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The Miracle Girls (Miracle Girls #1)

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  699 Ratings  ·  91 Reviews
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 de
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 8th 2008 by FaithWords
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Jacob Proffitt
Sep 15, 2015 Jacob Proffitt rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, young-adult
While there were parts of this book that grated on me, I ended up liking it more than I expected. The book is overtly Christian (much of the activities involve Ana's church youth group, including faithful discussions of God, religion, and Christian living) but not heavy-handedly so. I actually enjoyed this aspect of the novel. The authors do a good job of keeping the faithful aspects of Ana's life important and vital without making them preachy or insular. Her friends, some of whom share her ...more
Lulufrances
May 04, 2013 Lulufrances rated it really liked it
Sometimes I get these weird cravings for American High School books filled with clicheés and cheerleaders.
Yes, it's strange.
Whatever - this book was just the right one as it included all the things mentioned above plus it's christian and also had faith topics in it.
Let me start of with saying congrats to the authors!
I don't know how they write together, if they take turns or literally write together and think about each sentence but however they do it, they do it extremely well.
The writing is ef
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Jill Williamson
Oct 14, 2009 Jill Williamson rated it it was amazing
Ana Dominguez is miserable in her new life in Half Moon Bay. She didn’t want to move in the first place, hasn’t found any friends, and has managed to upset Riley, the most popular girl in school. A huge mistake lands her in detention where she discovers that she and Riley, along with two other girls, have a unique, life-changing event in common. This realization gets Ana two new friends, but despite all their attempts, Riley is not interested in becoming a Miracle Girl. Will Riley ever forgive ...more
Katrina Burchett
Born in Mexico, Ana Dominguez was a baby when her parents left and moved to San Jose, a `real' city as she called it. They lived there for years and Ana was happy with her friends in her old school. Now, since her dad decided to move the family to Half Moon Bay, California she's feeling like an outcast at this new school. And if that's not bad enough, things aren't any better at home because her parents are very strict. She's not allowed to ride in cars with boys. She's not allowed to have a ...more
Corinne
Jan 24, 2016 Corinne rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Christian teenage girls
This is the first novel I've read in the Christian Young Adult genre - and what a breath of fresh air it was.

Ana's parents have moved her to Half Moon Bay - into a huge house that feels like its all for show. Her relationship with her parents is strained at best. Her first weeks at her new school are lonely and she manages to make enemies, just not any friends. One fateful mistake, however, lands her among three classmates she would never have chosen as friends - but they find out that they all
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Terri Ray
Jul 09, 2015 Terri Ray rated it it was amazing
This book took me through a soothingly realistic adventure through Ana Dominguez's life. She moved to a new place, a new school, new people. But one day while she's in detention for interrupting class, the people at detention's assignment was to write a story titled, "The Day My Life Changed" and were placed in groups. Ana's group that consisted of Ana herself, Zoe, Riley, and Christine. They all strangely had very similar stories of tragic times that were life threatening, and how God saved ...more
Rebecca
blegh. It's like the authors found a website with 101 plot devices and decided to use all of them. gaaaaah. this book feels like one of those bad chick flicks where the main character's voice comes on at the end and explained that they all lived happily ever after. slightly sickening and totally cheesy. and there's not much in here to suggest that uh...whatever the main character's name is...actually cares about God. it's just lame on so many levels.
Trupti Dorge
Nov 18, 2016 Trupti Dorge rated it liked it
Shelves: i-own, review-copy
Ana, a 14 year old girl, and her family move from San Jose to a small town called Half Moon Bay, where her father has opened a law practice. Ana is a typical teenager who is angry and sad because she has to leave her friends and school and come to a place where she does not know anybody. She tries to fit in the school and the kids but fails every time. Then she complains about a popular cheerleader Riley during a test where she thinks Riley is cheating. I was very angry with her at that point. I ...more
Jenny Lee
Mar 07, 2013 Jenny Lee rated it really liked it
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Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
About this book:

“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 "Th
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Randstostipher "tallnlankyrn" Nguyen for TeensReadToo.com

Was it just bad luck for Ana Dominguez to call out the most popular girl in school, Riley, for cheating on a quiz in front of her crush, resulting in both of them getting detention? Or was it fate?

Ana just came to Half Moon Bay from San Jose, and starting a new school definitely isn't easy, especially since she doesn't know anyone there and still hasn't made any friends.

Her first time in detention (ever), Ana is a little reli
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Sidney
May 30, 2013 Sidney rated it really liked it
A girl named Ana Dominguez has moved to a new state with her family. Her first few days as a new student, she has an enemy named Riley, who isn’t very nice. She also has a crush on a boy named Tyler, who is part of a band called Three Car Garage. Ana gets in trouble one day for calling out that Riley was cheating, so she is sent to detention. During detention, she meets two girls, Zoe and Christine, who becomes friends later on. When they are put into a group and write a story that changed their ...more
Kayla Sparklin
Jun 13, 2015 Kayla Sparklin rated it it was amazing
Forewarning: If you are at all offended by Christianity or the mention of God, church, or prayer, do NOT read this book. A lot of this book takes place in church, and the main character prays often.

When I started this book, I wasn't sure I'd like it. I felt super bad for the main character, Ana, who was new to school and a social outcast. To top it off, she has overly-strict parents who seemed to care a little too much about her academic success. I mean, near-perfect grades aren't good enough if
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Jess (Shepherdjel)
Aug 01, 2013 Jess (Shepherdjel) rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian-lit
More like a 3.5! I did enjoy this book, I enjoyed watching god's hand in these girls daily lives and that God and religion played important roles in their lives! They believe he is what has brought them together and why they have survived their individual tragedies, and also believing he must have a plan and a path that he wants them to take! As a strong believer that everything happens for a reason, I have a very easy way of seeing that he does have a plan and a path mapped for them. All this ...more
Laurenn
Oct 29, 2013 Laurenn rated it it was ok
I started to read a book called ‘Miracle Girls’. It is about these girls that don’t know each other but they come together from learning about each others past. I got to the middle but it got a little boring so I stopped. I stopped because the booked seemed like it wasn’t going anywhere and I like books that get to the point and are exciting. If was good at the beginning because I got to learn about the characters and their stories and how they are connected but then the excitement disappeared. ...more
Grace
May 29, 2015 Grace rated it it was amazing
I LOVED THIS BOOK! I stayed up till 1:30 finishing it! The friendship, family, Faith and romance was so good! Ana thought her life was pretty awful and it was pretty sad how in her sadness she thought God had let her down and thought he didn't favor her. It shows true faith to still believe in God's promises when our life's aren't what we want. Her parents were VERY suffocating but considering she's only 14 and what happened when she was young I can see them being that way. Can I just say from ...more
Maryam Dinzly
Aug 14, 2014 Maryam Dinzly rated it it was amazing
This book actually annoyed me in the start because of its Jesus-related stuffs. Don't get me wrong, I do respect others' religions, it's just that I'm not a religious person. So anyway, aside from that, this book is actually really great. The dramas, especially between Ana and her parents (Oh my God, her parents) and that of hers and her own feelings. It basically centers around these girls who realised that they actually are similar in a way that they're supposed to be dead, but by some ...more
Rachel T.
Nov 28, 2012 Rachel T. rated it liked it
There were a lot of things about this book that frustrated me and made me wonder why I got it. Mostly stuff that had to do with Ana and her parents because they fought so often, yet they couldn't just freaking sit down and try to meet halfway. Conflict like this is, honestly, unnecessary.

So why did I keep reading it?

The way that Anne and May write immediately sucked me in. It's probably the first time I'd ever been so mesmerized by the writing style. Even at parts where I thought, "(insert name
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Gabs
Aug 19, 2013 Gabs rated it really liked it
This was a great Christian book, maybe one of my favorites.

Miracle Girls was a fun book to read because the characters were all unique and interesting to read about. There is Anna, with strict Christian parents who don't let her even talk to boys on the phone. There is Riley, a daredevil who doesn't get along with Anna...at all. There is Zoe, the dependable best friend with hippie parents. And there is Christine, the rebel.

All the girls are different from each other, which I liked. They weren't
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Jhecca
Jun 19, 2014 Jhecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
I guess it's the first Christian young adult novel I've read, and I kinda liked it. It's the first book of a four-part series, and I'm looking forward to reading them all. At first, I thought it's a dragging story, but as the paths of the four girls meet, the story became much more interesting. Told in Ana's voice, the story is very realistic. Ana reminded me of my rebellious teen years, growing up with strict parents and the academic pressure they piled on me.

This novel is much more than a typ
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Karen
Apr 20, 2016 Karen rated it liked it
A história é super bem escrita e eu admito que me fez relembrar umas coisinhas não muito felizes da época de escola (graças a Deus que esse tempo passa!). Vamos acompanhando Ana, a personagem principal, em suas escolhas e suas dúvidas a respeito da sua fé. Ela começa a questionar algumas coisas, e entender outras. Aos poucos você se vê torcendo pra que ela entenda de uma vez as consequências de suas escolhas, e em outros momentos você quer se rebelar junto com ela. É ótimo!

A história também traz
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Carmen
Sep 14, 2016 Carmen rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2008
I gotta say first of all that I loved the photo on the book cover. I know that you should't judge a book by its cover, but when it's nice to look at, well it doesn't hurt. haha. Anyways, the book was a good read for a number reasons. It explored the relationships between parents and their children. It shows the way that God plays miracles in people's lives. It shows first love isn't the same as having a crush. All in all, I can believe in the characters in the book. It is rewarding to watch them ...more
WCPL Teens
After-school detention is where it all begins for Ana, a new freshman and math whiz. She’s
unhappy about moving so her father could open up a law practice in a small elite town where
she now occupies a McMansion. How Ana arrives in detention, and why the teacher pairs her
with Riley, Christine, and Zoe for writing assignments which reveals secrets, sets the stage for
them becoming The Miracle Girls. Humiliated by Riley at school and at church, Ana humorously
faces the angst of a quince to appease her
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$hanel
Mar 28, 2010 $hanel rated it it was amazing
Ana Deluez (i cant remember her full name its hard) is new to Half Moon Bay her new city and she goes to a new school. Ana does not fit in at her school but has her parents thinking she does. When Ana goes to school she is the outsider and worst yet Riley McGee, the most popular girl at her school, has chosen Ana as enemy #1. Plus Tyler, Ana`s crush dosent know that Ana even exists. When Ana`s friend Zoe and her decide to befriend Riley and Christene then they know something is happening between ...more
Bailey
Jul 21, 2009 Bailey rated it did not like it
If you're not a teenager, don't read this book.
If you're a teenager who reads more than young adult fiction, don't read this book.
It's got everything: drama, mean girls, cliques, the crush/hearthrob of the whole school, the quiet boy, the family situation. Utterly predictable and I promise you, it'll thoroughly depress you with the stupidity of youth and have you literally cringing with bad thoughts of high school.
Deb
Jun 14, 2014 Deb rated it really liked it
Another teen lit book that I actually liked (not sure how I keep downloading these!). The only part that threw me a bit was when Riley, the standoffish cheerleader, all of a sudden joined the group. It just happened -- no real explanation for it, almost like the authors couldn't figure out HOW to make it happen, so just did it. But overall, a good coming-of-age story. I may actually try to track down the other books in this series (because I didn't realize it was a series until I finished!)
Barbara J. Harbison
Really loved this book!!

While this book is probably meant for teens and I am waaay past my teens (my grandkids are all older than Ana), I really enjoyed this book. The angst of the teen years, wanting to fit in, being the new kid in school and hoping to find friends, are so believable in this book. And adding God to that mixture is an excellent ingredient. I really recommend this book.
Erin
Mar 21, 2009 Erin rated it liked it
Shelves: children-teen
I look forward to the rest of the series and following the personal growth of the girls. This was a fun read.

Also, I must admit that I really like the character of Ms. Moore. It is nice to read about a caring teacher that gives good advice but doesn't overstep the boundaries. I look forward to her coming back as well because I enjoy the element she adds to the story. (Spoken like a teacher, I'm sure. I'm so typecast.)
Minty McBunny
Apr 07, 2014 Minty McBunny rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014, april-2014
I am a sucker for books about groups of fiercely loyal girlfriends, because that is something I missed out on. This one was better than average, although I felt like Riley's character was a bit overdone, the other girls were genuine and I thought the parental relationships were well done too. The Christian aspect of the book was not overbearing, all told I thought it was a solid start for a YA series and I plan to read more.
Madeline
Sep 15, 2008 Madeline rated it really liked it
I picked up this book after a long day of work and enjoyed it. It's the story of four girls who through a strange event end up in detention together. The story then follows these girls through the struggles of school and life. I found this an easy, quick chick lit read but it was still thought provoking. This book is great for girls looking for an alternative to junky teen lit. I could easily relate with the characters and can't wait to read the sequel.
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