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FaithWords (October 15, 2009)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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.
Together, the two women are the authors of Miracle Girls series
ABOUT THE BOOK:
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.
Like the earlier books in the Miracle Girls series, A Little Help from My Friends is a positive tale for teen girls. There is not a great deal of spiritual content other than comments about going to church and youth group but the individuals in this story have good morals and exhibit the character traits of good Christians.
A Little Help from My Friends chronicles the girls’ junior year of high school with the emphasis on Zoe. The narrative is good wholesome fun with all the elements of high school life including good friends, school work, prom, rivalries, family crisis, and boys with none of the premarital sex, drug use, etc. that might be found in other books that target this age group.
If you have a teen daughter, I would recommend that you get her a copy of A Little Help from My Friends as well as the earlier installments of the Miracle Girls series.