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Bright Blue Miracle

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  531 ratings  ·  142 reviews
Seventeen-year-old Leigh Mason is not sure she's ready to share her mom, her bedroom, and her little sisters with her new stepsister, Betsy. And she's definitely not ready to share her best friend, who happens to be a boy! Coping with a blended family is not easy for either Leigh or Betsy, especially during their senior year in high school. Each step brings them nearer to ...more
Paperback, 173 pages
Published February 1st 2009 by Shadow Mountain
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May 16, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars! I read this book in one sitting and when I say one sitting I literally mean one sitting. I was on an airplane and started reading this and never put it down once and it was such a good book to read on the plane!!

I really enjoyed this!! It wasn’t amazing but it was enjoyable. I love Mrs. Wilhite (she’s my English teacher) and I love her writing!! Her characters were very authentic and I felt like the situation was portrayed very accurately! I loved the characters and I felt
Marcia Mickelson
Mar 10, 2010 rated it did not like it
I thought the overall story was okay, but the writing was not good, especially at the beginning of the book. There was an overload of narrative and not enough dialogue to put the reader into the scene. Leigh's first meeting with future stepfather and stepsister was completely glossed over, described in less than two pages. I thought the quick summary of such an important event was just one example of the weak writing I found throughout the book. That event should have been written in an immediat ...more
Spring Clark
May 09, 2009 rated it it was ok
I basically didn't like this book. The main character was very selfish and controlling. She held up her family blending together and her mother even thanks her once she "allows" the family to be together as a family finally. Leigh also denies how she really feels about her best friend Jeremy and is always trying to make us sympathize with her by making self-deprecating remarks about how mean she is and how perfect Betsy her step-sister is. UGH!

Plus, Leigh and Betsy (step sisters who
Jan 29, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
I really liked the idea of this book; being the strange person I am, I have often wondered about how I would handle death of a parent or best friend (both subjects addressed in this book). However, this book left me bored at times and wanting more the rest of the time. The writing is slow and bland and the story seems too contrived. On the plus side, the book gives a realistic and emotional portrayal of losing yourself in friendship that makes up for some of its failures (but not all). It is als ...more
Jan 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is one of the nicest young adult books I've read in a long time. The story is sweet and thoughtful, funny in bits, and ultimately educational, in the best sense of the word! The ending came a little suddenly for me, and there were parts here and there I felt were unnecessary, but all in all I enjoyed it.
Jan 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
My interest in this book is special because I helped edit the manuscript, and the author is an adorable friend.

Becca Wilhite has a great voice. The characters are real and enjoyable. It is clean and funny and the author really handles teenage angst well. Amidst the YA genre that can sometimes be dark and unexpectedly filthy, you can feel confident handing this book to anyone you know.
Apr 02, 2012 rated it liked it
This book was good, but I didn't like it as much as the other(My Ridiculous Romantic Obsessions). It was kind of sad at first, then it turned out to be okay. It was a fast, fun read!
Katie W
Apr 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Very cute story about a girl, Leigh, who's mother remarries a man with a girl her age. Leigh struggles to figure out how to have a "twin" sister and a best friend and all the drama involved.
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-1-10
Bright Blue Miracle is the charming tale of Leigh Mason learning to navigate the unfamiliar waters of a blended family. In addition to learning how to interact and bond with complete strangers she’s now forced to live with, Leigh also deals with the added stress of her new sister dating her best friend Jeremy. Though Wilhite writes about a difficult subject, she manages to do so with grace. Her main character, Leigh, is both relatable and funny. She drew me in from the beginning,
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read this book years ago, but just reread it after snagging it for my daughter from the library recently. (All I remembered from the first reading was that it was good and had some sad things in it. Understatements, both.) I love Becca Wilhite's writing; something about it reminds me of Shannon Hale, though I can't put a finger on what. Maybe it's that both women can write with such personal humor during tough situations? I don't know. But I like it.

I honestly wish there was more Y
MA Greene
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was first attracted to Becca Wilhite’s Bright Blue Miracle when I saw the cover. By the title, I was curious what story would unfold. It’s is the story of 17-year-old Leigh. Her life is turned around when she discovers she will not just be meeting her mother’s boyfriend and his daughter. They will be moving in because her mother is marrying him. Not only is her personal space invaded by her seemingly perfect step-sister Betsy, but her younger siblings love her. Then to make her world spin more ...more
Carissa Graham
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-12-books
Bright Blue Miracle is definitely one of my all time favorites. Still very sad about the death of her father, Leigh Mason is really struggling with her new life. She is really disappointed when her mom tells her that she is getting remarried and than the new husband has a daughter close to her age. This YA novel ties many themes together such as love, friendship, heart break, and family. It is one of the sweetest books I have read and I recommend it to teen girls who aren't afraid of a good cry.
Suze Price
Feb 01, 2019 rated it liked it
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Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018
Typical. But cute for younger audience.
Michelle Van Dyke
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
super cute, touching, feel good book.
Ryan Ward
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jessica (thebluestocking)
Becca Wilhite, author of Bright Blue Miracle and other books, is a Utah author. I read this little book a few months ago at the urging of some of my book club members. Also, I got to meet Ms. Wilhite briefly last October, and she and I hail from the same alma mater. You can check out her website here. But, I’m wandering. Back to Bright Blue Miracle. Here’s the blurb:

Seventeen-year-old Leigh Mason is not sure she’s ready to share her mom, her bedroom, and her little sisters with her new stepsister, Betsy/>
May 04, 2010 rated it it was ok
Short, spunky and outspoken Leigh Mason has gotten used to the life she lives with her mom and younger twin sisters in Indianapolis. She tolerates high school (at least she's smart, and a senior) and loves her best friend, Jeremy. But when her mom announces that she's getting married, and her new stepfather will be moving to Indy with his daughter, Betsy, also a high school senior, Leigh balks. When Betsy and Jeremy quickly fall for each other, Leigh falls apart.

I think Leigh is supp
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I found this at my local Walmart one day quite a long time ago. The cover really caught my interest because its so bright. The story sounded promising. Although, since I found it in the LDS section I knew it was apt to be pretty cleanly written as well.

I think its a true tribute to her upbringing that Leigh doesn't all out rebel at the changes she has to go through. Being a teenage girl isn't easy, add in a new step-sister and things are going to be challenging. She asked to share h
Jill Williamson
Oct 14, 2009 rated it liked it
Seventeen-year-old Leigh Mason is not thrilled that her mom is remarrying. She is even less thrilled that her new dad comes with a daughter her age. Not only does Leigh have to share her bedroom, but her best friend Jeremy quickly develops a crush on her new sister, Betsy, and Leigh has to share her best friend, too.

This book tugs at your heart. Becca Wilhite writes a wonderful first person voice in Leigh. You feel betrayed along with Leigh. You hate Betsy, yet grow to love her at th
Jan 07, 2010 rated it liked it
"Seventeen-year-old Leigh Mason is not sure she’s ready to share her mom, her bedroom, and her little sisters with her new stepsister, Betsy. And she’s definitely not ready to share her best friend, who happens to be a boy!

Coping with a blended family is not easy for either Leigh or Betsy, especially during their senior year in high school. Each step brings them nearer to a crisis that will either send them running in different directions or bind them firmly together (which, let’s fa
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
This book has sat on my shelf for quite a while. I kept looking at it and look forward to the day when I would find a spare day or two to read it. I loved Becca Wilhite's book, My Ridiculous, Romantic Obsessions.

This story is very different from the other. This book is not as much a comedy as a coming of age story. Leigh is seventeen. She has faced crisis that would be hard for someone older and more mature. She has weathered the storms and now is facing one of the hardest yet, her mother is getti
Macy Alexander
Jan 27, 2017 rated it liked it
PLOT: Leigh Mason has a new stepsister Betsy. She doesn't want to share any of her things along with her mom and even her best friend. As she really gets to know Betsy she learns that she should be nicer and help her out. She learns that Betsy is going through some hard times and as they approach their senior year they become the best of friends.
COMPARE/CONTRAST: Leigh and Betsy are alike because they both have only one blood related parent in their lives at the time. They both share the same t
May 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: teens 13 and up and adults
Recommended to Sheila by: The author Becca Wilhite
It has been a long time since I stayed up to read a book past 1:00 a.m. Bright Blue Miracle had to be read. It has an inviting cover that pulls you in and a story that touches your heart.

The main character, Leigh, is a teenager with a best friend,(who happens to be a boy), a Mom who is remarrying and a new, beautiful step-sister. Leigh learns a lot about trust, learning to love and sharing your heart and feelings. Even though the main characters are teenagers, it did not feel like a
Ranee Clark
Jun 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Audience: YA (clean)
Genre: YA Contemporary
Length: 173 pgs

Rating: **** (Really liked it)

Review: Becca taught a humor class at Storymakers conference this year that was SO so great, so I knew this book would be a laugh and a half. I'd just finished reading THE ORCHARD by Krista Lynne Jensen, and after all that emotion, I picked this one up to laugh over. Apparently I didn't read the back cover well enough, because yes, I did need some tissues. MORE FEELINGS! Eee
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Amanda Stephens
Feb 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-1-12
Bright Blue Miracle by Becca Willhite is a book that many teenagers will relate to, and find captivating, because of the relatable every day problems the characters go through. Leigh is a senior in high school and is tying to cope with the death of her father, and the remarriage of her mother. She is also trying to cope with having a new step sister her own age, who steals her best friend, who is also suffering from cancer. Leigh learns about what true friendship is, and about forgiveness and lo ...more
Kathy * Bookworm Nation
I was drawn to this one by the cover, although I kind of hate feet, I love the color blue and for some reason it just called to me. I was a little disappointed in the story and characters. Everything just moved along or was resolved so quickly. Leigh’s mother announces that she is getting re-married, and Leigh throws a small tantrum and then being the mature 17 year-old gets over it and tries to be understanding. When her new step-sister moves in and begins crushing on Leigh’s best friend Jeremy ...more
Jan 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Things I Liked:
This was sweet, simple, and yet had some good and relatable messages inside. I felt angry and upset right along with Leigh, even as I saw Betsy struggle to be kind in the face of her frustrations. I loved the characters, particularly Leigh's grandmother, who works her magic on the two of them. It was definitely a sweet and uplifting story, with just enough realistic and sad things to keep it balanced.

Things I Didn't Like:
The quick romance Leigh experiences while
Deborah Andreasen
Jul 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Leigh's life changes when she gets a blended family she didn't need and a sister she didn't want. Now, to make things worse, she has to share not only her bedroom, but her best friend, Jeremy.

I read this book in a day or two. Fast read; good paced book. I love the narrative because Leigh's mind works so much like a normal sarcastic teenager. I laughed many times thinking, "That's what I would say." The characters are, for the most part, believable. I sometimes had a hard time followi
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