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Coming Apart (Main Street #9)

4.1  ·  Rating details ·  246 Ratings  ·  17 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
Varshini Iyer
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?
Aug 03, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: kids-fiction
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.
Oct 17, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: juvenile-series
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 :)
Aug 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
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!
Dec 26, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kid-s-books
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!
Mar 30, 2011 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.
Judy E.
Jan 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Ninth book in the Main Street series. Nikki's abusive dad returns to town as the divorce is finalized, and Nikki, Tobias, and Mae are shaken by his angry and unpredictable behavior.
Kristin Pierce
Oct 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
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.
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My favorite book of Ann m Martin!
Rachel McCall
Jun 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
AMAZING book, but.......

This book truly is great but there are some issues in the book that some kids should not be exposed to. Boyfriends. Custody battles.
Jul 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great book and series. Definitely worth a read.
Jul 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
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love how she added the twist of the dad come back in the picture
Nov 24, 2010 added it
Read almost all the Main Street books. Good for ages 8-11 girls
Mar 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
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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.” 8 likes
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