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Coming Apart (Main Street #9)

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  185 ratings  ·  15 reviews

When Nikki's father left her family, she thought all the trouble would be over. No more screaming. No more fighting. No more rages. But now he's coming back one last time, and Nikki isn't sure what's going to happen. Luckily, she has good friends like Flora, Ruby, and Olivia to stand behind her -- and a mom who cares about her kids enough to pull them through a hard time.
Paperback, 208 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Scholastic Paperbacks
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Jennifer Wardrip
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The ninth installment of Ann M. Martin's MAIN STREET series, this is Nikki's story.

Her father comes back to finalize the divorce between himself and her mother. She is very anxious about his return, and the chapters dealing with her and her family were very compelling.

To go along with Nikki's problems, Olivia is feeling peer pressure to have a boyfriend, Flora wants to help everyone, and Ruby is trying to decide who is lying and who is not. This all
When Nikki's father, Mr.Sherman left the family Nikki thought everything will be fine. No more fighting. No more screaming. No more rages. But the things were not the way she expected it to be. Mr.Sherman is returning home one last time to take his things and to sign the divorce papers. Luckily she has friends like, Ruby, Flora and Olivia who care about friendship. And, a mother who has the courage to pull her kids through a hard time. Will Mr.Sherman's return change things from bad to worse?
Although this is probably my least-favorite in the Main Street series, I still enjoyed reading it. I think I liked it less because several characters spend a majority of the book upset or worried or sad. Also, I think this is the first time Martin has closed a Main Street book with an unresolved issue, which is kind of a pet peeve of mine. I'm sure she'll pick the story up in book 10 right where she left off here, but I like a neatly-wrapped ending. Still, a solid read.
Martin continues to follow the lives of people living in Camden Falls in a gentle & cozy way. This book includes the tying up of Nikki's family situation when her Dad comes to town to complete divorce proceedings, Olivia's struggle with whether or not she's ready to have a real boyfriend & an introduction to the the moodiness that comes with teenage years, & Ruby's becoming more responsible because of a bad choice. A great escape book.
The list of adjectives to describe it could go one.

It may be a little young, but Coming Apart and the whole Main Street series itself is just such a perfect blend of humor, relateable characters, reality, but also growing up.

It's like a younger version of Wendy Mass' books.

So, in other words, a good read :)
I liked this one, and it was interesting to read about Nikki's dad and how horrible he was, even at the end...what a mess. Perfect Flora is about to set me over the edge, though, even though I see so much of myself in her!
This was not my favorite of the Main Street series, I love Ann M Martin but this book was kind of dull. Too sad and a little depressing for a kids book but it was still interesting, definitely a quick read!
Kristin Pierce
Another book in a series (Main Street) for girls who have graduated from Judy Moody and Junie B. Jones. All the characters are realistic and these books warm the heart.
This is the latest book in this series I read recently. It was really good. I liked how it focused on one of the characters that they usually dont in this series.
Mar 30, 2011 Hannah is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Great - I am currently reading it. I have read the whole series and they all have been spectacular! Thanks... :) I guess.
Nov 24, 2010 Kacy added it
Read almost all the Main Street books. Good for ages 8-11 girls
love how she added the twist of the dad come back in the picture
ok...good for kids 10 and below
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Ann Matthews Martin was born on August 12, 1955. She grew up in Princeton, New Jersey, with her parents and her younger sister, Jane. After graduating from Smith College, Ann became a teacher and then an editor of children's books. She's now a full-time writer.

Ann gets the ideas for her books from many different places. Some are based on personal experiences, while others are based on childhood me
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“Olivia was moody. Moody wasn't a word with which she was very familiar, but if it meant that her moods swung back and forth for no reason at all, and that she felt crabby and wanted to be alone more often than she felt content and friendly, and that she was often tempted to slam her bedroom door - preferably in someone's face - well, then, moody described perfectly the way she'd been feeling lately.” 7 likes
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