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Stealing Bradford (Carter House Girls #2)

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  1,033 Ratings  ·  59 Reviews
The Carter House girls are just getting to know one another when the subject of boys comes up. Rhiannon’s dating Bradford, the most popular jock in school, Eliza’s seeing Harry, and even DJ has dated Conner, although now he acts as if he doesn’t like her. Boys aren’t always easy to understand, but every girl in the house wants a boyfriend—and will do just about anything to ...more
Paperback, 218 pages
Published May 11th 2008 by Zondervan (first published May 1st 2008)
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Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
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“The Carter House girls are just getting to know one another when the subject of boys comes up. Rhiannon’s dating Bradford, the most popular jock in school, Eliza’s seeing Harry, and even DJ has dated Conner, although now he acts as if he doesn’t like her. Boys aren’t always easy to understand, but every girl in the house wants a boyfriend and will do just about anything to get one. So when Taylor decides to put the moves on Bradford, Rhiannon is shocked and hurt. Mistakes are ma
Feb 17, 2009 Heather rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-reads, series
Rating D

First Line "'I'm sorry, but my car's just not big enough for all the girls,' announced Eliza as they were finishing breakfast."

Review ...And cue the drama. Who will ride in what car? (Because we all know from Carter House Girls Book #1 that we are all supposed to hate Casey, the "troubled" "Goth chick" with safety pin piercings).

Believe it or not, I hated this book actually worse than I hated book number one, Mixed Bags. I didn't think it could get worse, but it did. DJ (the "athletic"
Jan 03, 2012 Peri rated it liked it
Stealing Bradford is a typical teenage book about drama. I know a lot of girls have to deal with boyfriends and their friends' jealousy. If you like to read about teenage drama and get a glimpse of what it is like, you would like this book.
I really liked how the author did not repeat everything that had happened in the previous book. A lot of authors feel the need to re-inform the reader on the important information from the last book. This can be helpful, but sometimes I feel like I'm re-read
Mar 02, 2012 Jerry rated it really liked it
Melody Carlson is easily one of the most prolific Christian writers of our time. Between kiddie/tweenie fiction series, Yuletide novels, and woman-centric dramas, she has written over two hundred books. You may think that producing literature at such a rapid pace would make Ms. Carlson's works low in quality, but, in my experiences with them, I've found them to be the exact opposite; Stealing Bradford is a perfect example. Like a well-produced Disney Channel Original Movie--although slightly har ...more
Jul 07, 2009 Ky rated it it was ok
I thought I would try reading the second book just to give this series another shot. I love Melody Carlson's books so much that it pains me to think that she could have churned out a crappy series. Maybe it's supposed to be targeted more towards middle schoolers or something. The teens in this series just seem so underdeveloped. They said "right" and "whatever" more times than I could count - which some teens probably do, but for the sake of the dialogue, I think that should have been limited. I ...more
Jan 08, 2009 Michelle rated it really liked it
Stealing Bradford was an easy read like the first book in the series. I'm not sure I enjoyed it as much, though. I appreciated how the issues with Connor and DJ were worked through, but since this is part of a series it's still unresolved at the end, which is okay, but I don't like too many loose ends. There was a big loose end that is sort of dealt with because you see the first chapter for the next book at the end of this one, but that's the only reason. Without that you'd be left hanging.

Sep 11, 2011 Jessica rated it really liked it
"This book follows directly behind the first (Mized Bags) book. It is literally like you hit pause from the first one and pick up in this one which is really nice. DJ is still trying to adjust to her new life and new ""friends"". She has many battles and struggles she faces and to top it all off things are about to get a whole lot worse. It can be difficult in school and even in life to know who to trust and who not to. It can also be difficult when people you want to be friends with are divided ...more
Sep 23, 2009 Brenda rated it liked it
I was really liking this YA christian stuff, but this one might have been too much for me. It felt very young adult. To the point where I feel like only a teenager might be able to relate to it. The writing felt amateur, the storyline was kind of silly. I just couldn't really get into it. Also, there was too much talk of people being gay. Not that any of the characters actually were gay, that we know of, anyway. But too much of the girls speculating about teachers being gay or other girls being ...more
Pamela Hubbard
While these books are still on the cheesy side, with dialogue that seems stilted and unrealistic for teens, the message of the books is strong and they provide a clean read for teens. The girls living in the Carter House are still struggling to get along as the school year starts. The girls undergo some great growth and character development. Tensions are high as Taylor, the girl no one can get along with, sets out to aggravate the other girls, purposely stirring up trouble. This escalates to th ...more
Jun 25, 2013 Lizzie rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-3rd-person
OK I think I officially love Carter house girls more than Diary of a Teenage girl, granted this is only the second book, and I tend to get fed up by the third book so I guess I really cant say anything yet. I definitely loved this book more than the first one, the characters are becoming more developed and seem to have an actual personality. Sure I feel that Kriti doesn't get as much airtime as the other girls (theres seriously 6 of them) but I feel she will get a bigger role in the story. now M ...more
Aug 03, 2010 VLynch rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen
This book was just as charming as the first book in this series, Mixed Bags. However, the one draw back in this series is these books do not stand alone at all. There is no mini recap of the previous book to help catch the reader up or any history throughout the book to help explain why the characters are the way they are. I think the series is adorable and sweet. And real look into the young teens mind, this book deals with a real current issue. However, without the recap information I feel lik ...more
Jun 12, 2008 Laura rated it liked it
The Carter House Girls' emotions are running wild as their diverse personalities clash over the subject of boys and dating. If there is one thing running rampant in this series it's Drama with a capital D. I'm not sure how I feel about Connor at this point and I'm wondering if he is even worth DJ's time. The rest of the girls I'm still getting to know, but there are definite ones (Taylor, Eliza) who are getting on my nerves and I don't know if they will ever shape up. Still, this book had me hoo ...more
Jan 07, 2010 $hanel rated it it was amazing
Stealing Bradford is the second book in the carter house girls series. The second book talks about all six girls:D.J.,Taylor,Kriti,Casey.Rihanna, and Eliana. The trouble starts when Rihanna starts dating the most popular boy in their high school, Bradford. The couple seems to be happy at first but mean girl Taylor comes over and steals Bradford from Rhianna and Rhianna is heartbroken by what Taylor has done! Rhianna plays some dirty tricks to get Bradford back, but nothing seems to work. Taylor ...more
Nov 25, 2009 Laura rated it liked it
This book was good, and a decent follow up to the first. I enjoyed reading what the girls in the Carter House are up to. I can imagine in a house of 6 teenage girls there will be a lot of drama, as this book so clearlly shows.

I do not miss the days of stealing boyfriends and playing games. Maybe some women still do that in their 20s, but thankfully I don't know them!

I am curious to read about Taylor's past in the last book. For a non-believer, she sure has a lot of scripture memorized.
Oct 22, 2010 Mari rated it did not like it
i read books 1 & 2 of this series one after the other - didn't like the first book, hoped the second was better but i was dead wrong. suffice it to say i am not interested in reading the rest. i didn't know that this was YA christian fiction and i don't think i'd mind but the christian references in this book felt too preachy and a bit forced. i thought the story and the characters fell flat, besides taylor, this "bad girl" who began to show some depth at the latter part of this book. sadly, ...more
Oct 09, 2011 Kaitlyn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
5 stars! Loved the 2nd book in the series! This book starts right where the first book ended. It was the first day of school. This book goes through the first couple days of school and drama starts to unfold. Friendships are created and some friendships are broken. This book had left off as a cliffhanger. Can not wait to read the third book and see what happens. The Christian touch to this book was perfect and not overwhelming. Again this was a quick and easy summer read. I highly recommend this ...more
ohmygosh! I couldn't believe what all happened in Stealing Bradford.
It was a wonderful continuation of Mixed Bags but I gotta say something.....Bradford stricks me as stupid, fickle, and an idiot....I mean the book and you'll see why I'm ticked at him<.<

I could NOT believe the somewhat cliffhanger ending Ms. Carlson made....I'm really glad they had the first chapter of the next book so we can see what happens next instead of banging our heads in frustration.
Apr 02, 2011 Jazz added it
The second in the line of the Carter House Girls series shows how teen girls react to relationships. What if they were being cheated on? What if their boyfriend began to distance himself from them because he thought something was her fault? And what if someone went to far with a joke? This book is a Bible for kids who want to learn how to handle certian situations and figure out what they would do instead of what the characters did.
Emily Wahl
Jan 15, 2015 Emily Wahl rated it really liked it
I really liked this book, because it had a lot of action, and adventure . This is the second book to the series, so is tied in with the first book too. It also had a lot of romance, and friendships. Another thing I liked about it that it was a very good christian book to read. So if you like adventures, romances, and friendships book then you will love this book.
Feb 26, 2016 Ardie rated it did not like it
I have no time and zero patience for stories about gossipy, over privileged girls. This was the first book I've read by Melody Carlson, and I found her style very similar to Sara Shepard's. This book is different in that Carlson throws in elements of Christian enlightenment, but the characters are all still very shallow, self involved and catty.
My hope for this books (which weren't all that high to begin with) were dashed after about the first chapter. It was difficult to get into, the premise was not well recapped/explained (second in a series with no explanation of basic setup), the characters were not endearing. I wouldn't reccomend it regardless of its prominent Berean store placement.
Sep 03, 2011 Jeanna rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011
I don't know why I'm continuing reading these. I am completely OK with a Christian message and have loved other Christian fiction novels, but again, these are very heavy handed. Even worse, this one gave off an extremely homophobic vibe which I found terribly disappointing. Not my idea of "true" Christianity when one of the themes in this book is not judging others.
Dec 21, 2012 Kendall rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
I think the story plots are really awesome and fun to read, but I don't like how she uses God to fix all the conflicts. it just seems like if you pray everything will suddenly be fixed and that's not very realistic.
Jul 08, 2012 Tia rated it did not like it
Bought at a yard sale. Worst 50 cents ever spent. Every single "house girl" in this book is too perfect to save their lives. Minus gothic Casey but everyone manages to have her wearing clothes their perfect school would approve of. Did not finish, never plan to.
Aug 26, 2011 Connie rated it liked it
2nd in Carter House series. This was more about Rhiannon and Taylor. Taylor took Bradford away from Rhiannon and DJ was the one that kept bringing the good out in people. Therse are just a bit too religious for me, but the stories would be good for young adults for sure.
Aug 23, 2010 Tina rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
Another quick read in the Carter House Girls series by Melody Carlson. Just when you thought you had the characters from the first book all figured out they go and change on true to life. :)
Aug 16, 2015 Amanda rated it liked it
I liked the first book of the series a whole lot more than this one. I would give this one 2 1/2 stars if possible. It kept me interested enough to find out what happened, but it was a whole lot of middle school drama.
Margaret Chind
I checked this out from the library to read, because I wanted to catch up before book 5, but even after a couple chapters I just could not get into it. It really does not help either that every review I have read has been negative.
Feb 05, 2016 Pamela rated it really liked it
I reallyLove this book for tweens or early teen girls! The series shows life...but in a softer way that I think is perfect for the younger crowd. I of couse am older and I enjoy reading this series in a relaxing ..hopeful way...I look forward to the rest of the series.
Aug 08, 2010 Lisa rated it did not like it
As bad as the first in the series. (I already had it on the Kindle so I felt I had to read it.) Best thing about this series? They're very short so you aren't wasting that much of your valuable time.
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Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books, several of them Christmas novellas from Revell, including her much-loved and bestselling book, The Christmas Bus.

She also writes many teen books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series, the TrueColors series, and the Carter House Girls series.

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