Monday, June 15, 2009

Giveaway! Breaking Up Is Hard To Do by Anne Dayton & May Vanderbilt

A Miracle Girls Novel
Ana, Christine, Riley, and Zoe have grown closer than ever over the past few months, but summer is over and it's time to put their friendship to the test.

It's been a little over a year since Christine Lee's mom passed away in a tragic car accident. Now her dad is engaged to Candace--"The Bimbo"--and Christine couldn't be less thrilled. When her attitude starts to take a toll on her schoolwork, the administration forces her to attend counseling sessions. At least she gets to skip gym class!

But with her father's wedding inching closer, Christine is growing even more bitter. To make matters worse, the Miracle Girls are beginning to drift apart. Christine's anger and the pressures of high school threaten to break the girls up when they need each other the most. Will they find a way to join together to help Christine come to terms with her mother's death . . . and her father's remarriage?

My Review:
I enjoyed this delightful teen novel. Written in the voice of Christine, a teenager, the story peels away like an onion--layer by layer--as she moves through the grieving experience from the recent death of her mother, to the idea of a new step-mother. Added to the mix are driving, dating, and her roller coaster relationship with her friends, the Miracle Girls.

When Christine listens to Handel's Messiah, I find descriptive writing at its best. That scene along with another brought me to tears. This may have been written for teens, but it touched my old heart, and I give it a big thumbs up.

If you would like to read the first chapter, click here.

If you would like to buy a copy, click here.


The generous folks at Hachette Book Group are allowing me to host this book giveaway for five (5) copies!
  • Winners are restricted to the US and Canada. No PO Box mailing addresses, please.
  • Leave your email address in code in your comment (Please do not ask me to look it up! It's the only thing I ask of you.) Example of email in code: you[at]yourmail[dot]com
  • I'll close the comments at 6 PM EST June 27th and pick the winners. I will contact the winners via email to get their mailing information. The winners will have three days to respond. If I do not hear from a winner within three days, I will select another winner(s).
  • If you're interested, just say so in a comment with that all-important email address in code.


GirlwiththeBraids said...

My sister read the first book, Miracle Girls, and loved it. I'd be happy entering for her! :)


NotNessie said...

I'd love to read this!


SarCraw said...

Even though I am no longer a teen, I still love to read well-written teen books. This one sounds great.


bridget3420 said...

Count me in:)


Joe said...

Absolutely interested :)


Luvdaylilies said...

I would love to win this for my teen daughter!

Luvdaylilies at bellsouth dot net

Heather said...

Oh I'd love to win + read this book in my hammock drinking lemonade...Mmmm...yay!

heatheranne99 at hotmail dot com

Neas Nuttiness said...

Sometimes I want to read a book that I can get through quickly and that leaves me with a smile. This sounds like just the book - so please count me in.



TheGhostBlogger said...

Mary D
zenrei57 (at) hotmail (dot) com

Not only is this book something I'd love to read but also I can somewhat relate to from my own highschool years. I lost my mom and my dad then remarried two years later, it was a difficult time and (truth here) our chorus group sang at Disney World one Christmas, it was a huge event and Rock Hudson directed a group of over 1,000 students. We sang the Hallaluah Chorus and I remember being so moved that tears poured down my cheeks. Wow - lots of memories there :)

Crystal said...

This sounds really good ad I would love to win a copy.


Loren said...


OHH! Enter me in this one pretty please!

I love to read books that my daughter and I can share and talk about together! Thanks

Jess said...

I'd like to be entered. Thanks.

imjacobsmom said...

Throw my name in the hat, please! This book sounds good! ~ Robyn dustyshouse(at)comcast(dot)net

bj said...

Please enter my humble name to this one, too.
oops...sorry but I forgot to leave my address on the others..
Thanks, Sally..

Anonymous said...

I think my daughter would really like this series - please enter me! Thanks. :)
nnjmom at yahoo dot com

ReadingRobin said...

Looks like a great summer book! Please enter me...
cmrobin at bellsouth net

Renee G said...

I would like to read this.

April said...

I know that Brittany would love this!


Love Bears All Things said...

How do you get to be a reviewer of books? My email is
Mama Bear

Holly said...

This one looks cute. I don't think I've read a negative review yet. Please enter me!


Susanne said...

This would be the perfect read for my daughter for summer. Please enter me. Thanks Sally.