Take Two (Above the Line #2)
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Take Two (Above the Line #2)

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Filmmakers Chase Ryan and Keith Ellison have completed their first feature film, and Hollywood is buzzing with the news. In the wake of that excitement, the producers acquire rights to a novel that has all the ingredients they want for their next project. At the same time they cross paths with a well-connected player who introduces them to the right people, and suddenly ev...more
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Published June 29th 2009 by Zondervan (first published January 1st 2009)
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I am not enjoying this series at all. There are too many unrelated storylines. I think the Bailey/Cody thing could have been in a different book as there is only the thin tie of Andi. It is once again predictable and frustrating to read as the little inconsistencies pop up. It is almost as if she doesn't pre-plan the story in anyway and just writes what pops into her head. I was bothered that no one "remembered" they knew Taz from Clear Creek High until the middle of this book. Cody and Bailey h...more
I'm not sure if it is because I knew the characters better this time, but I liked this much better than I liked "Take One". I enjoyed the first one, but not as much as I did Karen's other books. I wasn't sure if I was going to like the series and had put off reading "Take Two". I'm glad I did and I picked up "Take Three" as soon as I finished. Maybe I identified with Kelly some, now that her character has been fleshed out more. My husband traveled a lot when my youngest son was little and I was...more
I love Karen Kingsbury novels but this was not even close to a good book.
First, let me say, I started this series before I picked up on the continuation of the Baxters after their first series ended.
Knowing that may effect my opinion of this series but really she explains everything that has happened pretty nicely and catches the reader up (almost too redundantly in each one)
Take One was okay and my husband bought me all 4 for Christmas so I'm giving them all a chance but I hope the rest are bet...more
You could definitely tell this was a bridge book in the series: the plot was not as interesting as the first book and there remained much to be wrapped up in the next book. Our movie producers, Keith and Chase, are developing their next film while finishing post-production on "The Last Letter," the movie they were filming in the previous book. They have the funding, the hit story, and the popular young star... so why are things not quite coming together? Chase also faces problems at home as his...more
Leah (packfan20)
I really enjoyed the Baxters' series but I just can't get into the Above the Line series. I disliked many things about this book, including how Chase and Keith seemed to always put their families second to their work but that was okay because their work was a mission from God. I also was disappointed with how the Andi/Tax storyline played out. As a book, it basically said that what Andi did was right because it was "art". Perhaps there are repercussions in the following books but it still didn't...more
I find myself either loving a book by Karen Kingsbury or walking away disappointed. Are you with me? One Tuesday Morning...LOVE. Take One and now Take Two...disappointed. I enjoy the characters and the plot line, but I see myself knowing where things are headed and just getting frustrated waiting for the inevitable.

This said, I do believe there are strong messages here for college women facing challenges and making tough choices and for professionals working hard to keep their integrity in a fal...more
wow....I had to check the cover to make sure I was reading what I intended to, a Christian book, on page 296 it states "enjoying the call of being pure of mind" ok that is how we as believers strive to live, it's how Pauls presses us to live. I felt like this book had taken that from me and then reminds me on the last pages of the book. I did not expect these kinds of details and was caught off guard. I'm not naïve enough to believe I don't live in this world it's because I do live in this world...more
Mandy Hoffman
I enjoy all of Karen Kingsbury's books and story lines. And while this was another one that had a good line to it, there was also a side to this one that I didn't like. It was much more sensual than what I remember any of her others to be. While I will most likely read the next one to continue following Bailey and Cody, I didn't appreciate the plot that involves Andi. I'm not sure if I would let my teen daughter read this...probably not.
I keep hoping that her writing style goes back to her earlier books. I feel as if she is just pumping out books now and I don't really like them anymore.
This was the second book in the series. The main characters Bailey and Andi are in college. Bailey is still torn between Cody and Tim. Andi is really being tempted by worldly things and turning away from her faith. She has stopped going to Campus Crusarders and not talking to anyone about her new boyfriend Taz. Taz wanted to make her a star actress in his film with only a little nudity. Bailey was always against it but Andi liked the idea. She made very bad choices that have not showed all the c...more
I have read very mixed reviews on this book, but I really liked it. Too often when I read Christian books I feel like everything is all tied up in a neat bow and the characters are either too perfect or too sinful. The reality is that most people relate better to something in the middle of those two. I love that Karen had characters struggling through real issues and that despite their attempts, their battles haven't been won quickly. That seems more realistic.

I know there has been some harsh c...more
Michele Minor
In this book we start to see the financial struggles that both the Ellison and the Ryan families are experiencing in bringing Christian stories to film. Chase's wife, Kelly is whining in this book about how hard it is to raise two kids on her own with the little money that Chase brings in from her film making. She doesn't even try to find a job to help out with their financial situation, in spite of helping to raise two young girls in this book. She feels that it is her right to be a stay at hom...more
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For those who haven't read Karen Kingsbury before, this book follows on from the Redemption series (5 books), the Firstborn series (5 books) and the Sunrise series (4 books). Don't worry - you can still enjoy this without reading all the others. This offering will most appeal to those who have read Take One (first in the Above the Line series), as it follows directly on from that without covering a lot of the back story (Amazon buyers may like to order both, or to re-read Take One while they are...more
The "Above the Line" series follows Keith Ellison and Chase Ryan, two filmmakers who want to change the movie landscape by making films that have heart and lead to changed lives.

Now that "The Last Letter" is in post-production, Keith and Chase begin the process of securing their next movie and getting "The Last Letter" into theaters. The adventure takes a huge toll on Chase's wife Kelly, who struggles with depression and over-eating as she drifts further away from her husband and from God.

Liz Collins
This book was the 2nd in the series and the main characters Chase and Keith, movie producers. The main donors daughter Kendall is attracted to Chase, and he starts to fall for her. But both
remain firm in their resolve not to get involved. Chase's wife Kelly is having problems because he is gone and she is left to do everything at home by herself. She is depressed and compensated by overeating. Kelly struggles through the entire book, but she reconnects with Christ at the end of the book by atten...more
Laura Ellison
The only part that I liked about the book was the Bailey Cody storyline but even that was frustrating because there was no development whatsoever over the entire book! The other storylines were monotonous and lacked depth. There was hardly any character development or plot in this book which makes me want to read the next one just to see if something, anything, happens but I'm not sure if I have it in me to read another book in this series. I was skipping entire chapters about Kelly. Good grief....more
Sherri Owens
I love Karen Kingsbury's books and the Baxter family she has created for them. I enjoy following the family through their trials and triumphs and watching Bailey, a character based on Karen's own daughter, grow. This series is no different. I appreciate that Karen doesn't paint an overly glossy picture of Christian family life -- they face their temptations and failures like everyone else. Set against the backdrop of Hollywood, those temptations are fierce. But she shows how, through the love of...more
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I kind of liked the stories, but the ending was a major disappointment.
My mom warned me that I wouldn't like the ending, and she was right.

The author tried to tell too many stories in one book--the lives of Bailey& Cody & Tim, Taz & Andi, Chase & Kelly. Each character had relational issues and struggles, and none of them was resolved in the end. Even the situation with Kelly and Chase did not come to a close. Kelly seemed to find relief from her addictions, but nothing else was...more
I have read and enjoyed many of Karen's books in the past, and just finished reading "Take Two". While I was interested in the continuation of the series from "Take One", I was troubled by some of the aspects of the book. I am concerned about the direction Karen is going with her story line about Andi. The scenes are almost glorifying premarital sex and are bordering on the erotic. There may be consequences for Andi's decisions in the next book "Take Three" but they should have been shown in thi...more
Jackie Krasuski
This book was not quite as inspiring as the first in the series, but it was still good in its own right. I love the progress being made between Bailey and Cody, and everything that Andi is going through is quite realistic; however I am not a big fan of the negative light that is shown on Andi's portion of the story. The world does work like that but there is such a thing as moderation and sometimes I think the characters are taken to one extreme or another. Andi's extreme obsession is just one e...more
Diana (Bever) Barber
Ignore the typos and the misuse of adverbs (adjectives, instead). This book is worth it. Take Two is #2 in the series--imagine that! It shows the consequences of sin without denigrating the sinner, and the marvelous miracles God sends us--those that are meant to be life-changing and those that simply are meant to sustain us and remind us that He is there and is ultimately in charge (when we let Him be). We all make mistakes, and we can all find mercy and forgiveness in repentance. Look at my rev...more
Another great book that is part of the Baxter series. The series is very soap operaish, but I just love the characters and the stories. That being said, I really loved this book (already started on the next) but in this book the only Baxters that are part of this story are Luke (as attorney) and Dayne (as mentor). I miss reading about the Baxters and really want to know how their lives are developing. The new characters Chase and Keith are great, and there families are really growing one me, so...more
In some ways I liked this one better than the first one. Depression was portrayed so well that I got very annoyed with Kelley and her complaining but also could see how someone with depression might feel and come across. I could relate to the food addiction. Taz was a great representation of Satan and how he slowly and gradually leads us to the edge of the slippery slope so we are ready to slide down at his will. I feel badly for Andi’s choices. There are so many of life’s temptations in this bo...more
This is the second book in the Above the Line series and it doesn't disappoint! I loved once again getting involved in the character's lives, and continuing getting to know her new characters in this series.

I know that Kingsbury is involved in the Christian movie making business, and this shows through in the Above the Line books. But I'm more interested in watching movies than reading about how they're made, so those sections of the book with Chase and Keith aren't as captivating as the rest of...more
Anita Lewis
I ordered a bunch of her books and have become addicted. Easy to read before bedtime and very enjoyable. Also makes me feel good.
I found this book to be a very easy read. Quite simply though, it's a continuation of the first book. I couldn't have been as into the characters in this book if I hadn't read the first book. I also was equally happy that I had take three in my pile to start reading right away because take two ended so abruptly and I was so perplexed. So I must read on to find out how ANdi goes on after losing her virginity, if Kelly's depression gets better, if chase is tempted too much by Kendall, if Keith and...more
Marianne Evans
Wow. This book was such a wonderful follow up to to Take One. Chase rebukes extra-marital temptation easily and completly in book 1, but in book 2, we are introduced to Kendall Adams, a gorgeous, spirit-filled and devout Christian. Chase and Kendall connect at deep and realistic emotional levels as Chase's marriage strains and begins to crumble as his wife's mental and physical health go downhill. Temptation, this time, is not so easily refused. What happens next? You have to read it to see, and...more
I love Karen Kingsbury as an author, and, as always, this is a great book. I didn't give it five stars because I feel that the conflicts that Cody and Bailey are having with their feelings about each other has almost drawn out too long. They end up in some of the same situations and say some of the same things again because there are only so many ways to represent their dilemma. Depression and a conflict between living on the wild side of life and conforming to the expectations you have been bro...more
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“Life is too short for half-hearted connections and meaningless run-throughs.” 74 likes
“They'd had fun, for sure. They laughed and enjoyed being together. But if she was painfully honest with herself, something was missing. Something in the way Tim looked at her. She remembered her mom's word. "I saw the way he looked at you...he adores you." Maybe that was it. Tim looked at her on a surface level. He smiled and seemed happy to see her. But When Cody looked at her, there were no layers left, nothing her didn't reveal, nothing he couldn't see. He didn't really look at her so much as he looked into her. To the deepest, most real places in her heart and soul.” 13 likes
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