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Number of Pages: 208
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 X 0.52 (inches)
Series: Carter House Girls
With six teenage girls living under one roof, things are bound to get interesting. Mix six teenaged girls and one 60s fashion icon (retired, of course) in an old Victorian-era boarding home. Add guys and dating, a little high-school angst, and throw in a Kate Spade bag or two and youve got The Carter House Girls, Melody Carlsons new chick lit series for young adults! The Carter House experiences a shake-up as one of its own returns home after an unnerving disappearing act. Then, friction grows as a school Homecoming Queen race heats up, turning friends and housemates against one another. DJ, Eliza, Taylor, Kriti, Rhiannon, and Casey show they have plenty of lessons to learn as the votes roll in. Some grow smarter and closer to God, while others seem to make the same mistakes over again. Despite all their differences and disagreements, the Carter House girls continue to grow together, forging a bond that strengthens through hardship. Hearts CAN change and friendship paves the way for at least one girl to move closer to God.
In spite of poor transitions, clichés, and an unorigial plot, this book has some surprisingly dynamic characters and does a fabulous job of capturing the high school experience. Though there are allusions to God and prayer, the story lacks a Christian agenda. Religion is only mentioned here and there, without spiritual growth and any relationships with God.
There are six girls in Carter House, with the story focusing on three of them. Desiree Jeanette, known as DJ, is the protagonist of the story. She is the oddball in Carter House. She lives there because her mom is dead and she doesn't get along with her dad. Unlike most of the girls in Carter House, DJ doesn't have a lot of money and doesn't care very much about her outward appearance. Taylor is DJ's roommate. Taylor is a stuck up, selfish, tough girl who always needs the spotlight. Even through the rough transitions in the book's writing, Taylor is one of the more interesting characters. Getting to know Taylor adds some depth to the story. The third major character is Casey. She is the good friend of DJ and the arch rival of Taylor; she adds a serious layer to a frilly story of surface problems. In the end there is growth among the characters.
For high school age girls, this book fits the mild entertainment profile but it is not a bill of fare for any serious readers or thinkers. There were good points, with the overall style one of frivolity and lightweight concerns. -- Rebekah Mosolf, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Lily5 Stars Out Of 5July 28, 2009LilyDEAR MELODY CARLSON,This book is beond amazing this whole series is amazing i can't wait for book 7 (Spring Breakdown) to come out in Feb. 2010 it's so long away i can't wait at all i wish that it could come out sooner so if Melody Carlson reads this know that i am a HUGE fan and could you please let sping breakdown come out sooner!!!! Thank you so much