesy way but it still had a good message about staying true to yourself and being faithful to the Lord.
Julianne Bigler
I read this whole series in the 7th grade. I was very engrossed at the time, but in retrospect, I wish I would've spent the time reading the indispensable books of literature for my grade level. If you know a 6-7 grade girl, do not let her know this series exists. She will eat it up. In 7th grade, these books got 5 stars. Being an adult now, though, they are not the books that feed the soul, as reading should be. In retrospect, I give them 3 stars for usefulness and depth.
this book is really good. christy is a realistic character who has actual problems that normal people deal with, as opposed to the idiotic, perfect people in most novels. she is a girl that we can all relate to. even when she messes up, it's ok because we do too. she is also an inspiration for my faith. though she doubts occasionally, she is always open to suggestions and ideas on how to improve her faith in God. this book is definitely worth a chance and so is the rest of the series. you feel y ...more
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ROBIN JONES GUNN is the much loved author of over 85 books. With nearly 5 million copies of her titles sold worldwide, her popular Christy Miller series now continues in Christy & Todd: The Married Years. Her novels and non-fiction works have received multiple awards and are a favorite with book clubs and study groups. Robin and her husband have a grown son and daughter and live in Hawaii.
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