This is a quick enjoyable read. At times I didn't really know what I thought of Riley, the main character, but by the end of the book I understood thi...moreThis is a quick enjoyable read. At times I didn't really know what I thought of Riley, the main character, but by the end of the book I understood this was the point. I'm sure Riley's indecisiveness will resonate with a lot of teenagers over deciding what to do with their life. I enjoyed this look at "The Miracle Girls" senior year - a lot of time is covered so a lot is glossed over, but the main plot points shine through and the lessons that are learned are wonderful.
I have not read the rest of this series but was able to read this book with no problem. I'm sure knowing more about each of the girls' background and more about The Miracle Girls would have been helpful but it is not a must. I didn't feel lost as things from the past are mentioned in enough detail to understand how they affect the present.
The characters are good in this book. Riley has always had things easy but suddenly she can't decide what to do with her life. She's trying to decide on college and what to do now that Tom is back in her life and also with Ben, the boy at school who interests her. She grows a lot in this book and that was great to watch. I laughed and shed tears through this book and I loved it for that.
As I mentioned earlier, at times the book feels hurried, but then again it's covering a school year in ~280 pages so it is natural that it is rushed. I think the authors do a great job capturing a wide-variety of teenagers in The Miracle Girls and I look forward to starting from the beginning of this series to see how it all came about.
Christianity is important in this book, but yet not preachy. I found Riley's questioning of how sometimes the church or people in the church don't always do the right thing very interesting and true. How many of us have known someone in our church or other churches that acts like they are better and yet their actions don't show their love for Jesus. How many of us have been that way ourselves? I found this to be a very real and effective plot line. It's so true and I hope it helps each of us question how we act in and out of church.
All-in-all I think Ms. Dayton and Ms. Vanderbilt did a wonderful job with this book. It is both entertaining and thought-provoking and that makes it great to me.
A crazy fashion-obsessed young adult novel that has meaning and is fun to read.
I loved Poseur. Within the first few pages I wasn't sure I was going to...moreA crazy fashion-obsessed young adult novel that has meaning and is fun to read.
I loved Poseur. Within the first few pages I wasn't sure I was going to like it, but as it went along I was sucked right in. Petra, Janie, Melissa and Charlotte couldn't be more different. That is established in the beginning. They all come from different backgrounds and are part of four different cliques at their high school. When a group study program lands them together to launch their own fashion label, things begin to go crazy.
The characters in this are very interesting. They continue to develop through the book through interaction with each other and with others. I enjoyed getting to know each of them, at times I didn't like them and at other times they began to redeem themselves. Through getting to know each other they begin to all change for the better without losing themselves.
The antics can be zany but the voice of each character comes through clear and their is a lesson to be learned in the end. I think this is a wonderful book - full of the fun of young adult books, but with a built-in lesson that doesn't bang kids over the head - it's just there to be taken however you want to take it. I look forward to reading the next book in the series and seeing more of Petra, Janie, Melissa and Charlotte.(less)