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Mixed Bags (Carter House Girls #1)

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  1,341 ratings  ·  122 reviews
The Carter House residents of high school aged girls arrive shortly before school starts. With a crazy mix of personalities, pocketbooks, and problems, the girls get acquainted, sharing secrets and shoes and a variety of squabbles.
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Published July 27th 2009 by Zondervan (first published April 22nd 2008)
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Peri
Mixed Bags is a great book for teenage girls. There are characters with every personality to relate to every reader. These high school girls deal with all kinds of drama and things girls really do go through. This book can relate to any and every girl while giving them helpful advice as well.
I really liked how this book relates to different people, but still tells a great story. Not all Christian books can do this. I really appreciate the fact that you don't open the book and it immediately pr
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Michelle


About the book:

After DJ's mom died, she had to move in with her grandmother, Katherine Carter, a retired internationally famous '60s fashion model. Now Mrs. Carter has decided to open a boarding home for girls, and DJ who would rather wear her team jersey than Gucci and Prada thinks that these girls will all be intolerable fashion snobs. One by one, the girls arrive and begin to figure out how to fit into this new lifestyle, and forming friendships. Sure, there's an aspiring prima donna or two,
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Mattie
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Scott
Great characters and story. But. Same old resolution from Carlson. I keep telling myself to not read her books anymore. Because I already know how it'll end... finding Jesus. But the interactions, conflicts and general storytelling is worth it. I just pray (lol) for a better ending. I think an author should be more creative and try something different with each book. Grow a little. All my favorite authors do this. This pattern is constant and repeated from the 4 or so books I've read by Carlson. ...more
Bella Mables
This book was very... interesting at first because I'm so very used to reading in first person point of view but this was third person. I adjusted to it and it was quite an excellent book. I still haven't read the sequel: Stealing Bradford, but I am very much looking forward to it. If you hesitating on reading this book or if you think the beginning sucks and wanna put it down.. DO NOT DO THAT. I t gets very good and I, honestly, am a twilight fan and can't put the twilight series books down(I k ...more
Margaret
Jun 18, 2008 Margaret rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teen girls and moms
Recommended to Margaret by: FIRST
When I first started this book, I was not too sure of how I would like it. But then as I left it and went to do some other things, I realized that I kept thinking about the story, and could not get it out of my head! This is the first, I think, of Melody Carlson that I've been able to read.. meaning get my hands on. It is a great little story that should be read by all mid-high school girls. It is so real to life and it does meet up with every type of girl. You can see yourself and remember your ...more
Kara
This is a story of 6 teenage girls living with a retired 60's fashion model, Katherine Carter, in a boarding home. DJ is the main character. She moved in with her grandmother, Mrs. Carter, when her mom died. Soon, other girls start arriving at the boarding home, and DJ, a total tomboy, thinks the others are stuck-up brats. You should read this to find out what happens to DJ as the girls start to become 'sisters'; dating, sharing clothes and secrets.
I would recommend this book to teenage girls wh
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Alli
This is a Christian YA fiction book, which I did not know until I looked the book up. Although, I often do not read Christian books, I found this was a good book. Also, for a first book this sets up the series well. This book is about a girl named DJ who lives with her grandmother at Carter House, large house in a small town. Soon five new girls move into the house, where they will live while attending high school. The girls are all from different backgrounds and creeds. This causes some interes ...more
Laura Smith
Melody Carlson's books are so easy to dive into. On page two I already feel like I'm in the story. The characters in Mixed Bags are authentic teen personas, each trying to find their way, despite initial appearances of rich, fashion queen type divas with a few outsiders trying to figure out how they'll choose to fit in or choose not to fit in hanging on the fringes. The characters are faced with real, daily issues. It's refreshing to see them make both good and bad choices. My only quip is that ...more
Snorkle
This novel sets the stage for the next books in the series. I found most of the characters intriguing and I was vastly interested in how this whole thing was going to work out. I could definitely see things from DJ's point of view and I'm not sure I would have been able to handle the different personalities of the new girls. I enjoyed this book and I wanted to know what would happen next. I'd recommend if you liked ya christian fiction that doesn't sugarcoat tough issues.

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Amanda Beguerie
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So, this book was not at all what I expected. And not necessarily in a a good way.
I was expecting some funny, silly book that I could use a bridge between books. It wasn't.
The reviews on the back of the book said that Melody Carlson was an amazing author who wrote believable stories. I'm sure on some planet, this kind of story is realistic and believable. But here, on planet Earth? Nope. Not even kind of.
The characters were completely unrealistic, along with the situations they were put in. Th
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Jessica
DJ is in high school and jsut trying to fit in. Her recent loss of her mother has made her father move her into her grandmothers house. Here her grandmother has started a house to hold girls that she wishes to transform in to debutantes. With already having trouble fitting in being forced to live with already beautiful and popular girls is just going to make DJ's life that much harder. You watch as she adjusts to living with these 5 new girls who're just as different from her as they are from ea ...more
Heather
Apparently, when it comes to Christian YA fiction, it's a toss-up. You either get good writing and a some-what interesting storyline (see the Sweet Seasons novels) or you get a book that's not too preachy-preachy (like this series), but you can't have your cake and eat it too. What's unfortunate, in my opinion, is that Melody Carlson is a prolific writer--she's got literally tons of books in the Christian fiction genre. What does that say about tastes?

Some of the characters in these books are in
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Sandy
Mar 19, 2010 Sandy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: liberal Christian models
I got this book for Christmas. It's really hard to put down! Melody Carlson is a really good writer. But I don't know how Christian it is... There's Christian stuff at the end, though -DJ, the main character, is converted and I expect the next book which I haven't read yet won't have as much dating and alcohol etc.

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WHO WROTE THIS REVIEW?!?! Haha, very clear and meaningful, Sandy. *sarcastically* I think what I meant to say is that this series is entertaining but shallow. It's labeled as
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Kt
Mar 05, 2009 Kt rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teenage girls, fans of Diary of Teeange Girl books
Mixed Bags by Melody Carlson is a great book. Melody lays out the foundation for the rest of the series well and you get to know the girls and their individualities. I would kind of compare Mixed Bags to a pilot episode of a TV show; it is not completely full of action or anything, but you get a feel for the series. It is a pretty quick read and the extra two chapters of the next book at the end takes the story a bit father, giving us ideas of what's to come. As some other people might have said ...more
Jamie Ruppert
This book was the kind of mediocre drivel that gives "Christian" books the reputation of being poorer quality. I found it lacking in description. The story didn't seem to really have a climax and resolution. I was utterly disappointed in this. If someone has read other books by Melody Carlson that are somehow better, please tell me which ones! I wouldn't give this to any of my library kids.
Sofia
Eh, this book was ok but certainly not my favourite. The ending was rather generic, the characters were flaky and annoying. The whole situation is interesting, and it could've been a cool story if DJ hadn't conformed to the fashion girls' ways and started dating and everything, I think that ruined it for me.
Stacy
I normally really like Melody Carlson books, but I was a bit disappointed in this one. I understand that this is the first in a series of books for young adults. I believe there are going to be 8 of these books (The Carter House Girls series) all together, and I think 5 of them have already been released. I know that this first one was really just setting the stage and introducing the characters, but it just didn't grab me in any way. I do like the rating here at GoodReads - two stars is "just o ...more
Pamela Hubbard
This was a quick, easy read that I think a lot of young girls could relate to. While the book is considered Christian fiction, it doesn't really focus on that until the end. It is a good read about a young girl who doesn't quite fit in and tries to make the right decisions for her life. It deals with peer pressure, bullying, and insecurities. It is pretty surface, but still has some depth so that it isn't mindless. The premise is fun, so I'm interested in the direction the rest of the series wil ...more
Sheenah
I really liked this book due to the Christian influences. Since I am also a Christian this book was even more relatable ( like as if you could relate to a book about a girl who lives with her grandmother and 5 other random girls). This book is exciting and fun. Great summer read.
Julie
For something classified as Christian fiction, I expected more religion. Didn't really hit home with that message until the end. Seems like the start to a nice series for young adults from conservative families who still want a little romance in their books.
Annika
2.5 stars

this book was a nice read but it did have it's flaws.

even though this book is based on 17 year olds, I felt like this book was for girls who were moving from the stage from middle school reads to young adult.

I liked this book and it was good to re read.
Brenda
I have come to the realization that Melody Carlson's books just don't have a whole lot to them. They're fairly slow moving, and not a lot happens. I have further realized it's because she writes series, and maybe doesn't have a whole lot of plot, and wants to stretch out the books. At least each book is short, which is the way YA books should be, if you ask me.

I do enjoy her writing, though, and she has excellent character development. The religion in her books is fairly mild, but it's definitel
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Celina
While the story wasn't riveting, it certainly is believable and entertaining enough that it held my attention. Great read for freshmen or sophomores in high school, and with enough character development that I'm going to have to finish the series.
Victoria Schlie
Fun series. Great for middle school or high school girls who are interested in or new to Christianity or for a rainy day girl read. :)
J.N.
This was much better than the diary of a teenage girls series IMO. This book is about a group of girls who live in a boarding house ran by one of the girl's grandmother, who is set out to teach the girls about fashion and being respectable. With their different personalities, a lot of drama occurs and one of the girls will find her faith.

I love the characters and how smooth the story unfolds. There are some very good lessons for young girls in this book and it's unique yet realistic (well, besid
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Brittney
This book was very short and not quite what I was expecting. There were a lot of flat characters, in fact I don't think there were any complex characters in this book which was sad. The flat characters definitely made things escalate a lot more quickly then normal, which wasn't very pleasing. The main character, to me, seemed very immature, naive, and innocent for a fifteen year old girl. I also did not like the writing style. It reminded me of how some teenage girls talk, always saying "like" i ...more
Galion Public Library Teens
Review by K.B.: "I like that the book has drama in it. I would recommend the book to people who like drama."
Claudia Matos
Very entertaining. Loved the interactions between all the oh so different girls.
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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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