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Miracle Girls #3: A Little Help From My Friends by Anne Dayton & May Vanderbilt

October 19th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


Source: This book was provided for review by Hachette Book Group
Reading level: Young adult

I give this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars

Description from Zoe is used to being overlooked. As the youngest and shyest Miracle Girl, she was happy to fade into the background last year. But when she sheds her baby fat and shoots up four inches the summer before her junior year, everything changes. Now she’s turning heads at school, and this new attention is beginning to strain her relationship with her sweet, serious boyfriend, Marcus. Pressure builds when Zoe’s assigned partner for history class is Dean Marchese–a handsome New York transplant who isn’t afraid to show her how he feels.
Just when she needs her three best friends the most, the Miracle Girls are suffering from boy troubles of their own. Even Zoe’s rock-solid home life begins to shake underneath her when her parents’ relationship frays in the face of serious financial burdens. As this uncertain year of growing pains comes to a frenetic head, the quietest Miracle Girl must find her voice at long last and take control of her own destiny . . . with more than a little help from her friends.

This book was a fun read.  I have not read the first two books in the series but that didn’t seem to matter much.  At first I didn’t know who the “miracle girls” were but this is explained later in the book so you could probably jump in at this book if you really wanted to.   I loved Zoe and her friends.  Each girl is unique and has to deal with their own issues yet they are always there for each other.  I think this is a story that many young girls can relate to as some of the characters break up with their first loves or suffer their first heart break.  I also really enjoyed Dean’s character although I wish we could have seen a bit more of him and his life instead of him just being the love interest of Zoe.  I felt like there is a lot there to like about him.  The one minor detail I disliked was how easily the issue with the lawsuit against one of the teachers was resolved.  Throughout the book it seemed to be a major issue that seemed unresolvable and then at the end all of a sudden all was fine.  It seemed to abrupt.  Other than that this is a quick, fun read for the teen age girl.


I was pleasantly surprised to find out May lives in San Francisco, just an hour away from me.  Here is her short bio from Hachette Book Group: MAY VANDERBILT graduated from Baylor University and went on to earn a master’s degree in fiction from Johns Hopkins University. She lives in San Francisco, where she writes about food, fashion, and nightlife in the Bay Area.

You can also check out her blog here.

Posted in 3 Star Books, Books, Christian Fiction, Young Adult

One Response

  1. Michelle

    Great stop on the road trip!

    I have to investigate the first books in the series as this one sounds cute. Even though you can I rarely jump into a series without reading the other novels first. I like the perspective and little nuances.

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