The first nine books in the popular Christy Miller series are now available in three treasured volumes!
Bestselling author Robin Jones Gunn packs each one with enough action, romance, and drama to keep you reading and wanting more. It all starts the summer Christy vacations on a California beach and meets two friends who change her life forever. But after moving across the country with her family, Christy must begin her sophomore year of high school uncertain where shell fit in. A red-headed new best friend, a try at cheerleading, a job at a pet store, and expectations for the prom fill Christys high school years with a string of laughter-and-tears moments. Fireball Katie keeps everyone guessing what shell do next, and surfer Todd keeps showing up while popular Rick has determined to get her full attention! As these memorable years unfold, Christy and her God-loving friends find out what it means to be a peculiar treasure. Follow Christy Miller as she stays true to her identity in Christ, drawing closer to God for help in realizing her dreams and dealing with her disappointments.
Series: Books 4-6 of the Christy Miller series. A total of 12 books are in this series, but this series also has spun off four other series and have a few other connecting books. Review of the first collection Here!
Cheerleading tryouts are comping up, and Christy Miller is giving it all shes got. The competition is tough and some of the girls are just rude, but Christy thinks she has a good chance to make the squad. Meanwhile prom is just around the corner, and Christy hopes her parents will make an exception to their no dating until sixteen rule. Shed love to go with Todd to his prom! But nothing turns out as Christy had planned. As the surprises keep coming, can Christy respond with graceand maybe even spring a surprise of her own?
Spiritual Content- Scriptures are mentioned, quoted, & memorized; Prayers & Talking to God; Church going & Youth group; Many talks about God & prayers; Hs are capital when referring to God; Christy gets a bit mad at God in this book, but gets over it by the end; Many mentions of God; Many mentions of Christians, witnessing, & standing up for your beliefs; Mentions of prayers & praying; Mentions of those & events in the Bible; Mentions of churches, church going, Bible studies, Sunday School classes, youth groups, services/sermons, & pastors; A couple mentions of angels; A mention of a miracle; A mention of being blessed.
Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a dumb, and five stupids; A bit of sarcasm;
Mentions of mean and jealous girls & their snippy comments; Mentions of a car accident & injuries; Mentions of pain & injuries; Mentions of jealousy; A few mentions of a death; A few mentions of drunks & an alcoholic; A few mentions of divorces; A few mentions of lies & lying; A couple mentions of the possibility of someone killing themself; A couple mentions of prejudiced; A couple mentions of gossip; A mention of criminals.
Sexual Content- a cheek kiss; Remembering kisses (barely-above-not-detailed); Touches, Embraces, & Hand Holding (barely-above-not-detailed); A few blushes; Some noticing; Christy gets jealous; All about mentions of boys, boyfriends, girlfriends, couples, dating, dates, proms, dumping, & being interested in someone; Mentions of teens renting rooms after a prom & being intimately involved with each other; Mentions of kisses, past kisses, & kissing (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of flirting & flirts; Mentions of jealousy; Mentions of romance & romantic moments; A few mentions of touches; A couple mentions of an abortion that could have happened; A couple mentions of Christys legs (from a boy); Some lovey-dovey, falling-for-a-boy emotions, & teenage girl hormones;
*Note: A few mentions of suggestive dancing & song lyrics; A mention of how girls dress at a prom.
Christy Miller is spending her sixteenth birthday on Maui with her family, Todd, and Paula, her best friend from Wisconsin! What could be better? But Christy soon finds that she and Paula dont have as much in common anyone. Paulas obsessed with having a boyfriendeven if that means stealing Todd from Christy! Will he choose Paula over her? Or will the islands send Christy dreaming in new directions?
Spiritual Content- Prayers; Witnessing & Seeing someone ask to become a Christian; Many talks about God, God-things, being a Christian, missionaries, & praying; Hs are capital when referring to God; Many mentions of God & God-things; Mentions of prayers & praying; Mentions of Bibles & Bible reading; Mentions of Christians, becoming one, & witnessing; Mentions of churches, church going, missionaries, wanting to become a missionary, & a reverend; A couple mentions of thanking God; A mention of Heaven; A mention of a miracle; A mention of a blessing; A mention of a spiritual birthday; A mention of Sunday School.
Negative Content- Minor cussing including: three stupids; Some sarcasm; Some sibling bicker;
Mentions of a death caused by drugs; Mentions of abductions & possible abductions of girls; Mentions of an allergic reaction to bee stings (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of lies, lying, liars, & deceit; A few mentions of misunderstanding about people jumping off a bridge; A few mentions of jealousy; A mention of the Mafia; A mention of alcoholism; A mention of drunken sailors;
*Note; A few mentions of car brands.
Sexual Content- a barely-above-not-detailed kiss; Remembering kisses (barely-above-not-detailed); Touches, Embraces, Hand Holding, & Nearness (barely-above-not-detailed); Some noticing; Christy gets jealous; Many mentions of dating, dates, boys, boyfriends, girlfriends, wanting a boyfriend, & interest; Mentions of waiting to go to bed with a guy & being a virgin (Christy says shes going to save herself for her future husband for their wedding day); Mentions of kisses, past kisses, welcoming kisses, kissing, & doing more; Mentions of touches, holding hands, & nearness; Mentions of romance & romantic moments; Mentions of flirting; Mentions of jealousy; A few mentions of noticing; A few mentions of proms & prom dates; A couple mentions of an out of wedlock pregnancy; A couple mentions of a crush; A mention of making out;
*Note: Mentions of girls figures (Christy compares her figure to her friend who has a larger bust); Mentions of (skimpy) bikinis/clothes & modesty; A few mentions of miscarriages.
Christy Miller is sixteen, and that means she can finally date! Rick has waited months for this, and he has a whole list of dates planned. Hes not happy about her early curfews and weekend job, but Christy knows her parents arent about to negotiate on those points. Really, shes dazzled to be pursued by such a thoughtful guy. So why does she feel overwhelmed? Where does Todd fit into her life now? And can any guy really fulfill all her hopes?
Spiritual Content- Scriptures are quoted & remembered; Prayers; Talks about God; Hs are capital when referring to God; Mentions of God; Mentions of prayers & praying; Mentions of Bibles & Bible reading; Mentions of Christians; Mentions of blessings & being blessed; Mentions of churches, church going, & services; A couple mentions of leading someone to Christ; A couple mentions of wanting to be a missionary; A mention of a God-thing; A mention of Noahs ark; A mention of a miracle.
Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a dumb, a give a rip, three stupids, and three forms of wimp; Some sarcasm; A few mentions of an R-rated movie; A couple mentions of a theft; A mention of an alcoholic;
*Note: A couple mentions of car brands.
Sexual Content- three cheek kisses, a not-detailed kiss, four barely-above-not-detailed kisses, and two boarder-line barely-above-not-detailed // semi-detailed kisses; Remembering kisses (barely-above-not-detailed); Touches, Embraces, Hand Holding, & Warmth (barely-above-not-detailed); Dates & Having a boyfriend; a babe and a baby; All about mentions of dating, dates, relationships, boys, boyfriends, girlfriends, being interested, & breakups; Mentions of not going beyond light kissing & not getting physical with a guy before marriage; Mentions of being a virgin & not doing it with a guy; Mentions of kisses, past kisses, & kissing (barely-above-not-detailed); A few mentions of touches, embraces, & wanting to be touched; A few mentions of jealousy; A few mentions of crushes; A mention of an out of wedlock pregnancy;
While Christy can be a bit annoying & obsessive in Surprise Endings, its still a classic Christy book where she grows and matures in it.
Island Dreamer: Just like the first book in this collection, its another classic Christy story. More Todd (yay!) and more great faith content (double yay!). :)
A Heart Full of Hope: Forget what Ive ever said, this is probably my least favorite of the series. Two words: Ugh, Rick. Rick has always brought up all my warning flags. I do feel like Todd, you spiritual geek describes Todd pretty well. That ending makes it much better though. ;)
*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
This book is a three-books-in-one volume that includes books 4, 4, and 6 of the Christy Miller series. Ive given an overview of each story below.Book 4Surprise Endings:I liked how this story ended. Despite all she goes through, and how strict her parents are, Christy is really starting to figure out who she is. Its exciting to see her make choices that show selfless love for others, even though Christy doesnt always feel it. My favorite part was when she stood up to Rick. Go, Christy! You tell him!Book 5Island Dreamer:I love Todd. If only there were more guys like him. Christy gets more practice learning to love others in this book, and Paula sure does make that hard. Todd confuses her more than ever and there are a few conversations left unfinished that make you want to go buy the whole series to know what will happen later.Book 6A Heart Full of Hope:I dont like Rick! The dude is controlling. Grrr. Yet he keeps coming back. It was entertaining and a little sad to see Christy try to please everyone in her life to the point of not having a life of her own. And I was so sad for Todd! Ack! I have to get the rest of these books soon so I know how Christys story ends.I highly recommend this series for girls ages 12 and up. It is a joy to read about Christys life and friends and struggles. There are four, three-book volumes in the re-released series, and a college years volume. Check out Robin Jones Gunns author Web site.